Friday, July 3, 2015

July 2015 Pikes Peak Writers News and Events

Compiled by Debi Archibald 

2015 is officially half over and I'll bet some of you have overly exuberant friends who are starting to count the days until Christmas. If your List of Goals is stuck somewhere back in March, don't just scan through these events and then move on. Put them on your calendar (in ink!) and take advantage of all the talent PPW has to offer. (You can always find the most current and detailed information on the "Events" tab on the PPW website.)

As always, when the first Wednesday lands on the first couple of days in the month, Open Critique has come and gone before this post appears. But there is still time to RSVP to to have 8 pages of your manuscript read and critiqued with August guest critiquer Jax Hunter:

Open Critique 
Wednesday, August 5, 2015 6:00 to 8:30 PM
Cottonwood Center for the Arts, 427 East Colorado Ave., Colorado Springs, CO

July Write Brain
Tuesday, July 21, 2015   6:30-8:30 p.m. 
Carnegie room of Penrose Library, 20 N Cascade Ave, Colorado Springs, Colorado 80903

July's topic is The Top 10 Storytelling Devices Movies Can Teach Novelists with presenter Trai Cartwright. It’s no secret that Hollywood has cracked the story structure code, or that they’ve refined some of the most elegant and efficient character-building tools in the storytelling business. What you may not know is that all of these tricks can be (and often are) utilized to conquer fiction writing, too. This workshop presents the Top Ten Master Movie Storytelling Devices via clips from a number of great modern films and shows you how to capitalize on them for your own writing! Taught by a Hollywood pro who routinely poaches from great films to better her fiction writing. (This is the class Trai didn’t quite finish at the conference this year–those of you who were in the room, here’s a special invitation to join us for the rest of the story!)

Facebook Event: Want to see who else is coming? Check here.

PPW Writer's Night at the Ritz
Monday, July 27, 2015 6:30-8:30 p.m.
 Elbo Room at the Ritz, 15 South Tejon, Colorado Springs, Colorado.

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.

And as an advance heads up, don't miss a half-day workshop coming up in August. This information will repeat next month but you can register now.

August 15, 2015     1-5 pm
ENT Conference Room of the 21c Library, 1175 Chapel Hills Dr, Colorado Springs, CO 80920
Scrivener is Not Word
So, why would you treat it like it is?

Scrivener is a robust writing project software, but a lot of people still treat it like a simple word processor. In this workshop, you’ll learn how Scrivener is different and the tools and tips to revolutionize your writing process.
Cost is $25 – to sign up go to

The Pikes Peak Library District has some excellent events coming up including a new 21st Century Writers Group and a workshop on using Word:

Word for Writers - 2013 Edition
When: Thursday, July 30, 2015 - 6:15 PM - 7:45 PM
Where: Library21c -1175 Chapel Hills Drive at Petritz Learning Lab

Head over to the website for more information on these and other writerly events:

Update on the change in editorship: Donnell Bell will be taking over as your new Managing Editor for Writing from the Peak in August.

Wishing you all a safe and festive 4th of July weekend!

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