Friday, October 3, 2014

PPW October News & Events

Compiled by Debi Archibald

October is a busy month with the normal PPW monthly events combined with special programming celebrating Arts Month. Mark your calendars! (And check the 'EVENTS' tab for further detail.)


October Open Critique has come and gone. If you missed it because the first Wednesday was also the first day of the month, be sure to set your alarms for Wednesday November 5 when Barb Nickless will be the guest critiquer.

Tuesday, October 21:  October Write Brain. This month's presentation is Building Suspense in Your Writing:  Engage Readers by Hooking Them Into the Story.  The presenter is Stephen Coonts, a N.Y. Times bestselling writer and author of Flight of the Intruder. We'll gather in the Carnegie Room of Penrose Library (20 North Cascade Avenue, Colorado Springs) from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. 

Monday, October 27:  Writer's Night at Ivywild. Join fellow writers in the Principal's Office at Ivywild School (1604 South Cascade Avenue, Colorado Springs) from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. for participant-driven writerly discussion.


THE ZEBULON writing contest opened on September 15.  The deadline for submission is 12:00 p.m. MST on November 2.  See the CONTEST tab for full details. 

WORKSHOP PROPOSALS: If you would like to recommend/request an author or specialist or workshop please do so at the request a workshop page by October 31, 2014 to be considered for PPWC2015.

If you would like to propose a workshop of your own please do so at the proposals FAQ by October 31, 2014 to be considered for PPWC2015.


In celebration of Arts Month we're excited to be putting on some additional FREE programming! You can find additional Arts Month events here:

Saturday, October 11: An Afternoon of Teen Improv. 
Organized, by Jason Henry & Team, this FREE two hour workshop will show you how anything can spark a story and get you started. Bring something to write on/with (pencil, paper, computer--whatever suits you) and be ready to get creative.
This event is at the East Library (5550 North Union Blvd, Colorado Springs) Conference Room II from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.

Saturday, October 11: Open Mic Night
What: Open Mic Readings: Come Share Your Work!
Who: M.B. Partlow
When: Saturday, October 11; 7-9 PM
Where: Colorado Springs Marriott, home of the pikes Peak Writers Conference! 5580 Tech Center Drive; We'll be in the Library, to the right of the bar, behind the elevator bank.
More Information: No workshops tonight. Instead, let's get together, relax, and share our work. We'll do open mic readings, so anyone is welcome to come up and share a portion of their work, whether finished or unfinished, published or unpublished. You'll have 3-4 minutes to read a piece you've written, be it poetry, non-fiction, short fiction, flash fiction, or something from your novel or work in progress. All genres welcome. It's time we heard from YOU! FREE and open to all. There is a bar, cafe, and restaurant on the premises. 

Thursday, October 16:  A Night of Improv

What: Improv Night: How Improv Can Work for You
Who: Jason P. Henry & Team
When: Thursday, October 16; 6:30 to 9:00 PM
Where: Peak Place Coffeehouse, 2360 Montebello Square Dr., Suite H1
More Information: Stuck? Stumped? Stupefied? Stop thinking about it and write! One word. Then two. Three and...wait...what's Improv? We'll answer that and show how it can fill your pages and birth new ideas. We'll show how diversity among writers and genres assures originality. We'll even prove that reading your work out loud is a good thing! Improv...the remedy for Writer's Block. Come prepared to get some writing done. 


October presentations as part of the Colorado College Visiting Writer Series. (Sponsored by the Colorado College Journalist in Residence Series.)

Monday October 13th, 7:00 pm
Gates Common Room, Palmer Hall

Acclaimed poet, author of “Clean,” “Things Are Disappearing Here” (a New York Times Book Review “Editors’ Choice”) and “Back Through Interruption.” Reading with H.L. Hix, whose many books include “Incident Light” and “As Much As, If Not More Than.”
Sponsored by the D.J. MacLean Endowed Fund for English.

Tuesday, October 28th, 7:00 pm
Gates Common Room, Palmer Hall

Novelist, journalist, and war correspondent, author of “Triage,” “Moonlight Hotel,” and “The Man Who Tried to Save the World: The Dangerous Life and Mysterious Disappearance of an American Hero,” reading from and discussing his new work, “Lawrence in Arabia: War, Deceit, Imperial Folly, and the Making of the Modern Middle East.”

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