Writing Workshops





Participate in FREE writing workshops on Friday and Saturday during the festival, each designed to broaden your writing and encourage creativity. Learn how to develop characters, advance your poetry, create compelling mysteries, and more. There’s even a writing workshop just for teens and tweens this year! All writing workshops are at Old Town Library.

To register by phone: (970) 221-6740 – Answer Center, Poudre River Public Library District

To register online: Click on the workshop title below to be taken directly to the Library’s event registration page. Registration opens on October 1 at 9:00AM.

Friday, October 18, Old Town Library


FULL 9:15 – 10:45 am – Writing Great Creative Nonfiction – It’s All in the Details! with Susan Harness
You know how you can sit around in a group and there is always someone who can tell the wildest, funniest, or most captivating stories? And you wonder how they do it, time and time again. It’s all in the details. In this workshop we’ll explore how to construct a written, rich narrative that will place you and your surroundings into a 3-dimensional space by working with your five senses. Come prepared to write, to think, to explore, and most of all, to have fun. Let your mind wander and your words become your palette! (Storytime Room)


FULL 11:15 am – 12:45 pm – Stories in a Flash: Introduction to Flash Fiction with Kathy Fish
The term “flash fiction” brings to mind lightning, brilliance, spark. With hundreds of literary journals now devoted solely to the form, and the emergence of exciting new anthologies, such as the annual Best Small Fictions series, flash fiction is a rapidly burgeoning literary genre. As an introduction to flash fiction, this generative session will illuminate what flash is and isn’t. We will read and discuss the very best published examples of the form and then, using prompts, we will tap into memories and dream imagery which we will use to quickly create stories of 500 words or fewer. Expect to leave with two fresh drafts of surprising depth and emotional resonance. Supply list: paper and pen, laptop, tablet, etc. (Storytime Room)


OPEN 12:00 – 1:30 pm – Writing the Food Scene with Molly Reid
Food and the act of eating are fundamental parts of who we are. Through food we express ourselves individually and communally; we show people how we feel about them; we show off; we indulge; we survive. In this workshop, we’ll look at how some writers incorporate the preparation and consumption of food in unexpected ways. We’ll practice going beyond the familiar family dinner scene to explore the body and its hungers, mine the sensory, and reveal and deepen character. (Large Meeting Room)


CANCELLED 1:15 – 2:45 pm – Self-Publishing Through the Library
The Library’s selection of free, easy-to-use self-publishing tools will help you write, format, and self-publish your work. In this quick overview, you’ll be introduced to the Pressbooks platform for writing, designing, and formatting your eBook or print book and to SELF-e, a library service for getting your eBook out into the world through the Library catalog and the “Indie Colorado” collection. (Storytime Room)


FULL 1:45 – 3:15 pm – Taking the Mystery Out of Writing Mysteries with Bailey Cates
Learn about different mystery sub-genres and explore the vital elements of any kind of mystery. We’ll talk about plot questions, character arc, the roles of setting and atmosphere, pacing, and ways of structuring your story. Be sure to bring something to write with/on because we’ll be doing some exercises! (Large Meeting Room)


OPEN 3:15 – 4:45 pm – Where Does Your Food Come From? A Poetry Workshop with Iris Jamahl Dunkle 
In this workshop, we’ll explore writing about our favorite foods by exploring their biological and cultural history. (Storytime Room)


FULL 3:30 – 5:00 pm – Chocolate Flight and Write with Laura Resau
Join acclaimed author Laura Resau for a delicious writing workshop. Laura will guide you through a fun chocolate tasting, which will open your senses and let your creativity soar. Write imagery-rich poems, stories, and character sketches…all while enjoying dark chocolate as exquisite inspiration. (Large Meeting Room)


Saturday, October 19, Old Town Library


FULL 11:00 am – 12:30 pm – Building Multi-Dimensional Characters with Ramona Ausubel
Characters we can see, hear and feel are one of the great pleasures of writing and reading. In this workshop we will do a series of exercises that will help us to create richer, more nuanced and interesting people on the page. Bring your notebook and spirit of adventure! (Storytime Room)


OPEN 12:45 – 2:15 pm – Ecopoetics: Writing and the Environment with Adam Dickinson
What does it mean to write in a time of environmental crisis? How can poetry offer strategies for reframing the way we conceptualize our ecological predicament? Considering poetry as an expanded practice that approaches writing in unconventional ways, this workshop will involve a discussion of ecopoetics as well some writing exercises. Bring a pen and notebook! (Storytime Room)


OPEN 2:30 – 4:00 pm – Poema/Celular: Un Taller Un taller de escritura para jóvenes con Octavio Quintanilla
OPEN 2:30 – 4:00 pm – Phone/Poem: Young Writers Workshop with Octavio Quintanilla

NOTE: For teens and tweens, grades 4-12. Presented in Spanish and English.

Ven a explorar un mundo de posibilidades artísticas con el poeta mexicano, Octavio Quintanilla, ganador del prestigioso título Poeta Laureado. Octavio dará un taller interactivo, dinámico e inspirador donde utilizaremos las cámaras de los celulares para explorar el mundo exterior y así poder explorar nuestro mundo interior.

¿Qué revelaciones nos darán las fotos? ¿Cómo podrán esas fotos incitar asociaciones poéticas, recuerdos e historias? Cuando nos concentramos en los detalles, las posibilidades son ilimitadas. Poesía, ensayos, foto-poemas, narraciones visuales, écfrasis o una fusión de todo lo anterior será el resultado final. Los participantes tendrán tiempo para explorar, tomar fotos y escribir. (Storytime Room)


Come to explore a world of artistic possibilities with the Mexican poet, Octavio Quintanilla, winner of the prestigious title of Poet Laureate. Octavio will lead an interactive, dynamic, and inspiring workshop where participants will use their smartphone’s camera to explore the worlds outside of us so that we may explore the world inside us.

What will the photos we take reveal to us? How will these images spark poetic associations, memories, and stories? The possibilities are endless when we zero in on the details. The end result could be poetry, essays, photo poems, visual narratives, ekphrasis, or hybrids of these forms. Participants will be given time to take photographs and time to write. (Storytime Room)


Questions? Contact the Library Answer Center at 970-221-6740.