Friday, April 4, 2014

April 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.

The April Write Brain will be PPWC 2014 Conference Prep, with the Conference Director, M.K. Meredith, Programming Director, M.B. Partlow, and Faculty Coordinator, Jason Henry. They'll give you tips and teach you the ins and outs of conference. The second half of the workshop will be pitch practice, where our facilitators will split off into groups to give feedback on pitches. Tuesday, April 15, 6:30-8:30 PM. Please note that this event is at The Marriott, the location of PPWC. 

Open Critique is Wednesday, April 16, 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, April 28, 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 monthly free programming will be The Writer's Conquest: Marketing for Today's Author, presented by Thomas A. Fowler. April 12, 11:00AM to 1:00 PM. They are holding an online class via Yahoo Groups entitled The Connection Between POV and Your Storyteller's Voice, April 7 through April 20. Their Colorado Gold Writing Contest is now open, with a deadline of June 1.

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 Laura Manuel, as she presents Everything You've Ever Wanted to Know About Law Enforcement. Thursday, April 10. Doors open at 6:30 PM. $25 for non-members, dinner and program included in price.

Pikes Peak Pen Women will present Tapestry of Letters, Lines, and Legato: Discovering the Artist Within, presented by Joyce Gregor, Diana Alishouse, Nancy Jurka, Deb Upton, and Virginia Franklin Campbell, April 19, 9:30 AM to 3:00 PM, at the PEO Chapter House. $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, April 8, 6-8 PM, at Woodmen Valley Chapel. They are also holding a Scrivener Mini Bootcamp Saturday, April 12, 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM, presented by Debbie Allen. Cost is $15.

Arapahoe Community College is holding their Writers Studio 9th Annual Literary Festival Saturday, April 19. 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM. $45 for non-ACC students.

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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