It Takes a Tribe

Colorado Springs, Colorado
Friday, May 03, 2019
The 27th Annual PPWC 
It Takes a Tribe

Thursday Workshops*

Pikes Peak Writers is pleased to bring back our overwhelmingly popular Pre-Conference Programming, a.k.a the Prequel, on Thursday, May 2, 2019  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 a.m. to Noon.
  • Afternoon sessions run from 1 p.m. to 4 PM.
  • During the Noon to 1 p.m. break, lunch will be served.

Thursday Morning Programs:

Title: Unlimited Writing
Presenter: Jonathan Maberry
Category: Writing Life
Description: This would be an exploration of how to build a diverse writing career that goes outside of the comfort zone in order to attract new business and broaden skills and opportunities.  This is how to make a living as a full-time writer in the post-economic meltdown publishing industry.

Title: Screenwriting Exposed!
Presenter: Saundra Mitchell
Category: Craft
Description: Creation, examination and adaptation! During this workshop, the aspiring screenwriter will learn about proper screenwriting format, screenwriting software, and how to adapt existing materials for the small and large screen. Laptops and adaptation material are strongly encouraged; this will be a hands-on writing experience!

Title: Writing Characters Your Readers Won’t Forget
Presenter: Stant Litore
Category: Craft
Description: This workshop offers a toolkit for addressing that issue. With practical strategies and abundant examples, this class will help you write unforgettable characters who “come alive” on the page, create compelling dialogue, and chart more breathtaking emotional journeys for your characters.

Title: Scrivener from Zero to 60: Get Up and Running–and Writing–With Scrivener TODAY
Presenter: Debbie Allen
Category: Writing Tools
Description: Scrivener writing software: everyone says they love it, but what writer has time to learn something new? And most writers using Scrivener miss out on some of the program’s best elements. This workshop will help you start, literally, at zero, and get up and running right away. Even long-time users will learn to take advantage of features they didn’t know were there. Learn to navigate stunning elements to make writing–and research–faster and more efficient, no matter what genre. This workshop is for both fiction and non-fiction writers. Bring your computer with Scrivener already downloaded (you can try it free for 30 days).

Thursday Afternoon Programs:

Title: Act Like a Writer
Presenter: Jonathan Maberry
Category: Writing Life
Description: This is one of my hottest workshops. Writers are often uncomfortable with public appearances and yet they need to become the face of their book and the face of their brand. This program discusses how to feel comfortable when meeting the public (at signings, etc.), how to do a compelling reading, how to give a talk (without notes), and how to construct a ‘public version’ of you.

Title: Adrenaline Rush: Writing Suspense Fiction
Presenter: John Gilstrap
Category: Craft
Description: Award-winning thriller author John Gilstrap presents a three-hour seminar on the construction of intelligent suspense fiction. What makes for a strong plot? How do you take cardboard characters and give them life on the page? Through lively lectures and writing exercises, students get a peek at the skeleton that gives structure to the stories that keep us reading long into the night.

Title: How to Market Your Book on Amazon
Presenter: Polly Letofsky
Category: Business
Description: “Amazon is your most powerful marketing partner. In this class we’re going to share all the tips and tricks you can use to boost your sales and findability on Amazon: 
• The anatomy of Amazon – Don’t miss a single free marketing tool! 
• How to select your most effective browse categories 
• Tools to optimize your Author Central Account “

Title: Total Immersion: The Art of Going Deep
Presenter: Chris Goff
Category: Craft
Description: In this workshop, Chris Goff will explore some of the ways writers can dig in and mine for that je ne sais quoi that grabs a reader and propels a book onto the bestseller lists. She’ll share some tools, methods and insight, so we can master the art of going DEEP. Please bring five to ten pages of your work-in-progress or finished manuscript (even better) and be prepared to make some changes

~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


Payment Instructions

  • Register: Registration will open officially on November 11, 2018  run until April 28,2019. Registration fee increases on April 8, 2019. Registration will be online only for the 2019 Conference.

    Regular pricing is $415 from November 11, 2018 through April 7, 2019.
    Late pricing is $485 from April 8, 2019 through April 28, 2019.

    Your conference registration fee includes Friday’s welcome lunch and dinner, Saturday’s continental breakfast, keynote luncheon and 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 2019 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, 2019. 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.  Discounts may not be combined with the partial payment plan, no exceptions.

    If you add on the Thursday Session to PPWC2019, 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, 2019, 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, May 2, 2019. 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.

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

    Hotel: The Marriott Hotel is offering a special rate of $115 a night for conference guests.  Click here by April 1, 2019 to book your rooms at their website.

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