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Grand County Community of Writers

The Grand County Library District is launching a one-of-a-kind writing program designed to encourage and develop the skills of local storytellers interested in producing works of both fiction and nonfiction.

To launch the program, Martin Smith will conduct a series of four weekly fiction workshops at the Granby branch in September that will lead aspiring novelists through a structured, step-by-step process for developing a solid idea for a novel, creating properly motivated characters, and imagining a story through to a satisfying conclusion. In October, he’ll follow up with workshops designed to help nonfiction writers produce strong narrative journalism, personal essays, and memoir in the most compelling way possible.

GCCoW will host a reception for interested writers in the Granby Library at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 22, to offer an overview of the program, explain the standards for participation, announce the fall workshop dates, and answer questions. Martin Smith also will share some of his experiences as a lifelong journalist, author of five novels and four nonfiction books, and as a long-time faculty member of the Squaw Valley (Calif.) Community of Writers.

If you have questions in the meantime, you can reach Stephanie Ralph at sralph@gcld.org, or Martin Smith at marty@martinjsmith.com. Smith’s website is www.martinjsmith.com.

August 22nd 5:30pm Granby Library Open house reception

September Granby Library

Fiction track – Four consecutive weekly sessions

  • Concept Lines
  • Jacket Copy
  • Beat Sheets
  • Understanding the Marketplace

October Granby Library

Nonfiction track – Four consecutive weekly sessions

  • Narrative Journalism
  • Personal Essays
  • Understanding Memoir
  • Historical Research

Jan. 15, 2017 First submissions for regular critique groups due (fiction and nonfiction)

February 2018 Begin monthly critique groups (one fiction, one nonfiction) Wednesdays or Thursdays, led by designated workshop leaders


For up-to-date information check this page:

or go to

 “Grand County Community of Writers” facebook page

This program is made possible by a grant from the Grand Foundation