A day of writing workshops and author panels concluding with a community-building cocktail social.


Boulder Writing Studio and The Dairy Center for the Arts are proud to offer our community a one-of-a-kind summer writing event, open to writers of all levels, ages 17 and older.

This day-long program will include two writing workshops, two panels of authors and literary agents, and a cocktail social during which time participating writers will have the opportunity to connect with our instructors and one another, and be introduced to a variety of ways in which they can take their writing and writing life to the next level.

During each workshop session participants will have the option to choose from workshops in Fiction, Non-Fiction/Memoir, Poetry or Children’s Lit. During the author panels we will all come together as one big group and discuss some of the finer points of the craft of creative writing, as well as good writing habits, strategies, and successful submission guidelines. At the conclusion of the day, we will meet together in the Dairy’s lobby bar to unwind, continue our conversations about the art & craft of writing, and make new friends who share our passion for the written word.

Please see below for a list of presenters, registration information, and an outline of the day’s program. We sincerely hope you will join us for what will be a fun and informative summer afternoon of creative exploration!

Featured Presenters

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Robert Gatewood, a novelist and screenwriter, is the founder and Executive Director of Boulder Writing Studio. His acclaimed novel, The Sound of the Trees, garnered grants from the MacArthur and Whiting Foundations and residencies at MacDowell and Yaddo. A former teacher at the University of Colorado and literary editor at Traffic East, Robert brings 20 years of teaching and writing experience to the BWS community.

Carla Riccio is a former editor at The Dial Press, where she specialized in discovering new writers in literary fiction and non-fiction. Her focus is on personal essay, memoir, and creative nonfiction, genres in which she has taught workshops for the past 10 years.

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Lija Fisher is an author of humorous adventure novels for kids. Her debut novel, The Cryptid Catcher, was published by Farrar, Straus & Giroux, an imprint of Macmillan. The book received a starred review from Booklist and was a Junior Library Guild official selection. Her follow-up novel, The Cryptid Keeper, will launch in 2019 and was written while Lija was a Writer in Residence with the Aspen Words/Catto Shaw Foundation.

Christopher David Rosales is the author of the novel Silence the Bird, Silence the Keeper, which won the McNamara Family Creative Arts Grant. He is a Research Fellow and Ph.D. candidate at the University of Denver, and the Fiction Editor at SpringGun Press. His second novel, Gods on the Lam, is forthcoming from Perpetual Motion Machine Publishing.

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Amanda Auerbach currently writes and teaches at the University of Iowa. Her first book of poems What Need Have We for Such as We is forthcoming from C&R Press in fall 2019. Her poems have appeared in The Paris Review, Boston Review, Fence, Denver Quarterly, Kenyon Review, Colorado Review, Conjunctions (online), Thrush Poetry Journal, and Poetry Northwest.

Shannon Hassan brings a depth of business and editorial experience to her role as agent at Marsal Lyon Literary Agency. Shannon represents authors of literary and commercial fiction, young adult and middle grade fiction, and select nonfiction. Before becoming an agent, she was the Acquisitions Editor at Fulcrum Publishing, and prior to that, a corporate attorney at Arnold & Porter in New York.

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Becky LeJeune is an associate agent at Bond Literary Agency. Prior to joining the agency, Becky spent time working as a bookseller, a freelance cookbook editor, and an acquisitions editor for a small, regional press. She is a graduate of the Denver Publishing Institute.

Becky is actively building her client list, and is interested in cookbooks and YA and adult submissions in the following genres: horror, mystery/suspense/thriller, historical fiction, sci fi, fantasy, and general fiction. She enjoys plot driven narratives with unique settings, strong world building, and well-developed characters.