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Mountain of Authors

This guide provides information about a free annual community program for local authors and writers.

Writing Groups & Professional Organizations 2019


We are the Colorado Independent Publishers Association (CIPA), a nonprofit statewide cooperative of authors, independent book publishers and publishing professionals. CIPA was founded in 1992 as a lunch group by a small group of independent publishers. Evelyn Kaye, of Blue Panda Publications and a travel writer was CIPA's first president and the namesake of CIPA's EVVY book awards.



We are the local Colorado Springs area chapter of the American Christian Fiction Writers - The Voice of Christian Fiction - a professional organization devoted to the craft of Christian Fiction. Whether you're a multi-published author or just taking the first steps in your writing career, ACFW is the place for you to learn more about the craft and expand your knowledge of the publishing industry. Our group provides fellowship, encouragement and learning along the writing journey. We are committed to helping you succeed.



Colorado Authors’ League fosters the art and craft of writing. Members share information, industry trends and changes in the law. We find ways to help local readers learn more about Colorado writers. We support the writer community and do what we can to shape a better future for professional writers in the years to come.




Colorado Springs Fiction Writer's Group is a nonprofit organization that welcomes writers of all levels to improve their skills through peer critique groups, workshops, and retreats in a supportive setting. The focus of the group is to give the writing community a peer environment in which to share concepts, works in progress, projects, and promote themselves online through sample works. Visit their webpage at to learn more.



The Editorial Freelancers Association offers resources for authors and publishers as well as freelancers, including a free job listing service, a searchable online member directory, and a chart of suggested starting rates for a variety of services. The member directory allows clients free and instant access to a diverse assortment of highly qualified publishing professionals. A national 501(c)6 not-for-profit organization headquartered in New York City, the EFA is made up of editors, writers, indexers, proofreaders, researchers, desktop publishers, translators, and other specialists with a broad range of skills.



Fiction Foundry is a Colorado Springs based writing group focused on providing critiques, final polishing of prose before publication submission, articles, promotion of published works, and social interaction for group members and the public at large. Meeting times and dates are flexible with monthly, bimonthly, and virtual group options. If you’re interested in Fiction Foundry we suggest contacting us and visiting one of our “Beers With Writers” nights, and get to know our membership in a relaxed environment. Visit



Pikes Peak Writers is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization committed to helping writers grow and thrive through education, outreach, and community. The Pikes Peak Writers Conference is now in its 23rd year. Non-conference events have blossomed to more than 36 free and low-cost events, including monthly Write Brain sessions, periodic writing workshops, and a host of other fun and educational meetings and events. Read more about Pikes Peak Writers on their website at



Sisters in Crime members are writers, readers, booksellers, librarians, bloggers, and others with an appreciation for the mystery genre. Those who join the Sisters in Crime - Colorado chapter must also belong to the national Sisters in Crime, whose mission is “to promote the ongoing advancement, recognition and professional development of women crime writers. Membership is open to all persons worldwide who have a special interest in crime and mystery writing and in furthering the purposes of Sisters in Crime, Inc.”




The Rocky Mountain Chapter includes both Colorado and Wyoming. We have about 640 members, with just over 450 of those designating themselves as writers and over 145 as illustrators or writer-illustrators. Of the total, about 400 are Associate members, just over 100 are Full and nearly 130 are PAL (Published and Listed) members. Many of our members are award-winners, both locally and nationally as well as best-selling authors.

Letters & Lines is our annual Fall Conference, generally held the third weekend in September. You can find out more about the Fall Conference here. We try to have a summer retreat every other year and hope to continue to bring "Big Sur in the Rockies" to our region, as well as other events throughout the year, including schmoozes and specialized workshops such as writing picture books or plotting the novel. We are also experimenting with webinars so that our members who are far away can benefit from the expertise of authors, illustrators, editors, and agents! The Colorado Springs Connect & Critique meets monthly to share industry and member writing news. We also have critique sessions at these meetings.



Women Writing the West (WWW), founded in 1994, is a nonprofit organization of writers and other professionals writing and promoting the Women’s West. Since that time, WWW has evolved into an international organization open to men and women. Our members write novel and short story fiction, creative and scholarly nonfiction, poetry, screenplays and children’s books. To learn more visit

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