As it nears the second half of its third season, Colorado Mountain College's Alpine Enrichment Program continues to expand.
The program, co-founded by CMC professor Janie Swartz and Alpine Campus Dean Robert Ritschel three years ago, is a fall and spring series of seminars and book discussions intended to enrich the community by allowing people with expertise in virtually any subject area to share their knowledge and experiences with others.
Spurred by growing community interest, the program will begin its spring season with an additional segment -- writers' workshops, Swartz said.
Swartz and local author Jill Murphy Long will facilitate the workshops, which will include peer review and publishing and editing advice.
"There are a lot of people who are writing and want to be published," Swartz said. "We decided to do it for the people who can't make it to other writing workshops in town.
"We'll sit around some tables, critique each other's work and offer some writing tips and other suggestions for publication."
The spring session of the Alpine Enrichment Program also will include its customary seminar series and Novel Ideas book discussions.
The seminar series is scheduled to include four speakers, including Laramie, Wyo., wildlife and landscape artist Robert Seabeck, local acupuncturist Neil O'Keeffe, explorer Elizabeth Rand and CMC astronomy professor Jimmy Westlake.
Seabeck will discuss the creative process of beginning and completing a work of art; O'Keeffe will address the basic workings of acupuncture and the eight principal modalities of oriental medicine; Rand will present a slideshow of several trips through Africa; and Westlake will discuss the stories and challenges behind his bicycle trip from Colorado to Alaska last summer.
The Novel Ideas discussion group will continue to focus solely on the works of local authors. The spring session will feature visits by children's and young adult author Linda Litteral, CMC librarian Larry Rouch and retired Colorado State University professor Daniel Tyler.
All Alpine Enrichment Program events are free to the public and are held at 7 p.m. Wednesdays in Bogue Hall, Room 300. The writers' workshop series kicks off this Wednesday. For a complete list of scheduled events, visit http://faculty.coloradomtn.edu/aep/ or call Swartz at 870-4432.
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