Come listen to four published authors talk about all aspects of writing – crafting, publishing, marketing – what they’ve learned and what advice they would offer aspiring writers. Erika Krouse, Rebecca Snow, Maura Weiler, and Jenn Chambliss Bertman will be the featured authors. The discussion will be facilitated by Rachel Weaver with Q&A and book signing to follow.
Erika Krouse’s fiction has appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, One Story, Ploughshares, and other magazines and anthologies. Erika's collection of short stories, Come Up and See Me Sometime, won the Paterson Fiction Award, was chosen as a New York Times Notable Book of the Year, and has been translated into six languages. Erika's new novel, Contenders, was called a “unique and fearless” by Bob Shacochis, and “a knockout at every level” by David Wroblewski. Erika currently teaches at the Lighthouse Writers Workshop in Denver, where she won the 2014 Lighthouse Beacon Award for teaching excellence. Erika also works part time as a private investigator for Title IX and sexual assault cases, and recently completed a[masked] Amtrak Residency.
Maura Weiler grew up in Connecticut and earned her BA and MA in English Literature from the University of Notre Dame and the University of Chicago, respectively. She is a former columnist for The Connecticut Post and a trash artist whose work has been featured on NBC Television and in galleries and shows across the country. As Director of Development at Blue Tulip Productions, she helped develop the screenplays for such films as Speed, Twister, The Paperboy, and Minority Report. Contrition is her first novel.
Rebecca Snow’s debut novel, Glassmusic (http://conundrum-press.com/glassmusic/),was released from Conundrum Press in November 2014 and was shortlisted for the 2015 International Rubery Book Award (http://www.ruberybookaward.com/2015-winners.html). Snow was awarded the Robert and Daryl Davis Fellowship in Poetry for the 2015Seaside Writers Conference (http://seasidewritersconference.weebly.com/2015-swc-archives.html), and her poetry has been published in Blue Moon,Pooled Ink, and was recently added to the Denver Poetry Map (http://www.denverpoetrymap.net/?page_id=234). She won first place for narrative nonfiction in the 2007 Writers Studio Contest from Arapahoe Community College and was featured in Progenitor. With an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Montana, Snow teaches English at the Community College of Aurora. She is originally from Seattle and enjoys hiking around the great Rocky Mountains with her son.
Jennifer Chambliss Bertman writes stories with a bit of mystery, a bit of humor, and a lot of fun. Her debut novel, Book Scavenger (Christy Ottaviano Books/Henry Holt for Young Readers), was an Indie Next Kids’ Top Ten Pick, a Junior Library Guild selection, and one of five titles chosen for Publisher’s Weekly Best Summer Middle Grade Books for 2015, among other accolades. A sequel titled The Unbreakable Code will be published in 2016, followed by a stand-alone middle grade mystery in 2017. She has an MFA in creative writing and worked in publishing for over a decade before becoming a children’s book author.