Workshops are free with Colorado Book and Arts Festival Admission, but registration is required.

11 Magical Tips for Writing Fiction, presented by middle-grade author, Kim Tomsic

1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
Studio 28
Suitable for Ages 8-18

Kim Tomsic has been the new girl at eight different schools, where she earned a variety of conflicting labels: the dork, the cool kid; the pretty girl, the ugly girl; the smart kid, the normal kid; the worst at sports, decent at sports; and the shy girl, the talker. She kept one label: the talker. Kim now lives in Colorado with her husband, two children, and two dogs; all five keep her laughing. The 11:11 Wish is her first middle-grade novel.

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Your Storied Past: How to Write an Autobiographical Narrative, presented by author, David Hicks

2:30-4:00 p.m.
Studio 28
Suitable for teens and adults

By tapping into an age-old formula—the one that begins “Once upon a time” and turns to “And then one day”—anyone can compose a riveting story about a major or minor incident that changed their lives either obviously or subtly. In this workshop, you will brainstorm the subjects of several such stories, either as nonfiction or fiction, and structure one of them from beginning to end. You will leave the workshop with the beginning of a new essay, memoir chapter, story, or novel, along with the ideas for two more, and a much better understanding of how stories (and character development) work.

Please bring your own writing supplies (ex. laptop, iPad, pen and paper, ect.) to this workshop.

David Hicks, PhD is the author of the novel, White Plains. He is also a professor of English at Regis University in Denver and co-founder/co-director of the Mile-High MFA in Creative Writing.

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