Recap of PPWC 2015: Choose Your Writing Adventure
The 23rd annual Pikes Peak Writers Conference was another huge success, bringing together writers from across the country—and some international folks– for a weekend of learning, networking, talking shop, and having fun.
In conjunction with the Thursday Prequel, we held ghost hunts in the Marriotton Thursday and Friday nights. Both nights were filled to capacity, and our professional ghost hunting crew helped all the participants distinguish between what they wanted to see and what they actually captured on film.
We also made a big change from traditional pitch appointments to Query One-on-One appointments, and most of the feedback we received (from both sides of the table) was overwhelmingly positive. We’ll be working on refining the process for 2016, making it an even better way to get feedback on the all-important query letter.
Our keynote speakers were awesome, even in the face of adversity (sorry, Seanan). Mary Kay Andrews spoke on Friday about the struggles she faced early in her writing career, while Andrew Gross shared his highly atypical story with us at Saturday lunch. R.L. Stine brought down the house on Saturday night, and his wife, Jane, was an equally fascinating member of our faculty. AtSunday lunch, Seanan McGuire sent us on our way with inspiration and kindness.
We brought in a lot of new faculty this year, and hope to continue the trend of combining tried and true authors who have stellar reputations for teaching along with new authors who can add the latest perspectives on writing and publishing.
There are now more platforms than ever for getting your work into the hands of the public. While Pikes Peak Writers can’t tell you which is the best path for you, our goal is to provide enough information for you to make the right decision for your story, while giving you the tools to turn out the best writing you can produce.
Never forget why you started writing. Never lose sight of the adventure. And thank you all for letting me share at least a part of the journey with you.
2015Pikes Peak Writers Conference Director
Conference Update: April 17, 2015
Due to a family emergency, editor Stacey Barney of Penguin/Random House will not be able to attend the Pikes Peak Writers Conference this year. We send our warmest regards to Stacey and her family during this difficult time.
Fortunately, we were able to call upon the gracious and generous offices of KT Literary to help us fill in the gaps.
On Friday, we welcome Kate Testerman, who will take care of panels and Read & Critique sessions. After a dozen years working in publishing in New York City, Kate moved to Colorado and formed kt literary in early 2008, where she concentrates on middle grade and young adult fiction.
On Saturday, we are pleased to welcome Renee Nyen, who also represents MG and YA, to take Query 1-on-1 appointments in Stacey’s place. Several years in the editorial department at Random House’s Colorado division provided Renee with the opportunity to work with bestselling and debut authors alike.
All of our volunteers are working hard to ensure our attendees have the best conference experience possible. We are very grateful to the talented and supportive women of KT Literary for stepping up to help us in our hour of need.
We look forward to seeing you all next week!
Director, 2015 PPWC
The Zebulon 2015 Winners Announced
The winners for the 2015 Zebulon Fiction Contest have been notified and announced. Find out the full details about our well-deserved winners.
Pikes Peak Writers Conference 2015 :: Registration Open!
Registration for PPWC 2015 is now open. You can find more great information about the conference, read about our faculty, discover our Thursday Prequel, find out about the workshops, and learn what we’ve done with pitch (now called query one-on-one). Find out more information at a glance with our brochure.
2015 PPWC: August Message from the Director
Although the 23rd annual conference is nine months away, the planning committee is hard at work selecting faculty and workshops.
Coming soon: We will reveal the 2015 Keynote speakers on Sept. 15th, which coincides nicely with the opening of The Zebulon writing contest. Keep an eye on the Conference portion of the website as we add agents, editors, other faculty and more details.
We’ve got some exciting changes and new events coming up, including a complete revamp of the way “Pitch” is conducted at Conference. In addition, this fall we’ll debut a fun new contest where one lucky winner can earn 50% off their conference registration fee. And that’s just the beginning!
Stay tuned for updates, announcements, and video messages. Your adventure is calling!
