The Western Colorado Writers Podcast: where writers talk about writing. Join co-hosts Avery Brooks and Christie Matherne as they chat with local, national, and international writers about their work and their creative process. New episodes drop on the second Tuesday of every month. Sponsored in part by The Grand Junction Commission on Arts & Culture.

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Bonus Pride Episode: Publishing Tips for Newbies from Finnian Burnett & Kimberly Cooper Griffin 
Two award-winning LGBTQ+ authors from our Pride episode – Finnian Burnett & Kimberly Cooper Griffin – give us their list of tips and tricks for new writers, especially LGBTQ+ writers. Also in this episode: Finn & Kim’s thoughts on the recent massive sales uptick in the LGBTQ+ romance novel market, and Avery discusses how even independent booksellers pass over smaller LGBTQ+ publishers in favor of bigger publishing houses.

Episode 2: Pride Month Episode featuring LGBTQ+ writers!
Avery and Christie interview local LGBTQ+ slam poet, Caleb Ferganchick, to discuss poetry and activism. Caleb is the founder and organizer of Slamming Bricks: A Riot on 1stStreet, the largest LGBTQ+ slam event in the state of Colorado. The second part of the episode features award-winning LGBTQ+ authors Finnian Burnett and Kimberly Cooper Griffin. They talk about flash fiction, novel writing and publishing, and how their Denver-based Inkstacks platform helps writers get from idea to polished manuscript. Finn’s also working on a queer retelling of Shakespeare and Kim’s newest sapphic romance, Sol Cycle, releases today, June 14th! Happy Pride Month everyone!!!!

Episode 1: Jim Van Pelt on Sci-Fi, Writing Streaks, and Killing Frogs
Avery and Christie interview Grand Valley science fiction author, James Van Pelt. He discusses his writing process across genres from sci-fi to horror, the odd places he finds inspiration, what he has taught his students about writing during his years teaching English at Fruita Monument High School, and how writing streaks have motivated him to reach some impressive publishing goals. Jim also reads a piece of short fiction called “Everything’s Unlikely.”

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