Book to Film Brown Bag Business Panel - What Authors Need to Know
Jun
2
12:30 PM12:30

Book to Film Brown Bag Business Panel - What Authors Need to Know

Selling dramatic rights can mean big exposure, not to mention big money. But it can also bring big challenges. I'll be participating on this panel with two agents whose authors have had films produced recently and Cynthia Swanson, a NYT bestselling author with a film on the way (starring Julia Roberts, no less) as we discuss navigating the adaptation process.

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From Page to Screen: Adapting Fiction for Film Craft Seminar
Jun
7
4:30 PM16:30

From Page to Screen: Adapting Fiction for Film Craft Seminar

Been thinking about expanding a short story or whittling a 400-page novel into a 115-page screenplay but don’t know where to start? Fear not! With a little flexibility, adapting fiction for film is easier and more fun than you think. We’ll discuss how to obtain film rights and what makes a piece of literature cinematic, compare a successful adaptation to a failed one and build your tool kit with tips and writing exercises. And of course we’ll leave time to pen your Oscar acceptance speech.

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Motherhood and Storytelling
May
12
2:00 PM14:00

Motherhood and Storytelling

DWPC member Ellen Nordberg, editor Stephanie Sprenger, other authors and I will share our experiences with the power of telling stories about motherhood. Discussing the unique value of writing about motherhood and connecting with other mothers through universal themes, they will share stories from the anthologies “Multiples Illuminated,” “So Glad They Told Me,” and “The HerStories Project,” and from live stage shows. I'll be performing my "When Loss Reinvents Love" piece from Boulder's 2017 Listen to Your Mother show.

Free and open to the public. More details here.

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Keynote Speaker: Colorado Authors League Awards Dinner
May
4
6:00 PM18:00

Keynote Speaker: Colorado Authors League Awards Dinner

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Join me to help celebrate the 2018 CAL Awards winners and commemorate the 75th  anniversary of  CAL member Mary Coyle Chase's Pulitzer Prize-winning play and film,  Harvey

I'll discuss the journey from fiction to film and the difference between the two mediums.

CAL members may purchase tickets here.

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Nov
4
to Nov 6

Book Signings at Colorado Country Christmas Gift Show

Join me and several of my fellow local authors at  Colorado Authors' League Book Booth this weekend, where we'll chat with readers and sign copies of our books for holiday gifts. Signed copies of CONTRITION will be available for sale all weekend, and I'll be there to personalize copies at the following times: 

Saturday, November 5th from 9 am - 12 pm

Sunday, November 6th from 12 pm - 1:30 pm

 More information about the show and discount admission coupons are available here

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Oct
15
8:30 AM08:30

PEO's Chapter FP Books & Brunch: Guest Author

Join me and three other authors TBD as we share our writing and publishing stories at this brunch benefitting women's education. A book signing will follow.

P.E.O (Philanthropic Educational Organization) is an international organization whose primary objective is to provide scholarships, loans and grants to women working to achieve their educational goals. 

Tickets and details will be forthcoming.

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Sep
24
12:00 PM12:00

PEO's Boulder Chapter Books and Tea: Guest Author

Join me and fellow authors Cynthia Swanson and Gerald Blaine as we share our writing and publishing stories, followed by a Q&A and tea.  Books will be available for purchase and author signing. Proceeds will benefit women's education.

P.E.O (Philanthropic Educational Organization) is an international organization whose primary objective is to provide scholarships, loans and grants to women working to achieve their educational goals. 

Time and Location TBD

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Jun
26
2:00 PM14:00

Barnes & Noble Hosts CAL Award Winners

Join me and my fellow CAL Award Winners for readings at the Colorado Authors’ League Day program at Barnes & Noble, 960 S. Colorado Blvd., on Sunday, June 26, continuing CAL’s 85th Year celebration. Each author will discuss her or his book during a 30-minute session and answer questions. Books will be available for purchase throughout the day, and authors will sign copies as requested. The program begins at 11 a.m. and concludes at 4 p.m. I'll be there from 2 pm on and will do a reading at 3:30 pm. Here’s the complete schedule of winning authors):

11:00 Claudia McAdam (Children’s Books) The Mermaid’s Gift
11:30 Beverly Jones (Young Adult Books) War Bonds: Remembering One Small Town in America During World War II
Noon Heather Hansen (General Non-Fiction) Prophets and Moguls, Rangers and Rogues, Bison and Bear: 100 Years of the National Park Service
12:30 Sharon Cairns Mann (Short Fiction) Tesserae: A Mosaic of Story
1:00 Margaret Coel (Lifetime Achievement) Wind River Mystery Series
1:30 Carolyn Campbell (Creative Non-Fiction) Flying With El Condor
2:00 Andrea Jones (Blogs) Between Urban and Wild
2:30 Patricia Raybon (Essays) After Charleston
3:00 Bruce Most (Genre Fiction) Murder on the Tracks
3:30 Maura Weiler (Mainstream Fiction) Contrition

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Jun
10
2:00 PM14:00

Craft Seminar: Adapting Fiction for Film

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Been thinking about expanding your short story or whittling your 400-page novel into a 118-page screenplay but don’t know where to start? Fear not! With a little flexibility, adapting fiction to film is easier and more fun than you think. I'll be teaching this seminar to help you get started. We’ll discuss what Hollywood is looking for and whether or not your material might be a good fit, then build your adaptation tool kit. And of course we’ll leave time to pen your Oscar acceptance speech.

