Member Readings

Thursday, April 20 @ 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. 
In-Person at Bonfire Coffee Company (433 Main Street, Carbondale, CO 81623)

Short readings from members’ work will fill the first hour.  Slots are limited. To read at this meeting (not required), either email Mark Tompkins ( signup when you arrive. Readers can receive feedback from the group if desired; indicate your preference when you sign up.

The second hour will be personal writing time. 

Snacks, coffee, tea, beer, and wine will be provided.  

Non-AWN members are welcome to attend their first meeting to see if they want to join


Practice Your Pitch Workshop

Thursday, May 18 @ 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. 
In-Person at Bonfire Coffee Company (433 Main Street, Carbondale, CO 81623)

This is a great opportunity to practice talking about your work. Even if you are not ready to pitch your book/essay/poem to publishers/agents, developing a pitch is a great way to determine what is most important in your writing project, which helps you with editing and even finishing the work. Snacks, coffee, tea, beer, and wine will be provided. 

This meeting is for AWN members only; interested writers are  welcome to join at the meeting.


Summer Soiree

Thursday, June 15 @ 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.  
In-Person at Village Smithy (26 S 3rd St, Carbondale, CO)

Come together with fellow AWN members to celebrate the accomplishments of local writers and enjoy a summer evening. More details to come! 


Author Talk with Brittany Penner, August Writer in Residence

Thursday, August 17 @ 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. 
In-Person at The Village Smithy
(26 S 3rd St., Carbondale, CO)

Join us for an in-person author talk featuring Brittany Penner, an Indigenous Métis writer and family physician at Village Smithy in Carbondale (26 S. 3rd St.). Brittany will be in conversation with Daniel Shaw, local writer and program partner.

This event is free and open to all. Registration is requested. 

DOORS: open at 6:00 pm.; conversation will begin at 6:30 p.m.

SEATING: On the porch of the Village Smithy, seating is first come, first served. 


Writing Workshop: Let the Writing Make the Rules – with Kate Milliken

Saturday, September 30
In-Person at Pitkin County Library
120 N Mill St, Aspen, CO

Registration for this workshop is now closed, all available spots have been filled. Please reach out to to add your name to the waitlist. 

Cost for AWN members: $20; cost for non-members $50. 

When we talk about (and teach) creative writing we often speak in terms of the rules of craft. While it is important to have a knowledge of what has worked time and again to create compelling stories, in order to write a truly singular story you will need to move beyond convention. Often students of creative writing are so aware of how a story is supposed to be told that they fail to hear the wisdom that is already present in their own writing; its subtle whispers about how it wants to be told. In this one day intensive, through close readings of unconventional narratives, generative writing prompts, and an in-depth discussion of our own projects, we will deepen our understanding of the voice, the shape, and the themes that our work seeks to articulate. Whether you come to our meeting with just an idea of the story you want to tell or you have a full rough draft in your desk, our time together will embolden you to take the next step—from getting the first pages written to embarking on a needed revision—with a deeper connection to the material and a greater authority, moving you beyond crafting a story to making it your very own.  

Kate Milliken is the Iowa Award winning author of the short story collection "If I'd Known You Were Coming" and the novel, "Kept Animals," which was long listed for the 2020 First Novel Prize and hailed by the New York Times Book Review as a novel of “deft insights and gorgeous, sensual description.” Kate has written television and commercial advertising and taught on behalf of UCLA, the University of Michigan, and The Center for Fiction. Her work has appeared in O, the Oprah Magazine, the Santa Monica Review, Zyzzyva, and Fiction, among others and her work has been supported by Tin House, the Vermont Studio Center, Sewanee Writers Workshop, and the Ragdale Foundation. Kate is currently a freelance editor and writing coach and she lives with her family in the Midwest. 


Small Press Publication with Author of “Burr” Brooke Lockyer

Thursday, November 16 @ 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
In-Person at Bonfire Coffee Company (433 Main Street, Carbondale, CO 81623)

Brooke Lockyer will share her experience publishing with an indie press, as well as the long, bumpy path to publication. She will touch on the benefits, challenges, and surprises she encountered with small press publication. She will also provide some anecdotes and advice from other writers. There will be a Q&A portion. 

Snacks, coffee, tea, beer, and wine will be provided.  The second hour will be open for networking or personal writing time.


Brooke Lockyer holds a BA from Barnard College and an MA in English in the Field of Creative Writing from the University of Toronto. She was the winner of the 2009 Hart House Literary Contest and a co-recipient of both the Peter S. Prescott and the Lenore Marshall Barnard prizes for prose. Her work has been published in Toronto Life, carte blanche, the Hart House Review, White Wall Review and Geist. Born in Southwestern Ontario, she’s lived in rural Japan, New York City, Bristol and the Mojave Desert. Lockyer currently resides with her family in Toronto. "Burr" (Nightwood Editions) is her first book.

Holiday Party & Book Exchange

Thursday, December 21 @ 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
In-Person at Bonfire Coffee Company (433 Main Street, Carbondale, CO 81623)

Dawn your holiday best and celebrate the season with a festive book exchange. Bring a new or lightly used wrapped book to trade with fellow AWN members. Snacks, coffee, tea, beer, and wine will be provided. 

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