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Writers' Idea Factory Workshop: Day 2

  • Alfalfa's 785 East South Boulder Road Louisville, CO United States (map)
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Quiet Writing

Friday May 19 9:30 -12:30

Gather for three hours of dedicated writing time with a room full of other writers.


Cover Design: Images Sell Books

Saturday May 19 1:30-2:20

When a reader picks a book up off the shelf, it’s not because of the flowing prose and gripping story. It’s because the cover spoke to them. Find out what creates a cover that makes readers want to know more about your story, how to work with a cover designer, what is expected in certain genre covers, and more from seasoned cover designer Nick Zellinger.

Nick Zellinger is an award winning book designer, musician, and animal lover. He owns NZ Graphics, where he designs books, banners, logos, business cards, brochures, and more. His book covers and interior design consistently help his clients place in the CIPA EVVY awards, Best Cover Design by USA Book News, the Indie Excellence Book Award, Foreword Reviews Book of the Year, and many others. A longtime CIPA member, Nick often regales meetings with his musical talents as well as his writing/design knowledge to bring laughter to the group.


The Professional Writer’s Library

Saturday May 19 2:30-3:20

The list of books writers “should” have at hand can quickly become overwhelming if you include every writing advice book you’ve ever been recommended. Don Callaway will address the handful of resource books you likely need on hand and which books you can borrow once from a friend or your local library instead of purchasing and keeping.

Don Calloway majored in creative writing as an undergraduate at LSU, and, after a hiatus of more than 25 years, he returned to writing full time in 2007. He has published one novel, We Three Kings, and is currently editing his second novel, The Captain's Boy.


Contract Basics for Writers

Saturday May 19 3:30-4:20

As a writer, you will likely encounter several occasions in which someone will ask you to sign a contract before agreeing to work as your cover designer, illustrator, or editor. Why is this important? What happens if you don’t understand or agree to everything in the contract? If you’ve ever felt uneasy about what you’re signing or want tips on what to look out for as a writer, then this is the presentation for you!

Before Amber Byers became an editor, she was an attorney whose practice included litigating business and contract disputes. So she understands all of that legalese that fills the pages of those daunting contracts and has seen firsthand some of the mistakes you want to avoid.

To sign up, go to the Writers' Idea Factory MeetUp page.