Thursday, September 8, 2016

Psst. You. Hey, You! Wanna Have a Good Time?

By: MB Partlow

If you like the idea of having the legal limit of fun while doing something for the writing community, Pikes Peak Writers has an offer you won’t want to refuse.

We are looking for people to fill four positions, that are neither board positions nor conference positions. Neither fish nor fowl, if you will.  

First, our Most Esteemed Blog Editor, Donnell Bell, is looking for people who would like to contribute to the PPW blog on an insanely broad variety of topics. If you’re a blogger (or would like to be), contact Donnell directly at editor@pikespeakwriters.com.

Next up: We need a Contest Director for the Zebulon Writing Contest, only the finest writing contest in the history of the written word. The contest is highly automated, and responsibilities include yearly review and updates of categories, rules and judging instructions; recruiting judges; coordinating with our traditional and social media mavens; and, of course, handing out the awards at the conference banquet. If you have questions or are interested, please drop a note to contest@pikespeakwriters.com.

Following on the heels of Contest Director, we’ll need judges for this year’s contest. Keep your eyes on the website and social media, because that’s where the call will come out!

Is anyone here a fan of Writers’ Night? Held the fourth Monday of every month, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Writers’ Night is a time to hang out with your fellow writers and ask the burning questions. How do other people deal with writer’s block? Where do you find short story markets for romance? How can you find the kind of agent you want to work with? This is an informal gathering. All are welcome, and all types of questions about writing are welcome. You can pick the brains of your peers and solve your latest writing dilemma. Our current host, Deb Courtney, is looking for someone to co-lead the group, and possibly eventually take over. If you’re interested, contact her at Deb.Courtney@comcast.net.

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The final position is that of Volunteer Coordinator. This is the bane of every nonprofit group’s assistance—a way to keep track of volunteers, stay in touch with them, and get them connected to the people who need them. We’re in the process of building a volunteer database, but we need the human part of the equation to manage it. This position is wide-open right now—you’d be creating your own job description as you figure it out. This does require someone to be cheerfully and politely able to work with a wide variety of people. If you think this sounds like a groovy challenge, please contact J.T. Evans: president@pikespeakwriters.com.

Don’t keep this a secret! Please pass the information along to anyone you think might be interested.


About the Author: MB Partlow tries to inject her off-center sense of humor into everything she does. She writes mostly in the speculative fiction world, with forays into mystery and women’s fiction. Her first paid writing gig was for the A&E department of The Independent. She has also written a parenting column for Pikes Peak Parent and spent years writing restaurant reviews for The Independent and The Gazette. She’s a longtime volunteer for PPW, having done everything from stacking chairs to Conference Director to serving on the board, currently as the Vice President. She reads voraciously across genres, and thinks making up stories for a living is the greatest job in the world.