Silver Jubilee

Colorado Springs, Colorado
Friday, April 28, 2017
The 25th Annual PPWC 
Silver Jubilee



Thursday Workshops*


Pikes Peak Writers is pleased to bring back our overwhelmingly popular Pre-Conference Programming, a.k.a the Prequel, on Thursday, April 27, 2017.  Prequel can be added to your PPWC Registration for an additional $90, or you can attend Prequel ONLY for $150.  Lunch is included in your Thursday registration price.

Pair any one of the four morning workshops with one of the four afternoon workshops for your personalized Thursday Programming experience.

  • Morning sessions run from 9 AM to Noon.
  • Afternoon sessions run from 1 PM to 4 PM.
  • During the Noon to 1 PM break, lunch will be served.

Thursday Morning Programs:

The Emotional Craft of Fiction: How to Tell the Story Beneath the Surface Part I
Faculty:  Donald Maass
Time:  9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Because this is an intensive, hands-on workshop for advanced fiction, there will be an extra cost of $20.00, which includes the morning and afternoon sessions.  Be sure to select both the morning and afternoon sessions.  Only 150 seats are available.

The emotional effect of fiction on readers is a craft. Based on psychological research and study of what makes novels emotionally gripping, this intensive workshop takes participants beyond showing or telling to create an emotional journey for readers--one unseen but nevertheless deeply felt and ultimately unforgettable.

Participants should bring a WIP and writing materials.

Make Your Own Middle Earth
Faculty:  Kevin Hearne and Mike Braff
Time: 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

In this three-hour long workshop you will learn the fundamentals of worldbuilding from New York Times Bestselling author Kevin Hearne and Del Rey editor Mike Braff. They’ll discuss what kinds of elements are important when building an imagined world, and will put those discussions to use as they create an one such world together as a group. After, participants will write a short piece set in the shared world and we’ll read, critique, and discuss our work as a group. Be prepared for a fun and enlightening workshop!

Attendees should bring something to take notes with.

Everything You Need to Know to Write a Novel
A Beginning Writer's Workshop
Faculty:  Chris Mandeville
Time: 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

This in-depth workshop provides a comprehensive overview of novel writing for beginning novelists. It covers the basics of novel conception, plotting/planning, character development and arc, story structure, tension, conflict, dialogue, point-of- view (POV), editing and revision.

Have you always wanted to write a novel but you’re not sure where to start? Are you already writing but unsure of the basic building blocks for a good novel? Are you nearing the end of your first draft and aren’t sure what to do next? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, this workshop can prepare you to move up to the next level of novel writing. All ages, abilities, and fiction genres welcome.

Attendees should bring something to take notes with.

How to Write a Dick: A Guide for Writing Fictional Sleuths from a Couple of Real-Life Sleuths
Faculty:  Colleen Collins and Shaun Kaufman
Time: 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

 The private eye genre has come a long way, baby, with new subgenres — from teenage PIs to vampire gumshoes to geriatric sleuths — attracting new readers every year. Unfortunately, most writers are not aware of the state-of-the-art developments that shape today’s professional private investigator, which sometimes leave writers floundering with impossible and antiquated devices, characters and methods in stories. Which is where How to Write a Dick: A Guide for Writing Fictional Sleuths from a Couple of Real-Life Sleuths, comes in. How to Write a Dick isn’t about how to write a novel, but what you need to know to write an authentic, compelling 21st-century sleuth character or story. We're drawing from our combined 14 years as private investigators to bring you this comprehensive workshop.

Attendees should bring something to take notes with.


Thursday Afternoon Programs:

The Emotional Craft of Fiction: How to Tell the Story Beneath the Surface Part II
Faculty:  Donald Maass
Time:  1 p.m. - 4 p.m.

Because this is an intensive, hands-on workshop for advanced fiction writers, there will be an extra cost of $20.00, which includes the morning and afternoon sessions. Only 150 seats are available.

The emotional effect of fiction on readers is a craft. Based on psychological research and study of what makes novels emotionally gripping, this intensive workshop takes participants beyond showing or telling to create an emotional journey for readers--one unseen but nevertheless deeply felt and ultimately unforgettable.

Participants should bring a WIP and writing materials.

Scrivener Bootcamp
Faculty: Patrick Hester
Time:  1 p.m. - 4 p.m.

Scrivener is not Word. And not all word processing softwares are built the same. Many authors try to use Scrivener the way they use Word, and this ultimately leaves them frustrated, angry and wondering why so many people use it - and how. New software can be a challenge, especially when you’re used to doing something a certain way. To get the most from Scrivener, you have to shift your thinking.

