Friday, October 2, 2015

Upcoming Pikes Peak Writers October Events

Open Critique 

October 7, 2015
First Wednesday of every month (Free)
6:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Cottonwood Center for the Arts
427 East Colorado Avenue
Colorado Springs, CO
Guest Critiquer: Michael Shepherd

This PPW 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. (Reservations are required.)

PPW's Open Critique is facilitated by Donnell Bell with the occasional experienced guest critique partner. See www.pikespeakwriters.com/ for further information.

Mini Maker Faire

October 10th
Time: 10 am - 4 pm 
Where: Library 21C,
Join us at the Mini Maker Faire to learn a variety of writing skills from several writers who will rotate throughout the day. Poet Jesse Randall will teach you how to fold a tetratetraflexagon (great for wordplay); author Robert Spiller will show you how to make anything funny; Bonnie Hagan will help you create beauty in your writing; author DeAnna Knippling will illuminate how to show, not tell; author Shannon Lawrence will let you know how to make anything creepy; and author J.T. Evans will present worldbuilding, including geography, culture, religion, political systems, traditions, and so much more.

October Write Brain
What:  Transcending Standard Media Forms
Who:  Joshua Viola
When: October 20, 6:30-8:30 pmWhere: Carnegie room of Penrose Library, 20 N Cascade Ave, Colorado Springs, Colorado 80903


More Information: Joshua Viola, chief editor of Hex Publishers, will be talking about publishing in an age where the rules have changed and why transmedia output is essential to making an impact and reaching a broader audience.

Transmedia is the ability to reach a larger demographic by blurring the lines of how the media is offered. So, specifically, Hex Publishers has offered Nightmares Unhinged as paperback and ebook, but is also launching a Playstation 4 Dymamic Theme via Sony based on the book. The book trailer playing in a variety of movie theaters now. Josh’s latest novel, Blackstar, is accompanied by an original soundtrack by Celldweller–so you can listen to instrumental music inspired by the book while reading. His debut novel, The Bane of Yoto, was accompanied by an interactive 3D comic app. All of these items transcend their typical media forms to reach others that likely wouldn’t have discovered the book otherwise (such as movie goers, gamers, music fans, etc).

About the Presenter: Joshua Viola is an author, artist, and video game developer (Capcom, Disney, Konami). In addition to creating a transmedia creative franchise around The Bane of Yoto, honored with more than a dozen awards, Viola is the author of Blackstar, a novel based on the work of acclaimed electronic-rock musician Celldweller. He is publishing Cyber World, a science fiction anthology edited by Hugo Award winner Jason Heller, in 2016 and editing Blood Business, a crime anthology, in 2017. Alpha Cat, a comic book Viola co-created with UFC Bantamweight Number One Contender, Cat Zingano, will release this spring. His short fiction can be found in the pages of the horror anthology Nightmares Unhinged. Viola lives in Denver, Colorado, where he is publisher and chief editor of Hex Publishers.


October Open Mic
October 22 (Thursday)
Time: 6 - 8 p.m.
Colorado Springs Mariott
5580 Tech Center Dr. Colorado Springs, CO 80919

Back by popular demand! Come read part of your work at the Marriott.

October Writer's Night
October 26

Fourth Monday of every month (Free)
6:30  8:30 p.m. 
Location: Kawa Coffee
Address: 2427 N Union Blvd., Colorado Springs, Colorado 80909

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!

If you have any questions, or if there is a specific topic you’d like to get on the agenda, send an e-mail or phone to host, Deb Courtney http://www.pikespeakwriters.com/ for detailed information. Meetings are scheduled to start at 6:30 and run until about 8:30. These are drop-in meetings, so feel free to attend all or just part of them.