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Member Spotlight: Gary McBride Talks About Travel, His Writing Process and Winning a Zebulon Award

By Dawn Virnig

 

Gary McBride, the 2015 President of the Boulder Writers’ Workshop, has deep roots in Colorado. But that hasn’t stopped him from exploring over a third of the world’s countries—so far. He’s also an accomplished essayist and playwright, and is expanding his boundaries to other literary genres—he’s currently working on a thriller, The Wildcat, which won second place in the 2015 Zebulon Contest.  For more information about Gary, please visit him at  www.garyalanmcbride.com.


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Highlights from the March Literary Salon: Gary McBride “Foreshadowing in the First Person Present”

By Michael Carson, BWW Vice President

A former keyboardist who made his living playing music – no simple feat – Gary McBride understands how the intro affects the rest of a song. It can draw you in, or drive you away. It can set the tone, or make you tune out. It can let you know that you’re in for a good listen – just as the introduction to a book can tell you you’re in for a good read.


Highlights from the February Literary Salon: Ava Klinger Talks About Knowing Your Characters and Choosing Tense

By Alicia Benjamin, Contributing Editor

On Febuary 8, 2015, Ava Klinger, Young Adult fiction author and Boulder Writer’s Workshop professional member, read from her first novel, The Rebel’s Cresset, and spoke to the Boulders Writer’s Workshop about key elements of fiction writing: including tense, pacing, and plot and character development.


Karen Douglass Will Be Reading From Her Debut Novel Accidental Child

BWW member Karen Douglass will read from her recently released debut novel, Accidental Child, at 2:00 p.m., March 22, 2015 at BookBar, 4280 Tennyson Street, Denver CO, 80212.

 A futuristic, dystopian novel in the tradition of Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale and Marge Piercy’s Woman on the Edge of Time, Accidental Child is set in a time when survivors of disastrous climate change have created a community in an old shopping mall, where clan hierarchy determines work, allocates food and controls the right to bear children. Rose Donahue falls through time into this arid future and must adapt or risk death trying to return to her former life where she had a lover, a young daughter and a beagle named Otis.


Welcome Professional Member Sarah Elizabeth Schantz

Sarah Elizabeth Schantz is a fiction writer living on the outskirts of Boulder, Colorado, with her family in an old farmhouse surrounded by century-old cottonwoods, open sky, and coyote. She has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize twice and have won a few other literary awards from journals like Third Coast and organizations such as A Room of Her Own. Her debut novel, Fig, debuts from McElderry (a division at Simon & Schuster) on April 7, 2015. Visit her website at www.sarahelizabethschantz.org.


Colorado Author Cheryl Carpinello Discusses Writing Medieval Fiction for the Younger Set

By Denise Schurr, Contributing Editor

Colorado author Cheryl Carpinello taught high school English for many years and has retired twice.  She enjoys working with the kids so much that she tends to forget all the extra hours her job requires to plan and grade papers. Her book Guinevere: On the Eve of Legend was a Finalist in the 2011 Global eBook Awards for Pre-Teen Fiction. The King’s Ransom (Young Knights of the Round Table) was the 2012 Silver Award Recipient for YA Fiction from Children’s Literary Classics and also earned the CLC’s Seal of Approval for Recommended Reading. The King’s Ransom was also named a Finalist in E-Book Children’s Fiction from USA 2012 Best Book Awards.


Sara Megibow Discusses Her Work as an Agent and the Challenges of Getting Published

Interview by Richard Wall

Boulder not being a very big city, chances are Boulder Writers’ Workshop members have knowingly or unknowingly crossed paths with literary agent Sara Megibow, an associate agent for Denver’s Nelson Literary Agency.  She has been a BWW guest speaker and contest judge. Megibow lives in Boulder and works from her home, guiding her clients, negotiating their deals with New York publishing powerhouses, and combing through about 36,000 query letters a year from writers like you.


Into the Green Green Mud: A Novel (With Pictures)

December 16, 2006. I was sitting at my computer, listening to music and chatting with my friend Mary Beechy. We talked about divorce and wrote absurdist poetry together, alternating lines. In my background, CocoRosie sang:
I once fell in love with you
Just because the sky turned from gray
Into blue…
I thought of John Lennon’s early poem:
I sat belonely down a tree,
humbled fat and small.
A little lady sing to me
I couldn’t see at all.