Scrivener is a powerful project management tool for writers that includes a word processor. Getting the most from it is easier than you know. Though it has a large suite oftools, it’s open enough to allow you to write the way you want. In this half-day workshop, you’ll learn how to:

  • Setup Projects
  • Navigate the Binder, Corkboard and Outliner
  • Outline your novels, and structure your ideas
  • Have those outlines and notes side by side as you’re writing
  • Organize your projects
  • Export your Projects to share with agents and editors
  • Export your Outline and Synopsis
  • Get Scrivener to do what you need

Whether you like to plan everything in advance, write first and structure later—or do a bit of both—Scrivener supports the way you work. Sign up for this class today!

What you’ll need for this workshop:

  • A laptop / computer - with your power cord

Attendees should bring something to take notes with.

 

Be An Agent for a Day
Faculty:  Kristen Nelson, Literary Agent
Nelson Literary Agency
Time: 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.

As an agent, Kristin reads hundreds of query letters and pitches in any given week. She can tell within sentences whether something will be right for her or not.

Have you ever wanted to see and experience the process first hand? Then BE AN AGENT FOR A DAY is your chance. Agent Kristin, along with the class, will read query letters live and the together make the decision. Should she ask for sample pages or should she send a rejection instead? Discussion will revolve around each decision and then the response will be sent during the class.

Plan on this being an eye-opening inside look at the world of queries.

PLEASE NOTE: All queries will be new and unread by Kristin. However, to protect the privacy and identity of the querier, Kristin’s assistant will strip out any author identification and place the query email letter in a separate Mac Mail folder for easy access.

Attendees should bring something to take notes with.

 

Squared Away:  How to Accurately Write Military Characters
Faculty:  Kevin Ikenberry and friends
Time: 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.

Some of the most compelling stories of our time focus on military personnel whether in or out of uniform and whether deployed to a combat zone or trying to come home again.  Some of those stories fail to accurately capture the mindset, language, and attitudes of military personnel, both enlisted and officer.  This three-hour presentation will start with a one-hour lecture on the most common things authors get wrong about the military and then will to an in-depth question and answer period with current service members, combat veterans, and recent retirees.  Participants will also have the opportunity to have these experts review and provide insight to their work either in a group or one-on-one with the panelists.  We’ll get you “squared away.”  

Attendees should bring something to take notes with.


*Please note: Workshop titles, locations, and faculty are all subject to change without notice. PPW will do its best to keep you informed, but we cannot guarantee there won't be changes due to unforeseen circumstances. Thank you for you cooperation and patience.

 

Contact Information

  • ***REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED***



    registrar@pikespeakwriters.com

Payment Instructions

  • Register: Registration will run an early bird special from October 31 to November 14, 2016 and open officially on November 15, 2016 and run until April 24, 2017. Registration fee increases on March 26, 2017. Registration will be online only for the 2017 Conference.

    Cost:
    Early bird pricing is $395.  Regular pricing is $415 from November 15, 2016 through March 25, 2017.  NEW!  Notice extension of date.
    Late pricing is $475 from March 26, 2017 through April 24, 2017.

    Your conference registration fee includes Friday’s welcome lunch and dinner, Saturday’s continental breakfast, keynote luncheon and The Zebulon Awards banquet, and Sunday’s continental breakfast and farewell luncheon. Additional Saturday Banquet tickets are available to purchase for spouses and guests. Faculty members will host lunch and dinner tables so you have the opportunity to chat with that editor, agent, or author you’ve been dying to meet.

    Payment Plan - The Pikes Peak Writers Conference 2017 payment plan works by breaking up the conference amount of $415 into 5 payments of $83 with a flexible payment schedule. You must pay the initial $83 when you register. Full payment must be completed by March 15, 2017. If you choose to bring banquet guests, make a donation, or purchase items you will pay for them at the time of addition, no matter where you are in your payments for conference costs.  The early bird special is not open to the partial payment plan.

    When you choose to pay the other 4 payments of $83 each is up to you so long as you complete full payment by March 15, 2017. If you add on the Thursday Session to PPWC2017, then there will be an additional payment of $90 to fit in before the deadline. If full payment (including Thursday, if applicable) is not completed on March 15, 2017, your attendance will be cancelled with NO REFUND. This is in line with our refund policy.

    Prequel: Pikes Peak Writers is pleased to bring back our overwhelmingly popular Pre-Conference Programming on Thursday, April 27, 2017. Thursday can be added to your PPWC Registration for an additional $90, or you can attend Thursday ONLY for $150. The Thursday prices include lunch.

    The advanced track presented by Donald Maass is an additional $20.

    WhereColorado Springs Marriott
    5580 Tech Center Drive
    Colorado Springs, Colorado 80919
    (719) 260-1800

    Hotel: The Marriott Hotel is offering a special rate of $107 a night for conference guests.  Click here by March 13, 2017 to book your rooms at their website.

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