Rocky Mountain (Colorado/Wyoming) Regional events

Serious about improving your craft? SCBWI's regional events provide opportunities for professional growth and help you connect with a supportive, creative community.

2024 RMC-SCBWI Webinar Series: Creative Approaches

Jan 18, 2024 - Jun 06, 2024

5 event

Online event

Unlimited seats

In this series of webinars, industry professionals Naomi Kinsman, Chrystal D. Giles, Anika Aldamuy Denise, and Elizabeth Law explore Creative Approaches to Storytelling, Compelling Characters, Using Filmmaking Techniques to Enhance Drafting and Pacing, and Revision. Register here for a discount on all four webinars in the series. Or, if you would prefer, you can register for any of the four webinars individually from the buttons below. All webinars will be 7:00-8:30pm MT on January 18, February 29, April 18, and June 6, 2024.

Standard price:$ 100
Price with membership:$ 60

Illustrator Connect: Favorite Children's Books (In person)

Jun 01, 2024

Available seats 100

Clement Park (outside Columbine Library), 7706 W. Bowles Ave, Littleton

Join your fellow RMC illustrators on the first day of June for an Outdoor Connect. We’ll begin with an informal Q&A session with Kaz Windness and Heather Brockman Lee, then, if time allows, continue the discussion by sharing favorite picture books from our own childhoods. Bring your favorite book(s) and a blanket. This Connect follows the "When You Love a Book" Storytime Party at Columbine Library. 1:30-2:20pm, outside Columbine Library. Learn More & RSVP at this link (may need to copy and paste): https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSc3Yj2dRxVCCR9xYXAx9235zAY0L1lVDWC33rIB6hggrGPnIQ/viewform

Free

Nonfiction Connect: Start a Blogspot Blog and Overview of Social Media Platform (virtual)s

Jun 01, 2024

Online event

Available seats 60

Join us as author Elizabeth Thoms Charles explains how to start a Blogspot blog. As a two-for-one special, author Gina Soldano-Herrle will follow Elizabeth's presentation (each speaking for about 30 minutes) with an overview of social media platforms and how to repurpose your blog content to create a digital presence. Zoom, Email Gina Soldano-Herrle at rmcnfconnect@gmail.com to RSVP and get the link

Creative Approaches to Revision With Elizabeth Law

Jun 06, 2024

1 event

Online event

Unlimited seats

While everyone approaches revision a little differently, you can learn a lot from hearing how writers --from picture book to nonfiction to YA-- have attacked specific challenges. Elizabeth will be including examples from books she's worked on and quoting from interviews she's done with writers on their process. Included in the talk will be a few tips for getting unstuck as well. June 6, 2024 (7:00-8:30pm MT)

Standard price:$ 30
Price with membership:$ 20

Colorado Springs Connect & Critique: Story Ideation

Jun 09, 2024

Available seats 60

Fire Station 19 (on Research, between Lexington and Chapel Hills)

Prolific picture book writer, Jan Shur, will lead us in exploring different methods for story ideation during this month's Connect. She'll have several brainstorming exercises for us to work through together, but invites attendees to share their own brainstorming techniques with the group as well. Remaining Time: Critiques--bring 5-8 copies of your work in progress (up to 5 pages or 1500 words) to share.

YA Connect: The Seven Layers of Plotting (virtual)

Jun 25, 2024

Online event

Available seats 100

Whether you plot with charts and spreadsheets or write by the seat of your pants, this workshop, presented by Kerrie Faye, author of Dead Girl, will teach an approach to elevate your craft and save time. Kerrie’s process melds Dan Wells’ story matrix with Jessica Brody’s Save the Cat! Writes a Novel. Participants will examine examples from popular books and films and practice using Kerrie's tools with their own MG or YA novels. 6/25, 6:30pm MT. Please register at this link (may need to copy and paste): https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1_oQlSTpuhh-e94iuZUU66EqwfXWhCfWbaz5l03gjeFY/viewform?edit_requested=true

Free

Workshop: Book Dummies

Jun 29, 2024

1 event

Available seats 68

Anythink Library, Huron Street: 9417 Huron St, Thornton, CO 80260

Join Amber Owen (aka Z. B. Asterplume) for a deep dive into the process of making a book dummy. Learn about different kinds of book dummies and how they function – from the I’m-just-figuring-out-the-pace type of dummy to the I’m-looking-for-a-book-deal type of dummy. We will discuss how illustrators use a dummy to “write the pictures” so, writers, this could be an excellent opportunity for you, too! In fact, the more writers we have in the workshop, the better the conversation around the relationship between the words (authors) and the pictures (illustrators) will be. If you have a completed manuscript you'd like to work from, please bring two copies. If not, no worries; you can learn the dummying process using a provided mentor text. Paper to make a dummy will also be provided, but please bring your favorite pencil(s). We'll also have some scissors and tape to share, but feel free to bring your own. June 29, 1:00-3:00 pm MT.

Standard price:$ 20
Price with membership:$ 15

Colorado Springs Connect & Critique (In-person)

Jul 14, 2024

Available seats 60

Fire Station 19 (on Research, between Lexington and Chapel Hills)

Join us for an inspiring session with Ariane Peveto about cultivating curiosity. Whether you’re drafting or revising—or just starting to think about a new story—one of the best ways to move forward is to cultivate curiosity about your own writing. In this session, we’ll cover how to ask yourself questions and challenge assumptions to dig deeper. We’ll delve into the power of “what if,” changing point of view, inversions, and other techniques to help you see your work in a new light and discover new ideas. Remaining Time: Critiques--bring 5-8 copies of your work in progress (up to 5 pages or 1500 words) to share.

NoCo Connect: Will Schools Want Me? Creating Engaging School Visits (In-person)

Jul 15, 2024

Available seats 40

TBD

You're interested in school visits -- now what? Learn from presenter Louise Campbell, founder of The Booking Tree, about the variety of visits you can offer to schools, possible pricing structures, and how to ensure that what you are offering matches what schools are looking for. In this session, you will see examples of author workshops offered to schools and will learn how to strengthen them to increase interest and bookings. Louise brings together her knowledge gained from a ten-year career in education with the experience of working in a local, independent bookshop as a bookseller and events coordinator. See her complete bio here: https://thebookingtree.agency/our-story-1 Location TBD (Northern Colorado, Fort Collins area), more info to come.

Free