Friday, April 7, 2017

Pikes Peak Writers April Events

Open Critique – April 5

6:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Cottonwood Center for the Arts
427 East Colorado Avenue
Colorado Springs, CO 80903
This FREE program provides a critique experience for a small number of PPW members who seek feedback on manuscript pages and who want to learn how to have positive critique group experiences.
PPW’s Open Critique program is facilitated by Donnell Bell with the occasional experienced guest critique partner. During Open Critique, Donnell and the guest critique partner will provide comments, criticism and suggestions on participants’ manuscript pages, as well as model positive behaviors, techniques and procedures for critiquing.
It is our hope that participants will not only receive valuable feedback on their writing, but will also learn how to create great critique groups of their own, or learn how to improve existing critique groups.
Each month Open Critique will accommodate up to eight participants with a maximum of eight manuscript pages (double spaced, one side) per person. Bring at least 8 copies. To request a slot to participate, email your request to Slots are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis, and are only considered for the month in which they are received. Participants will receive confirmation and instructions via email. You must be a PPW member to participate. You can join our membership here.
PPW reserves the right to give priority to new participants over those who have attended multiple times.

Write Brain – April 18
***Conference Special – How to Talk about Your Novel***
Location: 5580 Tech Center Dr, Colorado Springs, CO 80919 
6:30 to 8:30
What:  How to Talk about your Novel
Who: M.B. Partlow and Pam McCutcheon
When: April 18, 2017 — 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Where: Marriott, Salon F
Conference Special: For the first section, M.B. Partlow, Pikes Peak Writers Vice President and Programming Director will speak about any number of Conference topics, helping you get the most out of your conference experience and the Thursday Prequel. Come with questions and learn how PPWC is THE place for you to be April 27 – 30th. And with this being the Silver Jubilee Conference, you definitely don’t want to miss out!
After the break, Pam McCutcheon will share her expertise with how to talk about your novel, preparing you for talking to the Agents and Editors during PPWC and for the rest of your writing career.
How to Talk About Your Novel: You know your novel inside and out, so why do you get tongue-tied when someone asks what it’s about—or worse yet, babble on for ten minutes? If you’ve ever wondered how in the world to sum up four hundred pages of prose in a few short sentences, this session is for you. Come learn how to craft a snappy description of your book that will draw in readers, making them eager to know more about the novel you’ve written.
About the Speaker: Pam McCutcheon is the author of romance novels and how-to books for writers under her own name, and the Demon Underground YA urban fantasy series under the name Parker Blue. Pam’s latest releases are updated e-book versions of her popular Writing the Fiction Synopsis and The Writer’s Brainstorming Kit (with Michael Waite) as well as self-published e-book versions of her romance backlist and fantasy short stories. Pam/Parker now works full-time as a writer, editor, speaker, and as the “Parker” half of Parker Hayden Media, an assisted self-publishing business. She can be found on the ’net at or

Writer’s Night – April 24

Time: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Location: Kawa Coffee, 2427 N. Union Blvd. Colorado Springs, CO 80909

Writers’ Night is two full hours of discussion, laughter, and fun with other location 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 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, spend an email to the host, Damon Smithwick, e-mail to the host, Damon Smithwick or call him on his cell phone at (719) 464-5336.

Meeting 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!



2017 marks our 25th annual conference, so we’re inviting any and all fiction writers to join us for our Silver Jubilee celebration.
The dates: April 28-30, 2017. The prequel: April 27, 2017.
Regular registration is available from November 15, 2016 through March 25, 2017 for $415.
Late registration is available from March 26, 2017 through April 23, 2017 for $475.
The earlier you register, the better your chance of getting your first choice for Read & Critique and/or Query appointments.

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