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An Evening with Photographer John Fielder, Bear Creek Nature Center, 245 Bear Creek Road, $10. Join John Fielder as he shows images from his newest book, Seeing Colorado's Forest for the Trees. A book signing will follow the program. Fri., Sept. 12, 8: p.m. Reservations required, 719-520-6387.

Writing Contests: Friend or Foe? Village at Skyline, 2365 Patriot Heights. $10. Presented by Angel Smits, contest coordinator of the Paul Gillete Memorial Writing Contest. Wed., Sept. 24, 7-9 p.m. For more, call 521-5723 or visit www.pikespeakwriters.org.

Multi-Author Booksigning, Author, Author! New & Used Books, 5975 N Academy Blvd #206, Sat., Sept. 6, noon. - 2 p.m. Jodi Dawson, author of Their Miracle Baby, Karen Fox, author of A Touch of Charm (the second in a Colorado Springs based historical romance series) and Carol Umberger, author of The Mark of Salvation (the third book in her award-winning "Scottish Crown" inspirational fiction series. For more, call 277-READ.

Freelance Writers Summer Camp, Soda Springs Park, Manitou Springs, $40. Sat., Sept. 20, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. Journalists Steven Saint and Wendy Burt will present query writing, getting and working with an agent and leads and language. On-the-spot critiques also given. For more, call 638-6876.

All Pikes Peak Reads Frankenstein Sept. activities. Sept. 1: APPR writing project activities begin for teens and adults Sept. 19-Oct. 12: TheatreWorks and The Flying Machine present Frankenstein (call 262-3232) Sept. 25-28: Bloody Poetry, a production of UCCS Student Theatre (call 262-3232) Sun., Sept. 28, 1 p.m. It's Alive Party, music stories, crafts and fun for kids Sun., Sept. 28, 4 p.m. Classic Monster Music by the Colorado Springs Philharmonic

Palmer Lake Book Group, Palmer Lake Branch Library, 66 Lower Glenway. Discussion about Entering Normal by Anne D. LeClaire. Fri., Sept. 5 at 9 a.m. Call 481-2587 for details.

Spoken Word, Freestyle Poetry Open Mike Night, Pikes Peak Community College Downtown Studio Campus, Student Commons,100 W. Pikes Peak Ave. Free. Fri., Sept. 5, 7-9 p.m. For more, call 527-6000 or 540-2506

Great Books Discussion Group. Penrose Public Library, 20 N. Cascade, This month: The Emancipation Proclamation, the Gettysburg Address and the Second Inaugural Address by Abraham Lincoln. Thurs., Sept. 11, 6:45 - 8:45 p.m. For more 531-6333, x1206.

literary announcements Unpublished writers contest, by Pikes Peak Writers. Contest categories include short stories, several novel-length categories, children's stories, young adult, screenplays and creative nonfiction. Deadline Nov. 3. For more, call 521-5723 or visit www.pikespeakwriters.org.

Call for entries, Christian Poetry. Send one poem, 21 lines or less, to Free Poetry Contest, 9588 Thornbush Lane, Fishers, IN 46038 or enter online at www.freecontest.com. Deadline Sept. 15.

Call for entries, Mighty Muse Writing Project contest, No Lie. Submit stories and essays about women's personal experiences of poverty, domestic violence, discrimination, addiction and criminal justice. Also, poems and first-person essays from men and women about serving as soldiers in Iraq. Deadline Oct. 15. For more, call 262-0810.

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