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Member Groups

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American Society of Journalists and Authors (ASJA)
Aspen Writers' Foundation
Arapahoe Community College Writers Studio
Association for Women in Communications
Author U(niversity)
Bloomsbury Review
Boulder Media Women
Boulder Writers Alliance (BWA)
Boulder Writing Studio
Centennial Pens and Publishers
Colorado Association of Libraries
Colorado Authors League
Colorado Center for the Book
Colorado Independent Publishers Association (CIPA)
Colorado Poets Center
Denver Press Club
Denver Woman's Press Club
Foothills Writer's Group
Library People
Lighthouse Writers Workshop
Mountains and Plains Booksellers Association
Mile Hi Con
Mystery Writers of America, Rocky Mountain Chapter
Naropa University
Northern Colorado Writers (NCW)
PEN Women Colorado
Pikes Peak Branch of American Pen Women
Pikes Peak Writers Conference
Publishers Association of the West
Regis University MFA in Creative Writing
Rocky Mountain Antiquarian Book Fair
Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers
Rocky Mountain Publishing Professionals Guild
Romance Writers of America, CO Romance Writers
Romance Writers of America, Heart of Denver Chapter
Romance Writers of America, Kiss of Death Chapter
Romance Writers of America - Pikes Peak Romance Writers
Small Publishers Association of North America
Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators - Rocky Mtn Chapter
Southwest Christian Writers Association, Durango
Telluride Writers Guild
Western Slope Authors Guild
Western Writers of America
Women Writing the West
Writers on the Plains Program

Friends of BOOC



American Society of Journalists and Authors (ASJA)
ASJA helps professional freelancers advance their writing careers. Members share candid data on rates, contracts, editors and more. Non-members benefit from the Contracts Watch newsletter, annual writers conference and other services.

Aspen Writers' Foundation
One of the country's foremost promoters of the literary arts, this nonprofit arts organization that has been serving readers and writers since 1976. It is one of Colorado's longest standing literary centers, presenting some of the nation's most prominent and promising authors.

Arapahoe Community College Writers Studio
A community that offers creative opportunities for Colorado writers and students of all levels, from the novice to the published writer, through readings, literary contests, workshops, classes, and credentials.

Association for Women in Communications
AWC is a professional organization that champions the advancement of women across all communications disciplines by recognizing excellence, promoting leadership and positioning its members at the forefront of the evolving communications era. The Denver chapter includes members from many communications fields, including print and broadcast journalism, television and radio production, film, advertising, public relations, marketing, graphic design, multi-media design and photography.

Author U(niversity)
A membership organization that is an authoring resource that creates community, education, guidance, vision and success for the serious author. It does it through The Author Resource, a free monthly ezine, multiple monthly programs including Brunch & Learn, Salons, the Your Guide to Book Publishing radio show, Hangouts On the Air, Mentoring Mondays, BookCamps and the annual 3-day Author U Extravaganza.

Bloomsbury Review
A book magazine for the discriminating book reader, Bloomsbury reviews unusual and lesser known literary works. In their words, "The Bloomsbury Review is not slick, stuffy, fluffy, snobby, ponderous, or presumptuous. The Bloomsbury Review is simply lively writing about good reading and great writers."

Boulder Media Women
An informal networking group of more than 160 women who are media professionals. The group includes writers, editors, publishers, photographers, movie scriptwriters, TV producers, book designers, web page experts, copy editors, literary agents, and creative literary women in their own style. They meet regularly and periodically sponsor events, such as literary afternoons at the Boulder Bookstore.

Boulder Writers Alliance (BWA)
A nonprofit organization of communications professionals in Boulder and throughout Colorado. Members specialize in all facets of writing and communications, including technical and marketing writing, fiction and journalism, editing, graphic arts, multimedia, and the World Wide Web. The BWA provides education, networking, and marketing opportunities for members, and connects writers with employers through this BWA Web site.

Boulder Writing Studio
Non-profit group that provides ongoing workshops for beginner,intermediate, and advanced students in fiction, creative non-fiction,poetry, screenwriting, memoir and novel writing. The Studio also offers student tutoring, mentoring, and a Creative Writing Summer Camp for community youth.

Centennial Pens and Publishers
A Colorado nonprofit that helps writers meet their goals through educational opportunities. These opportunities come through monthly speakers and meetings, networking between members and partnerships with other writer-focused organizations.

Colorado Association of Libraries
An association formed to improve library services to the people of Colorado, to foster professional development of its members, and to encourage the effective utilization of information literacy in all libraries.

Colorado Authors League
Incorporated on January 14, 1932, to "foster the art and craft of authorship," CAL is one of the oldest professional writers' organizations in the western United States. Today CAL includes more than 200 specialists, whose work embraces every branch of fiction and nonfiction.

Colorado Center for the Book
A 501(c)(3) non profit organization formed in 1987, the Center is affiliated with the Library of Congress Center for the Book, a national center created to stimulate public interest in reading, books and libraries. The Colorado Center for the Book operates as a program of the Colorado Endowment for Humanities.

Colorado Independent Publishers Association (CIPA)
CIPA provides education, support, networking and nurturing to independent publishers and other related industry professionals.

Colorado Poets Center
An on-line resource, listing more than 60 Colorado poets and their biography, bibliography, sample poems, critical commentary, and availability for readings and/or work in schools. Also lists announcements, news, and readings.

Denver Press Club
A journalism tradition in Denver that stretches back to 1884, the Club is a meeting place for journalists to socialize, gossip, swap ideas and stories.

Denver Woman's Press Club
The club brings together over 200 writers of all backgrounds-- journalists, corporate and mass communications professionals, business and trade writers, public relations specialists, grant writers, poets, novelists, freelancers, educators and historians.

