Golden Colorado

20th annual conference
October 16 - 19, 2014

"Coming Home"

The Golden Hotel and Table Mountain Inn

Golden, CO

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Join Women Writing the West as we celebrate 20 Legendary Years in Golden, Colorado at The Table Mountain Inn and The Golden Hotel for four days of jam packed presentations from authors, editors, agents, publishers, and bookstore owners. Our theme? "Coming Home" to where it all began 20 years ago. It all begins on Thursday, October 16, 2014 with three incredible pre-conference sessions beginning at 12 noon and ending on Sunday, October 19th, 2014 with High Tea at The Briarwood Inn. It is all happening at The Golden Hotel and Table Mountain Inn in Golden, Colorado! Please stay informed by checking in with Women Writing the West Facebook and Women Writing the West 2014 Conference page for ongoing updates. So much is happening behind the scenes with a very hardworking Conference Planning Team.

Nancy Godbout Jurka
WWW14 Conference Chair

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Three Hour In-Depth Workshop: So You Want to Write & Publish: an Introduction to Today’s World of Authoring and Publishing. Publishing in many new forms is available today. But which options are good ones? How do you choose one that matches your project? What steps can be skipped, and which are indispensible? Get off on the right foot, avoid mistakes, and join the world of writing and publishing! Designed for beginners. (With Mara Purl, Susan Tweit, Doris Baker, and Leslee Breene)

Three Hour Submit-in-Advance Critique Session Join a critique group led by an editor and receive critiques from the leader and all fellow members. Up to eight members per group, three groups total. You must register by July 15 to participate as pages must be submitted by August 1. Limited to 24 total. You will be contacted for your selection of editor and to receive further instructions. Please PRINT your email address clearly on the registration from. Participating editors: Sam Scinta, Doris Baker, and Tiffany Schofield.

Three Hour On-the-Spot Single Page Critique Session Attendees may submit the first page of their manuscript for an on-the spot reading and critique by a panel of editors and agents. No more than two submissions per person, please. Three hour session with editors and agents rotating participation. (Kate Schafer Testerman, Liz Pelletier, Anne Fenske, Terrie Wolf, and Becky LeJeune)

PITCH APPOINTMENTS: A pitch appointment is a ten-minute one-on-one appointment to pitch your book to an editor or agent or to ask questions of them. You will be contacted to schedule your appointment with the editor/agent you prefer. Contact will be made in the order registrations are received. Limited to 12 appointments per editor/agent. Be sure to read about the editors and agents ahead of time and prioritize your choice. Select from: Becky LeJeune, Sarah Joy Freese, Sandra Bond, Terrie Wolf, Jessica d’Arbonne, Sam Scinta, Tiffany Schofield, Anne Fenske, Liz Pelletier, Doris Baker.


Press Release: May 2014

20th Anniversary Conference is “Coming Home”

Women Writing the West is celebrating its 20th Anniversary by "Coming Home" to its Denver area birthplace. Held annually in cities throughout the West, the 2014 conference will take place October 16-19 in Golden, Colorado, at the Golden Hotel and the Table Mountain Inn.

The 20th Annual WWW Writer’s Conference will celebrate its heritage and recognize its founding members. Local favorite authors such as Margaret Coel, Sandra Dallas, Sybil Downing, and Jerrie Hurd, and many others, are original founders of Women Writing the West. Their writing exhibits high standards in the competitive book industry. Members often attribute a portion of their success to their participation in the organization.

The conference is open to anybody who is interested in professional writing at all levels, especially but not exclusively pertaining to the Women’s West. Membership in the organization and prior publication is not a requirement for attendance at the conference. Writers benefit from lively and informative sessions, critique, and pitch appointments. Opportunities are plentiful to network and interact with agents, editors, and publishers, as well as other member-authors willing to share information and expertise. Important information such as industry trends and self-publishing are addressed in the sessions and panels.

Women Writing the West annually presents the prestigious national WILLA literary awards, in honor of western author Willa Cather, for excellence in writing books set in the west with a female protagonist or central character. Categories cover several genres and various eras and time frames in settings west of the Mississippi River. Current year winners and finalists are awarded and honored during conference festivities and banquets.

Other conference activities will include a special screening of the feature film Cherokee Word for Water, a raffle featuring a handmade quilt as grand prize, bookstore and book signing featuring published titles by member authors, WILLA award banquets with keynote speakers Susan Wittig Albert, and Sandra Dallas, a luncheon to honor WWW founders, and opportunities for networking. High tea at the Briarwood Inn will encourage historic attire, and will feature Corinne Brown presenting Five Early Colorado Women Who Made a Difference. This conference is a rare opportunity for Denver area authors to take their writing to the next level.

For more information and interview opportunities, please contact Joyce Lohse, WWW Administrator, at or 303-773-8349. Registration information is available at:

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