Melody Jones is a published writer and poet, crafter and artist(ish), coffee enthusiast, lover of beagles, and Colorado native. A Palisade girl, she recently returned to the western slope after 30 years in the Denver area.
After a 20-year career in social work, she got involved in various writer and author groups on the eastern slope. Melody realized there was a true need for social media help in the writer world, and an accidental entrepreneur was born. She provided consultation, management, workshops, retreats, and conference presentations on all things social media with a special focus on writers and authors. She still works in social media on a limited basis.
Currently, Melody hosts the Writer Chicks Coffee Club Wednesday mornings at 9:00 a.m. at Main Street Bagels. She is also a writing mentor and founder of the virtual Butt in Seat Writing Group for Women and other new-in-2022 writing services. Find her here: MelodyJonesAuthor.com.
Melody served as Vice President and Communications Chair for the Denver Woman's Press Club from 2019-2021.
She looks forward to working with the fantastic Western Colorado Writers’ Forum board and getting to know the writing community on the western slope!
My life has been full of study, spiritual search, marriages and a career in graphic design, publication and beadwork. I’ve been writing poetry and fiction for decades now, both to capture deep personal experience for myself and to relish the way words sing and mean.
Only recently have I submitted for publication and have had four poems accepted for publication so far. I have four books of beadwork designs, with my own instruction and illustration, published by Kalmbach books, a major publisher of craft books and magazines.
I have a BA, but I have pursued learning in an organic way, studying writing and art at Winthrop in SC, art at University of North Carolina-Greensboro, design at University of Utah, and writing at University of New Mexico. I've participated in numerous critique groups, workshops and conferences in Albuquerque, Grand Junction and Denver.
I can't say enough about the value of critique groups to a growing writer. Poetry especially can be a deep personal experience, and having the feedback of others who are equally invested in writing can build trust in your own expression and form.
I have been on the board of WCWF for nearly four years, serving as Chairman for a year and publicity director for two. I have designed, written and produced the WCWF newsletter since October of 2015. Watching WCWF grow and regenerate into new areas and offer the community so many wonderful opportunities to expand their writing skills and enjoy the wonderful works of local writers has been more than fulfilling, it has been a joy.
Cynthia Jane Miller
Member at Large
Member at Large