Events

2019

April 12

Issue launch of the University of Colorado's Journal Twenty Twenty for undergraduate creative nonfiction. I introduced the issue and will deliver a keynote address.

Boulder Book Store, 7-9 p.m., free

May 4

How to Publish

College Hill Library

Westminster, CO, 3:45-4:45

June 7 - June 21

Lighthouse Writers Workshop's Lit Fest, Denver. I'll teach classes on writing fiction, nonfiction, and book reviews. Registration opens April 10!

Personal Essays with A Twist

Thursday, June 13, 2-4 p.m.

Crash Course in Character

Thursday, June 13, 4:30-6:30 pm.

Nonfiction Pitch Panel

Friday, June 14, 12:30-1:30 p.m.

Getting Under the Skin: Techniques for Closing Narrative Distance

Thursday, June 20, 2-4 p.m.

Not Your Daddy's Book Review

Thursday, June 20, 4:30-6:30 p.m.

July 29

Reading at the Mile High MFA's Summer Residency

Regis University

Denver, CO, 6-7 p.m.

past events

January 6

Mile High MFA Winter Residency Reading with Khadijah Queen, Kristen Iverson, and Carolina Ebeid, Regis University, 6-7 p.m.

2018

Mile High MFA Creative Nonfiction Faculty Reading & Interview

Kristen Iversen, Helen Thorpe, and moderator Jenny Shank

Regis University, Claver Hall, Mountain View Room

3333 Regis Blvd., Denver, CO

Sunday, January 7, 6:30-7:30 p.m., free and open to the public

At The Inkwell

w/ Mairead Case, Richard Froude, and Elwin Michael Cotman

BookBar

4280 Tennyson St., Denver, CO

Sunday, February 18, 5-6:30 p.m., free

Writers Studio 13th Annual Literary Festival

Arapahoe Community College, Littleton Campus

Nonfiction Workshop and reading

Half Moon, 5900 S. Santa Fe Dr., Littleton, CO

Saturday, April 14, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Lighthouse Writers Workshop Lit Fest

1515 Race St., Denver

June 1-June 15

The Classics of Story Structure…and the Ever-Popular B-Sides

Lighthouse Writers Workshop, 1515 Race St., Denver

Tuesday, June 5, 2-4 p.m.

Finding the Authentic Detail

Lighthouse Writers Workshop, 1515 Race St., Denver

Tuesday, June 5, 4:30-6:30 p.m.

Writing the Internet: Blogs, Essays, and Tweets

Lighthouse Writers Workshop, 1515 Race St., Denver

Wednesday, June 6, 2-4 p.m.

Fierce Remix: Writing the Multiple Timeline Book

Lighthouse Writers Workshop, 1515 Race St., Denver

Wednesday, June 6, 4:30-6:30 p.m.

Quit Your Day Job: Brown-Bag Business Panel w/ Chris Clemans (The Clegg Agency), Marya Spence (Janklow & Nesbit), and Mario Acevedo

Lighthouse Writers Workshop, 1515 Race St., Denver

Tuesday, June 12, 12:30 p.m.

The Art of Literary Submission

Learn how to submit your writing for publication and where to submit it!

Lighthouse North (Inside Office Evolution in Louisville, CO)

Thursday, September 6, 6-8:30 p.m., $65 (member), $75 (nonmember)

Personal Essays Plus

Learn how to enhance your personal essays with research and philosophical or scientific investigation. Registration details to come.

Lighthouse North - Grand Opening Sampler (inside Office Evolution in Louisville, CO)

Saturday, October 6, 1:15-2:45 p.m.

2017

Wheat Ridge Reads has chosen The Ringer for 2017!

Wheat Ridge Public Library's Thursday Morning Book Club

Ye Olde Firehouse, 3232 Depew St; Wheat Ridge, CO

Free & open to the public

Thursday, September 21, 9 a.m.

Wheat Ridge High School

Thursday, September 21, afternoon

Books & Brews

El Aguascalientes Mexican Restaurant

4105 Wadsworth Blvd, Wheat Ridge, CO 80033

Free & open to the public

Saturday, September 23, 4 p.m.

Past Events

Fiction Writing Lessons from Disobedient Masters

Colorado Writing School

Office Evolution, 357 S. McCaslin, Louisville, CO

Wednesday, February 1, $50-$60

Mile High MFA Sampler

Colorado Writing School

Office Evolution, 357 S. McCaslin, Louisville, CO

I will teach a nonfiction craft class & participate in a panel with other Mile High MFA Faculty.

Saturday, February 25, 1-5 p.m.

