NEWS & EVENTS
Current Events & News:
* October 24th-Dec. 12th: Schantz teaches an eight-week long Intermediary Fiction workshop for Lighthouse in Louisville on Thursdays from 6:30-8:30 p.m.
* January 18th-February 22nd, 2020: Schantz hosts and facilatates another (W)rites of Passage workshop series called FOOLISH WINTER from her home in East Boulder. Each Saturday explores a new sub theme in the following order: Zero/0 (January 18th), The Edge (January 25th), Baggage (February 1st), Rose (February 8th), Dog (February 15th) & The Fool (February 22nd). These workshops take place on Saturdays from 11:00 am-2:30 pm. Particpants can take the whole workshop series for $300 (includes a 15 page critique) or individual Saturdays for $60.00. To register please email email@example.com or visit the website: www.WritesofPassage.org (click on the tab for Workshop: FOOLISH WINTER).
* January 21st-May 7th, 2020: Schantz teaches Creative Writing 1 at the Boulder County Campus of Front Range Community College on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:00-5:15 p.m.
* February 29th, 2020 from 9:00 a.m. to 10:15 a.m.: Schantz will be teaching a workshop titled "Secrets: Strategies for Story" at Lighthouse North in Louisville as part of Lighthouse North Writers Fest. For more information (and to register) please click on this link: https://www.lighthousewriters.org/workshop/lighthouse-north-secrets—strategies-story?session=2031
* March 11th, 2020: Schantz will be the visiting writer at the New Mexico School for the Arts in Sante Fe, New Mexico. Details TBA.
* June 10th, 2020: Part of Lighthouse Lit Fest, Schantz will be facilitating a workshop titled "Secrets: Strategies for Story" from 4:30-6:30 at the Denver location.
* June 17th, 2020: Part of Lighthouse Lit Fest, Schantz will be facilitating a workshop titled "Writing the Body" from 4:30-6:30 at the Denver location.
* Fall 2019: Schantz teaches Fiction at the Boulder County Campus of Front Range Community College on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2:30-3:45 pm.
* September 21st-October 26th: Schantz hosts and facilatates another (W)rites of Passage workshop series called TOWERING FALL from her home in East Boulder. Each Saturday explores a new sub theme in the following order: Masonry & Foundation (September 21st), The Tower (September 28th), The Crown (October 5th), Lightning (October 12th), Destruction (October 19th) & Denouement (October 26th). These workshops take place on Saturdays from 11:00 am-2:30 pm. Particpants can take the whole workshop series for $300 (includes a 15 page critique) or individual Saturdays for $60.00. To register please email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the website: www.WritesofPassage.org (click on the tab for Workshop: TOWERING FALL).
* July 13th-August 3, 2019: Schantz hosts and facilatates another (W)rites of Passage workshop series called ROCK STAR SUMMER from her home in East Boulder. Each Saturday explores a new sub theme in the following order: Sex (July 13th), Drugs (July 20th), Rock Star/Fame/Taboo (July 27th) & Rock n Roll (August 3rd). These workshops take place on Saturdays from 11:00 am-2:30 pm. Particpants can take the whole workshop series for $200 (includes a 15 page critique) or individual Saturdays for $60.00. To register please email email@example.com or visit the website: www.WritesofPassage.org (click on the tab for Workshop: ROCK STAR SUMMER).
* Summer 2019: Schantz teaches Creative Writing 1 at the Boulder County Campus of Front Range Community College on Mondays and Wednesdays from 1:00-3:10 pm.
* July 10th, 2019: Invited to teach another workshop for the Jaipur Literature Festival, Schantz will facilitate one specifically for memoir writing titled, "The Memory Palace."
* June 15th, 2019: Schantz was on a panel about professional development as a writer as part of the Summer Writing Program at Naropa University. The panel "How to Be, What to Do" was open to the public and took place on the Arapahoe Campus (close to downtown) in the Lincoln Studio (in the old school house). It focused on how the different ways these panelists have learned to make a living as a writer in this day and age.
* February 26th, 2019: Fairytale Reading at the BookBar in Denver from 5:00-6:30 (Schantz is one of the featured writers).
* January 26th through March 2nd, 2019: Schantz hosts and facilitates another (W)rites of Passage workshop series, HERMIT'S WINTER from her home in East Boulder. Each Saturday covers a new sub theme as inspired by the major arcana card, The Hermit, from the Tarot (Snow, Cloak, Mountain Top, Chasm, Lantern, and The Hermit). These workshops take place from 11:00 am until 2:30 pm. Participants can take the whole series for $300.00 (includes a 20 page critique from the instructor) or individual Saturday's for $60.00. To register please email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the website: www.WritesofPassage.org (click on the tab for Workshop: HERMIT'S WINTER).
