Friday, August 7, 2015

August and Upcoming Events

Compiled by Donnell Ann Bell


Half Day Workshop:

What: Scrivener is Not Word (So why would you treat it like it is?)
When: August 15, 1-5 pm
Where: Ent Conference Room of the 21c Library, 1175 Chapel Hills Dr, Colorado Springs, CO 80920
How much: $25

Scrivener is a robust writing project software, but a lot of people still treat it like a simple word processor. In this workshop, you’ll learn how Scrivener is different and the tools and tips to revolutionize your writing process.

In the first 30-45 minutes, learn how to navigate Scrivener’s Project Structure and setup new projects followed by a 15 minute Q&A. For the remainder of the class, we’ll delve deeper and look at how to setup custom templates, outline a novel quickly and easily, use the View Modes, Compile / Export your work for publishing, and most importantly, how Scrivener is not Word and treating it like it is will only end in tears and hours of lost time for you.

Patrick Hester is an author, blogger and two-time Hugo Award winner – in 2013 for Best Fanzine (Editor – SF Signal), and 2014 for Best Fancast. He lives in Colorado, writes science fiction and fantasy, and can usually be found hanging out on his
Twitter feed. His Functional Nerds and SF Signal weekly podcasts have both been nominated for Parsec Awards, and the SF Signal podcast was nominated for a 2012, 2013, and 2014 Hugo Award. He is a Scrivener Guru, writing Quick Tips and teaching people how to be more productive writers using Scrivener. He writes for his website, for SF Signal, Kirkus Reviews and Functional Nerds. His books and stories can be purchased online.

Space is limited. Go to the website "EVENTS" tab for a PayPal link. 

To cancel, contact with a cancellation request. A $5 administrative fee applies to refunds. No refunds for cancellations on August 14 or 15.

August Write Brain  
Co-sponsor: WritersWrite!

What: Joyful Productivity for Writers
Who: Hillary Rettig, author of The 7 Secrets of the Prolific
When: August 18, 6:30-8:30
Where: Carnegie room of Penrose Library, 20 N Cascade Ave, Colorado Springs, Colorado 80903
More Information: Inspiration exists and is available to everyone at nearly any time. Underproductivity, procrastination, and blocks are solvable problems. The secret to achieving a state of near-perpetual inspiration (a.k.a., “flow”) is to switch from a scarcity to an abundance mindset, and also from a shame/blame mindset to one focused on problem-solving. In this workshop by Hillary Rettig, author of the best-selling The 7 Secrets of the Prolific, we’ll delve deep into the heart of underproductivity so you can see, once and for all, what forces are holding you back. Then we’ll discuss solutions—lots of them—that you can start using immediately to boost productivity and reduce stress. This workshop is for all writers—including creative, academic, student, and those who write on the job—plus all artists, activists, and anyone seeking to get more productive.

About the Presenters: Hillary Rettig is a writer, teacher, and coach whose mission is helping people achieve joyful productivity and values-based time management. Her latest book, The 7 Secrets of the Prolific: The Definitive Guide to Overcoming Procrastination, Perfectionism, and Writer’s Block (Infinite Art, 2011), is a bestseller in its Amazon categories, and has been translated into Spanish, Japanese, and (soon) Russian; and she is also author of The Lifelong Activist: How to Change the World Without Losing Your Way (Lantern Books, 2006). Hillary has taught writing productivity at leading venues including The Mark Twain House & Museum, Cape Cod Writers Center, Grub Street Writers, and online at and For more venues, and organizer and participant testimonials, click here:
Hillary was born in the Bronx, and has lived in Ithaca, New York, and Boston. She now lives in Kalamazoo, MI, with her partner, Kalamazoo College physics professor Jan Tobochnik, and their two rescued senior dogs, Billy and Pete. She is a vegan, a living kidney donor, and a former foster mother of four teenaged Sudanese refugees (“Lost Boys”), and, since moving to Michigan, an avid mushroom hunter.
To learn more about Hillary and her work visit Hillary welcomes your emails at
Facebook Event: Want to see who else is coming? Check here.
PPW Writer's Night at the Ritz  6:30 to 8:30 p.m. 
August 24, 2015 
Join fellow writers for PPW Night in The Elbo Room at The Ritz Grill 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.
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.
And a special heads up – COMING IN SEPTEMBER 

The Zebulon Contest will be open for entries September 15th, 2015, through 12:00 p.m. MST on November 2nd, 2014.

For more detailed information on any and all these events, check out the Pikes Peak Writers website:

Click here for the free recording of our February 2014 Write Brain, Sex is Not a Four-Letter Word, with Lisa Renee Jones.

Click here for the free recording of our January 2014 Write Brain, Against the Clock, with Jax Bubis (aka Jaxine Daniels).

Click here for the free recording of our December 2013 Write Brain, A Q&A on Short Stories with Carrie Vaughn, as Interviewed by Shannon Lawrence.

Click here for the free recording of our November 2013 Write Brain, Finding Your Way Out of the Woods, Using Improv to Get Unstuck and Defeat the Brambles of Writer's Block, presented by Angel Smits.

Click here for the free recording of our October 2013 Bonus Write Brain (our regularly scheduled October Write Brain will not be recorded), NaNo What? Everything You Need to Know About NaNoWriMo, with speaker Chris Mandeville.

Click here for the free recording of our September 2013 Write Brain, Advanced Plotting, with speaker Chris Eboch. This recording is password protected, so you must email for the access information

Click here for the free recording of our August 2013 Write Brain, Writing a Winner: Tips & Tricks for Entering Writing Contests, with speakers Dawn Smit and MB Partlow.

Click here for the free recording of our July 2013 Write Brain, The Outer Limits of Inner Life: Bringing Characters to Life by Looking Within, with speaker David Corbett.

 Click here for the free recording of our June 2013 Write Brain, Facebook and Twitter for Authors, with speaker Jennifer Lovett.

Click here for the free recording of our May 2013 Write Brain, Manifestation of Yearning: The Flesh & Blood Factor of Good Storytelling, with speaker Page Lambert. Also available at and
Free MP3 Recordings
To access MP3 recordings that have been offered as free online Write Brains, click here and choose from Common Craft Mistakes by Beginning Writers, presented by Stephen Coonts; The Writer's Toolbox: Dialogue and Characterization, presented by Giles Carwyn; Size Matters, presented by Carrie Vaughn; Wearing Many Hats, presented by Jodi Thomas; 52 Ways to Get Unstuck, presented by Chris Mandeville; or The Three Stories: Front, Back and Perspective, presented by Linda Rohrbough, Jodi Anderson (aka Jodi Dawson), and Laura Hayden.

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