Western Colorado Writer's Forum

– GJCAC Grant Recipient
Contact info:
749 Gunnison Ave
Suite 205
Grand Junction, CO 81501
p. 970-541-9293

Areas of Concentration:

Playwright, Poetry, Fiction, Nonfiction, Freelance Writer


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The Western Colorado Writers' Forum was established in February of 2010 by author, Sandra Dorr, “to foster a dynamic literary and writing community that advances the cultural life of Western Colorado."  We committed to meeting the mission of our non-profit 501(c)(3) by creating partnerships with over 28 organizations in the last four years to help children and the disenfranchised of the community to find their voices with the help of trained writers. We provide monthly skill building and inspirational workshops for people who want to be writers. We take the writing from our various programs and the public, publicizing it in the community via the Daily Sentinel, on KAFM Community Radio, and with poetry posted throughout the downtown and Botanical Gardens.  This writing is heard or seen by thousands of people annually.  We offered two conferences in the last four years that brought in national and internationally-known writers in all genres. Our last conference was in partnership with C.M.U.
WCWF sends authors into the schools to help teachers with creative writing. The Writers in the Schools Program (WITS), under the leadership of Colorado Humanities and financial help from the Grand Junction Arts Commission, has conducted residencies in eight different schools and reached over 2,600 students in grades 3-12 in the last four years.  At the end of each six to ten-week residency, participants received their own copy of an anthology containing their work.   This allows many children to see that they indeed are writers and authors.   WCWF funds creative writers to provide programs for Grand Junction Parks and Recreation Youth programs, campfire programs at some Colorado State Parks, and school writing clubs or enrichment in writing for an elementary school and middle school.
WCWF is committed to working with groups of  people who can offer unique insights into our community through their writing through our Voices program where trained facilitators are sent to lead writing groups. We formed a partnership with Hilltop Resources in 2014 to begin to provide creative writing classes at two assisted living homes, their residential youth facility, and for those in a program for the brain-injured.   There has been a creative writing class at the Catholic Outreach Soup Kitchen for 3 years and veterans programs for 2 years.  Other sites in the past have included: Latimer House; Department of Youth Services; and the Riverside Education Center.  The goal of the classes is to help residents learn to use writing to communicate their experiences and thoughts.

If you are interested in more information or would like to be part of our on-going programs,  please see our web site at www.westerncoloradowriters.org or contact us at wcwritersforum@gmail.com.  Our office is in the Center for Independence at 740 Gunnison, Suite 205 , Grand Junction, CO 81501.  WCWF 's phone is 970-256-4662.


City of Grand Junction Commission on Arts and Culture

This is a print version of a webpage. View the original at: http://www.gjarts.org/local-artists-groups-galleries/cultural-organization/?organization=western-colorado-writers-forum-c48d8

A division of the City of Grand Junction, Colorado, Parks & Recreation Department
970-254-3876 | 1340 Gunnison Avenue, Grand Junction, CO 81501