Book Blast

Session 1: Tuesdays, 6:00 – 8:30 pm. January 5 – February 16.

Pre-program individual conference: schedule directly with Shelley for anytime Dec. 14-31

Session 2: Tuesdays, 6:00 -8:30 pm. March 2 – April 6.

Pre-program individual conference: schedule directly with Shelley for anytime Feb. 15-26

Writing a book-length manuscript poses numerous challenges, from vision to completion to publication. This deeply immersive and supportive program offers you the encouragement and guidance to get your book out of your head and into the world. Whether you’re just getting started or reviving a stalled work-in-progress, each Book Blast session offers you the opportunity to focus on your book for eight wildly productive weeks.

The program begins with a private instructor conference to determine your unique writing path, followed by four supportive group sessions, spaced biweekly for ample writing time in between. Enroll for one or both eight-week Book Blast sessions! Discounted additional one-on-one meetings and/or manuscript editing is also available to all participants.

Program sessions include expert advice on:

  • Committing to writing time and completion goals
  • Believing in yourself and your work
  • Honing your project’s purpose or theme
  • Exploring the best structure for your manuscript
  • Discovering your authentic voice
  • Perfecting the craft of great writing
  • Revising, revising, revising
  • Finishing your project regardless of obstacles
  • Launching your path to publication

Vita’s Book Blast program connects you with a caring, experienced mentor and a community of writers to offer you the inspiration and feedback your book deserves. Join us!

Instructor: Shelley Read.

Shelley Read is a board member at Vita Institute for the Arts. Shelley’s fiction, nonfiction, and poetry have appeared in a variety of publications. Her first novel is currently being represented by her literary agent, and she is working on two new books. She recently retired as a Senior Lecturer at Western Colorado University after nearly three decades teaching writing, literature, environmental studies, and Honors. She also taught at Temple University and University of Denver and is the recipient of numerous fellowships, grants, and teaching awards. Shelley is the editor of several books, including an IPPY gold medal winner, and has edited at Temple University Press, Foothills Literary Journal, and DU Clarion. Shelley completed a double major BA in English and journalism at the University of Denver, an MA in creative writing at Temple University’s Graduate Creative Writing Program, a summer fellowship in aesthetics at Temple University Rome, and PhD coursework and comprehensive exams in literary studies as a Dean’s Fellow at the University of Denver. Shelley is a mom, mountaineer, world traveler, and wordsmith who loves helping her students set their stories free.


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