JULY 27-28, 2018 at the Arts Depot

To register: In order to register, you must sign up using our conference brochure as we cannot accept online registration at this time.  To download a brochure to print out, fill in, and mail with your payment, please click here: CONFERENCE BROCHURE 2018

Tuition: $60 for early registration before June 1 / $75 after June 1.

Refunds: 90% with written cancellation prior to June 25 / 50% if received June 26-July 9 / No refunds after July 9

Attendees must send 50-word bio with registration, email to

Meet and Greet Buffet and Cash Bar (Attendees only) begins at 5:30 pm on the Friday evening before the conference: $18 per person/$18 per guest. No children please.

Five Minutes of Fame to show off your talent follows the buffet for the first 15 attendees who sign up (first come/first serve/no cost) Please be prepared and keep your time limited to five minutes.

Manuscript Critique: This year a manuscript critique by Rachel Weaver will be offered to conference attendees that will be conducted on Friday afternoon, July 27. Cost is $50. Space is extremely limited. Please email to see if there is still space before you apply. For an application, click here:  APPLICATION FOR MANUSCRIPT CRITIQUE  PLEASE NOTE: THE MANUSCRIPT CRITIQUE SPACES HAVE NOW BEEN FILLED. WE CAN NO LONGER ACCEPT NEW SUBMISSIONS.

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Conference Presenters for the 37th Annual “A Day for Writers” include authors

Rachel Weaver and John Cotter


John Cotter  is the author of the novel Under the Small Lights. John’s current project concerns the dynamics of sound and what the world resembles when sound disappears (excerpts in Guernica, CatapultOpen Letters). In 2016 John was an inaugural fellow at the Lighthouse Writers Fort Lyon residency and currently teaches at Lighthouse Writers Workshop in Denver.

John’s session will address From Another Point Of View: We all know the difference between 1st, 2nd , and 3rd person, but there are more different shades of 3rd than we can fit on a color wheel.


Rachel Weaver, is author of Point of Direction, named an Oprah Magazine Top Ten Book and the 2015 Willa Cather Award for Fiction. Rachel is on faculty at Regis University’s MFA program and was the recipient of the 2017 Lighthouse Writers Workshop Beacon Award for Teaching Excellence. She is the founder of Colorado Writing School in Louisville, CO.

Rachel will present Revising Efficiently-Some Techniques to Save Time: You’ve been writing furiously for months (or years) and that glorious day comes when you write the last sentence. You’ve finished your first draft, you go out to celebrate, the next day comes and you begin to wonder, now what?