* March 2019: Schantz's short story, "The Ten of Wands" is due to be published after being selected as an honorable mention for the 2018 Rick DeMarinis Short Story Contest hosted by Cutthroat and judged by Susan Mona Power. This story, while a piece of fiction through-and-through, was nevertheless influenced by the grieving process and recent loss of Schantz's beloved stepdaughter Kaya Sabasha Fisher, thus this recognition holds special significance to the author.
* April 2019: Schantz hosts and facilitates the forthcoming (W)rites of Passage workshop series, NOURISHING SPRING from her home in East Boulder. Broken into four-weeks, the following sub themes will unfold each Saturday in April from 11:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.: Week 1: Bread (April 6th) ~ Week 2: Butter (April 13th) ~ Week 3: Milk (April 20th) ~ Week 4: Honey (April 27th). Patricipants can take the whole series for $200.00 (includes a 15 page critique) or individual Saturday's for $60.00.
* Spring 2019: Schantz will be teaching Creative Writing 1 at the Front Range Community College Boulder County Campus.
*October 2018: Schantz did a book tour of all the Colorado Mountain College campuses the week of Oct. 15th and Oct. 22nd where she will be discussing her novel Fig, as well as her own story arc as a writer, in tandem with Kimberly Harding, PhD and her booklet, Making our way through the Arc of Transcendance Together. More information coming soon about the specific dates, events, and locations. | All of these CMC events will be FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.
Schantz will talk with Harding in Breckenridge at the CMC campus there on Tuesday, Oct. 16th from 7:00-9:00 p.m. and be available to sign books after. | On Wednesday, Oct. 17th she will be in Leadville where she will have a special dinner with the student winners of the essay contest from 4:30-6:30 p.m. and then give a talk and sign books at the Leadville CMC campus from 7:00-9:00 p.m. | On Thursday, Oct. 18th she will be in Steamboat Springs at the CMC campus there; from 2:00-3:00 p.m. she will visit with students and then talk again with Harding and sign books after from 7:00-9:00 p.m. | On Tuesday, Oct. 23rd she will talk with Harding and sign books in Rifle at the CMC campus there from 6:00-9:00 p.m. | On Wednesday, Oct. 24th she will be at the Aspen CMC campus for a visit and talk from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. before visiting with students at the Spring Valley CMC campus from 1:30-2:30 p.m. and then finally giving a talk with Harding again and signing books in Glenwood Springs at Morgridge Commons from 7:00-9:00 p.m. | On Thursday, Oct. 25th she will finish the book tour in Edwards at the CMC campus there where she will talk with Harding one last time and sign books from 6:00-9:00 p.m. | https://www.vaildaily.com/news/common-reader-tour-to-visit-seven-cmc-campuses-authors-schantz-harding-to-give-free-presentations/
* Sept. 1st-Oct. 6th, 2018: Schantz hosts and faciliatates another (W)rites of Passage workshop series, EMBODIED AUTUMN from her home in East Boulder. Each Saturday covers a new sub theme (Hair, Skin, Tooth, Bone, Blood, and Viscera) and takes place from 11:00-2:30. There is a special offer of 15% off the price for anyone NEW to the series. Please email email@example.com or register via the website: www.WritesofPassage.org (click on the tab for Workshop: EMBODIED AUTUMN).
* Sept. 22nd, 2018: Schantz is one of the featured writers at a Jaipur Literary Festival reading at the Boulder Public Library from 3:45 to 5:00 p.m.
* Fall Semester 2018: Schantz will be teaching Creative Writing 1 at Front Range Community College (Boulder County Campus). Anyone can take this class. Register through the school.
* Aug. 8th, 2018: Schantz teaches a free workshop, "Secrets & Subtext" for the Jaipur Literary Festival.
*April 1st, 2018: After Schantz was selected as master teacher of the Boulder County Campus at Front Range Community College (back in May, 2017), she was then chosen by the president of the entire college as Master Teacher for ALL FRCC campuses (Westminster, Brighton, Fort Collins, Boulder, and online) to represent the school at an awards ceremony for all Colorado community college master teachers.
* Jan. 27th-March 3rd, 2018: Schantz teaches creative writing through her private workshop series, (W)rites of Passage. "Renaissance Winter" explores the following sub-themes in this order: "Visual Art," "Music & Dance," "Drama," "Sports," "Gardening," and finally, "Cooking." Individual Saturdays are $60.00 or $300.00 for the entire workshop series (includes a 20 page critique). For more information or to register please visit the following link: www.WritesofPassage.org and click on the tab "Renaissance Winter." You can also email firstname.lastname@example.org.
