Winter Words Writing Workshop planned

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Author/teacher Mary Taylor Young of Castle Rock has been publishing books about Western wildlife, nature and landscape since 1987 and sharing her skills with others since 1988.

Her most recent of 14 books is “Guide to Colorado Mammals,” telling us about bats, bears, bighorn sheep and many more inhabitants that share the state — with species profiles, range maps, field notes and photographs.

She is working on a book about Rocky Mountain National Park's upcoming 100th anniversary, due in 2014.

Next on her agenda will be the seventh Winter Words Writing Workshop, Feb. 22-24 in Estes Park, which invites writers to gather in a beautiful place “to share meals, conversation and a love of writing.”

Limited to 10 participants, it's planned for those who write, or want to write, fiction, memoir, creative or narrative nonfiction, nature writing and more.

Participants will submit 15 pages of a work-in-progress by Feb. 1, and the group will analyze and consider it, in addition to soaking up a lecture on the craft of writing and enjoying some outdoor time if they wish. The atmosphere is friendly and keeping the group small allows for an in-depth look at each submission. Think instant critique group.

Taylor's love affair with Rocky Mountain Park had its start in summers spent there at her grandparent's cabin. She roamed, encountered wildlife and plants and learned to record with camera and words.

Writers will stay at McGregor Mountain Lodge, bordering Rocky Mountain Park. The workshop cost is $264 (Hotel is additional-contact the lodge.) For information and/or brochure, contact Young: MaryTaylorYoung.com, 303-660-4960. Taylor says the workshop will be held regardless of weather — unless the snowstorm of the millennium occurs.