Saturday, August 17, 2013

Free August Events Reminder

August Write Brain
What: Writing a Winner: Tips and Tricks for Entering Writing Contests
Who: Dawn Smit & MB Partlow
When: Tuesday, August 20, 6:30-8:30 PM
Where: Penrose Library, 20 N. Cascade Ave., Carnegie Room (Note: There is street parking, as well as two lots available. The meters are free after 6 PM.)
More Information: Want to improve your odds of winning a writing contest? Insure you're judged on the quality of your writing, not the mistakes you made in following the guidelines? Dawn Smit and MB Partlow will address tips, tricks, do's and don'ts for writing contests. In addition, you'll get advice on writing synopses, query letters, and formatting your entry. Plus, you'll have a leg up on your competition for the 2014 Zebulon Writing Contest (note the official new name of the Pikes Peak Writers Fiction Writing Contest!) We'll teach you everything you need to know about entering a writing contest, and give you the tools to meet all the guidelines they lay out. RSVP to

About the Presenters: 
Dawn Smit: Dawn Smit was born the youngest of four children in Colorado Springs, Colorado, where she spent nearly all of her formative years. After receiving her bachelor's in business administration and her master's in international management, she knew what she really wanted to do was write. Marriage to a supportive husband made her writing dream possible, and she now dedicates a portion of each day to her stories. She was given an unusual gift, the ability to dream in novel format. To date she has 80+ novels in her mind, most of which tie together by what her readers will come to know as the shadows. Dawn currently lives in Monument, Colorado. Through Spiral Eyes, her first published book, placed third in the 2001 Paul Gillette Memorial Writing Contest for science fiction/fantasy. Her current book, Rainbow Editing(TM), is a companion to her workshop of the same name, in which she introduces a colorful new weapon in the war against sloppy writing and the eternal editing cycle. Visit Dawn at her website:

MB Partlow: After moving to Colorado, MB got a job in the A&E department of The Independent. She wrote a parenting column for Pikes Peak Parent for several years, and currently free-lances for The Gazette. She's happiest, though, when rearranging reality to suit the needs of her characters, currently in the genre of urban fantasy. She's a longtime volunteer for PPW, working her way up from chair stacker at Write Brains to Moderator Coordinator, Contest Coordinator, and now Director of Programming.

PPW Open Critique Night
When: Wednesday, August 21, 6:00-8:30 P.M.
Location: Cottonwood Center for the Arts, 427 E. Colorado Ave., Colorado Springs, CO
More Information: The first 8 to RSVP can have up to 8 pages of their manuscript pages discussed by the group and the night's guest critiquer. All are welcome to come observe.

PPW Night at Ivywild
**PLEASE NOTE the change of venue**
When: Monday, August 26, 2013; 6:30-8:30 PM
Location: The Principal's Office in the Ivywild School, 1604 South Cascade Ave., Colorado Springs, CO 80905
More Information: Join fellow writers on the 4th Monday of each month for writerly discussion, laughter, and socializing. The direction of the discussion is decided by the participants.

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