2020 Steamboat Writers Conference


A Day for Writers, July 24-25, 2020

39th Annual Steamboat Writers Conference

Early registration will begin April 15, 2020. More information will become available at a later date. Please check back.                    


The Presenters:

Amanda Rea is a short story writer of personal essay, memoir, and mystery. Her writing has appeared in Harper’s Magazine, The Sun, Electric Literature, Kenyon Review, and other literary publications, including 2019 Best American Mystery Stories and 2012 Best American Short Stories. Her awards include the Rona Jaffe Foundation Writer’s Award, the Pushcart Prize, and the William Peden Prize, among others. Amanda has been teaching at Lighthouse Writers for many years. Here are links for three of her stories: https://harpers.org/archive/2017/12/the-year-of-the-frog/; https://electricliterature.com/following-slowly/; and https://thesunmagazine.org/issues/401/a-dead-man-in-nashville

Amanda’s session will address Using Time in Fiction. In this generative workshop, we will look at how time can be used as a source of tension, shape, and focus in short stories and beyond. We’ll examine masterful examples from classic and contemporary authors, and discuss pacing, compression and expansion, retrospection, psychic distance, rate of revelation, and white space. And, explore backstory, now-story, linear time, and jumping around in time.

Mary Taylor Young

Mary Taylor Young was among the first 21 authors inducted into the Colorado’s Author’s Hall of Fame established in 2019, honored for her 30 years of writing about the landscape, wildlife, and heritage of Colorado and the American West. In 2018, Mary was awarded the Frank Waters Award for exemplary literary achievement and a canon of writing about the West. Winner of numerous awards, she has been identified as one of the best known nonfiction writers in Colorado. She is author of 18 books, including her most recent, Rocky Mountain National Park: The First 100 Years. If you are a nature lover, you may have one of her books or guides on your book shelf. Read more about Mary at https://www.marytayloryoung.com

Mary will guide us through The Glint of Light on Broken Glass: Building Imagery in Your Writing, a workshop that will help conference writers create a strong sense of landscape and place through craft, technique, and writing exercises. We will explore how to build powerful images that will enliven our prose.