The Greyrock Writers' Festival is a celebration of the art and practice of writing and reading in the Rocky Mountain West. Join us this summer for the Opening Reading and Reception Featuring Jewell Parker Rhodes; the Friday Evening Reading and Reception;a variety of Writing Workshops; and our special Children's Writing Workshop, hosted by the Fort Collins Public Library. Whether you're a published or aspiring writer, or simply interested in sharing your love of reading and writing, we hope you'll participate.

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Opening Reading & Reception (Free)

RhodesJewell Parker Rhodes, novelist, essayist, and professor of Creative Writing and American Literature at Arizona State University, opens the 2004 Greyrock Writers' Festival on Wednesday, June 16th, at 7:00 p.m. at the Fort Collins Senior Center, 1200 Raintree Drive

"Jewell Parker Rhodes's characters hover. They dance and sing and cry and whisper secrets in your ear." -Emerge

A'Lelia Bundles, author of On Her Own Ground says of Douglass' Women--"A poetically imagined, intensely moving love story that transcends time and place. Rhodes writes like a dream...[She] is a master of seduction, plaiting the electrically charged fibers of love and passion into a tightrope of adoration and longing, of sacrifice and satisfaction. Enjoy the high wire act, loving and aching with Douglass' Women."

Friday Evening Reading & Reception (Free)

SueEllen Campbell and Evan Oakley come together to read selections from their work. Join us for a reading, reception, and book signing on Friday, June 18th, at 5:30 p.m. at the Fort Collins Harmony Library, intersection of Shields Street and Harmony Road.

Creative Writing Workshops (Enrollment Required)

Greyrock Writers' Festival Workshops bring together readers and writers of all interests and experiences with seasoned teachers of writing and literature. Select from the workshops that explore writing processes from generating to publishing your work, and cover a range of topics and genres. Workshops will be held on the Colorado State University campus(with the exception of the Publishing Panel which will be held at the Fort Collins Library Main Branch, 201 Peterson). Free Parking Passes will be mailed to all registered participants. Follow the links for detailed descriptions of each workshop.

Theme and Variation:
Series and Sequence in Poetry
, Matthew Cooperman

Thursday, June 17th, 9-11 a.m. (CSU Campus, $35)

Conflict and Effective Plots:
A Fiction Workshop
, Jewell Parker Rhodes

Thursday, June 17th, 2-4 p.m. (CSU Campus, $35)

Literary Publishing Panel:
Behind the Scenes
, Stephanie G'Schwind,Jody Rein,
Faith Marchovecchio, Teresa Funke and Steven Church
Thursday, June 17th, 7-8:30 p.m.**Free and Open to the Public**
Fort Collins Library Main Branch, 201 Peterson

Write That Novel Now:
A Fiction Workshop For Young Adults
, Lauren Myracle

Friday, June 18th, 9-11 a.m.(CSU Campus, $25)

Truth. Lies. Somewhere in Between:
The Risks and Rewards of Writing Creative Nonfiction
, Steven Church

Friday, June 18th, 2-4 p.m.(CSU Campus, $35)

Writing Like A Wolverine:
A Poetry Workshop for Young Adults
, Jack Martin

Friday, June 18th, 2-4 p.m.(CSU Campus, $25)

The Art of Place:
A Fiction Workshop
, Laura Pritchett

Saturday, June 19th, 9-11 a.m.(CSU Campus, $35)

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Children's Writing Workshop (Free; For Children Grades One Through Six)
Imaginations Let Loose
Thursday, June 17th, 2-3 p.m.
Fort Collins Public Library Main Branch, 201 Peterson

Writer and teacher Juliette Guilemette will lead this special children's workshop. Take your poetry writing skills to the next level. Come prepared to dream on paper. Supplies Provided. No enrollment required.

To learn more about the Festival, please call us at (970) 491-6428 or send email to Judea Franck at jdfranck@lamar.colostate.edu

Thanks to Our Individual Sponsors

The following sponsors have contributed to the Greyrock Writers' Festival. Thanks for your support.

Platinum Sponsors:($200 and Up)

  • Gary and Deanna Ludwin
  • Gary and Carol Ann Hixon

Gold Sponsors: ($100 -$199)

  • Patti Cowell and Sherry Pomering
  • Chris Nelson and Bruce Ronda
  • Emily Hammond and Steven Schwartz
  • David W. and Louanne Reid
  • David and Peg Gunderson
  • Marlene Duncan
  • Lee and Carla Jeffrey
  • Bill and Chris Kneeland
  • Anonymous
  • Kate Kiefer and Tim Tillson
  • SueEllen Campbell and John Calderazzo
  • Mike and Jessica Palmquist
  • Dr. and Mrs. Dennis Brenkert
Green Sponsors: ($1-$99)
  • Heather and Don Hardy
  • Veronica and Evan Patterson
  • Anonymous
  • Anonymous