Saturday’s workshop was tremendously helpful, bound together by enthusiastic writers and excellent guidance from you. We all went home with work to be done, but that’s the whole purpose.

Don Graves, Colorado, Mount Vernon Writing Seminar, 2018

Page’s Mount Vernon seminars are back!
Registration is open.

RIDE THE CURRENT

Navigating the literary waters of Peter Heller’s thrilling novel The River

Sunday July 25, 2021
Mount Vernon Canyon Club, Golden, Colorado

How does Peter Heller
write best-selling novels?
Step into the literary current of
The River with Francine Prose at
the helm, guided by the advice
in her book Reading Like a Writer,
and let’s find out!

PETER HELLER, a local Denver writer is the national best-selling author of The River, Celine, The Painter, and The Dog Stars. The Painter was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and won the prestigious Reading the West Book Award, and The Dog Stars has been published in twenty-two languages to date. NYT calls The River a joy to read, “a suspenseful tale told with glorious drama and lyrical flair.”

What secrets lie beneath the flow of Peter Heller’s beautiful prose? How does Heller craft best-selling literary thrillers like The River, the story of two college friends, a canoe trip into the wilderness, and a friendship tested by fire, white water, and violence? 

During this one-day Sunday Brunch Seminar, we will dive deep into Francine Prose’s concept of “the close read” (from Reading Like a Writer) to see what we can learn.

Sometimes the best way to enter
the current of your own writing
is to step into the flow
of the master storytellers.

Page Lambert designs and teaches graduate writing courses for the University of Denver’s Master’s Program in Professional Creative Writing.

Writing Services

Page has been teaching writing workshops for 22 years, in over 200 venues in the U.S. and British Columbia. She often teaches across genre because, whether she’s talking about narrative nonfiction, memoir, or fiction, she believes that all good writing starts at the emotional root of the human experience. The content of her workshops can be customized to fit most audiences, but here are a few of her favorite topics (some based on articles she has written for The Writer Magazine, Sojourns, Huff Post, The Roundup, Terralingua, etc.)

Topics

  • The Yearning Factor
  • Secrets: Discovering Your Characters Desires
  • Thematic Writing: In Memoir and Fiction
  • How to Keep the Creative Fires Burning
  • Back Story Taking Over the Front Story
  • Give Your Story a Fresh Perspective
  • Exploring Motivation & Point-of-View
  • The Art of the Personal Essay
  • The Business of Writing
  • Memoir Mansion: Truth Dwells in Every Room
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Keynote Speaking

Page’s speaking style is intimate, an up-close emotional experience with the audience. Whether speaking about the 12-month trip around the world she took as a teenager, rearing her son and daughter on a small ranch in Wyoming, how her father gave birth to the financial planning industry, the month she spent alone in a remote mountain cabin, or floating down the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon, she will invite you inside both her joy and sorrow. Here are a few of her favorite speaking topics:

Topics

  • Writing to Save the Places We Love
  • The Land and the Eco-system of the Heart
  • The Seductive Nature of Nature
  • Creativity and Retreating from the World
  • The Courageous Art of Being Human
  • Living a Passionate Life
  • The Roots of Leadership
  • The Tipping Points that Inform Our Lives
  • How Creativity Shapes Our Collective Destiny
  • Symbolism and Synchronicity

Past Presentations, Keynotes and workshops include:

Fishtrap: Writing & the West, Wallowa, OR; Women Writing the West, Golden, CO; Platinum Expression, Carbondale, CO; Denver Art Museum, Denver, CO; Stories On Stage, Denver, CO (work performed); A Room of Her Own Foundation, Ghost Ranch, NM; Women Writing the West, Albuquerque, NM; Denver Woman’s Press Club, Denver, CO; American Indian Higher Education Consortium, San Diego, CA; Arapahoe Community College, Littleton, CO; Risk Taking, Fire within Dangerous Minds Conference, Regis University, Denver, Colorado; Feminist Luncheons, Denver, CO; Women & the Environment, Santa Fe, NM; River Writing, Aspen Summer Words, Aspen, CO; Writing from the Imaginative Storm, Taos Writing Salon, NM; Walking Words, Telluride, CO; Writing along the Rim 3-day retreat, Grand Canyon, AZ; Women Writing West, CU Denver; Pikes Peak Writers Conference, Colorado Springs, CO; Writing from the River’s Edge, Green River, UT; Quivira Coalition, Albuquerque, NM; Fall Equinox Writing Retreat, Mt. Vernon, CO; Writing the West Conference, Western State College, Gunnison, CO; Women’s Studies Program, UW Faculty Club, Seattle, WA; Ozark Creative Writers Conference, Eureka Springs, Arkansas; Governor’s Arts Award Banquet, Cheyenne, Wyoming; Adventure Writing Symposium, Cheyenne, Wyoming; Western Writers of America, WY; Rocky Mountain Book Festival, Denver, Colorado; Writer’s in the Sky, Telluride, Colorado; Smithers Arts Council, Smithers, British Columbia; Northwest Book Fest Seattle, Washington; Mountains and Plains Booksellers Conference, Denver, Colorado; Black Hills State University, Spearfish, South Dakota; Northern Arizona University, Museum of Northern Arizona, the Arboretum, Flagstaff, Arizona; the Phoenix Women’s Expo, Phoenix, Arizona; The Reader’s Festival, South Mesa State College, Grand Junction, Colorado.

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