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Workshops for Children, Teens and Adults




Writing and Illustrating Your Book

Ages 9 - 13

Instructor: Emily Erickson Cook

Pictures, papers, poetry and prose are all explored in this workshop. Students write their own original story or poem and publish it with digital works of art. Designed for the student who loves to write and create works of art. Students will be using both online applications and apps.


1:00 - 2:30 p.m., Digital Creative Arts Lab


Emily Erickson Cook is an experienced National Board Certified Art Educator with an endorsement in Education Technology. She has an M.Ed. in art curriculum and instruction from the University of Illinois.

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The Business of Writing Seminar: Agents!

Ages 16 - Adult

Instructor: Kate Schafer Testerman

What is a literary agent? Why should you want one, and how do you get one? This session with Kate Testerman, literary agent and founder of KT Literary, will answer these questions and more for writers seeking traditional publication or more information about traditional publication versus self-publication, and the various benefits of each. We'll discuss queries, genres, knowing your market, critique groups, subsidiary rights, sales and more. Supply list: Optional for notetaking: paper and pen, laptop, tablet, etc.


1:00 - 2:30 p.m., Studio 22


Kate Schafer Testerman moved to Colorado after a dozen years working in publishing in New York City and formed KT Literary in early 2008, where she concentrates on middle grade and young adult fiction. Bringing to bear the experience of being part of a large agency, she enjoys all aspects of working with her authors, offering hands-on experience, personal service, and a surfeit of optimism. Her clients include Maureen Johnson, Amy Spalding, Stephanie Perkins, Emily Ecton, Trish Doller, and Matthew Cody, among other exciting and acclaimed authors.

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Words into Action

Ages 16 - Adult

Instructor/Author: Steven Cole Hughes

Dramatic language is very different from poetry and non-dramatic prose. The engine that drives dramatic language is dialogue. Words. The words that characters say to one another. Aristotle defines drama as “an imitation of an action.” If drama is action, and drama is made up of words, thus it follows that words are action. In this seminar, we will discuss active dialogue and dramatic storytelling, and students will have an opportunity to write their own short scene. Supply list: Optional for notetaking: paper and pen, laptop, tablet, etc.


1:00 - 2:30 p.m., Studio 24B


Steven Cole Hughes was a visiting professor of theatre at Western State Colorado University for 2015-2016, he is currently the Playwriting Mentor at Regis University’s Mile-High MFA and teaches playwriting at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts. His full-length plays include The Bad Man, Billy Hell, Slabtown, cowboyily, Arabia, Battleground State, Dogs by Seve and Poor Devils. His plays for young audiences are The Presidents!, The Wright Stuff and The Geography of Adventure. His plays have been produced at the Bloomington Playwrights Project, the Coterie Theatre, Creede Repertory Theatre, Curious Theatre Company and the Denver Center for the Performing Arts. He is the winner of the 2008 Denver Post Ovation Award for Best New Work for Billy Hell and the 2011 Ovation Award for Special Achievement for The Billy Trilogy. He has a BA in theatre from Indiana University and an MFA from the National Theatre Conservatory.

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Flash Fiction

Ages 16 - Adult

Instructor/Author: Kathy Fish

Using discussion and prompts, students will tap into memories and dream imagery which they will then use to quickly create stories of 500 words or fewer. Expect to leave with two drafts in hand of surprising depth and emotional resonance. Supply list: Optional for notetaking: paper and pen, laptop, tablet, etc.


3:30 - 5:00 p.m., Studio 28


Kathy Fish’s work has appeared in Indiana Review, Mississippi Review online, Denver Quarterly and elsewhere. She has published four collections of flash fiction. Her work was recently chosen by Amy Hempel for Best Small Fictions, 2017.

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The Poetry of Prose in Creative Nonfiction: More than Just a Pretty Word

Ages 16 - Adult

Instructor/Author: Kathryn Winograd

Are you struggling to plumb the “deep” of your essay or memoir? Are you willing to play with the poet’s “tools” that allow for meaning from juxtaposition and image, white space and figurative language? Supply list: Bring your “failed” pieces and half-writ inspirations, your scribbled notebooks and gnawed pens to this writing workshop and prepare to write.


3:30 - 5:00 p.m., Studio 24B


Kathryn Winograd, poet and essayist, is the author of Phantom Canyon: Essays of Reclamation, a finalist in the Foreword Reviews 2014 INDIEFAB Book of the Year Awards and Air Into Breath, winner of the Colorado Book Award in Poetry. She currently teaches poetry and creative nonfiction for the Mile-High MFA program at Regis University.

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