As the founder of Ignited Ink Writing, I am dedicated to helping people create stories that haunt, inspire, bare a truth, and linger with readers. I am a freelance editor and writer with a MFA in Creative Writing and Poetics, a Bachelors in Biochemistry, and multiple publications.
My passion for writing extends to all ages and styles. I have taught fiction writing workshops for senior citizens at San Juan College’s Encore program and creative writing to second and third graders at Sanchez Elementary’s after school program. I currently teach young adult fiction and introduction to creative writing at Colorado Free University, am programs chair for the Boulder Writers’ Alliance, and run the YouTube channel Ignited Ink Writing.
When presenting, I do my best to inform, engage, and entertain and tailor my topics to my audience. I want to share my love for reading and writing with others and make them better communicators in all aspects of their lives. I attempt to keep my talks fun, up-beat, and to the point.
Intro to Creative Writing Student Testimonial
“Caitlin was very well-organized and had inventive and fun activities to do throughout the class. I learned a lot about writing stories and details that are important to share that I never thought about before. Really loved the class!”
Event Planners Can Expect
A pre-event phone call or meeting to discuss the chosen presentation topic, event’s audience, and logistics
Event promotion on my platforms including Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and LinkedIn as well as announcements at the various organizations I actively participate in
Digital copies of information for attendees in the form of powerpoint slides or PDFs
A seminar delivered to the best of my abilities with the intent to inform, engage, and entertain
A follow up phone call or meeting
Testimonial from Helen Hand
President of Colorado Free University
“Caitlin is an instructor at Colorado Free University, offering a one-evening course in writing young adult fiction and a four-week beginning creative writing course. Caitlin is a dedicated and knowledgeable instructor who brings great value to the CFU students. She is described by students as skilled, patient, and giving.”
Places I've Spoken
Colorado Free University
I am a young adult fiction, creative writing, and origami instructor.
Colorado Gold 2018
I led a workshop on what makes a novel young adult.
I led a workshop on point of view uses, benefits, and pitfalls.
Broomfield Writers Idea Factory
As a member, I have presented and lead discussions at Writers Idea Factory’s Tuesday meetings on point of view, using poetry to improve your prose, young adult fiction, creating monsters, building author websites and email lists, and female serial killers.
I co-ran their 2018 workshop, where I participated in an editors' panel and presented on creating memorable characters.
Boulder Writers Alliance
I led a workshop on point of view and perspective.
I run their monthly writers critique group.
At their 2016 and 2017 summer writing program, I was a panelist. One year I presented on query letters; the next year I spoke about experimentation in young adult literature.
At multiple readings over the last two years, I have read from my fiction. Each time I read for 2-20 minutes.
San Juan College
In the summer of 2015, I instructed two fiction writers workshops for the Encore program.
I taught Advanced Fiction Composition.
I taught creative writing to second and third graders. We did cut-up poetry, comic books, word association, and other projects.
Testimonial From Linda Kinnamon
Author of Alchemy of the Afterlife
"Caitlin Berve did a presentation on POV for our local group, Writers’ Idea Factory. Our group is challenging for presenters because the writers range from novices to published authors. Caitlin, however, presented a difficult topic to a diverse group in an approachable and engaging manor. We look forward to having Caitlin present again."
Frequently Requested Topics
How to think like a Teen: What is Young adult literature
50% of young adult literature readers are adults, giving this category the largest audience of them all.
YA is more than just a story about a teenager. In this presentation, you’ll discover the three main qualities a piece of writing must contain to truly be young adult, common misconceptions about the category, and why many authors find it so exciting to write.
Who’s Telling Your Story? Point of View and Perspective
One of the first decisions an author makes when beginning a story, and one many don't put enough thought into, is what point of view they will use.
Point of view impacts who the main character is, the reader's perception/opinion of the characters, and how close the reader will be to the characters. This presentation covers the definitions, advantages, and pitfalls of each POV and why one might work better for a specific story.
Exploring the World of Young Adult Fiction Student Testimonial
“Caitlin included direct education and hands-on practice. All the exercises were directly related to the lecture/direct education and examples. She had a great mix of examples, clear outline, exercises, and feedback.”
Other topics caitlin has presented
Getting Your Book Published: Query Letters with Claws and Synopses
If you want to land a traditional publishing contract, you need to know how to craft a query letter and synopsis. This presentation covers the submission packet fiction authors need to query an agent or publisher.
What to Include in an Author Website
I’ve seen too many author websites that don’t even have a purchase link to sell their books. This presentation walks you through the pages and types of content you need to have on your website, so you can make sales and connect with readers. It is not a coding step-by-step process.
Connect with Your Readers: Email Marketing for Authors
In today’s marketing world, everyone needs a newsletter. Learn what readers want out of your newsletter to stay connected with them between books.
How to Create Unforgettable Characters
Many readers return to a series for the characters, not the plot. If you want to create the type of characters readers dress up as or discuss with their friends, you need to learn how to build unforgettable characters.
Build Worlds Readers Hate to Leave
Readers often return to fantasy, science fiction, and historical fiction books for a place, time, or society they’ve fallen in love with. This presentation shares the key components you need to think about and bring forward in your story to build the kind of world readers hate to leave.
I’ve also shared how poetry can improve prose, how conflict and stakes create tension to drive a story forward, the mechanics of voice, and more. My specialty is fiction, but many of these subjects apply to all forms of prose. If you want to know more about my topics or book me, please contact me.
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Intro to Creative Writing Student Testimonial
“Very professional, thoughtful, and well-prepared. She did a great job generating interaction and communication in class. I learned a lot of building blocks to good creative writing.”