Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Prequel to the 2017 PIkes Peak Writers Conference

By: Patrick Hester 

The Pikes Peak Writers Conference is fast approaching, and with it comes the Thursday 
Prequel on Thursday, April 27th. Prequel is an add-on event featuring the 3-hour morning and afternoon workshop of your choice with lunch to boot and all for only $90 when you add it onto your PPWC Registration through March 16th. Not planning to attend Conference this year? Great news - you can attend the Prequel as a stand-alone event for just $150 through March 16th! After March 16th, the prices will go up - so be sure to register asap!

If you’re still on the fence about Prequel, let’s talk a little about the fantastic presenters and workshops for writers of every level we’re offering!

You’ve got a really difficult decision ahead of you… Which morning and afternoon sessions will you pair together? Maybe I can help with that.

Chris Mandeville
For the beginner looking for the tools to take an idea from concept to finished manuscript, consider Christine Mandeville’s Everything You Need To Know To Write A Novel. This workshop provides a comprehensive overview of novel writing including plotting, planning, story structure, editing and revision. Consider pairing this with Scrivener Bootcamp so you can take everything you learn from Chris and setup your Scrivener to maximize your writing time.

For the writer who is further along, consider Make your own Middle Earth: Worldbuilding - presented by Mike Braff & Kevin Hearne. In this three-hour long workshop you will learn the fundamentals of worldbuilding from New York Times Bestselling author Kevin Hearne and Del Rey editor Mike Braff. This is certain to be a fun, interactive workshop as participants will be given the tools needed to write a short piece set in a shared world the whole class will read, critique, and discuss as a group. Be prepared for a fun and enlightening workshop!

Pair this class with Be an Agent for a Day - presented by Kristin Nelson, and learn how to take your world and present it to an agent or editor for publication.

For the thriller or mystery writers out there, consider a double-barreled workshop pair with Squared Away: How to Accurately Write Military Characters - presented by Kevin Ikenberry and Misdemeanors to Murder: Nothing but the truth from a Criminal Lawyer and Private Eye - presented by Colleen Collins & Shaun Kaufman. These two reality tracks will help you get your crime, military and law enforcement stories and characters into shape!

Remember, the Pikes Peak Writers Prequel Thursday are in-depth, 3-hour workshops on a variety of topics and range of skill levels. You can pair any morning workshop with any afternoon workshop to suit your individual needs. Lunch is included with your ticket! We strongly encourage you to register today and take advantage of the discounted pricing before March 16th rolls around!

About the Author: Patrick Hester is an author, blogger and two-time Hugo Award Winner. He lives in Colorado, writes science fiction and fantasy, and can usually be found hanging out on his Twitter feed - @atfmb. His novel, SAMANTHA KANE: INTO THE FIRE is available at all major retailers. His short fiction can be found in the anthologies Space Battles: Full-Throttle Space Tales #6 and An Uncommon Collection, as well as the eBooks Conversations with my CatWitchcraft & SatyrsConsumptionCahill's Homecoming and Cahill's Unfinished BusinessHis 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. His Scrivener Quick Tips articles exploded on social media and the web in 2012, and he’s been teaching writers how to use the software ever since.

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