Public Invited to Participate in Greyrock Writers’ Festival

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Join Colorado State University for the 2004 Greyrock Writers’ Festival, a celebration of the art and practice of writing and reading in the Rocky Mountain West. The festival, which runs June 16-19 in Fort Collins, includes a series of writing workshops and readings by some of the area’s most noted authors and opportunities to talk with these successful writers at community receptions and book signings.

The annual event is open to anyone interested in discussing new books, improving writing skills or otherwise sharing a love of reading and writing. The week will feature several free public readings and writing workshops, including a special children’s workshop sponsored by the Fort Collins Public Library.

A detailed schedule of events and additional information about the Festival is available on the Web at

Renowned author Jewell Parker Rhodes, novelist, essayist and professor of Creative Writing and American Literature at Arizona State University, will open the Greyrock Writers’ Festival at 7 p.m. June 16 at the Fort Collins Senior Center, 1200 Raintree Drive. The reading and following reception are free and open to the public.

Writer and teacher Juliette Guilmette will lead "Imaginations Let Loose," a special workshop for children ages 1-6 from 2-3 p.m. June 17 at the Fort Collins Library Main Branch, 201 Peterson St. The event is free and no enrollment is required, but children are asked to come prepared to "dream on paper."

A literary publishing panel will offer a unique, behind-the-scenes look at the publishing process at 7 p.m. June 17 at the Fort Collins Library Main Branch. The panel, moderated by Stephanie G’Schwind, editor of the Colorado Review, will feature Jody Rein of Jody Rein Books Inc., Faith Marcovecchio of Fulcrum Publishing, Teresa Funke and Steven Church. The event is free and open to the public, and no enrollment is required.

A Friday evening reading and reception will feature local authors SueEllen Campbell and Evan Oakley, who will read selections from their works at 5:30 p.m. June 18 at the Fort Collins Harmony Library located at the intersection of Shields Street and Harmony Road. The reading, following reception and book signing are free and open to the public.

A series of workshops designed to bring together readers and writers of all interests and experiences with seasoned teachers of writing and literature will be held on the Colorado State University campus and the Fort Collins Public Library Main Branch. Space for workshops is limited, registration is required and costs vary for each session.

The following workshops are open to the public and require paid enrollment and registration.

– "Theme and Variation: Series and Sequence in Poetry" by Matthew Cooperman,

9-11 a.m. June 17.

– "Conflict and Effective Plots: A Fiction Workshop" by Jewell Parker Rhodes,

2-4 p.m. June 17.

– "Write That Novel Now: A Fiction Workshop For Young Adults" by Lauren Myracle,

9-11 a.m. June 18.

– "Truth. Lies. Somewhere in Between: The Risks and Rewards of Writing Creative Nonfiction" by Steven Church, 2-4 p.m. June 18.

– "Writing Like A Wolverine: A Poetry Workshop for Young Adults" by Jack Martin,

2-4 p.m. June 18.

– "The Art of Place: A Fiction Workshop" by Laura Pritchett, 9-11 a.m. June 19.

For more information, detailed descriptions or to register for workshops, visit the Web at, send e-mail to Judea Franck at or call (970) 491-6428.