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CIPA (Colorado Independent Publisher's Association) Monthly Program

  • Church of Scientology 2340 Blake Street Denver, CO, 80205 United States (map)

Why Write Fiction (When The Whole World Thinks You Should Not)

There is no shortage of novels being published. Who has trouble finding something to read? Nobody, that’s who. Average income is down. In fact, all art has been devalued. So why write fiction? What are the rewards? Mark will talk about the importance of ignoring all the messages from the universe and writing in the face of all the discouraging trends. He will talk about the key things you need to begin and how to ensure you are working with a quality process from writing your first precious sentence to finalizing the marketing plan for your finished novel.


Mark Stevens grew up in Massachusetts. He was raised by two librarians. By law, he was required to grow up loving books. And writing. He writes the Allison Coil Mystery Series—Antler Dust, Buried by the Roan, Trapline, Lake of Fire and The Melancholy Howl. Trapline won the Colorado Book Award and The Colorado Authors League Award in 2016. Buried by the Roan and Lake of Fire were finalists for the same award. Kirkus Reviews called Lake of Fire “irresistible” and The Melancholy Howl “smart and indelible.” Mark was the 2016 Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers’ Writer of the Year.

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Earlier Event: May 14
Writers Idea Factory