We're having a silent auction again this year at Pikes Peak Writers Conference.
You know the kind where you write your bids down and then wait until the final buzzer to outbid your friends. It's all friendly and for a great cause.
Monies raised from the auction are used to support Pikes Peak Writers programs — workshops, critique groups, and writer events — and the conference scholarship fund.
There are two ways to support the auction.
Option One — make a donation.
"What type of donation?"
I'm glad you asked.
Really, we can use anything you think a writer might like — an online course to study the writing craft, books, chocolate, wine, a journal, a critique, or a service you think a writer may enjoy. Critiques and editing services are very popular with conference attendees. No item is too small. We can combine several individual items into a basket.
If you want to make a donation, please visit this form to share donation details. If you have questions, please email. Donors receive a letter from Pikes Peak Writers for tax purposes. Please let us know about your donations by March 25.
Option Two — make a bid.
While at conference, check out the display of items being auctioned. They are across from the registration desk. Bid as often and as high as you want. Feel free to bid as high as want.
Encourage your friends to make a bid. Really, it's easy. Pick up a pen and go for it.
To participate in the auction:
- The silent auction is open at the beginning of registration and ends on April 16 (time will be announced) at conference.
- Review the items on display.
- Put your bid and contact information on the bid sheet
- Check randomly to see, if anyone has added a higher bid than your own.
- Before the auction closes, you have a few minutes to see if you want to outbid your competition.
- Once the auction closes, fundraising volunteers review the bids and begin contacting the winning bidders. Items may be picked up at the registration table and paid for in the conference bookstore. If you don't pick up your item and pay for it Saturday, it will be in the bookstore on Sunday morning for purchase.
- You do not have to be present to win an auction item. You just have to have the highest bid.
So, let's not be silent about this whole auction thing. Let's be loud about it and raise some money to support the ongoing efforts of Pikes Peak Writers.
I'm happy to answer questions here or via email.
About the Author: Stacy S. Jensen worked as a newspaper reporter and editor for two decades. Today, she writes picture books and revises a memoir manuscript. She lives in Colorado Springs with her husband and son.