The 19th Annual Writing the Rockies Conference took place Wednesday, July 18 to Sunday, July 22, 2018.
The full 2018 program will remain loaded on this site for several months, until the 2019 program begins to take shape. The tentative dates for WtR 2019 are Wednesday, July 17-Sunday, July 21. We alredy have a number of wonderful presenters lined up. Please check back here regularly beginning in the fall to see the program.
This year's presenters include an opening night keynote welcome from Mark Todd, the founder of the Graduate Program in Creative Writing (GPCW) and recent recipient of the Karen Chamberlain Award for Lifetime Achievement in Colorado Poetry; Patrick Pexton, former Ombudsman of the Washington Post, who will deliver the creative nonfiction keynote; Emmy-Award winning screenwriter John Bowman; Michaela Roessner, noted novelist and GPCW faculty member, who will deliver the Genre Fiction Keynote; Kevin J. Anderson, who has published more than 140 novels and is the editor and publisher of WordStar Press, who will deliver the Publishing Keynote; and Ned Balbo and Jane Satterfield, who will together deliver the poetry keynote.
There will also be presentations by playwright and actor Kim Nuzzo, who will perform an original one-man play about Walt Whitman, "Multitudes," co-written with Valerie Haugen Nuzzo; a substantial revision of last year's opera workshop presentation, "Lottie Silks," with libretto by GPCW alumna Enid Holden, music by Jay Parrotta, music direction by Ben Makino and stage direction by Andrew Sellon; a seminar on writing rhyming children's picture books by four-time Emmy winner (and last year's screenwriting keynote speaker) Mike Reiss; presentations in the Poetry Symposium by Jan Schreiber, Emily Grosholz, Tyson Hausdoerffer, Fred Turner and many others; a workshop taught by Darrin Pratt, Editor of the University of Colorado Press; and much, much more.
Welcome to the 19th Annual Writing the Rockies Conference
Wednesday, July 18-Sunday July 22, 2018
Now in its 19th year, Writing the Rockies is one of the region's preeminent writers' conferences. It takes place each year during the last long weekend of July as part of Western's low-residency Graduate Program in Creative Writing, and like that program offers events in poetry, genre fiction, screenwriting for film & TV, publishing and creative nonfiction.
The conference is co-sponsored by Western's Communication Arts, Language and Literature Department and welcomes beginners, students, published writers in all genres, editors, teachers, and anyone else who believes in the magic and power of the written word.
Set in the beautiful Gunnison Valley of the central Colorado Rockies on the campus of Western Colorado University, the conference offers a wide range of workshops, lectures, seminars, readings and special events that create an intense, collegial writers' community and retreat across four days. The conference includes a book fair featuring hundreds of titles by the speakers and presenters.
Our faculty are distinguished and have published in every genre imaginable, including fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, screenwriting, journalism, criticism and scholarship, as well as having experience as editors, publishers and agents. In addition to enrolling in workshops or seminars, participants can sign up for manuscript reviews and pitch sessions.
The conference is just $300 for standard registration before July 1, and scholarships are available for educators, students and residents of the Gunnison Valley.
Non-Matriculated Credit Options for Writing the Rockies
Most participants attend the conference as a free-standing event, but undergraduate and graduate students who are not enrolled in the Graduate Program in Creative Writing may apply to earn credit for attendance through Western's Extended Studies Department. Undergraduates can earn degree-seeking credit. Students with an undergraduate degree from an accredited institution can earn non-degree graduate-level credits in “ENG 510,” which is run through Western's Summer Teacher Institute, administered by Western's Extended Studies Office. Additional fees apply.
Certified public school teachers may also apply to earn credits towards recertification or professional development.