2008 Creative Conferences in Boulder, Colorado

Regular tuition: $380

Travel Writing & Photography: Sept. 12-14

Student tuitions of $300 are also available, with a valid ID, for all conferences.

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Essay Contest Winner!
Beth Andersen wins the Writer's Workshop Essay Contest and a pair of Zeal sunglasses. Read her winning entry.

Kelsey Crider, the recipient of a Conference Scholarship, has had a successful kidney transplant.

Read Kelsey's story
Read about Kelsey's transplant

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2008 Magazine Writer's Worshop Speakers


Pam Houston
Pam Houston

Pam Houston is the author of two collections of linked short stories, Cowboys Are My Weakness (W. W. Norton), which was the winner of the 1993 Western States Book Award and has been translated into nine languages, and Waltzing the Cat (W. W. Norton) which won the Willa Award for Contemporary Fiction.

Her stories have been selected for the Best American Short Stories, the O. Henry Awards, the Pushcart Prize, and the Best American Short Stories of the Century. A collection of essays, A Little More About Me, was published by W.W. Norton in the fall of 1999.

In 2001 she completed a stage play called Tracking the Pleiades which was produced by the Creede Repertory Theater. Houston has edited a collection of fiction, nonfiction and poetry for Ecco Press called Women on Hunting, and written the text for a book of photographs called Men Before Ten A.M. (Beyond Words, 1996).

Houston is the Director of Creative Writing at U.C. Davis and she teaches at many summer writers’ conferences and festivals in the US and abroad. She has appeared on CBS Sunday Morning from time to time doing literary essays on the wilderness, as well as a guest on the Oprah Winfrey Show. She lives in Colorado at 9,000 feet above sea level near the headwaters of the Rio Grande.



Evelyn Spence

Evelyn SpenceBackpacker Magazine
Senior Articles Editor

Evelyn Spence is the senior articles editor at Backpacker. In her past lives, she's written for Men's Journal, Outside, Powder, Women's Health, High Country News, Islands, Natural Solutions, Health, and Women's Adventure; worked as the managing editor at Skiing magazine; and written the guidebook "Colorado's Classic Mountain Towns." Along the way, she's profiled hutkeepers in Slovakia's Tatra mountains, backpacked in the Australian Outback, ski-mountaineered in Prince William Sound, and somewhat successfully fished for tarpon in the Yucatan. Participating as Critique Group Leader on Saturday, 1-6 pm



Elinor FishTrail Runner Magazine
Elinor Fish

Managing Editor

Elinor Fish became the managing editor of Trail Runner magazine after moving from Canada to the Colorado Rockies. A prolific writer, traveler and runner, Elinor is always planning the next adventure, from trail running in Patagonia to ski touring in the Italian Alps. Participating as Critique Group Leader on Saturday, 1-6 pm



Kristin Bjornsen
Kristen Bjornsen
Climbing Magazine
Climbing Magazine
Associate Editor

Along with being an associate editor at Climbing Magazine, Kristin Bjornsen freelance writes for fitness and outdoor magazines and specializes in health, nature, and outdoor adventure topics. She calls Boulder, Colorado, home and her favorite haunt is the dog park, with her 3-year-old hound dog, Clyde. Participating as Critique Group Leader on Saturday, 1-6 pm



Women's Adventure MagazineMichelle TheallWomen's Adventure
Women's Adventure
Editorial Founder &

Michelle Theall is the founder and publisher of Women's Adventure magazine and serves as a photo editor for the cover and Musings in Women's Adventure. She is an avid outdoor athlete, running, rock climbing, snowboarding, hiking, and backpacking as often as possible. Theall lives in Boulder, Colorado. Participating as Critique Group Leader on Saturday, 1-6 pm



Karina Evertsen Karina EvertsenWomen's Adventure
Women's Adventure
Associate Publisher
Gear Editor

Karina is the Associate Publisher and Gear Editor for Women's Adventure Magazine. An avid skier, climber, snowboarder, trail runner, and hiker, Karina knows her gear. When she's not out in the wild, she can be found with her two furry family members, Hank and Bella. Participating as Critique Group Leader on Saturday, 1-6 pm


Tracy RosTracy RossBackpacker Magazine
Backpacker Magazine
Senior Editor

Tracy Ross, senior editor at Backpacker Magazine, has traveled through the wilds of Alaska, the Islamic Republic of Iran, South America, Scotland, and some of America¹s remotest spots in search of stories that inform the psyche and feed the soul. Her work has appeared in Outside, Skiing, Powder, Backpacker, and on public radio. She is currently working on an early memoir about abuse, redemption, and the healing power of wilderness, set in the western U.S and Alaska.



Jodi HelmerJodi Helmer
Freelance Writer

Jodi Helmer is a freelance writer specializing in health, travel and green topics. She has written for Women's Health, Backpacker, Hemispheres, Shape, US Airways Magazine, Midwest Living and ReadyMade. Her first book, The Green Year: 365 Small Things You Can Do to Make a Big Difference, will be published by Alpha later this year. Helmer has taught classes like Freelance Writing for Beginners, Crafting the Query, Goal Setting for Writers and Intro to Travel Writing at Portland State University, Portland Community College and Central Piedmont Community College. She also moderated a panel on Environmental Journalism at the 2008 ASJA conference in New York. Visit her online at www.jodihelmer.com.



