Friday, August 27, 2010

Writing workshop on Sept. 11

A workshop will be presented at the Durango Art Center on Saturday, Sept. 11, from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 

Is it writing or is it art? This one-day workshop is for writers and artists interested in working with text off the page. Poet/artists Nance Van Winckel, Renee Rossi and Christy Ferrato challenge the boundaries between writing, music, visual art, installation, and performance art, as they explore the cross-genre application of text. Unique ways to approach this work will be discussed, and there will be several hands-on-activities for participants to explore, investigate and work on their own text off the page creations.

On Friday, Sept. 10, there will be a reception and poetry reading at 7 p.m. 

The workshop is in conjunction with the 'Cities on the Side Exhibition' at the Art Library opening on Sept. 10.

The cost for the workshop is $50, and $45 for DAC members.

For registration and more information, contact

Barb Klema at (970-385-7600) or

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Two meetings a month?? Let me know!

At our last meeting, we discussed the possibility of meeting twice a month for an extra dose of inspiration.  I propose that we meet the first and third Wednesdays of each month.  

One proposal is that the first meeting of the month would perhaps be more of a social gathering, writers networking, maybe doing some fun writing activities, and chatting, sharing resources, etc.- more informal and fun - with the third Wednesday remaining as our reading/critique night.  

Please let me know if this would be of interest to you!!  If you have other ideas for a format for our first Wednesdays that appeals to you, get in touch at and let me know asap!

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Writing workshop in October....

Here is information about a great workshop that will be held at a 
beautiful bed and breakfast near Mancos. 

The Writer’s Perspective - Presented by Shared Vision Publishing
There will be an inspiring workshop for writers of all levels on Saturday, 
October 16, 2010, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Willowtail Springs in Mancos, Colorado.

Word Journeys:
Getting your creativity and words rolling with Renee Podunovich

Start the day at lovely Willow Tail Springs with guided imagery, a mini-vision
quest and writing prompts designed to help you settle into your own voice and
the property and to get your creativity flowing. Writing prompts will be paired
with several guided inward journeys followed by a solo outward journey onto the
property. Participants will share their experience and words in small groups and
explore how our writing can elevate our personal experience of things (for
example art) to touch the lives of others in a meaningful way.

Renee Podunovich, MA, is a National Certified counselor and has a private
practice in Cortez, CO. Links to her published work and book of poetry, along
with information about her counseling practice can be found at her website:
Beauty and Precision:
Creative Ways to Invigorate Your Writing with Will Gray

In this workshop focusing on both the art and craft of writing, we will discuss
the importance of the lead, the power of the first person voice, the art of
interviewing, organizing an essay, how to critically self-edit, active vs.
passive voice, sentence variety, and more.

Will Gray was a writer, editor and publisher for 33 years with the National
Geographic Society before taking an early retirement and moving to the Durango
area in 2002. Author of many books and magazine articles, Will was on the
faculty of a publishing course at Stanford University for 10 years. Since moving
to Southwest Colorado, he has resumed his writing career, teaches creative
writing courses through Fort Lewis College, and is a full-time member of the
Writing faculty at San Juan College.

Past, Present, and Future:
Writing about people and events with passion, verve, and accuracy
Join Judith Reynolds as she finds inspiration in deadlines and other
limitations: length, style, time, and writing to fit. The workshop will focus on
previews, features, and reviews.

Journalist, critic, and co-author of “Nordenskiƶld of Mesa Verde,” Reynolds
freelances for The Durango Herald where she also is a political cartoonist. As a
community activist, she founded and directs the Fort Lewis College Life Long
Learning lecture series, now celebrating its 10th year. Before moving to
Colorado in 1994, Reynolds was managing editor of a newspaper in Upstate New
York and taught at the college level.

To register for the workshop: Call 970-403-1590 or email

Fee: Register early, space is limited.Early bird: $99 if registered and paid by
September 15. $115 after September 15 through October 16. Payments can be made
by cash, check (made payable to Shared Vision Publishing, PO Box 3042, Durango,
CO 81302) or by Visa or MasterCard.

Workshop includes a mid-morning snack, light lunch and short Q&A about getting
published in Arts Perspective magazine. Following the workshop, attendees are
welcome to join sponsors for dinner at Arborena in downtown Mancos (at attendees
expense). To get the most out of their workshop experience, participants are
also encouraged to book an overnight stay at Willowtail Springs. For more
information about lodging at Willowtail Springs, visit: 

Monday, August 2, 2010

Welcome to the Wild Women Writers!

Hello, writers!
This blog is for you to post your writing in and read others' writing.

This group meets the third Wednesday of each month, from 6:30 to 8 p.m., at 1099 Main Ave in the Crossroads Center, Conference Room 308.

Our topic in August will be Getting Published. We will be hosting special guest Heather Leavitt Martinez, publisher of Southwest Colorado Arts Perspective magazine, for an insider's view of the publishing world. Her presentation will begin at 6:30 p.m., and will be followed by a brief Q&A session. 

We are still planning to read and critique if time allows, so bring something to share.

To RSVP for this meeting, please e-mail Molly Anderson-Childers at or call 970-759-9993 no later than August 15.  You must RSVP to attend, so I can give our guest an accurate head count.
Special note from the facilitator...No cell phones or laptops, blackberries, palm pilots, etc. at this meeting, please. If you cannot make it to this meeting at 6:30 sharp, PLEASE DO NOT COME LATE AND INTERRUPT OUR GUEST!!

Hope to see you there!