Friday, February 5, 2016

Pikes Peak Writers February Events



Write Your Heart Out: February 13, 2016 

On the fence about going to the Pikes Peak Writers Conference or just looking for some great interesting and educational programming? The 4th annual Write Your Heart Out, free half-day conference preview, will take place on Saturday, February 13, from 1 to 5 PM at the Colorado Springs Marriott. It will once again feature six local speakers who are faculty for PPWC 2016.

We will have a small bookstore at the event, just like last year, with books available from our WYHO speakers, as well as craft and PPWC 2016 keynote books, and our WYHO speakers will be signing at the event! And, once again, we will offer some great giveaways and specials for those attending WYHO.





The ever funny Becky Clark has agreed to be our master of ceremonies again.

Becky Clark

Jodi Anderson

Come explore opportunities available in today’s ever evolving writing market, from Jodi Anderson. Also, come to find new tools to raise your productivity and focus as she presents a sample of KEEPING ALL THE BALLS IN THE AIR: Multiple Streams of Productivity and Revenue.





Evangeline Denmark
Whether your story takes place in a supernatural urban scape, a dystopian future, or a slightly magical real world setting, the surest way to hook a reader is to engage their heart. Evangeline Denmark will take a look at key concepts and discuss making your story unique and emotionally engaging as she presents a sample of The Heart of your Speculative Novel.




Warren Hammond
Twenty-thousand words in, your story has died, and you don’t know how to break through, so you rewrite chapter one for the hundredth time. Sound familiar? Warren Hammond will help you bust through the roadblocks by analyzing scene and sequel, the building blocks of all stories as he presents a sample of SCENE AND SEQUEL: The Engine Of Story.



Michelle Major
While many authors are introverts, none of us can afford to ignore social media and marketing. Michelle Major will give tips and techniques for successfully engaging with readers using many popular platforms, as she presents a sample of Introverts Can Network Too! How To Succeed At Social Media Even When You’re Shy.



Judith Robbins Rose
Need help making your characters voice unique. Come learn from Judith Robbins Rose as she presents NAILING THE VOICE: The Difference Between An Accent And A Dialect.







Angel Smits

Kids say the darndest things, and the smart author realizes this is a useful tool for developing a story. Angel Smits walks you through how to create and use secondary characters that deepen the story without slowing it down, or letting them take over as she presents a sample of THE KID EFFECT: Strategic Use of Secondary Characters.


Free, but space is limited, so RSVP to rsvp@pikespeakwriters.com – with first and last name of each person attending, and your phone number

For more information on Write Your Heart Out, visit the
WYHO tab at our website.



Write Brain: February 16, 2016
What Character Development: Questioning How Your Characters Drive the Plot

Who:  Kevin Hearne

When: Feb 16, 6:30-8:30 pm

Where: Venue@21c (upper floor, to the right if coming in the upper entrance) of Library 21c, 1175 Chapel Hills Dr. Colorado Springs, CO 80920

About the Presenter: Kevin Hearne taught high school English for seventeen years but now writes books. He’s the author of the NY Times bestselling series The Iron Druid Chronicles and the forthcoming epic fantasy A PLAGUE OF GIANTS. He likes coffee and doggies. http://kevinhearne.com/

Facebook Event: Want to see who else is coming? Check here.


Writer’s Night February 22, 2016

FREE Writer’s Night
Location: Kawa Coffee
Address: 2427 N Union Blvd, Colorado Springs, Colorado 80909
Fourth Monday of every month (View Calendar of Events)
Time: 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Join fellow writers for PPW Night 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.

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 to the host, Deb Courtney, or call her on her cell phone at 719-337-9049.

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.
See you soon!