Rocky mountain fiction writers

For teens – the best stories all start as tiny, undeveloped ideas in the brain of the author. But what do we do when we are out of ideas? Or how about when we have an idea at an inopportune moment? Join Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers in collaboration with Pop Culture Classroom to learn how to create a useful story idea journal, and keep those ideas from fading away. You’ll leave with a story-idea journal of your very own, ready to be filled with the sparks of imagination.

Are you ready to write a short story? Do you want to write one that editors will fight other editors to publish? Learn what it takes to write short stories that will linger in your reader’s hearts and minds the way good novels do, even though your story might have taken only minutes to read.

Over a two-week period, you will learn about plotting and pants-ing, crafting compelling characters, beginnings, middles and ends, and the one thing that makes a good story great.

"Don’t work harder, work smarter" doesn’t just apply in the business world. The most productive writers have learned ways to minimize distractions, improve focus, dispense with time-wasters, and get the most out of their writing time. A side benefit of these tools and techniques is that they can help you improve your writing by taking you into the heart of your story more quickly, improving your focus on the story, and getting rid of bad habits that can keep you from producing your best work.

The 2020 anthology is seeking short story submissions from members, as well as volunteers to serve on the review board. Co-editor Natasha Watts will answer all your burning questions about what we’re looking for, how to submit, rights, compensation, and the editing process. We’ll also discuss how to craft a great short story through conflict, characterization, and the all-important conclusion. Even if you’ve never thought about writing a short story, you might change your mind after you attend!

Award-winning journalist Gwen Florio has covered stories ranging from the shooting at Columbine High School to the glitz of the Miss America pageant and the more practical Miss Navajo contest, whose participants slaughter and cook a sheep. She’s reported from Afghanistan, Iraq and Somalia, as well as Lost Springs, Wyoming (population three). She turned to fiction in 2013 with the publication of her first novel, Montana, which won the Pinckley Prize for Debut Crime Fiction and a High Plains Book Award. Under the Shadows (Midnight Ink, March 2018) is the fifth novel in the Lola Wicks series, termed “gutsy” by the New York Times. She turned to literary fiction with Silent Hearts (Atria, July 2018), a novel set in Afghanistan. She’s the city editor of the Missoulian newspaper in Missoula, Montana, where she lives with her partner, Scott, and an exuberant, manuscript-chewing bird dog named Nell. Corinne O’Flynn, Independent Writer of the Year

Corinne O’Flynn is a USA Today bestselling author of The Expatriates fantasy-adventure series featuring SONG OF THE SENDING and PROMISE OF THE SCHOLAR, the Witches of Tower Hill paranormal suspense series featuring the award-winning GHOSTS OF WITCHES PAST, the Aumahnee Prophecy urban fantasy series which she co-writes with RMFW member Lisa Manifold, and the Half Moon Girls murder-mystery series. She is also a publisher with Wicked Ink Books. 2018 Antholo gy: False Faces

Masks. Everybody wears them. Perhaps they are tangible, worn for a job or as part of a costume. More likely, they are metaphorical, shaped by the stories we tell each other and lies we tell ourselves. This collection of twenty tales by members of Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers explores what happens when we conceal ourselves behind carefully constructed identities. Why do we hide? What are we afraid to confront? And what happens when at last the masks come off? Learn more.

Are you ready to write a short story? Do you want to write one that editors will fight other editors to publish? Learn what it takes to write short stories that will linger in your reader’s hearts and minds the way good novels do, even though your story might have taken only minutes to read. Over a two-week period, you will learn about plotting and pants-ing, crafting compelling characters, beginnings, middles and ends, and the one thing that makes a good story great. You’ll also discuss story writing methods while Saytchyn guides you through steps to find what works best for you. Come prepared with just a kernel of an idea for your story and she’ll help you turn it into a story your readers will never forget.

Saytchyn Maddux-Creech survived the MFA program at Colorado State University with her love of all things creepy intact. She writes horror, fantasy, and mystery with a literary accent. Her short stories have been published in numerous literary and genre magazines under her own name and the name Sandra Maddux-Creech. You can find her work in Typehouse Literary Review, Menacing Hedge, and the anthologies, Found and False Faces.

"Don’t work harder, work smarter" doesn’t just apply in the business world. The most productive writers have learned ways to minimize distractions, improve focus, dispense with time-wasters, and get the most out of their writing time. A side benefit of these tools and techniques is that they can help you improve your writing by taking you into the heart of your story more quickly, improving your focus on the story, and getting rid of bad habits that can keep you from producing your best work.