Thanks to Sue Hinkin for the following information:

Screenplay Reviews Open September 1

The Colorado Office of Film, Television & Media, announces the 2nd year of the annual Screenplay Mentoring Program. Colorado screenwriters can submit their screenplay to receive feedback from expert reviewers, free of charge.

Colorado screenwriters can submit their screenplay at https://coloradofilm.submittable.com/submit, where they will be assigned to one of seven reviewers who will provide a written critique.  The program will accept 100 screenplays until December 15, 2015.  Only one screenplay per household will be accepted.

For more information, please email info@coloradofilm.org or visit www.coloradofilm.org. Join the film community online at www.facebook.com/coloradofilmcommissionor follow on Twitter @ColoradoFilm.

ALSO . . .

From Liesa’s in-box:

From The Masters Review

$2000/Publication/Fall Fiction

We’re so pleased to announce our Fall Fiction contest with guest judges Ann and Jeff VanderMeer!

The winning story will receive $2000 and publication on the site. Second and third place stories will receive $200 and $100, publication, and all winners will receive a letter from Jeff and Ann about their piece and why it was chosen. 15 Finalists will be recognized online and have their stories read by the VanderMeers.

Interested? AwesomeYou can SUBMIT HERE.

Reflections on PPWC, 2015 (Pikes Peak Writers Conference)

By Charles Senseman

An abundance of learning opportunities for writers makes Colorado unique within the Rocky Mountain region. On April 24th-26th, I attended the 23rd Pikes Peak Writers Conference, in Colorado Springs.

Alex Kourvo

Among the classes I attended, I found Alex Kourvo’s session on Exploding Plot Points particularly useful in providing focus and clarity for plotting a novel. She emphasized that:

  • protagonists must have active goals and that simply surviving is not among them.
  • As part of the plot arc, the climax should include a gathering of the team, tools, and plans
    • carrying out those plans
    • a twist that makes the plan fail
    • the failure requires the protagonist to dig deep and make a leap of faith
  • The protagonist uses that leap to execute a new plan
  • And to make sure a plot moves forward, not sideways, include mixed emotions, conflicts of interest, and unexpected consequences.

Trai Cartwright

In her session, The Top Ten Storytelling Devices Movies Can Teach Fiction Writers, Trai Cartwright drove home the importance of false resolution as well. She did an outstanding job explaining interactions between protagonists, antagonists, and their world.

  • The Hero must have the unique skills to solve the defined problem.
  • The world around the hero needs to mirror internal conflicts.
  • The villain must be more powerful than the hero, but bad guys are never as big an obstacle as the hero is to self. This gives the opportunity to overcome a fatal flaw.

Rod Miller

Rod Miller taught that good writing is good writing in Seven Things You Need To Know To Write Like A Poet. He showed how some of the best writers employ techniques utilized by poets to make fiction more elegant, whether literary or commercial. His insights gave confidence to many in the room who struggled with the desire to write rich prose in an industry that sometimes favors dumbing-down to the reader.

R.L. Stine

R.L. Stine provided the conference high when he read letters from his young Goosebumps fans. Had he not been a successful author, he certainly could have succeeded as a stand-up comedian.

11.10.14 Update


Hi Everyone,

It’s that time of year again.  Get out your Santa hats and your candles, your appetites and the box that hides your scales.  Let’s party!

If you’d like to host the Littleton Writer’s party this year, please let me (Liesa) know.  We’re looking for a place that can comfortably hold 40 to 50 people, and a host who can say “we already have 3,000 desserts, can you bring a veggie tray?”  This party is for both the Tuesday and the Thursday groups, so anyone reading this who’s a member of either group is encouraged to let me know about it.


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Kathy discussing Innies and Outies with an RMFW member at Standley Lake Library

Saturday, our own Kathy House did RMFW’s monthly continuing education course on introverts versus extroverts in writing.  What a terrific presentation, Kathy!

We learned that there isn’t such a thing as totally introverted or totally extroverted, but rather a range of emotions and modes of operations in a spectrum, and that these ranges we fall in are not an indication of anti-social or unhealthy emotions that profile serious emotional health issues.

And when we were playing with introversion versus extroversion it became increasingly easy to find ways to make our characters uncomfortable in our stories.  What a terrific eye-opener.

Kathy has masters degrees in both English and psychology, and her expertise was delivered with humor, and gracious style.  Well done, Kathy, and thanks!


If you’re like me, you may never have won at the “guess my weight” side shows and carnivals.  This isn’t usually a big deal unless you’re trying to create a character.  In my second book, I wanted a character who was significantly over-weight, but couldn’t go up to people with similar body structures and ask them what the scales would read.  Curiosity won out and I found a great website that lets you put in height and weight of a character, then draws the final figure for you.  Talk about a great character building tool!  Plus its fun. So if you’re struggling to figure out how to visualize your next hero or heroine, check out http://bmijs.is.tuebingen.mpg.de.  Just be careful!  This “toy” is addictive (and no checking out your writing colleagues’ weight!)

Ticket Deal: ‘Wild’ Author Cheryl Strayed at Paramount

HikingBootsAs the first selection of Oprah’s Book Club 2.0, Cheryl Strayed’s Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail became a #1 New York Times bestseller and an undeniable literary favorite among avid readers. Before the movie adaptation (starring Reese Witherspoon) opens in theaters in December, hear the famed author speak at the Paramount Theater on Friday, September 19LivingSocial is offering “wild” savings of 37% on tickets — get a ticket for $39 (reg. $69.) For even better savings, get two tickets for $60 (reg. $125.) The doors open at 7 a.m. with the author “hiking” to the stage at 8 p.m. We always like ticket deals from LivingSocial because the price includes all of those annoying ticket and venue fees.

Thanks to Liz Funk for the above news.