Department of English Events

Spring 2020 Creative Writing Events at UCCS

C.J. Martin – Small Press Talk

Author of Two Books and numerous chapbooks

Co-publisher with Julia Drescher at Further Other Book Works

March 30, 10:50-12:05

Columbine Hall 214


Spring 2020 Open Mic Extravaganza

April 1, 6-8 pm

University Center 116

Sign up at 5:30 to read. Food and Prizes!

Richard Froude – Reading and Craft Talk

Author of FabricPassengerand Your Love Alone Is Not Enough (A Novel in Ruins)

April 23, 1:40-4:20 pm

Kraemer Family Library, 2nd Floor Atrium

Please also check out the Veterans Writing Community Workshops, which take place at 10 am on Wednesdays in February (316 Columbine). 

The Writing Center is kicking off their Spring Creative Writing Events with a Poetry Slam on Feb. 18 at 5 pm in Columbine 316 (cancelled due to weather). Open to everyone. Free refreshments provided!

Fall 2019 Creative Writing Events at UCCS

October 4: Mark Chartier, author of Fingerprints (2018)

Craft Talk: UC 303, 12:15-1:30 pm

Public Reading:  1:45-3:00 pm, 2nd floor library apse

Event sponsored by Kraemer Family Library, Compass Curriculum and the English Department

October 10: Juan Morales, author of Friday and the Year that Followed (2006), The Siren World (2015), and The Handyman’s Guide to End Times (2018)

Craft Talk: UC 303, 1:40-2:55 pm

Public Reading: 3:10-4:20 pm, 2nd floor library apse

Event sponsored by Kraemer Family Library, Compass Curriculum and the English Department

October 25: From Hell to Breakfast by UCCS author Meghan Tifft

Book Launch Party: UCCS Downtown, 7 pm

November 21: Open Mic, 6-8 pm

Sign-up starts at 5:30. Univ Ctr. 116

Pizza, prizes, possibly costumes

December 5: From Hell to Breakfast by UCCS author Meghan Tifft

Book Discussion and Q & A: December 5, 7 pm, 2nd floor library apse

The first ten to sign up for this event via the library’s website will get a free copy of the book – Check the Kraemer Family Library website for details.

February 1: riverrun: Student Literary and Arts Journal submissions due

Submit your work as early as the fall semester at

Creative Writing Events through the Writing Center - Fall 2019

Slam Poetry Night: Sept. 12, 5 pm; COLU 316; All Welcome; Free Snacks.

Creative Writing Starter Set (D&D) (led by Cody Reed in the Writing Center):

“Create a Compelling Character”: Thursday, Sept. 19, COLU 316, 5-6 pm

“Design a Breathing World”: Oct

“Craft an Engaging Plot”: Nov

Fright Write III: Season of the Writer: Entries due by October 24 at 9 pm to

NaNoWriMo (meets in the Writing Center in November; weekly meetings and writing sessions)

For more info on any of these Writing Center events, call 719-255-4336 or email or visit their website:

Email Heather Fester ( or Matt Balk ( for more information on the Creative Writing Club organized through the Writing Center.

Veteran's Writing Community


DeLyn Martineau and Andrew LaBasi are launching a series of writing workshops for veterans. You can find out more information about these things on their website ( They also have information to share about a journal launch featuring process-based writing from veterans in our community—coming soon.

Contact Heather Fester ( for more information on any of the creative writing events