Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Free PPW Events This Month

This month we have four free events! Be sure to read to the end to find out more about our Cabin in the Woods movie night with Stephen Graham Jones.

Don't forget about tonight's Write Brain, presented by Jennifer Lovett:

Twitter and Facebook for Writers
Speaker: Jennifer Lovett
When: Tuesday, June 18, 6:30-8:30 PM
Location: Penrose Library, 20 N. Cascade Ave., Carnegie Room
Cost: ALWAYS FREE!
Social media. You know you need to do it, but do you know how to do it effectively? When are the best times to post to Facebook and Twitter? What are the best posts that snag the most interaction? We'll chat about all this and more. How to set up Facebook and Twitter Profiles to gain the most followership, and the most effective posts for more likes, comments and retweets. Don't know a retweet from a tweet-tweet? No worries. We've got you covered.
About the Presenter: With a combined 12 years of active and Reserve time as a US Air Force Public Affairs Officer, Jennifer Lovett has marketed books, shows, concerts and more. She is currently an Air Force Reserve PAO at Patrick AFB in Florida and in her full-time life, pursuing a career as a fiction writer.
Open Critique - FREE 

Third Wednesday of every month (Wednesday, June 19)

6:00 - 8:30 p.m.

Cottonwood Center for the Arts
427 East Colorado Avenue
Colorado Springs, CO

This FREE program provides a critique experience for a small number of writers who seek feedback on manuscript pages and who want to learn how to have positive critique group experiences. 

PPW's Open Critique program is facilitated by Mary Karen Meredith, with regular critique guest Deb Courtney, host of PPW's "Writers' Night" monthly gatherings. During Open Critique, Deb and Mary Karen, or another experienced criticizer will provide comments, criticism and suggestions on participants' manuscript pages, as well as model positive behaviors, techniques and procedures for critiquing.

It is our hope that participants will not only receive valuable feedback on their writing, but will also learn how to create great critique groups of their own, or learn how to improve existing critique groups.

Each month Open Critique will accommodate up to eight participants with a maximum of eight manuscript pages (double spaced, one side) per person. Bring at least 8 copies. To request a slot to participate, email your request to pikespeakopencritique@hotmail.com. Slots are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis, and are only considered for the month in which they are received. Participants will receive confirmation and instructions via email.

PPW reserves the right to give priority to new participants over those who have attended multiple times.

Thank you!

Hope to see you there!
Mary Karen Meredith & Deb Courtney


Writer's Night at Lofty's - FREE 

And next Monday, June 24, we have Writer's Night at Lofty's:

6:30-8:30 PM
Lofty's
287 E Fountain Blvd, Suite 100
Colorado Springs, CO 80903

Free Wireless Internet!

Join fellow writers for PPW Night at Lofty's in the Historic Lowell School District of downtown Colorado Springs on the fourth Monday of every month.
PPW Night is two full hours of discussion, laughter, and fun with other local members of Pikes Peak Writers.
The direction of the meeting is decided by the participants and can include discussions about query letters, obtaining and working with an agent, writing conferences, or other specific points of the craft.  If nothing else, we talk about books!

Feel free to bring a sample of your work-in-progress to share or discuss with others, if time permits.  NOTE: This is not a formal critique group or editing session.  Bringing your work with you does not guarantee it will be discussed.
If you have any questions, or if there is a specific topic you’d like to get on the agenda, send an e-mail to the host, Deb Courtney, or call her on her cell phone at 719-337-9049.
Meetings are scheduled to start at 6:30 and run until about 8:30.  These are drop-in meetings, so feel free to attend all or just part of them.
Lofty's offers a small selection of coffees, wine, beer and mixed libations, as well as a variety of juices and organic sodas. There is a small menu of mostly sandwich based items. Wi-fi is available.
See you soon!
Free Movie Night With Stephen Graham Jones!
What: A movie night fundraiser
Host & Speaker: Stephen Graham Jones, speculative fiction author and professor at CU Boulder
Location: Business of Arts Center, Spencer Hall, 515 Manitou Avenue, Manitou Springs, CO 80829
When: Friday, June 28th. The film will begin at 7:00 PM. Seating begins at 6:00 PM for those with RSVP's, 6:30 PM for those without.
Price: Free! Drinks will be available for purchase from Mabel's. Popcorn and candy will be available for donations to a fund for victims of the Black Forest fire.
More Information: Friday night we'll have a movie night and silent auction fundraiser, with Stephen Graham Jones providing commentary and discussion on the film Cabin in the Woods, and the horror tropes therein. Whether you've seen it before or this is your first time, he'll illuminate the horror conventions so lovingly examined, deconstructed and pieced back together by Joss Whedon and Drew Goddard. Cabin in the Woods is rated R.
Seating is limited! Please RSVP torsvp@pikespeakwriters.com. Include your name, telephone number, and the number of people accompanying you.