The Writers’ Forum is committed to fostering a rich and diverse writing community on Colorado’s Western Slope that invites participation from diverse cultures, customs, and life experiences.

Mt. Garfiled and Fruit Orchard Photo by Andrea Judson

Photo of Mt. Garfield as viewed from Palisade, Colorado. Photo taken by Andrea Judson and used with permission.

Founded in February 2010, the Western Colorado Writers’ Forum was created in response to the many writers on the Western Slope looking for opportunities to learn, read, publish, and teach. Our offerings over the intervening years have included two major conferences with national speakers and teachers; public readings on the street and on air; workshops for writers in all categories from poetry to journalism, community outreach; slam poetry contests; and stage performance.


Membership in WCWF allows you to:

  • Attend relevant workshops and classes in all areas of writing.
  • Network with local and regional writers and poets.
  • Study and improve your writing skills and techniques from beginner to advanced.
  • Get helpful tips on publishing, both traditional and electronic.
  • Join a critique group to polish your writing in fiction or poetry with the help of peers. Watch for a newsletter announcement on this as we navigate when to reinstate in-person groups.
  • Learn to facilitate writing in small groups and share your skills with the community.
  • Receive our free monthly newsletter covering events, activities and information about writing on the Western Slope. Sign up at the bottom of our main page.



  • Writer’s Nights are back and live at The Art Center in Grand Junction – every first Tuesday at 6:00 p.m. Attend a free workshop on writing. Previous topics have included character, plot, theme, electronic and self publishing, youth writing, writer’s self care, poetry, and getting over writer’s block.
  • Working critique groups – watch your newsletter for updates.
  • Slam Poetry – watch your newsletter for updates.
  • See our events page for further information about WCWF activities.
  • Other events are in the works as we all recover from the shutdown. Thanks for your patience!