* Jan. 13th, 2018: Author Event: The Writer's Retreat at the Englewood Public Library; on Saturday, Jan. 13th, Schantz will be facilitating a workshop titled, "Writing About Your Life" from 11:30-12:20. Then from 3:30-4:30, Schantz will participate in a Q&A session with other participating authors, Warren Hammond, Mario Acevedo, and Joshua Viola. For more information please visit this link: http://www.englewoodco.gov/government/city-departments/library/writersretreat.
* Dec. 2017: Schantz's poem, "Swan Soup," is accepted for publication in the forthcoming "Chimera" issue of Hunger Mountain. While Schantz has been widely published, all past publications have been prose; this is the very first time her poetry has ever been accepted for publication.
* Dec. 1st, 2017: A very short story, "Down in the Water" by Schantz won the 2017 Fulton Prize hosted by The Adirondack Review. Read the story here in the 2017 Winter Issue: http://www.theadirondackreview.com/sarahelizabethschantz
* Nov. 9th, 2017: Schantz was one of the featured faculty readers at the Working Writer's Reading Series at Front Range Community College (Boulder County Campus) in the Community Room from 6:00-8:00 p.m. She read from her current novel in progress, Roadside Altars.
* Spring 2017/New publication: The most recent edition (Issue #43) of Bombay Gin, a literary journal features both an essay titled, "Drafts," by Schantz, as well as a review she wrote for Kika Dorsey's new potery collection, Rust. To purchase a copy please visit their website: https://bombayginjournal.com.
* July 6th, 2017: Schantz read at the Dikeou Reading in Denver. The reading was from 7:00-10:00 p.m. at the gallery, The Dikeou Collection. 1615 California Street, Set 515, Denver, Colorado 80202.
* June 16th, 2017 from 5:30-7:30 p.m.: Schantz taught a free creative writing workshop for teens at the public library in Longmont. 350 Kimbark Street, Longmont, CO 80501/303-651-8472.
* June 17th, 2017 from 1:00-2:30 p.m.: Schantz was on a panel about publication and professional development as a writer as part of the esteemed Summer Writing Program at Naropa University. The panel was open to the public and took place on the Arapahoe Campus (close to downtown) in the Lincoln Studio (in the old school house). It focused on how to submit your work for publication and the different ways these panelists have learned to make a living as a writer in this day and age. The essay Schantz read for this panel is posted now in her blog Magical Thinking (on this website) dated June of 2017.
* June 10th, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. at the BookBar in Denver: Schantz was invited to read her work alongside fellow creative writing instructors from local Colorado colleges. Her 41st birthday is the very next day! While copies of her novel, Fig, will be available for sale at the bookstore, and while Schantz will be more than happy to sign those, she plans on reading from her current work-in-progress instead, a novel titled Roadside Altars. Come see Schantz and other creative wtiting professors read their work. BookBar: 4280 Tennyson Street, Denver, CO 80212/303-284-0194.
* May 2017: Schantz was awarded Master Teacher at Front Range Community College (Boulder County Campus) where she not only teaches creative writing and literature, but is employed as an instructor in the Writing Center. She is a keynote speaker at Commencement.
* March 13th, 2017: This brave mother and writer with PTSD not only posted a review of Fig on her blog, but also interviewed Schantz too. Check it out: http://www.bettysbattleground.com/?s=fig&submit=Search
* Nov. 14th, 2016 from 6:00-9:00 p.m.: Schantz read at the Bombay Gin fundraiser. She wrote a review of Kika Dorsey's recent poetry collection Rust for this edition as well as a short CNF piece about working at Bobbie Louise Hawkin's literary assistant.
* Nov. 29th, 2016: Schantz participated in a Colorado Book Award reading at the Boulder Bookstore at 7:00 p.m.
* Spring 2016: Fig has been selected as the campus-read for the 2016 Fall Semester at Front Range Community College (Boulder County Campus in Longmont, Colorado). Events TBA. Schantz teaches Creative Writing and works in the Writing Center at this campus and was nominated for the Master Teacher Award (Spring 2016).
