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2015 Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers
Colorado Gold Conference

Dates Coming Soon
The Westin, Westminster, Colorado

About Conference

Every year, Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers is pleased to present the Colorado Gold Conference, where hundreds of writers from all over the US and beyond gather for a full weekend of writerly camaraderie, exciting programming, and opportunities to pitch projects to the industry's top agents and editors. Programming focuses on the following key areas:

  • Craft improvement
  • Genre knowledge
  • Career management
  • Industry savvy
  • Continuing education and professional development for published authors

Whether you're new to the idea of becoming a writer or you're a veteran published author, whether you hope to pursue a traditional publishing contract with a big New York publishing house or launch a self-publishing venture, you're sure to find the skills, knowledge, inspiration, motivation, and support you need at Colorado Gold.

2015 Proposal Info

RMFW's conference chair accepts workshop proposals for the Colorado Gold Conference January 31st through March 31 of 2015. Please note the competition for faculty positions is fierce. To help you create the best possible proposal, here are some suggestions to help you make your proposal stand out:

  • Make your topic fresh, unique, and relevant to the industry's current climate.
  • Focus your proposal on concrete knowledge or skills attendees can take away and apply to their own writing.
  • Reflect genuine enthusiasm for the topic.
  • If you proposal is based upon a traditional topic, approach it from a unique angle.
  • Share your credentials and speaking/teaching experience.
  • Be detailed so that the committee can understand what attendees will learn in your workshop.
  • Be very clear about the level (beginner, intermediate, professional) of workshop you are presenting.
  • Prepare an outline of your workshop to submit with your proposal.

Conference Registration Info

Below are the registration dates for the 2015 Colorado Gold Conference:

  • Early Bird - TBD
  • Standard - TBD
  • Walk-in - TBD

Registration fee includes:

  • A free pitch appointment with one of your top-choice agents, editors or publishers.
  • A free author reading of your work in progress to an audience of supportive peers (sign-up space is limited to 24 readers)
  • Entry to the Friday-night book sale and author-signing extravaganza.
  • Access to all open programming.
  • Access to hotel amenities, including business center, wireless Internet in hotel lobby and bar, restaurant, lounge, coffee shop, and gift shop.
  • Tote bag containing conference literature and small gifts.
  • Friday-night Italian buffet.
  • Saturday and Sunday continental breakfast.
  • Saturday-night awards and recognition banquet.
  • Sunday-afternoon luncheon.

Optional special sessions and add-ons include:

  • $50 for a 4-hour Friday-Morning Master Class. Choose 1 of 5 offered this year. Space is limited.
  • $35 for a 15-minute one-on-one pitch-coaching session with Susan Spann. Space is limited.
  • $35 for a 15-minute one-on-one critique with guest author William Kent Krueger. Space is limited.
  • $35 to participate in a 4-hour Friday-morning or Friday-afternoon critique workshop with a small group moderated by an attending agent, editor or publisher. Space is limited.
  • $15 to audit a 4-hour Friday-morning or Friday-afternoon critique workshop with a small group moderated by an attending agent, editor or publisher. Auditors attend but do not submit pages for critique. Space is limited.
  • $40 to add a guest to the Friday-night dinner. (Limit: 3 guests)
  • $60 to add a guest to the Saturday-night banquet. (Limit: 3 guests)
  • $40 to add a guest to the Sunday luncheon. (Limit: 3 guests)

Note that posted prices are subject to change.

Travel Arrangements

  • Come back later for special discounts hotel reservations and other travel arrangements.

Refund Policy

Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers will gladly refund your conference registration fees, less a $50.00 processing fee. You must notify the conference chair to cancel your conference registration 31 or more days before the conference date. Please contact, to cancel.

RMFW is unable to refund any conference registration fees 30 days or fewer before the conference date.

2015 Keynote Speakers

Coming Soon

2015 Special Guests

Coming Soon
If you are interested in attending as a special guest, contact Susan Brooks at If you want to present at the 2015 Colorado Gold Conference, see the proposal section above.

Conference At a Glance

CLICK HERE for 2014 conference highlights and a link to purchase recordings of conference sessions.


If you have any questions about the 2015 Colorado Gold Conference, email Susan Brooks at

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I try to create sympathy for my characters, then turn the monsters loose.

Stephen King

It’s none of their business that you have to learn to write. Let them think you were born that way.

Ernest Hemingway

Most writers regard the truth as their most valuable possession, and therefore are most economical in its use.

Mark Twain

If you can tell stories, create characters, devise incidents, and have sincerity and passion, it doesn’t matter a damn how you write.

Somerset Maugham

It is perfectly okay to write garbage—as long as you edit brilliantly.

C. J. Cherryh

It took me fifteen years to discover I had no talent for writing, but I couldn’t give it up because by that time I was too famous.

Robert Benchley

A blank piece of paper is God’s way of telling us how hard it to be God.

Sidney Sheldon

Not that the story need be long, but it will take a long while to make it short.

Henry David Thoreau

Words are a lens to focus one’s mind.

Ayn Rand

I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by.

Douglas Adams

Science fiction writers, I am sorry to say, really do not know anything.

Philip K. Dick

Half my life is an act of revision.

John Irving

I went for years not finishing anything. Because, of course, when you finish something you can be judged.

Erica Jong

Rejection slips, or form letters, however tactfully phrased, are lacerations of the soul, if not quite inventions of the devil—but there is no way around them.

Isaac Asimov

Fiction is about stuff that’s screwed up.

Nancy Kress
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