Foothills Writer's Group
A support group for writers in Northern Colorado.

Library People
A statewide, not-for-profit organization dedicated to helping libraries, passionate about making connections between people and reading, increasing community outreach and involvement, resulting in advocacy and visibility on behalf of all libraries.

Lighthouse Writers Workshop
An independent creative writing school in Denver, founded and operated by working writers and university-level teachers of writing.

Mountains and Plains Booksellers Association 
An association of 250 independent, locally-owned bookstores located throughout the Rocky Mountain region and vitally interested in the life and health of their communities. The diverse tastes of these independent booksellers reflect the literary needs and interests of those communities and help to make it possible for quirky or controversial books and first-time authors to get published.

Mile Hi Con
The largest Science-Fiction Literary Convention in the Rocky Mountain Region, MileHiCon features more than 80 authors and speakers at its fall conference, including panels on everything related to Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror.

Mystery Writers of America, Rocky Mountain Chapter
The premier organization for mystery writers and other professionals in the mystery field. The Rocky Mountain Chapter meets regularly at various local restaurants.

Naropa University
Sponsors the Summer Writing Program, a four week program open to all interested participants for non-credit and part of the University's MFA in Creative Writing.

Northern Colorado Writers (NCW)
The purpose of Northern Colorado Writers is to encourage and support writers of all levels and genres on their journey to writing success. The website, monthly meetings and events provide a way for writers in Northern Colorado to stay connected and in tune with the writing world.

PEN Women Colorado
The National League of American Pen Women was founded in 1897 as an alternative to the (then) all-male National Press Club. Since its founding the club has brought together women journalists, authors and illustrators for mutual benefits and the strength that comes of union.

Pikes Peak Branch of National League of American Pen Women
This is the Colorado Springs branch of the National League of American Pen Women, a professional group of creative women writers, visual artists, and composers who encourage one another to discover the words, the notes, and the brushstrokes that express who they truly are.

Pikes Peak Writers Conference
A Colorado Springs based group that exists to promote and produce literary events, provide an educational forum for the study of the craft of writing, serve and promote the literary arts and demonstrate the relevance of those arts to contemporary life and culture. The Pikes Peak Writers Conference, held in Colorado Springs, is a multi-genre commercial fiction that enjoys a reputation of professionalism without sacrificing friendliness -- one reason many writers and publishing professionals return year after year.

Publishers Association of the West
A non-profit trade association dedicated to serving its members by creating a forum for the discussion of publishing issues, facilitating the exchange of ideas among its members, offering cooperative marketing opportunities, recognizing outstanding achievements in publishing, increasing its members exposure in the publishing industry.

Regis MFA
Regis University's lo-res MFA Program.

Rocky Mountain Antiquarian Book Fair
An organization of used and rare book-dealers in the Rocky Mountain West. We are dedicated to stimulating book collecting, promoting ethical trade in all facets of the antiquarian book business, and educating the public in the field of antiquarian books.

Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers
A support group for writers of novel length fiction. The group provides market news, education, and access to industry professionals. RMFW's members are focused on mastering the art and craft of novel-length fiction and acting as a dissemination point for information concerning commercial fiction writing.

Rocky Mountain Publishing Professionals Guild
An organization of self-employed individuals in the publishing and communication industries. Its purpose is to promote and enhance the professional skills of its members; to increase dialogue among colleagues and clients through meetings and social events; and to foster effective, ethical business practices. Members include editors, indexers, proofreaders, designers, writers, researchers, and others who offer a range of skills and specialties.

Romance Writers of America, CO Romance Writers
Focused on comprehensive programs structured to give members the tools they need not only to become published, but to establish a career in romantic/women's fiction. It is-metro Denver's oldest romance writing organization, affiliated with RWA.

Romance Writers of America, Heart of Denver Chapter
A chapter of RWA whose goal is to promote excellence in romantic fiction, to help writers become published and established in their writing field, and to provide continuing support for writers within the romance publishing industry.

Romance Writers of America, Kiss of Death Chapter 
A chapter of RWA formed by writers world-wide to promote and support the reading and writing of suspense and mystery fiction with strong romantic elements.

Romance Writers of America - Pikes Peak Romance Writers
A chapter of RWA that meets to exchange market news, writing tips, and provide support and encouragement to members, published and unpublished writers focused on writing romantic fiction. The mission is to promote excellence in romantic fiction through the support and education of our members.

Small Publishers Association of North America
A nonprofit trade association dedicated to advancing the interests and expertise of independent publishers through educational opportunities and discounted services. Publishing is a business, and we strive to help our members flourish in this competitive market.

Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators - Rocky Mtn Chapter
A volunteer organization serving members in Wyoming and Colorado, continuing after twenty-five years to be a beacon for all who are interested in children's literature.

Southwest Christian Writers Association, Durango
Serving Christian writers in the four corners area of Southwest Colorado, as well as Southeast Utah, Northwest New Mexico, and Northeast Arizona.

Telluride Writers Guild
Co-hosts of the annual Talking Gourds Spoken Word Festival.

Western Slope Authors Guild
Hosts of the Black Canyon Writers Conference.

Western Writers of America
Founded in 1953 to promote the literature of the American West. Awards the Spur Award to distinguised writing in the western field.

Women Writing the West
A non-profit association of writers and other professionals writing and promoting the Women's West.

Writers on the Plains Program
A two-year visiting writers program celebrating the land and literature of the plains region of Northeastern Colorado. Colorado communities partner with visiting and local authors in a series of readings, book discussions, writing workshops and publication of an anthology of participants' work, inspiring residents to read, write, and talk about their land and their lives.