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Steamboat Springs Arts Council, writers group to host 36th annual conference

Local author Cesare Rosati participated in the 33rd annual Steamboat Springs Writers Conference.

— The 36th annual "A Day for Writers" will be a day of writing exploration, offering sharp focus within a short time frame.

The Staeamboat Springs Arts Council and Steamboat Writer's Group will host the event on July 21 and July 22 at the Depot Art Center.

Providing inspiration and education for novice writers and professionals alike, the workshop will feature Laura Resau, award-winning author of eight highly acclaimed novels, Laura DiSilvero, national bestselling author of 17 mystery and suspense novelist.

Conference seminars include: "The Plot's the Thing," how to construct plot around the three-act structure and building character arcs; "Make Your World Come Alive: Enriching Setting and Character,” how to enrich setting and character through imagery and description; "Adventures in Writing Young Adult Novels,” strategies of essential elements for a successful teen novel; and "Getting Serious About Writing a Series,” how to set up a series and develop a plot and characters over the course of several books.

"The inspiration gleaned from experienced and serious published authors moves all of us forward in a supportive environment with serious criticism delivered in a constructive manner, sometimes with a dose of humor mixed in," said Donald Moss, who has participated in more than 10 of the past conferences. "There is a strong sense of community that I have not experienced elsewhere."

Aside from the annual workshop, the Writers Group, an affiliate of Steamboat Springs Arts Council since 1982, represents a community of writers who share similar frustrations, challenges and epiphanies. Meeting weekly on Thursdays, the group is open to writers and authors of all levels.

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"I think the community of writers in Steamboat is remarkable," said Peter Hack, who attended the workshop last year after his first year with the Writers Group. "Every week, we sit down and hear great writing. It’s made me a better writer and opened the door to relationships that I would have missed otherwise. That’s been happening for 35 years. I don’t think I need to dress up how incredible that is."

Since the number of conference participants is limited, early registration is recommended. Visit steamboat for more information.

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If you go…

What: 36th annual A Day for Writers

When: July 21 and July 22

Where: Depot Art Center, 1001 13th St.

Tuition: $60 early registration and $74 after May 27

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