2014 Women Writing the West Conference

28 Oct

WWW ConferenceMid-October marked the culmination of a year and a half of planning for Women Writing the West’s 20th Anniversary Annual Conference in Golden, Colorado. The result of work by Colorado’s WWW Conference Planning Committee to plan the event spread among several venues was a huge success. The City of Golden was a perfect fit for our group. A synopsis of highlights will give those with a passion for the craft of writing an idea of the content of a really good writers’ conference, and the priceless value of this particular sold-out conference of 150 attendees.

Thursday, October 16 – provided a bonus day of activities at the Table Mountain Inn, full of panels, critique sessions, an annual board of directors meeting, and networking. In the evening, a reception at the Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum took place for readings by WILLA literary award winners and LAURA short story winners. A special quilt featuring squares hand-stitched by WWW members was introduced for the conference raffle, which benefits the WILLA Literary Fund.

WWW Raffle Quilt

Friday, October 17 – featured a full schedule at the Golden Hotel of panels and presentation about the business of writing, marketing, and trends in e-publishing. Private appointments with editors, agents and publishers were available. Author Margaret Coel captivated us with her stories about writing 20+ mysteries set on the Wind River Reservation in Wyoming. LAURA short story awards were presented at the lunch banquet. In the evening, a feature film, The Cherokee Word for Water, was presented at the American Mountaineering Center. The film, about the life of first female Cherokee tribal leader, Wilma Mankiller, was followed by a Q&A session with members of the film production and Mankiller’s husband, Charlie Soap, and from the local Cherokee Circle.

Saturday, October 18 – Following the annual WWW business meeting in the morning, participants enjoyed another full day of panels and presentations. A Luncheon honored WWW Founders and spotlighted WILLA Finalists. Later in the afternoon, Joyce Meskis enchanted us with stories from her many years as owner of the famous Tattered Cover bookstores in Denver. A booksigning session hosted by Who Else! Bookstore with networking capped off the afternoon. Evening brought the annual WILLA Awards banquet. Author and founding member Sandra Dallas presented an inspiring keynote speech. When the winner was drawn for the WILLA Fund Raffle, we were happily surprised when she insisted that the quilt stay with WWW.

WWW Conference Booksigning
Sunday, October 19 – Many conference attendees stayed for a Sunday morning gathering at the Briarwood Inn. Some wore historic costumes to the delicious high tea brunch. We were entertained by WWW founding member Corinne Brown, who portrayed five famous women from Colorado’s history. She did amazing costume changes when switching characters. It was a fantastic finale to a successful and memorable 20th Anniversary celebration and conference for attendees and members of Women Writing the West.

Joyce at Golden HotelJoyce B. Lohse


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8 responses to “2014 Women Writing the West Conference

  1. C.M. Mayo

    October 28, 2014 at 5:23 pm

    Joyce, it was a delight to meet you, and warmest thanks for all your hard work for this excellent conference.

  2. joyce4books

    October 29, 2014 at 10:08 am

    Hello C.M. – It was great to meet you as well. It is a pleasure to work with so many interesting and talented people on a great project. The WWW conference never disappoints me.

  3. Pamela Tartaglio

    October 29, 2014 at 11:15 am

    What a wonderful conference. Thanks for the blog post. So nice to see you every year at the conference, Joyce, and many thanks for all you do for Women Writing the West.

  4. Carmen Peone

    October 29, 2014 at 2:29 pm

    Joyce, great recap. Thank you for all you do for WWW. You are invaluable.

    • joyce4books

      October 30, 2014 at 2:20 pm

      Carmen, I am so glad you have stayed on as secretary. So glad you are there. Looks like another great year ahead.

  5. joyce4books

    October 30, 2014 at 10:04 am

    Thank you, Pam, for your nice comments. The conference and my work for WWW are a pleasure because of people like you. Our special writing community keeps me moving forward.

  6. Alice D. Trego

    November 2, 2014 at 11:25 am

    So good, as always!, to see you at this year’s 20th Annual Women Writing the West Conference in Golden, CO, especially since we celebrated the 20th conference year for our organization. Lovely that the event was sold out for the first time, too! This years’ acknowledgement of our Founding Members during our WILLA Finalists luncheon was a delight, especially to hear a few of the stories from these women who wanted to do something about celebrating womens’ stories. The addition of the quilt stitched together by WWW members was exceptional, as were all the new and different venues the planning comittee put together for us. Thanks for this great synopsis of the conference, Joyce, and I’ll see you next year in Bend, OR, for the 21st!

    • joyce4books

      November 2, 2014 at 11:57 am

      Thank you, Alice. It was great to see you. I’m just a worker bee, and it was a great group working together for a special celebration. The quilt was certainly a happy surprise from a bunch of computer jockeys! Looking forward to see what unfolds in Oregon. BTW, I love your new business card. It looks great! You are such a talented editor. I hope the word gets around and that you connect with some great clients. See you down the road.


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