Freelance Writing: Getting Started and Building Your Career

Colorado Writing School

Office Evolution, 357 S. McCaslin, Louisville, CO

Wednesday, March 8, $50-$60

Reading w/ David Hicks

Boulder Book Store

I'll be the warm-up act as we celebrate Mile High MFA director David Hicks' first novel, White Plains!

Tuesday, May 2, 7:30 p.m., $5

Word Tango Weekend Workshop

"Disobedient Fiction"

Online, May 12-14

Lighthouse Writers Workshop Lit Fest

1515 Race St., Denver

June 2-June 16

I will teach three classes and participate on one panel at this year's Lit Fest! Sign-up links coming soon.

Strategic Submitting

June 7, 12:30 - 1:30

Fierce Remix: Writing the Multiple Timeline Novel

June 8, 2 - 4 p.m.

The Art of Literary Submission

June 8, 4:30-6:30 p.m.

Writing the Internet

June 9, 4:30-6:30 p.m.

Mile High MFA Faculty Reading

w/ TaraShea Nesbit, Allen Learnst & Len Vlahos

Regis University, Mountain View Room

Thursday, July 27, 6:30 p.m., free

How to Write & Publish Book Reviews

Part of the Mile High MFA open house - all are welcome!

Regis University, SCI-212

Friday, July 28, 3-4 p.m., free

The Wonders of Research

Lighthouse Writers Workshop

1515 Race St., Denver

Saturday, August 26, 10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., $65-$75

2016

Colorado Writing School Conference

w/ Rachel Weaver, Stephen Graham Jones, Lisa Jones, Rebecca Taylor & More

Left Hand Grange Hall, Niwot, CO

Saturday, October 22, 9 a.m.- 5 p.m.

Lit Crawl Denver

Reading w/ Mile High MFA Faculty

Book Bar

4280 Tennyson St., Denver, CO

Friday, September 2, 6 p.m.

Mile High MFA Summer Residency

Reading w/ Traci L. Jones & David Lazar

Claver Hall, Regis University

July 23, 6-7:30 p.m.

Lighthouse Writers Workshop Lit Fest

1515 Race St., Denver

June 3-June 18

I will teach five classes and participate on two panels at this year's Lit Fest!

A Man Walks into a Bar: On Writing Funny

w/ Steve Almond, Erika Krouse & Seth Brady Tucker

Lighthouse Writers Workshop, Denver

Saturday, June 4, 6-7:30 p.m.

Lessons in Fiction From Disobedient Masters

Lighthouse Writers Workshop, Denver

Tuesday June 7, 2-4:30 p.m.

The Art of Literary Submission

Lighthouse Writers Workshop, Denver

Tuesday, June 7, 5-7:30 p.m.

Mighty Microstructure for Your Book

Lighthouse Writers Workshop, Denver

Wednesday, June 8, 2-4:30 p.m.

Freelance Writing: Getting Started and Building Your Career

Lighthouse Writers Workshop, Denver

Wednesday, June 9, 5-7:30 p.m.

When News Breaks in Your Backyard: Timely Essays to Boost Your Writing Career

w/ Joel Warner, Michael Henry, and Benjamin Dancer

Lighthouse Writers Workshop, Denver

Monday, June 13, 12:30-1:45 p.m.

Building Your Writing Web Presence

Lighthouse Writers Workshop, Denver

Wednesday, June 15, 2-4:30 p.m.

Mile High Writers Series w/ Seth Brady Tucker & Jenny Shank

We kick off the Mile High MFA's first January residency with a faculty/guest writer reading.

Regis University's Dayton Memorial Library, Denver

January 9, 7 p.m., free

2015

A Celebration of Lucia Berlin's Selected StoriesI will celebrate my writing mentor Lucia Berlin with editor Stephen Emerson, Bobbie Louise Hawkins, Jennifer Dunbar Dorn, Keith Abbott, Staci Amend, Steve Katz, Erika Krouse and Peter MichelsonBoulder Book Store1107 Pearl Street

October 13, 7:30 p.m., $5

Writing The Internet: Blogs, Essays & Tweets

Lighthouse Writers Workshop

1515 Race St., Denver

August 22, 2-4:30 p.m., $65 members, $75 non-members

Fucking Fabulous Fiction Fest

with High Fiction, The Novelistas, Stories on Stage, Greg Hill, Matthew Taylor, Tuyet Nguyen and more!

The Oriental Theater, Denver

July 31, doors at 7 p.m., show at 8 p.m., $12, 18+

Lighthouse Writers Workshop Lit Fest

1515 Race St., Denver

June 5-June 19

I will teach six classes and participate on two panels at Lit Fest this year:

The Art of Literary Submission

Lighthouse Writers Workshop, Denver

Monday, June 8, 2-4:30 p.m.

