Day for Writers 2017


July 21 & 22, 2017

Our thirty-sixth annual event will provide a sharp focus within a short time frame. Novices and professionals alike will enjoy experiencing the day’s program in the old train depot’s relaxed and friendly atmosphere. Sponsored by the Steamboat Springs Arts Council and Writers Group, this year’s conference features nationally recognized authors: Laura DiSilverio and Laura Resau. Friday evening’s optional Meet and Greet pre-conference buffet is followed by Five Minutes of Fame, an opportunity for conference participants who sign up to read their own published or unpublished writing. Local author Cesare Rosati will host. Conference space is limited, so early registration is suggested.


The Plot’s the Thing. Writers of mainstream literary novels can sometimes get away without much in the way of a plot, but not genre writers. Mystery and suspense, sci fi and fantasy, Westerns and horror novels all need plots–the stronger, faster paced, and more suspenseful the better. This seminar demonstrates how to construct your plot around the three act structure, from inciting incident to climax and conclusion; how to keep tension and suspense high through the sagging middle with ever-increasing stakes and continuous conflict; and how to build it all around a character arc readers will find satisfying. Laura DiSilverio

Make Your World Come Alive: Enriching Setting and Character. Isn’t it a delicious feeling to delve into a book and enter another world? Laura Resau will show you how to enrich setting and character through imagery and description. You’ll explore ways to make your story a vivid, multi-sensory experience that readers can’t resist. This session will let your writing shine! Laura Resau

Adventures in Writing Young Adult Novels. Crafting a novel for teens can be a wild journey. Laura will share strategies that have helped her enjoy the adventure, and most importantly, finish and publish each of her eight books for young people. You’ll gain an understanding of the essential elements of a successful teen novel, and you’ll leave the session feeling energized and equipped with new tools to forge ahead on your own YA book-writing journey. (Authors whose novels have a “grown-up” audience will find that most of these tips apply to your book-writing adventures, too!) Laura Resau

Getting Serious About Writing a Series. You may have heard that editors like series. Or, you may have a character you think needs more than one book. But you’re not sure how to get started. This seminar will talk about how to set up a great series, exploring how to set up the characters, what to consider in building a setting, how to decide how much time elapses between books, how to carry a character arc over the course of several books, and more. Laura DiSilvero


Laura Resau

Laura Resau is the award-winning author of eight highly acclaimed novels for young people. She draws inspiration from her time abroad as a cultural anthropologist, ESL teacher, and student. Loved by youth and adults alike, her novels have garnered many honors, including the Américas Award and spots on Oprah’s Kids’ Book Lists. Praised for its sensitive treatment of indigenous people’s issues, Resau’s writing has been called “vibrant, large-hearted” (Publishers’ Weekly) and “powerful, magical” (Booklist). Resau lives with her family in Fort Collins, and donates a portion of her royalties to indigenous rights organizations in Latin America.

Laura DiSilverio

Laura DiSilverio is a retired Air Force intelligence officer, a national bestselling author of 17 mystery and suspense novels (including the Lefty- and Colorado Book Award-finalist Swift Investigations series, the Readaholics Book Club series, and the Mall Cop series). Her standalone suspense novel, The Reckoning Stones, was a Library Journal Pick of the Month and won the Colorado Book Award for Mystery in 2016. Her young adult dystopian novels, the Incubation Trilogy, debuted to rave reviews. A Past President of Sisters in Crime, she pens articles for Writer’s Digest, and teaches writing in various formats. She plots murders and parents teens in Colorado, trying to keep the two tasks separate.

TUITION: $60 early registration / $75 after May 27
includes seminars, catered breakfast and luncheon Registration.

Registrants must Email a 50 Word Bio for Completed Registration
Email to Ba_Sparks@Yahoo.Com

REFUNDS: 90% refund for written cancellations received prior to June 24
50% if received from June 24 through July 8
No refunds after July 8

QUESTIONS: call 970-291-9115 or E-mail:


This optional pre-conference gathering at the Depot is a wonderful time to meet the presenters and get acquainted with fellow workshop participants. Catch up on news, share success stories, and browse the book table for a closer look at the work of conference attendees. Spouses and partners may attend for an additional $18.00 per person. No children please. A cash bar is available for the purchase of beer and wine.


Twenty participants will have the opportunity to read their writing. We begin immediately following the Meet and Greet at the Depot. Sign up that evening. No additional fee required. Cesare Rosati, author of MMC Explorer, is our MC. Readers: PLEASE prepare in advance and limit your selection to no more than five minutes.

                                             SCHEDULE: SATURDAY, JULY 22

8:30  Check-in at Depot

9:00  Introductions

9:30 – 10:30      The Plot’s the Thing – Laura DiSilverio


10:45 – 11:45     Make Your World Come Alive-Laura Resau

Noon                   Luncheon

1:00 – 2:00       Adventures in Writing YA Novels – Laura Resau


2:15 – 3:15         Getting Serious About Writing a Series -Laura DiSilverio

3:30 – 4:15        Q&A and Closing

Participants will be encouraged to submit written questions during lunch hour.

These will be answered during the closing.

                                                               BOOK SALES

Authors may bring  books and be responsible for personal sales.

Instructors Resau and DiSilverio will be at Off the Beaten Path Bookstore at 5:30 P.M. following the conference for signing and sales.     ( 68   Ninth Street )

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                                  REGISTRATION – USE THE FOLLOWING FORM

Make check payable to: Steamboat Springs Arts Council (We cannot accept credit cards at this time.)

Mail registration and check to:
SSAC, P.O. Box 774284, Steamboat Springs, CO 80477
Attn: Writers Conference

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