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Welcome to The Blue Sage Page, our first quarterly with news of workshops, submission opportunities, and tips & tools to maximize your creative genius and tell YOUR story in 2018! 

Big news from Blue Sage Writing!  I am thrilled to welcome author, artist and instructor Elizabeth Sloan as a writing coach and workshop instructor. Read her bio following news of the workshop we'll offer in Boulder this July! In fact, you can sign up today for this unique opportunity: Your Legacy as Memoir...The Essence of a Life. Two instructors. 12 amazing participants. Your best writing! If you have wondered in moments of self-reflection, "What is my legacy? What mark do I leave on the world? How do I tell these stories?" this workshop is for you! Only four spots left! See more below! 

If you prefer to work one-on-one and have a writing project you long to complete, we would love to work with you. Dreams require deadlines! See more about coaching below and make 2018 your year to commit!

The Blue Sage Page also shares information on Linda's weekend workshop in July at the University of Iowa Summer Writing Festival: Transforming Moments of Consequence into Captivating Scenes: Guided Writing for Writers of Fiction or Creative Non-Fiction

Finally, whether you are an experienced or emerging writer, see tips for how to start a successful blog in 2018, and a few select writing contests and publishing opportunities.

Please pass this along to a friend!


Linda M. Bendorf
Director, Blue Sage Writing


Come Write the Story of YOUR Legacy!

Your Legacy as Memoir...The Essence of a Life

July 22-27, 2018 in beautiful Boulder, Colorado

Register now for this unique writing workshop led by Linda M. Bendorf, Director of Blue Sage Writing, and E.M. (Elizabeth) Sloan, author of When Songbirds Returned to Paris.

Click here to learn more and to register

Spend a week developing your most significant stories through focused, engaging work, including writing prompts, selected readings, in-class conversation, and one-on-one discussions. This workshop is designed for writers of all levels.

This workshop is limited to 12 participants and your registration fee of $1,200 includes:
  • Five days of extraordinary instruction and inspiration
  • Experienced & passionate instructors who will guide you to creative breakthroughs and your best writing
  • An individual conference and coaching on your manuscript & most pressing questions
  • First Night’s Welcome Dinner at Dushanbe Tea House
  • Mid-Week Dinner & opportunity to read aloud at (optional) open mic: Tapas, Words & Wine 
  • Closing Dinner & Ceremony
  • Access to the Zen Meditation Room (separate building) for reflection, yoga or writing
  • A mid-week excursion with Colorado Birding Adventures to recharge your creative genius.
Our daily workshop sessions will be held at the Briar Rose Bed & Breakfast at 2151 Arapahoe Ave, Boulder, Colorado  80302. Workshop fee does not include lodging.

Limited to 12 participants - ONLY FOUR SPOTS LEFT

Author and Artist
Elizabeth (E.M.) Sloan
Joins Blue Sage Writing
as Workshop Instructor
and Writing Coach!
Author and artist, E.M. (Elizabeth) Sloan dedicated more than a dozen years of research, international travel and correspondence -- and an MFA in creative writing from the University of Idaho --  to complete her historical nonfiction book, When Songbirds Returned to Paris.  Sloan’s Songbirds was nominated for The American Library in Paris Book Award, a Pushcart Prize, and the narrative nonfiction International Book Award.

Her book profile, featured in Reading Group Choices (a premier reading group selection resource), was the most viewed book of the month in their New Release section & eNewsletter; it was also the most viewed book profile out of the 10 books featured in the newsletter.

Sloan has a B.A. in Art Education from the University of Iowa; an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Idaho; a career in art and graphic design with Better Homes & Gardens Magazine, Meredith Publishing. In the 80’s she founded and ran her own graphic design business.

Besides writing, Sloan creates one-of-a-kind bookarts and other mixed media works. Her book, Our M(Others), Ourselves was included in a juried Boise State University exhibit. With her passion for both visual and literary art, Sloan conducted a workshop for Southwest Writers in Albuquerque, NM, titled “Writing From Photo to Finish,” an interactive writing process that combines observation with research.

Since 2007, Sloan has been a first-year seminar lecturer at the University of Idaho teaching the following: Art, Artists and Meaning; and The Creative Mind.  She is also the outreach coordinator for a rural economic development program with UI’s Dept. of Ag. Economics and Rural Sociology. 

In January 2018, Elizabeth joins Blue Sage Writing as a writing coach and workshop instructor.  In July of 2018, Elizabeth will team with Linda Bendorf, an award-winning instructor and director of Blue Sage Writing, to lead a week-long workshop Your Legacy as Memoir...The Essence of Your Life in Boulder, Colorado. 

Follow E.M. Sloan’s author page at, and mixed media works at

Developing Moments of Consequence into Captivating Scenes:  Guided Writing for Writers of Fiction or Creative Non-Fiction
Led by Linda M. Bendorf

A weekend workshop at the University of Iowa Summer Writing Festival
July 14-15, 2018 in Iowa City, Iowa

The 2018 catalog will be available late January/early February.
Workshops fill quickly. Check here often! 

In his book, Making Shapely Fiction, author Jerome Stern advises: “Remember the wisdom of the child: make a scene when we really want everyone’s full attention...Create an event so your readers can feel the drama of the moment.”  Smith Magazine defined “The Moment” as the key experience, “a moment of opportunity, serendipity, calamity or chaos..." Such moments can be positive, joyful, difficult or heart-wrenching. They impact us in some way, and create a chain of cascading events for us in real life, or for the characters on our pages: the time you defied workplace policy; heard music for the first time through cochlear ear implants; made a copy of the key to the evidence room; found your father’s true identity; signed papers to bring home the emaciated puppy after it managed to lick your palm; picked up on that shifty expression that confirmed you’d been duped. Come write these experiences -- your real ones or those from the life of a character in your short story or novel. During our weekend, plan to generate and flesh out several of your key moments in a way that captivates readers from the start. 

Writing Tips, Contests & Publishing Opportunities

How to Start a Successful Blog in 2018, by the minimalists, Joshua Fields Millburn & Ryan Nicodemus 

Glimmer Train Press

The Master's Review...A Platform for Emerging Writers - The short story deadline ends Jan. 15, but this calendar lists additional opportunities.

The Sun Magazine  (Sy Sefransky, editor of The Sun Magazine says: ““I’m looking for a writer who doesn’t know where her sentence is leading her; a writer who starts with her obsessions and whose heart is bursting with love; a writer sly enough to give the slip to her secret police, the ones with the power to condemn in the blink of an eye. It’s all right that she doesn’t know what she’s thinking until she writes
Reader’s Write)
it, as if the words already exist somewhere and draw her to them. She may not know how she got there, but she knows when she’s arrived.”— Sy Safransky,  Editor and Publisher of The Sun

Best Literary Magazines for Emerging Writers


More Ideas in March!


Do you long to tell a personal story, or to complete a critical work project? Are you serious about wanting to write, but finding it hard to move forward? Whether you are a novice writer, a blocked writer, or an experienced writer forging ahead, our sole purpose is to motivate and guide you on the path to writing with power and grace.

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