Friday, July 4, 2014

July News and Events

Compiled by Debi Archibald

(Wishing a very Happy Fourth of July to you all!)

PPW Events

July Write Brain: Building the Robust Scene

Tuesday, July 15
6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Carnegie Room, Penrose Library
20 North Cascade Avenue, Colorado Springs (parking on street and in parking lot at meters is free after 6:00 PM).

Trai Cartwright will present this workshop on developing every scene to its full potential. It's the key to a transformative story, but how do you write scenes that show off your plot, world and characters to their best advantage? Scene-work is about breaking down the five narrative aspects of a scene, plus looking at what makes for strong scene structure, and enhancing your natural strengths while eliminating any weaknesses.

About the Presenter: Trai Cartwright is a 25-year entertainment industry veteran who grew up in Colorado. During her tenure in Los Angeles, Trai was a studio development executive, spent eight years consulting for HBO, was assistant director of Leonardo DiCaprio’s online ventures, worked at a massively multi-player online role-playing game company, and made ringtones for 20th Century Fox. Four of her screenplays were optioned, she has produced three independent films, and consulted on thousands of scripts. She currently teaches creative writing and screenwriting across the Front Range for the Colorado Film School, University of Northern Colorado, Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers, conferences, and one-on-one.

FREE Open Critique

Wednesday, July 16
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 a facilitated event; an 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 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.

Writers Night

Monday, July 28
6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
The Principal’s Office in The Ivywild School
1604 South Cascade Ave.
Colorado Springs, CO 80905

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! These are drop-in meetings, so feel free to attend all or just part of them.


Congratulations to the 2014 Colorado Book Award Winners (Awarded June 21 in Aspen):

Ernest L. Blumenschein: The Life of an American Artist by Robert W. Larson & Carole B. Larson (University of Oklahoma Press)

Children’s Literature
The Tumbleweed Came Back by Carmela LaVigna-Coyle & Kevin Rechin (Rio Chico)

Creative Nonfiction

Animal, Mineral, Radical: Essays on Wildlife, Family, and Food by BK Loren (Counterpoint Press)

General Nonfiction
Tasting Colorado: Favorite Recipes from the Centennial State by Michele Morris (Farcountry Press)

Genre Fiction
Changes by Pamela Nowak (Five Star)

Historical Fiction
The Drowning Guard: A Novel of the Ottoman Empire by Linda Lafferty (Lake Union Publishing)

Denver Mountain Parks: 100 Years of the Magnificent Dream by Erika D. Walker, Wendy Rex-Atzet, Sally L. White, W. Bart Berger, Thomas J. Noel, & John Fielder (John Fielder Publishing)

Juvenile Literature
Grave Images by Jenny Goebel (Scholastic)

Literary Fiction
Little Raw Souls by Steven Schwartz (Autumn House Press)

I Promise Not to Suffer: A Fool for Love Hikes the Pacific Crest Trail by Gail D. Storey (Mountaineers Books)

Desperado: A Mile High Noir by Manuel Ramos (Arte Publico Press)

Firmament: A Meditation on Place in Three Parts by Andrew Beckham (George F. Thompson Publishing)

Natural Takeover of Small Things by Tim Z. Hernandez (The University of Arizona Press)

Ndewo, Colorado by Uche Ogbuji (Aldrich Press)

Double Dare by Michael Madigan (Adventure Publications)

Young Adult Literature
Ascendant by Rebecca Taylor (Crescent Moon Press)

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