Live workshops and writing events are such a great way to get inspired, get writing and meet other writers. I've made appearances at Lit Fest, Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers, Weehawken Creative Arts, and many other writing organizations. My upcoming events are below. Wonder if they're the right fit for you? Or interested in hosting a workshop through your organization? Email me. alissa[at]


Creative Nonfiction Panel: Reporting in Creative Nonfiction

Writing the Rockies
Western State Colorado University
Gunnison, CO
Thursday, July 20, 8:30 - 10 a.m.
Co-moderating a panel with the managing editor of High Country News, Brian Calvert, at this annual event.

Good reporting isn’t limited to news coverage and feature stories—it can also be the bedrock of many forms of creative nonfiction. In this panel, we take a look at the ins and outs of reporting. What is good reporting? How does it change for different types of creative nonfiction? How does it play a role in literary nonfiction? And what do you need to know about reporting if you’ve never considered it part of your own creative nonfiction? We’ll also discuss the role of reporting during a time when the media is under scrutiny and the veracity of facts is being called into question. Join this panel for a discussion on both the practical aspects of reporting—how to do it—and a closer look at its role in creating vibrant and relevant creative nonfiction.

We'll be joined by authors George Sibley and Mark Todd. To learn more about us and this great conference, visit Writing the Rockies

Crested Butte Writing Nights

Crested Butte Library
Crested Butte, CO

Wish you were writing more? Take a break from your current project (or even trying to find one) and come get in the flow. After all, writing has a way of leading to more writing. Includes some discussion, writing prompts to get started, and plenty of writing time.

Thursday, July 27, 6:45 - 8 p.m. Learn more. 
Thursday, August 17, 6:45 - 8 p.m. Learn more. 


The Productive Writer

Mesa County Libraries
Grand Junction, CO
Tuesday, August 1
5:30 - 7:30 p.m.

From Stuck and Struggling to Clear and Focused - We all hear about the mistakes writers can make, but this workshop digs deeper. By examining how writers think about writing, we identify the top three ways they make it harder than it needs to be and cover the shifts in thinking that will make writers feel more confident and be more productive. Register HERE.


The Art of the Short Story

Salida, Colorado
October 21
Stay tuned for more information on this full-day workshop through the Chaffee County Writers Exchange!