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Fiction FUNdamentals Workshop

A *free* one-day workshop offered by
published ACFW Colorado authors

Improve your fiction writing prowess and discover how you can partner
with ACFW for local support in your writing journey.


Saturday, June 22nd

Montrose Library
320 S 2nd St
Montrose, CO


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Workshop Topics and Speakers


Innie or Outie? Plotting Your Character's Journey
You have an inner and outer journey--why should your character be any different?
Taught by Kathleen E. Kovach

There are two journeys to every story. The outer provides the action that moves us from here to there. The inner provides the impetus to do what we do and feel what we feel. The inner is the "why" in your character's movements. "Why" does Dorothy want to run away? "Why" does Luke Skywalker want to become a Jedi? Using tried and true methods such as GMC, the Plot Skeleton, and the Hero's Journey, Kathy will show you how to plot effectively by creating living, breathing characters who not only move forward, but have a purpose for doing so.

Kathy KovachKathleen E. Kovach, Rocky Mountain Zone Director for American Christian Fiction Writers, is an award-winning author of seven Christian romances. Employing her love of cinematic theater, she has created, a blog where she discusses movies through the craft of fiction writing. Kathy lives in northeast Colorado where she leads a critique group and enjoys camping and fishing with her husband of nearly four decades. Kathleen presents spiritual truths with a giggle, proving herself one of God's peculiar people. Please visit her at

Let’s Make a Scene
Scenes are the building blocks of your story, so make them come alive.
Taught by Mary Davis

Are your scenes weak and gasping for breath? Don't let your scenes lie dying on the page. Revive them. This workshop will look at the elements you need to have in a scene including GMC, hooks, and hangers. Learn how to make your scenes do double and triple duty, full of purpose and strength. We will dive into scene triage, exploring the deciding factors of when a scene can be resuscitated and when it is DOA.

Mary DavisMary Davis is an award-winning author of a dozen novels in both historical and contemporary themes, four novellas, two compilations, and five short stories. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers, is the president of Worship Write Witness, the Colorado Springs ACFW chapter, and is active in two critique groups. She won ACFW’s Carol Book of the Year award in 2008 for her historical novella, “Love Notes”. Her latest releases include Titanic: Voyage of Intent (April 2012) and a Christmas novella released in September 2012 from Barbour called "A Carpenter Christmas" in A Cascade Christmas. Please visit her website at

The Critique Group: More than Another Pair of Eyes
Discover the power of a healthy critique group
Taught by Marian Merritt

A healthy critique group is one of the most valuable tools in a writer’s arsenal and is a powerful force in propelling a writer forward. This hands-on workshop explores critique group dos and don'ts, why it's important to be part of a critique group, how to start and sustain a healthy group, and how to become a great writer by becoming great at critiques. This discussion includes the basics of editing to enhance the feedback ability of each critique partner. 

Marian MerrittMarian Pellegrin Merritt writes stories that blend her love of the mountains with her deep Southern roots. Her fascination with the written word began while sitting on her grandparent’s front porch swing reading books. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in physical therapy and an accounting certificate from the University of South Alabama. Marian has been a member of American Christian Fiction Writers since 2003 and her first fiction title, Southern Fried Christmas, released in 2012. She writes from her Northwest Colorado home. Connect with her at:

Becoming a Writer: Identity, Community, and Professionalism
Discover how these core issues propel artists forward—or hold them back.
Taught by Paula Moldenhauer

Too many writers are lost in the never-never land of a hobbyist instead of stepping into their destiny as an artist. At the core of forward movement are a writer’s identity, community, and professionalism.  Learn to embrace your identity as a writer, join in community with others on the same journey, and develop professionalism. This workshop will be both introspective and practical and will include ideas for building an ACFW local community in your area.

Paula MoldenhauerAuthor, speaker, and mom of four, Paula Moldenhauer has published over 300 times in non-fiction markets. Her first novella, “You’re a Charmer Mr. Grinch,” included in the inspirational romance collection, Postmark Christmas, and her first historical novel, Titanic: Legacy of Betrayal, released in 2012.  Paula serves as Colorado Coordinator for the American Christian Fiction Writers. She loves hanging out with her husband and walking barefoot. Read about her inside-out weight loss endeavors at Paula’s greatest desire is to be close enough to Jesus to breathe His fragrance. Visit her at



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