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Colorado Author Brings Writing Workshop and Author Talk to Library

Ring in the New Year with some writing inspiration

Post Date:12/05/2018 2:26 PM

Author Laura Pritchett will be hosting a writing workshop and an author talk at the Library.

As a small child, Laura Pritchett wrote in her first diary, “I want to be a riter [sic] someday,” and, after a lot of ups and downs and twists and turns, she did. Pritchett will bring the wisdom gleaned from pursuing and attaining that dream to the Longmont Public Library in two separate programs on the evening of January 3.

In the first program, “Love the Outdoors? Write It!”, a writing workshop from 5:30 to 6:30 pm, Pritchett will look at what contemporary nature writers are doing, how they’re doing it, and to what effect, and offer guidance for how other writers can apply those lessons to their own work.  Pritchett’s goal is to help workshop attendees understand how to render place – specifically how to connect the external landscape of the world to the internal landscape of the characters. This workshop is free and appropriate for all genres and levels of writing experience. 

The second program, “The Journey of a Writer,” from 7 to 8 pm, is a more traditional author talk.  Pritchett will relate her experiences as a novelist, essayist, and lover of the natural world.  She is the author of nine books and one play. Pritchett began her writing journey with the short story collection Hell’s Bottom, Colorado, which won the PEN USA Award for Fiction and the Milkweed National Fiction Prize. This was followed by the novels Sky Bridge, Stars Go Blue, Red Lightning, and The Blue Hour, which garnered other writing awards. She’s also the editor of three anthologies and author of two nonfiction books: Great Colorado Bear Stories and Making Friends with Death: A Guide to Your Impending Last Breath.  Her first play was recently produced in Fort Collins. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, O Magazine, Salon, High Country News, The Sun, Brain, Child, and many others.

Laura Pritchett holds a PhD from Purdue University and teaches around the country. Whether you love her fiction, nonfiction, or magazine writing (or are new to it!), come hear what this PEN-USA and Colorado Book Award-winning author has to say about literature, books, and the West.  Books will be available for sale.

Both programs require advance registration, which can be completed online. No email address? Call 303-651-8472.

Can't attend? This program may be streamed live online, courtesy of the Longmont Observer. You can view these livestreams on the Longmont Observer website and on its Facebook page. The program may also be recorded and available on our Watch Recent Programs page.

The Longmont Library is proud to present the Authors We Love series, featuring published authors throughout the year.This program is part of the Longmont Public Library’s “Authors We Love” series. Visit the webpage for more information and to learn about more upcoming author talks.


The Friends of the Longmont Library generously support library programs and services.

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