Megan MichelsonMegan MichelsonSkiing Magazine
Skiing Magazine
Associate Editor

Megan Michelson is an associate editor at Skiing magazine. Previously, she worked as the assistant managing editor at Outside magazine. Her freelance work has appeared in Women's Health, Men's Journal, Men's Fitness, Women's Adventure, Powder, and Canoe & Kayak. This winter, Megan won the World Telemark Freeskiing Championships in Alyeska, Alaska. She lives in Boulder, Colorado.


Christie AschwandenChristie AschwandenO, the Oprah Magazine
Freelance writer

Christie Aschwanden is a freelance writer whose only specialty is "stuff that interests me." She is contributing editor to Health and her essays and articles have appeared in more than 50 publications, including O, the Oprah Magazine, Runner's World, Men's Journal, Marie Claire, Prevention, Bicycling, National Wildlife and High Country News. In 2007 she received a grant from the Pulitzer Center for Crisis Reporting to travel to Vietnam. Her report on Agent Orange's legacy appeared on PBS and her New York Times article about an Agent Orange remediation project in Vietnam's central highlands received the Arlene Award from the American Society of Journalists and Authors (ASJA). She has also received an Outstanding Essay Award from the ASJA and an honorable mention for print journalism from the American Institute of Biological Sciences. She has previously taught workshops at the Telluride Writer's Guild and the Santa Fe Science Writing Workshop. In her spare time she pursues mountain adventures and raises exotic poultry on her farm in rural western Colorado. Her website is: www.christieaschwanden.com


Katy NeusteterKaty NeusteterDelicious Living
Delicious Living
Managing Editor

Katy Neusteter is the managing editor at Delicious Living. Previously, she was a contributing editor at Wired and an assistant editor at Outside. In addition to those magazines, her writing has appeared in Skiing, 5280, Sunset, National Geographic Adventure, and Women's Adventure. She has also contributed to NPR.


Dianna DellingDianna Delling Outside Magazine
Outside Magazine
Senior Editor

Dianna Delling is a senior editor at Outside magazine, where she edits feature stories, the environmental column, the books and media section, and packages on topics from travel to green investing. Before joining the Outside team in 2000, she spent six years editing travel and health books. Dianna enjoys swimming and hiking in Santa Fe, where she lives with her husband, freelance writer Brad Wetzler, and two rambunctious dogs, Laika and Viktor.


Neal RogersNeal Rogers
VeloNews Magazine
Senior Writer

A passion for music led Neal Rogers into music journalism while attending the University of California, Santa Cruz. After serving a brief stint in the dot-com world, Neal moved from San Francisco to Boulder in 2001, following his other passion by taking an editorial internship at VeloNews Magazine, The Journal of Competitive Cycling. That internship led to a full-time Associate Editor position, and Neal was promoted to Senior Writer in 2005. In addition to traveling around the world covering bicycle races such as the Tour de France and race winners such as Lance Armstrong and Floyd Landis, Neal writes a VeloNews.com Web column titled "Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood," is a regular host of VeloNews TV online video programming and is finishing his first book, "Paid to Suffer: A Year in the Pro Cycling Life," to be published later this year. When he's not traveling or writing Neal can be found either riding his bike in the mountains or at a concert in Denver.


Linda SparroweLinda SparroweNatural Solutions Magazine
Natural Solutions
Editor in Chief

Linda Sparrowe, who joined InnoVision Health Media in 2005 as editor in chief of Natural Solutions magazine, has a long and varied career in magazine publishing. As co-owner of The Herb Quarterly magazine and contract editor for a host of other publications, she quickly learned her way around circulation, advertising, and marketing, in addition to editorial. She was managing editor of Yoga Journal for many years, as well as interim editor in chief, consultant, and contributing editor. She has served as editorial coach, consultant, and mentor for several national consumer titles and has lent her writing and editing skills to a variety of book projects. She is also author of her own books such as A Woman’s Book of Yoga and Health: A Lifelong Guide to Wellness, which teaches women to support themselves with yoga no matter what condition or stage of life they’re in; Yoga for Healthy Bones; Yoga for Healthy Menstruation; and Yoga: A Yoga Journal Book, a coffee table book which chronicles the history of yoga and showcases more than 350 photographs of awe-inspiring yoga poses (by David Martinez).

Doug Schnitzspahn
Doug Schnitzspahn
Freelance Writer

Doug Schnitzspahn is a freelance writer and editor living in Boulder, Colorado. He holds an Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from the University of Washington, where he won the Mary Rouvelas Prize in Fiction and studied poetics and art history at the UW Rome Center in Italy. Schnitzspahn has traveled in Sicily, Tuscany, Corsica, North Africa, Greece, France, Argentina and Poland, writing for publications including Outside, Islands, Powder, The Chicago Tribune, Men’s Journal, Diversion and The Big Sky Journal. His work has been noted in Best American Essays and he won a fellowship in non-fiction literature from the Colorado Council on the Arts in 2003.