Details here

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Jun
7
12:30 PM12:30

Hollywood Know-how: Networking in the Film Industry Without Living in New York or L.A

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So you’ve finished your screenplay or your fiction would make a great movie – now what? Query letters are one way to go, but in Hollywood it’s all who you know. I will join book and film agents on this panel to share tips on how to build your film industry network without living in Los Angeles or New York and create a concrete plan for finding your dream film agent or producer. 

A Lighthouse Writers Workshop Lit Fest Brown Bag

Details on Lit Fest here

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Mar
5
4:00 PM16:00

Colorado Writing School: Author Round Table

Join authors Erika Krouse, Rebecca Snow and me as we talk about all aspects of writing including crafting, publishing and marketing. We'll share what we’ve learned and offer advice to aspiring writers. The discussion will be facilitated by Rachel Weaver with Q&A and book signing to follow. 

$15 at the door. More details are available here

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Feb
10
6:00 PM18:00

Curious Theatre's Girls' Night Out: Guest Author

Join me for a fun and flirty Girls Night Out! This annual fundraiser is a Curious Theatre favorite. We'll unwind with some cocktails, dinner and fun before enjoying a performance of Sex with Strangers. This year, they’ve taken on a literary theme that will include a Q&A with me and other authors TBD.

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Jan
19
7:00 PM19:00

Chautauqua Author Talk: Turning Books into Movies

As a screenwriter and former Director of Development at Blue Tulip Productions at 20th Century Fox, I'm always asking myself the question: “Would this novel or short story make a good film?” Drawing examples from major studio movies I helped develop, I will discuss what makes a piece of literature cinematic, why some adaptations work and others don’t, and how the process is currently unfolding for Contrition.

 

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Nov
28
4:00 PM16:00

Indies First Honorary Bookseller at The Tattered Cover

Indies First is a national campaign of activities and events in support and celebration of independent bookstores, first envisioned by author Sherman Alexie in 2013. This year's campaign kicks off locally on Small Business Saturday, November 28th, with me and several other authors serving  as Tattered Cover honorary booksellers throughout the day. I'll be at TC's historic LODO location from 4-6 to help sell books, share recommendations, and sign stock. Come on by and  get a jump on your holiday gift shopping.

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Nov
7
2:30 PM14:30

Hollywood Know-How Workshop at Castle Rock Writers Conference

So you’ve finished your screenplay or your novel would make a great movie – now what? Query letters are one way to go, but in Hollywood it’s all who you know. I'll share  tips on how to build your film industry network without living in Los Angeles or New York. Objective: Create a concrete plan for finding your dream film agent or producer.

2015 Castle Rock Writers Conference

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Oct
17
9:00 AM09:00

Opening Keynote at the Rocky Mountain Literary Festival

 

Award-winning authors and appreciative readers will gather at the first annual Rocky Mountain Literary Festival to celebrate the shared passion of the writing and the reading of books. In an intimate setting in the Foothills just west of Denver, a group of specially selected authors will share their journey with book lovers.

Featured Authors:

Maura Weiler 9:15 - 10:00

Francine Matthews 10:20 - 11:05

Thomas Hornbein and Mark Stevens 11:30 - 12:15

Jeffrey Miller 1:30-2:15

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Sep
12
4:30 PM16:30

PAL 1st Sale Panel at RMFW's Colorado Gold Conference

Panelist: PAL (Published Authors League) First Sale
Recipient: The PEN Award

Several of my fellow local debut novelists and I will discuss our publication journeys on the Published Authors League First Sale Panel at the Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers  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.
 

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Aug
6
6:30 PM18:30

Hometown CONTRITION Reading at the Trumbull Library

I'm so excited to return to the library I spent many hours in as a kid cramming for their summer reading programs! It's such fun to be able to offer a little summer reading of my own at this CONTRITION reading, Q&A and signing event. Books will be available for sale. Two-tissue alert: I may get a little sappy if any of my former teachers show up!

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Jun
15
12:30 PM12:30

Lit Fest Panel: First-Time Authors Tell All

A panel of authors whose first books have recently (or will recently) hit the shelves to hear how they envisioned their projects, how the developed and completed them, and finally how they negotiated the business of publishing them.

Panelists:
Maura Weiler - Contrition
Tiffany Tyson - Three Rivers
Rebecca Snow - Glassmusic
Cynthia Swanson  - The Bookseller

Lighthouse Writers Workshop 2015 Lit Fest

 

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May
15
7:00 PM19:00

Reading and Launch Party

All are welcome for my reading, signing, and Q & A event from 7-8 pm at The Tattered Cover on Colfax, followed by a launch party down the street at Lighthouse Writers Workshop (1515 Race Street , Denver (map)) from 8-10 pm. Come imbibe and enjoy the vibe at this historic Victorian, where exciting literary events happen daily. Free parking is available at Lighthouse and in the lot directly across the street. Free and open to the public. 

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May
9
6:00 PM18:00

The Story of a Book, 6.0

A celebration of several Lighthouse members and faculty and their forthcoming books. We will hear the ins and outs of the process they enjoyed (or endured) in getting their manuscripts from crazy first idea and into actual print. Each panelist will read a short passage from his or her book and tell the story of how it all came about, followed by a Q&A session, some modest celebrating, and book signing.

Authors:
Maura Weiler, Contrition
Cynthia Swanson, The Bookseller
Rebecca Snow, Glassmusic
Tiffany Tyson, Three Rivers

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