* On Friday, Sept. 2nd, 2016 at 6:00 pm, Schantz read with fellow local authors, Lisa Birman, Edward Hamlin, and Jonathan Waldman at Mermaid Rare Books (4200 Tennyson Street, Denver, CO 80212) as part of the 2016 Lit Crawl in Denver. Lit Crawl is from 6:00-11:00 pm and includes different readings up and down Tennyson before culminating in a celebration at the Oriental Theater. For more information please visit the following link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/denver-lit-crawl-tickets-22745417155
* Sept. 20th, 2016 & Sept. 22nd, 2016: Stories on Stage, in partnership with the Jaipur Literary Festival, will be performing a section from Schantz's novel, Fig. Schantz will be available for a talk-back following both performances. The first performance will be in the Canyon Theater at the Boulder Public Library (1001 Arapahoe Ave in Boulder) on Tues., Sept. 20th at 6:30 pm. The second performance will be on Thurs., Sept. 22nd at The Park Hill Library in Denver, CO (4705 Montview Blvd.), at 7:00 pm. Excerpts from Fig will be performed by Kyra Lindsay and Regina Fernandez Steffen will read “The Good Times Are Killing Me” by Erika Krouse.
* Sept. 25th, 2016 from 4:00-5:00 p.m.: As part of the 2016 Jaipur Literary Festival, Schantz will participate in a panel titled, "The Outsiders," with author Erika Krouse at the Steps in the Boulder Public Library on Sunday, Sept. 25th from 4:00-5:00 pm. For more information please visit this link: https://jaipurliteraturefestival.org/boulder/42-the-outsiders/
* 2016: Fig wins the 2016 Colorado Book Award for the Young Adult Fiction category.
* April 8th, 2016: Schantz has been invited to discuss Fig, and the writing process, at the BookBar in Denver, Colorado on Friday, April 8th (just two days before her other reading there) by the Public Library Association because they have graciously chosen Fig for their Reading Group series. The event begins at 7:00 p.m. and ends at 9:00 p.m.
* 2016: The trade paperback of Fig came out in March, 2016, and is available for purchase via Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Indiebound, but as always, we encourage you to support your local independantly owned and operated bookstores whenever possible.
* 2015: Fig is named one of the best books of 2015 by NPR (Young Adult, Book Club Ideas, Ladies First, Family Matters & Realistic Fiction) http://apps.npr.org/best-books-2015/#/tag/book-club-ideas
* March 21st, 2016: Schantz reads from her new novel, Roadside Altars, (work-in-progress) as a part of the Jaipur Literary Festival at the Twisted Pine Brewery in Boulder, Colorado (3201 Walnut) with local poet, Ruth Ellen Kocher, Monday, March 21st, 2016. Doors open at 6:00 p.m.
* Sept. 24th-Oct. 29th, 2016: The next (W)rites of Passage Seasonally-Inspired Creative Writing Workshop Series is "Horological Fall." This series is six weeks long instead of four and will begin Sept. 24th, 2016 and end Oct. 29th, 2016. It will explore the following sub-themes in this order: Week 1: Time; Week 2: Nostalgia; Week 3: Memory & Erasure; Week 4: Fate; Week 5: The Future; and finally, Week 6: Hope & Healing. If you are interested in participating, please email Sarah at email@example.com or visit the website: www.writesofpassage.org. $300 for all six weeks (includes a 20 page critique) or $60 per individual Saturday.
* 2015: Here is an interview with the author conducted by the literary journal, Midwestern Gothic in which Schantz discusses the importance of magic: http://midwestgothic.com/2015/06/interview-sarah-elizabeth-schantz/
* 2015: In this blog, the author of Fig was invited to write about who'd she cast in the film version (or maybe TV show) of the book. See if her cast is the same as the one you imagined while reading: http://americareads.blogspot.com/2015/05/sarah-elizabeth-schantzs-fig-movie.html
* June 15th, 2015: Schantz has been invited to participate in a panel, "The Essence of Darkness," at the Lit Fest Book Fair hosted by Lighthouse Writers in Denver on Monday, June 15th from 8:00-9:30 p.m.
* June 25th-27th, 2015: Simon & Schuster is sending Schantz to the ALA conference in San Francisco the last weekend of June, 2015 (25th-27th). She will participate in a panel for debut writers and have a chance to meet the nation's top librarians.
* 2015: An interview with Schantz regarding the issue of dermatillomania (compulsive skin-picking) in her debut novel, Fig: http://www.skinpick.com/Q-and-A-with-Sarah-Elizabeth-Schantz
* 2015: Schantz participated in this interview regarding the subjects of OCD, self-harm, dermatillomania, and schizophrenia in Fig for May because it is the official month for mental health awareness: http://www.teenreads.com/features/side-by-side/mental-health-awareness-month
* 2015: Fig is on this list of the top twelve books to read on the beach for the summer of 2015 if you are a social activist: http://www.mtv.com/news/2161567/mtv-issues-book-roundup/