Debbie Maxwell Allen

Debbie Maxwell Allen writes young adult fiction in the Rockies. She teaches workshops for writers on the craft of writing, productivity, and how to use Scrivener and Vellum software. When not writing, she keeps tabs on her husband, five children, two cats, and the Most Adorable Grandson. You can catch her blog of resources for writers at She also offers substantive editing and proofreading for writers. Contact Debbie at for a free, no-obligation 1000-word sample edit.

Amy Armstrong

Amy Armstrong has been doing a little bit of everything in the writing community since she came to Denver in 2017. She participates in live storytelling and readings throughout the Denver area. Locations include BookBar, The Mercury Cafe, and the Whittier Cafe. She volunteers for Pikes Peak Writers as Coordinator of Social Media and was recognized as the 2019 Volunteer of the Year.  To hone her craft, she participates in the Denver Fiction Writers critique group, online workshops (most recently with Margaret Dilloway through Women’s Fiction Writers of America) and local writing workshops.

Caitlin Berve

Caitlin Berve is an author, editor, and speaker with an MFA in Creative Writing and Poetics. As the owner of Ignited Ink Writing, she helps authors transform their writing so it lingers with readers because writing that lingers gets remembered and recommended to others. She runs the Boulder Writers Alliance critique group and quarterly programs, is on the Colorado Independent Publishers Association (CIPA) board, and actively participates in Writers Idea Factory and 30th Street Fiction writers groups. She has been published in multiple literary magazines and helped put together both of her critique group’s short story anthologies. When she isn’t writing or reading, Caitlin is running the Colorado trails, folding origami, or exploring local activities.

Frank Biro

Frank Biro received his Bachelor of Science from Drexel University and his MD at Harvard Medical School. Completed dual residencies in internal medicine and pediatrics, he barded in Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, and Adolescent Medicine. Currently Professor of Pediatrics at University of Cincinnati, he’s also on faculty in the Division of Adolescent and Transition Medicine for the past 35+ years.

Trai Cartwright

Trai Cartwright, MFA, is a 25-year entertainment industry veteran and writing and producing specialist. She is a screenwriter, producer, and teaches screen and TV writing, arts entrepreneurship, and production management at UC Center, University of Denver’s MA professional creative writing program, and at Western State University’s low residency MFA program.

Trai spent fifteen years in Los Angeles working in Business Development and as a Studio Development Executive who consulted on thousands of screenplays for HBO, 20th Century Fox, Paramount, Universal, and New Line. 

Trai was on the producing team for three independent movies (Dinner Rush, Offshore, Trap). She was assistant director of Leonardo DiCaprio’s online ventures, the Hollywood liaison for a massively multi-player online role-playing game company, and was the Manager of Fox Mobile Studios for 20th Century Fox. As a screenwriter, four of Trai’s screenplays were optioned to Academy and Emmy award-winning producers.

Upon moving to Colorado in 2008, Trai began her career as an educator across the state. She has taught creative writing (fiction), screenwriting, and producing at nearly a dozen Colorado colleges, as well as for dozens of writers conferences, writers workshops, and film organizations. 

She recently finished her tenure as the President of Women in Film and Media Colorado. (

In 2016, Trai produced her first Colorado-based feature (Stadium Anthems). She is currently the screenwriter on Secret Ellington (2016 semifinalist in the Nicholl Fellowship, Big Break, and Special Honor in the Screencraft Public Domain contests), produced the short film Sundown Road and Hidden Tigers, a docu-series for Red Unicorn Films.

Becky Clark

A highly functioning chocoholic, Becky Clark lives in Denver and is the seventh of eight kids, which explains both her insatiable need for attention and her atrocious table manners. She likes to read funny books so it felt natural to write them, too. She writes the Dunne Diehl novels, the Mystery Writer’s Mysteries, the upcoming Crossword Puzzle Mysteries, and “Eight Weeks to a Complete Novel: How To Write Faster, Write Better, And Be More Organized.” Visit her online at

Liz Colter

Liz Colter has followed her heart through a wide variety of careers including draft-horse farmer, field paramedic, Outward Bound instructor, athletic trainer, and roller-skating waitress, among other curious choices. She is a two-time Colorado Book Award winner in Science Fiction/Fantasy and her short stories have been published in a wide variety of magazines and anthologies. She writes contemporary and dark fantasy as L. D. Colter and epic fantasy as L. Deni Colter.

Deb Courtney

Deb holds a degree in Fiction from the University of South Florida, where she was a Saunders Scholar in Fiction. She has had numerous short stories published and has worked as a freelance journalist. Her background includes more than 20 years in Technical Project Management. 

Her consulting firm, Courtney Literary, is about to launch TaleWinds, featuring Regatta Project Management Software for Writers. She hosts the popular “Write Drunk, Edit Sober” improv writing series monthly in Colorado Springs.

Rachel Delaney Craft

Rachel Delaney Craft writes speculative fiction for children and teens. Though she dreams of one day being a full-time novelist, she also has a soft spot for short work. Her short stories have appeared in publications such as Cricket, Cast of Wonders, and Metaphorosis, and she edited the anthology WILD: Uncivilized Tales from Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers, which was a finalist for the Colorado Book Award. She has also published poetry, STEM articles for children, and countless blog posts about the writing life. You can learn more about her (and see pics of her dog) at

Dr. James A. Crowder

Dr. Crowder has 30+ years of experience in aerospace systems which includes 25 years in research and development of artificial intelligence applications; delivering his first Neural Network system in 1995 and his first fuzzy system in 1993.  Dr. Crowder holds a PhD in Electrical Engineering in Chaos Theory, an MS in Applied Math in Probability Theory, an MS in Electrical Engineering in Signal Processing and a BS in Electrical Engineering. He published his first technical paper in 1988 and has over 120 journal and conference publications.  In 1989 he published his first poem and has 8 poetry books available on Amazon. He has published 5 technical books in artificial intelligence and systems engineering with his daughter, Dr. Shelli Friess. His current employer is Colorado Engineering Inc. where he is a systems fellow and devotes his time to advanced artificial intelligence research.  His work has been written up in Popular Science and he’s been interviewed as part of the Consciousness Podcast. A prolific writer, Dr. Crowder is currently starting his newest project, a series of three science fiction books about artificial intelligence and robots titled 1) When Robots Hug, 2) When Robots Cry, 3) When Robots Sing.