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Workshops for Children, Teens and Adults




Creative Bookmaking

Ages 7-11

Instructor: Emily Erickson Cook

Students who love to write and illustrate will enjoy this workshop. They will create their own handmade book and fill the pages with poems, stories and descriptive writings complimented by illustrations using drawing media and papers.


10:00 - 11:30 a.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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Creative Writing

Ages 10 - 16

Instructor/Author: Rebecca Salomonsson

This workshop focuses on telling stories through fiction, poetry and plays. Students are given a variety of prompts and exercises to help kick-start their creativity while learning about the plot, conflict, dialogue and other elements of good writing. In this fun and interactive workshop students are given the motivation, opportunity and encouragement they need to jump-start their writing life.


10:00 - 11:30 a.m., Studio 28


Rebecca Salomonsson is a published author who writes fiction and nonfiction for young adults and teens. She studied drama at the University of Massachusetts in Boston where she received a BA in Theatre Arts.

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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 Mystery of Writing a Mystery

Ages 16 - Adult

Instructor/Author: Martin McGovern

You and Marty will dissect the types of mysteries and the elements of each type, and you will happily leave with an outline for your own novel or polish a mystery you have already started. Supply list: Optional for notetaking: paper and pen, laptop, tablet, etc.


1:00 - 2:30 p.m., Studio 28


Martin McGovern holds an MA in philosophy from Stanford and a Ph.D. in creative writing from the University of Houston. His poetry collection, Bad Fame, was named a 2015 Colorado Book Award Finalist; his play Joseph K won the 2009 Ovation Award from the Denver Post for Best New Work; and his poetry, essays, reviews and stories have appeared in The New Republic, Poetry, The Denver Quarterly, the Chicago, Kenyon and Sewanee Reviews and elsewhere. He is co-founder and co-director of the Mile-High MFA in Creative Writing at Regis University.

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Mighty Microstructure for Your Book

Ages 16 - Adult

Instructor/Author: Jenny Shank

Are you intimidated about how to make your novel come out with a satisfying and elegant structure? In this workshop, we'll focus on the small details in each scene and chapter that hold a book together and keep the reader turning pages. Supply list: Optional for notetaking: paper and pen, laptop, tablet, etc.


1:00 - 2:30 p.m., Studio 21A


Jenny Shank’s first novel The Ringer won the High Plains Book Award. Her stories, essays, satire and reviews have appeared in The Atlantic, The Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, McSweeney's, Prairie Schooner, Alaska Quarterly Review, The Guardian and The McSweeney's Book of Politics and Musicals. She is on the faculty of the Mile-High MFA at Regis University in Denver.

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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 23


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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Channeling Your Inner Teenage Angst: The Basics of Writing a Young Adult Novel

Ages 16 - Adult

Instructor/Author: Traci L. Jones

We will look at the common elements of young adult books, how to develop realistic characters, and touch on dialogue, point of view, setting and other literary devices used in novel writing. Supply list: Optional for notetaking: paper and pen, laptop, tablet, etc.


1:00 - 2:30 p.m., Studio 14


Traci L. Jones earned her Creative Writing Certificate at the University of Denver. Her first book Standing Against the Wind was published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux in 2006 and won the Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe New Talent Award. Her second and third books, also Published by FS&G, are Finding My Place and Silhouetted by the Blue. Jones is currently working on her fourth and fifth: Dead Certain and The Blossom Within. Jones joined the faculty of the Mile-High MFA in Creative Writing program at Regis University in 2016.

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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 23


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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Poetic Correspondence: Letter as Poem

Ages 16 - Adult

Instructor/Author: Eric Baus

The literary form of the letter invites us to investigate ourselves and the world through the framework of intimate address. It allows us to bring the unknown a little closer and to breathe new life into the seemingly familiar. In this workshop, we will discuss several different models for the letter poem and generate our own new writing. Supply list: Optional for notetaking: paper and pen, laptop, tablet, etc.


3:30 - 5:00 p.m., Studio 21A


Eric Baus is the author of four books of poetry, including The Tranquilized Tongue (City Lights 2014). A new book How I Became a Hum is forthcoming from Octopus in 2018. He is on the poetry faculty at Regis University’s Mile-High MFA program in Denver.

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The Poetic Line

Ages 16 - Adult

Instructor/Author: Andrea Rexilius

While the building block of prose is the sentence, the poem is composed of a more delicate unit of composition, the poetic line. In this seminar, we will consider how various poets use the line in relation to stanza breaks, sound, punctuation, style, and breath. Supply list: Please come with a laptop or hard copies of one or two of your poems that you’d like to edit and augment.


3:30 - 5:00 p.m., Studio 14


Andrea Rexilius’ publications include three books of poetry: New Organism: Essais (Letter Machine, 2014), Half of What They Carried Flew Away (Letter Machine, 2012) and To Be Human Is To Be A Conversation (Rescue Press, 2011). She is currently core faculty in poetry and program coordinator for the Mile-High MFA in Creative Writing at Regis University. She also teaches in the Poetry Collective at the Lighthouse Writers Workshop in Denver, Colorado.

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Butcher your Basilisk: Slay the No, Can’t, Don’t, and Shouldn’t Dragons that keep us from writing, editing, and submitting

Ages 16 - Adult

Instructor/Author: Shoshana Surek

From keeping up with a busy family and home life to the demands of other employment and hobbies, finding the time and inspiration to write, to work on your writing projects and to submit your works to agents and journals becomes a beast which gets the best of the most serious writer. In this workshop, we will explore procrastination and the various ways in which we can slay the dragons standing in the way of the writing treasure within us all. Supply list: Optional for notetaking: paper and pen, laptop, tablet, etc.


3:30 - 5:00 p.m., Studio 22


Shoshana Surek lives in Littleton, Colorado, with her husband, three children and a handful of animals. She earned her MA in creative writing at Regis University’s College for Professional Studies and her MFA from Regis’s Mile-High MFA in Creative Writing. Her short stories and poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Vestal Review, 2(e), University Press, f(r)iction and 3Elements. Her short story Masking Tape Over My Fortunate One was nominated for a 2017 Pushcart Prize.

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Make-A-Zine

Ages 16 - Adult

Instructor/Author: Adán De La Garza

Learn to make a simple and approachable zine suitable for any content. Students will have the option to scan and print multiple copies of each zine they construct. The workshop includes a brief introduction and history of zine-making.


3:30 - 5:00 p.m., Digital Creative Arts Lab


Adán de La Garza has been making zines since 2006 and has made over 20 zines in that time. He also operates a zine distro called Anagram Distro where he advocates for other zine makers. Originally from Tucson, Arizona, Adán holds a BFA in photography from the University of Arizona and an MFA in interdisciplinary media arts practices from the University of Colorado at Boulder.

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