Friday, August 4, 2017

Pikes Peak Writers August Events

Write Drunk, Edit Sober - August 9

6:30 PM until approximately 9:00 PM
Bar K
124 E Costilla St.
Colorado Springs, CO 80903

The basic format is improv writing followed by discussion of critical techniques useful in unpacking improv responses in order to further develop them.Please join Deb Courtney for Write Drunk*, Edit Sober on the second Wednesday of every month. We start at 6:30 PM will run until approximately 9 PM. It is located in the lower level of Bar K in Downtown Colorado Springs.
Bar K is located on Costilla, between Tejon and Nevada.
This event is no host, which means Pikes Peak Writers will not be providing the drinks. Alcohol/soft drinks are available for purchase. There is no food service; owners have graciously agreed to allow outside food/snacks. Please be courteous and leave no messes.
This event is only open to writers who are at least 21 years old.
Hope to see you there.
* Pikes Peak Writers does not endorse or approve of drinking to excess. Please, if you choose to drink alcoholic beverages, drink responsibly.

August Write Brain – Making Monsters Real

Location: 1175 Chapel Hills Drive, Colorado Springs, CO 80920
What: Making Monsters Real!
Who: Matt Bille
When: August 15th, 6:15 – 8:15pm – Note: earlier start time
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
More Information: What makes a monster scary? Giant sea reptiles are fun but doesn’t scare readers, while Jaws frightened people away from beaches, and the hive-mind wasps in Joseph Wallace’s Invasive Species are absolutely terrifying.  This presentation takes the view that the more believable a monster is, the scarier it is.  If your novel includes magic, that’s one thing, but if you set it in the real world, you’ll want a monster that will have readers looking at the forest or the ocean with apprehension.  Science writer and novelist Matt Bille will explore how to put as much science as possible into your make-believe monsters with the objective of making your readers think, “This could actually happen.”
About the Presenter: Matt Bille is a science writer, historian, and novelist living in Colorado Springs. He’s written two books on newly-discovered, maybe-extinct, and unconfirmed animals of the world. He also wrote a NASA-published history of the early Space Age, The First Space Race, and many articles and professional papers. His debut novel, 2014’s The Dolmen, drew nothing but 4- and 5-star Amazon reviews. His WIP, Apex Predator, explores the possible survival of a prehistoric predator. See his website at

PPW Writers’ Night
Location: Kawa CoffeeAddress: 2427 N Union Blvd, Colorado Springs, CO 80909
Fourth Monday of every month
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.
Kawa Coffee stays open for our gathering when they would normally be closed. We understand if you can’t afford a coffee or a snack, but please don’t bring outside food and drink into the coffee shop. Thank you for your understanding.
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, Damon Smithwick, or call him on his cell phone at 719-464-5336.
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!

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