The 139th annual Colorado Press Association convention is just over a month away, and early-bird registration ends on March 20.

As if there wasn't enough reason to register already, we're excited to announce that Pulitzer winner Tom Hallman Jr. of the Oregonian will be critiquing Colorado reporters' articles during the two-day event on April 21-22 at the Denver West Sheraton.

During his career, Hallman has won every major feature-writing award, some for stories that took months to report, others less than a couple of hours. The stories range from the drama of life and death in a neo-natal unit, to the quiet pride of a man graduating from college.

A common thread in all of Hallman's stories is the exploration of the character's heart and soul. Hallman believes that every writer — no matter how many years they have been in this business — can learn how to spot true stories and report and write them in ways that resonate with readers. The ability to write has less to do with pure talent, and more with the understanding of craft, vision and emotion.

If you would like a story to be critiqued, send an email with the subject line “CPA critique” to Hallman at thallman@oregonian.com, and include one article. Please also state if you would prefer the critique to occur Friday, Saturday or on either date. Hallman will be accepting up to 10 articles total to review.

For more information on Hallman, click here.

To register for the convention, click here.