Friday, March 7, 2014

March News & Events

Compiled by Shannon Lawrence, Managing Editor

PPW Events

Note: More information can be found on each of the below events on our Events tab, above.

Early bird pricing for PPWC 2014 has been extended through March 22 due to our website having been down for several days. Be sure to get in while the price is $395! Pricing goes up to $455 after that.

The March Write Brain will be a Q&A with an Agent, that agent being Eddie Schneider, of JABberwocky Literary Agency. He will give a short presentation then take questions after that. Tuesday, March 18, 6:30-8:30 PM, this Write Brain is online only. You must RSVP in order to attend. To do so, go to

Open Critique is Wednesday, March 19, 6-8:30 PM, at Cottonwood Center for the Arts. Get the first 8 pages of your manuscript critiqued. RSVP required for those wanting a critique. 

Writer's Night is Monday, March 24, 6:30-8:30 PM, at Ivywild. Open forum. Come discuss whatever writerly topics you'd like. Food and drinks available for purchase at the venue. 

Other "Local" Events

Delve Writing is holding an online workshop entitled Say it Like a Pro: How to Talk About Your Book Articulately and Enticingly at PPWC or Anywhere. Chris Mandeville will be teaching this course. Price is $20 if you register before February 8. This is a 2-session camp, to be held Saturday, April 5 and Saturday, April 12, 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM MT. It is online only and live. While this is not a February event, the discounted price ends tomorrow, so we wanted to pass it along to you.

Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers has a lot going on! Their monthly free programming will be Think You're Ready for the Colorado Gold? It will be presented by Chris Devlin, March 15, 2:30-4:30 PM. They are holding an online class via Yahoo Groups entitled RMFW Screenwriting 101, presented by Trai Cartwright, March 4 through April 22. They are taking submissions for their anthology through March 14. They are taking conference workshop proposals through March 31. Their retreat is March 16-21.

Colorado Springs Fiction Writers has various meetings throughout at the month at different locations. Visitors are welcome. 

The Rocky Mountain Mystery Writers of America will host Kirk Mitchell, as he presents Cold Cases. Thursday, March 13. Doors open at 6:30 PM. $25 for non-members, dinner and program included in price.

Pikes Peak Pen Women will host Nancy Jurka, who will present Getting to Know You, an intermingling of autobiography and music, March 15, 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM, at Blue Sage Cafe. $23 for non-members, lunch and program included in the cost. RSVP required.

Friends of Pikes Peak Library District is holding their annual Mountain of Authors program, Saturday, April 5, 12:00-6:00 PM, at their East Library branch, on Union Blvd. This event is free.

Springs Writers will be presenting How to Write Back Cover Copy That Sells, with speaker Shelley Ring., Tuesday, March 11, 6-8 PM, at Woodmen Valley Chapel.

Metropolitan State University is holding their Auraria Writers Week, starting Monday, March 10, with On Writing With Jamaica Kincaid. Tuesday there will be a panel: The Publishing Curve: Staying Ahead of it Before You're Thrown One. Wednesday is the Denver Writer's Spotlight.

If there is a local writer's group you'd like to see included in this listing, please feel free to let me know in the comments!

About the Author: Shannon Lawrence enjoys writing mainly urban fantasy and horror, examining the darker side of life. Her flash fiction piece, “The Family Ruins,” is included in the anthology Sunday Snaps: The Stories, andBeyond the Binding, an anthology including her piece, "Spes et Libertas," was just released in e-book only. While her main focus is fantasy and horror, she is working on a Young Adult fantasy novel and also enjoys photographing Colorado scenery, wildlife, and her children. She is also the NCE Director for Pikes Peak Writers, and the managing editor of Writing From the Peak. You can find her and on Twitter as @thewarriormuse.

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