Mile High Scribes
Calendar, Events & Contests
Monthly Meetings | Contests | ACFW Colorado | ACFW National
Mile High Scribes meets the first Monday of each month from 7 - 9 p.m. at the Tattered Cover, 9315 Dorchester St (on Highlands Ranch Parkway between Broadway and Lucent Boulevards) in Highlands Ranch, Colorado. We are happy to have you attend up to two meetings if you want to check us out before joining.
Speaker: Stacy Voss, author
Topic: Contentment on Your Writing Journey
On a path filled with more rejection than acceptances, how are we as writers supposed to be content? Do we adapt the mentality of Simeon and believe we’ll die happy only once we’ve been published (please excuse the gross stretch of scripture!)? Or, will we take the stance of Mary, who, despite rejection, humiliation and hardship, declared, “May it be to me as you have said,” even if in our case that means writing for the benefit of a very small crowd or perhaps just ourselves? Will we consider ourselves successful only if we meet our goals, or is it possible to embrace God’s definition for success?
Stacy Voss, author of "Enough: Quenching the Insatiable Thirst for More" and founder of Eyes of Your Heart Ministries, will teach you how to unlock the secret to contentment by trumping fear. She will elaborate on what a Gratimoment is and how it can unearth a deeper level of contentment than ever before. You will be compelled to grasp God’s definition of success and revel in it, even when the rejection letters come! Even in a field riddled with obstacles, fears and self-doubt, satisfaction, fulfillment and contentment really are possible.
Speaker: Carla Laureano, author
Topic: Finding Your Niche
“What’s your book about?” That single question can strike fear into the heart of even the most outgoing writer. But without knowing what our books are really about, authors cannot effectively connect with readers or market our work.
This workshop will take you through a series of exercises designed to help you get to the heart of your fiction, from the moral premise that directs your work to the built-in topics that will help you connect with and market to niche audiences. Whether you’re already marketing multiple books or just establishing your platform, “Finding Your Niche” will guide you towards finding the unique perspective that sets your work apart from the countless others on the shelf.
Bio: Carla Laureano holds a degree in English from Pepperdine University and has worked in sales and marketing within a variety of industries, including medical device manufacturing and motivational speaking. In 2011, she founded Instant IQ Media & Consulting to help small businesses and professionals grow their reach and market themselves more effectively.
Carla writes inspirational fantasy and romance, and she was recently selected as a finalist in ACFW’s 2012 Genesis contest. She is the vice-president of ACFW's South Denver chapter, Mile High Scribes. She also serves as a member of ACFW Colorado's publicity and marketing Dot Com committee.
Speaker: Jordyn Redwood, author
Topic: Medical Pitfalls when Killing Your Character: Strategies to Accurately Depict Medical Fact in your Fiction
Medical Pitfalls when Killing Your Character: Strategies to Accurately Depict Medical Fact in your Fiction. As an author, have you ever wondered about the correct way to injure, maim or kill your fictional characters?
Bio: Jordyn Redwood brings 20 years of emergency and critical care nursing experience as she discusses common medical pitfalls that authors fall into and how to correct them. Strategies are given on how to research those medical details for your manuscript as well. Jordyn is happy to field medical questions that are writing related at the end of her talk.
Speaker: Sarah Richardson, author
Topic: Creating One Sheets
Speaker: Chris Richards, editor at Written World Communications / president of Mile High Scribes (ACFW south Denver)
Topic: Mythology, Religion, and Literature in Your Story
Have you ever thought of all the ways authors use mythology, religion, and in their stories to connect with the mind and emotions of the reader. Using Star Wars and the stories of all those present we will explore and discuss these elements of story as they are tied to the hero’s journey.
Bio: J. Christine Richards, or Chris as she prefers to be called, has been writing longer than she can remember. She has been published in magazines and in two anthologies. She is a native Coloradan and lives in Castle Rock with her husband, Roy. She has five grandsons and one granddaughter, all of whom live within a hour's drive so she can get her "grandma fix" whenever she wants one.
In July, 2011, Chris became an editor for Written World Communications and is now a vice-president with the company. While she works will all fifteen of their lines, her specific duties are editing three of the magazines and book imprints -- Harpstring, Timeless, and WorldTalk. She is the president of the Mile High Scribes, south Denver chapter of ACFW, and is the assistant director of Words For The Journey Christian Writers Guild in Parker. Her inspiration in working with other authors and aspiring authors is Psalm 71:17-18, "Since my youth, O God, you have taught me, and to this day I declare your marvelous deeds. Even when I am old and gray, do not forsake me, O God, till I declare your power to the next generation, your might to all who are to come."
Speaker: Anita Mumm, Submissions & Asian Territory Rights Coordinator, Nelson Literary Agency
Topic: Query Letters
July 1st - TBA
Speaker: Robbie Iobst, author
Topic: Self Publishing Through CreateSpace: An Option That May Be Right for You
September 9th (note different day)
Speaker: Megan DiMaria, author
Speaker: Jen Turano, author
Topic: Avoiding Common Pitfalls on Your Path to Publication
November 4th - TBA
December 2nd - TBA
Everyone's A Reader Novella Contest
Write a 15-25,000 word YA novella or a 25-35,000 word adult novella then enter the first fifteen pages for a chance at a variety of awards including a prayer shawl, Starbucks gifts cards, or even the possibility of a contract with Harpstring if accepted by their review board.
Click here for details and to enter. Contest is sponsored by Worship Write Witness (ACFW Colorado Springs chapter).
Fiction FUNdamentals Workshop
June 22, 2013
ACFW Colorado is expanding to the Western Slope! Come to a FREE one-day workshop featuring published ACFW Colorado authors Patti Hill, Kathy Kovach, Mary Davis, Marian Merritt, and Paula Moldenhauer. Attendance is free, but registration is required. You need not be an ACFW member to attend. For details and to register, click here.
Novel Crafters Seminar of the Rockies
November 9, 2013
4th Annual Novel Crafters Seminar of the Rockies, featuring NY Times bestselling author, Jerry B. Jenkins. Seminar is sponsored by HIS Writers (ACFW north Denver chapter). For seminar details, click here.
Peak Writing Conference
February 1, 2014
6th Annual Peak Writing Conference, featuring best-selling editor Erin Healy. Conference is sponsored by Worship Write Witness (ACFW Colorado Springs chapter).For conference details, click here.
ACFW National Conference - "The Premier Christian Conference"
September 12 - 15, 2013
Click here to register.