Please, Sir, I Want Some More: On Failure and Rejection

with Andre Dubus III, Paula Younger, and Rachel Weaver

Lighthouse Writers Workshop, Denver

Monday, June 8, 8-9:30 p.m.

Lighthouse Writers Workshop, Denver

Tuesday June 9, 2-4:30 p.m.

Microstructure for Your Book

Lighthouse Writers Workshop, Denver

Tuesday, June 9, 5-7:30 p.m.

Building Your Writing Web Presence

Lighthouse Writers Workshop, Denver

Monday, June 15, 2-4:30 p.m.

Freelance Writing: Getting Started and Building Your Career

Lighthouse Writers Workshop, Denver

Monday, June 15, 5-7:30 p.m.

Brown Bag Business Panel: Lit Mags to Launch Careers

w/ Seth Brady Tucker, Lynn Wagner and Amanda Rea

Lighthouse Writers Workshop, Denver

Tuesday, June 16, 12:30-1:45 p.m.

Shouts & Murmurs: Writing Short Comedy

Lighthouse Writers Workshop, Denver

Tuesday, June 16, 2-4:30 p.m.

Funny Words: Writing Humor Under the Influence of Mary Roach

University of Denver

April 8 & 15, 6:30–8:30 p.m., Mary Roach P&P lecture, April 20, 7:30 p.m

The Future of the Catholic Literary Imagination w/ Julia Alvarez, Ron Hansen, Alice McDermott & Tobias Wolff

University of Southern California

"Words Made Flesh: Reading and Response," a reading with my fellow USC Generations in Dialogue participants.

February 21, 3-4:15 p.m.

2014

Fiction Four-Pack w/ Doug Kurtz & Jenny Shank

Lighthouse Writers Studio

1515 Race St., Denver

Wednesdays, February 19 - March 12, 4-6 p.m.

City As Muse with Ray Rinaldi and Amy Zimmer

Denver Post

101 W. Colfax Ave., Denver CO

Wednesday, April 2, 6 p.m.

Lighthouse Writers Workshop, Denver

Monday, June 9, 12:30 p.m.

Lighthouse Writers Workshop, Denver

Monday, June 9, 5-7:30 p.m.

Microstructure for Your Book

Lighthouse Writers Workshop, Denver

Tuesday, June 10, 2-4:30 p.m.

Building Your Writing Web Presence

Lighthouse Writers Workshop, Denver

Tuesday, June 10, 5-7:30 p.m.

Brown Bag Lunch: Social Media for Writers

With Eleanor Brown, Ron Doyle and Monika Woods

Lighthouse Writers Workshop, Denver

Tuesday, June 17, 12:30 p.m.

Panel Discussion: Kidding or Not, the Question of Parenting, Family, Art

With Steven Wingate, Amanda Rea, and Nicky Beer

Lighthouse Writers Workshop, Denver

Tuesday, June 17, 8-9:30 p.m.

Freelance Writing: Getting Started and Building Your Career

Lighthouse Writers Workshop, Denver

Wednesday, June 18, 2-4:30 p.m.

Shouts & Murmurs: Writing Short Comedy

Lighthouse Writers Workshop, Denver

Tuesday, June 18, 5-7:30 p.m.

Jefferson County Open School Guest Author Program

Jefferson County Open School, Arvada

December 10, 1 p.m.

2013

Web Presence for Writers Workshop

Boulder Writing Studio, 239 B Canyon Blvd., Boulder

Freelance Writing

Saturday, March 9, 4-6:30 p.m.

Boulder Writing Studio, 239 B Canyon Blvd., Boulder

Saturday, June 8, 3-5:30 p.m.

Lighthouse Writers Workshop Lit Fest

1515 Race St., Denver

June 2013

Building Your Writing Web Presence

Lighthouse Writers Workshop, Denver

Monday, June 10, 2-4:30 p.m.

Freelance Writing: Getting Started and Building Your Career

Lighthouse Writers Workshop, Denver

Monday, June 10, 5-7:30 p.m.

Shouts & Murmurs: Writing Short Comedy

Lighthouse Writers Workshop, Denver

Tuesday, June 18, 2-4:30 p.m.

Microstructure for Your Book

Lighthouse Writers Workshop, Denver

Wednesday, June 19, 5-7:30 p.m.

Panel Discussion: Scent of a Woman's Ink: The Question of Gender Bias in Publishing

w/ Nick Arvin and Amanda Rea

Lighthouse Writers Workshop, Denver

Wednesday, June 19, 8-9:30 p.m.

2012

8-Week Novel Writing Workshop

Boulder Writing Studio, Boulder

Mondays, beginning January 24, 6:15-8:30 p.m.

