Friday, February 6, 2015

February PPW News and Events

Compiled by Debi Archibald

Welcome to February, Writers.

Valentine's Day looms and depending on your current relationship status, that may stir up butterflies, anticipation, dread or out and out depression. But Pikes Peak Writers has an event perfect for writers who find themselves anywhere in the romance spectrum.

Saturday, February 14
Write Your Heart Out
1:00 - 5:00 p.m.
The Marriott Hotel: 5580 Tech Center Drive, Colorado Springs

This is a FREE event. Becky Clark will be emceeing the event and featured speakers will be Julie (J.A.) Kazimer, Fleur (F.T.) Bradley, Mike Befeler, Jennie Marts, Kevin Ikenberry and Cara Lopez Lee. Stay tuned to the PPW Facebook page for a little surprise the organizers are working on.

Space is limited so you must RSVP to in order to attend.

Tuesday, February 17
February Write Brain
6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Penrose Library: Carnegie Room, 20 North Cascade Avenue, Colorado Springs

Debbie Maxwell presents this workshop. Scrivener software is an increasingly popular tool for writers, yet there's a steep learning curve. Many writers own the program, but don't maximize the use of the best features. Others shy away from having to learn 'another thing.' This workshop will familiarize you with Scrivener, and get you writing on your manuscript the same day. Learn to navigate the software, import your manuscript and very last scrap of research, plus how to take advantage of Scrivener's most helpful features. Bring your computer with Scrivener already downloaded (you can download it and try it free for 30 days).

Monday, February 23
Writer's Night at the Ritz
6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
The Ritz: Elbo Room, 15 South Tejon, Colorado Springs

Join fellow writers on the 4th Monday of each month for writerly discussion, laughter, and socializing. The direction of the discussion is decided by the participants.

Wednesday, March 4
Open Critique
6:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Cottonwood Center for the Arts: 427 E. Colorado Avenue, Colorado Springs

February Open Critique has come and gone but mark your calendar for next month and check the Events Tab for details.

Other News
Shannon Lawrence has been a familiar face at Pikes Peak Writers events. She is now moving into the position of Treasurer and Jennifer LaPointe will assume the role of Non-Conference Events Director. Welcome to your new role, Jennifer!

Writing Events in the Community

Colorado College Visiting Writer Series

Tuesday, February 10th, 7:00 pm
Gates Common Room, Palmer Hall
Nate Marshall: An important new voice emerging from Chicago’s Southside, the author of “Blood Percussion,” co-editor of “The BreakBeat Poets: New American Poetry in the Age of Hip Hop,” and the star of the award-winning poetry documentary “Louder Than A Bomb.”

Thursday, February 19th, 7:00 pm
Gates Common Room, Palmer Hall
Jim Moore: Beloved CC faculty member and poet, the author of six collections of poetry, including “Invisible Strings,” “Lightning at Dinner,” “The Long Experience of Love,” and “The Free-dom of History” reading from his latest book, “Underground: New and Selected Poems.”

Coming Up
In April: Mountain of Authors and PPWC15: Choose Your Writing Adventure. Watch for details next month and as always, check the EVENTS tab for complete detail on any of the PPW events.

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