Longmont Library Book Festival

Longmont Library

April 13, 2-5 p.m., free

Query Letter Writing Workshop

Boulder Writing Studio, Boulder

April 23, 6-8:30 p.m., $53

SoBo Reading Series

Reading with poet Chip Livingston

Vic's Espresso, 4770 Table Mesa Dr., Boulder

May 10, 7 p.m., free

Lighthouse Lit Fest 2012

Lighthouse Writers Workshop, Denver

I'll be teaching classes and doing a panel discussion and a reading:

"Envisioning Your Novel"

June 4, 2-4:30 p.m.

"Shouts & Murmurs: Writing Short Comedy"

June 6, 5-7:30 p.m.

Reading at the Lit Fest Book Fair

June 15, 12 p.m.

"Writing and Publishing in the 20th Century Marketplace"

with Eleanor Brown, Sandra Bond, and Shari Cauldron

June 15, 1-2:30 p.m.

High Plains Book Awards

Billings, Montana

October 20, 2012

Writer Walks Into A Studio…Writing Short Comedy

Boulder Writing Studio, 239 B Canyon Blvd., Boulder

Friday, November 30th, 6:00-8:30 p.m.

2011

Blog Tour

In 2011, I wrote guest posts for websites including The Huffington Post, Largehearted Boy, New West, Craig Lancaster's A Mind Adrift in the West, Montana Public Radio's The Write Question, Three Guys One Book, and more. Here are the links:

A Mind Adrift in the West

Interview with Craig Lancaster

March 2

The Huffington Post, Denver

Essay, "Writing the Decent Denver Novel"

March 4

The Write Question

Interview with Chérie Newman on Montana Public Radio

March 24

New West

Interview with Traci J. Macnamara

March 28

KUVO's R&B Jukebox

An interview with Easy Bill, who spun a Ringer-themed setlist.

Saturday, April 2, 8 p.m.

Three Guys One Book

An essay for their "When We Fell in Love" series

April 6

Tattered Cover Blog - Between The Covers

Essay and info on my book

April 8

Janet Skeslien Charles

Interview

May 15

Fiction Writers Review

Interview with Steven Wingate

June 23

Embracing Creativity

Interview with Sally Evans

January 5

910 Arts

910 Santa Fe Boulevard, Denver

Saturday, February 19, 7 p.m.

Participating in the Lighthouse Writer's Workshop's "The Story of a Book" with authors Harrison Fletcher, Eleanor Brown, and Jackie St. Joan.

Denver Woman's Press Club

Monday, March 21, 5:30 p.m.

Tattered Cover Bookstore, LoDo

Denver, CO

Friday, April 8, 7:30 p.m.

Come celebrate the Rockies' opening week at this baseball-themed book launch for The Ringer!

Boulder Book Store

Boulder, CO

Wednesday, April 27, 7:30 p.m.

Barnes & Noble

Greenwood Village, CO

8555 E. Arapahoe Rd.

Saturday, May 7, 11 a.m.- 2 p.m.

Lighthouse Lit Fest

Teaching two craft seminars on Monday, June 13

Shouts & Murmurs: Writing Short Comedy, 2-4:30 p.m.

Envisioning the Novel, 5-7:30 p.m.

Ferril House, Denver CO

Monday, June 13

Gypsy House Café Reading Series

279 Marion St., Denver

Thursday, June 30, 7:30 p.m.

University of Denver Summer Publishing Institute

Panel discussion about publishing a novel with Cathy Langer, David Wroblewski & Eleanor Brown

July 14, 6-9 p.m.

Boulder Writers Workshop

Paradise Bakery, Boulder, CO

Craft Discussion: Envisioning Your Novel

Saturday, July 16, 9:30 a.m., $10

Englewood Public Library

Englewood, CO

1000 Englewood Pkwy.

Monday, July 18, 6:30 p.m.

Boulder Public Library

1001 Arapahoe Avenue, Boulder, CO

Discussion of The Ringer with the Women of the West book club--all are welcome!

Saturday, August 13, 10 a.m.

Chautauqua Community House

Boulder, CO

Thursday, September 8, 7 p.m., $7-$10

8-Week Novel Writing Workshop

Boulder Book Store

Mondays, beginning September 12, 6-8 p.m.

Montana Festival of the Book

Missoula, MT

October 6-8

Denver Public Library's Colorado Author Series

Schlessman Family Branch, Denver, CO

October 22, 2 p.m.

2010

Friday, April 9 – Moderating the panel "To West or Not to West," Colorado Convention Center, Room 111, 9 a.m.

Saturday, April 10 – Participating on the panel "Homing In: Migration as Place," Colorado Convention Center, Room 107, 12 p.m.

Denver Notre Dame Alumni Club Reading

Good Shepherd Catholic Church, Denver

Friday, November 5