Conference Director, PPWC 2015
2015 Pikes Peak Writers Conference – The Adventure is Beginning!
Are you an Author? An Agent? An Editor? Do you have special skills that aspiring writers want to learn about? If so, Pikes Peak Writers invites you to submit workshop proposals for the 23rd Annual Pikes Peak Writers Conference to be held April 24-26, 2015, in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
We are looking for faculty members who are dynamic presenters with the ability to lead informative and entertaining workshops, as well as engage our attendees on all writing-related topics. Craft. Business. Genre. Reality/How-to. The Writing Life. And so much more. Our attendees come from all backgrounds and experience levels so we are seeking workshops for beginner, intermediate and advanced writers.
Come and experience first-hand why the Pikes Peak Writers Conference has been named one of the friendliest conferences in the United States. Submit your proposals at the Pikes Peak Writers Workshop Proposal Portal now! The portal is open year round, but if you wish to be considered for the 2015 Pikes Peak Writers Conference, please submit your workshops by October 31st, 2014.
Before submitting your proposal, we highly recommend you visit Proposing A Workshop for more details about exactly what we’re looking for.
If you have any questions about conference faculty or programming, please contact Jason Henry at firstname.lastname@example.org
We look forward to seeing your proposals for PPWC 2015!
Pikes Peak Writers Conference 2014
We Made It Happen!
The 22nd Pikes Peak Writers Conference ended as a dizzying success. From inspiring keynotes to encouraging editors and agents, workshops on craft to workshops on the publishing climate, and everything in between, this conference provided an exhausting and exhilarating array of opportunities to grow, reach, and succeed as writers.
Gail Carriger reminded us that for writers, writing is breathing. How could you ever choose between breathing and anything else? Jim C. Hines magnified the importance of providing all readers with relatable stories, not just the perceived majority. With so much diversity in the world, it only makes sense to find the same in our books. Hank Phillippi Ryan validated the fact that we all have songs not yet written. What are we waiting for? Go for it. Do it. Don’t wait. And Chuck Wendig made us laugh. “Go home book, you’re drunk!” Then he made us dream. Success may seem impossible, but if we chip away at our goals one by one, if we embrace our vision for our writing career, we will in fact…make it happen. To ease Mrs. Wendig’s mind, no one threw up on anyone during his speech.
The excitement started with a low hum Thursday morning that steadily grew to a cacophony of success by Sunday afternoon.
Friday night lured out Steampunk interpretations during the steampunk themed dinner. Impressive arrays of gears and goggles tickled the eye and enlightened the imagination.
Saturday’s lunch allowed for a moment of silence to mourn the loss of those taken too soon. Bonnie Hagan honored those we miss with wise words reminding each of us not to wait on pursuing our passions, but to seize the now.
The Saturday evening awards banquet honored the PPWC volunteers who so highly deserved recognition for their tireless efforts throughout the year and years past. Bonnie Hagan for the Legacy Award, her constant efforts over many years and her historical knowledge proved priceless. J.T. Evans for the Volunteer of the Year Award. As PPW President, J.T. has revamped and renewed PPW in an extraordinary way with hours and hours of effort that will benefit this organization for years to come. M.B. Partlow for the Conference Volunteer of the Year Award. M.B. has worked with passion as programming director for years and now has taken on the task of tackling PPWC 2015 director. Her experience and vision will no doubt propel this next year into another madly successful conference and leave you with Goosebumps. The Zebulon contest winners took their places center stage for some rousing applause celebrating their success.
Attendees had over ninety-five opportunities to tighten their craft, debunk some common myths, practice pitches, and concisely discuss current manuscripts, plus make new friends, accomplish some networking, and stretch their comfort zones in the classrooms, over meals, and long into the night at the Marriott bar. Editors Terri Bischoff, Sarah Peed, Terese Ramin, and Sara Sargent helped demystify the intimidating machine that is the publishing industry while Amy Boggs, Michelle L. Johnson, Kristin Nelson, Beth Phelan, Gordon Warnock, and Carlisle Webber encouraged writers to learn the process and to send out their best work.
Multiple contests, a Killion Group and Hot Damn Designs attendee mixer, costume dinner, silent auction, professional photo shoot opportunities, and more propelled attendees through to the conference end with laughter, excitement, and a beautiful motivation to write. The library enjoyed another year of success offering genre books, craft books, t-shirts, audio cd’s and much more. A little writerly retail therapy to calm the nerves and settle the excitement. Sunday shone bright with an impressive hold over of attendees all grasping for one more kernel of knowledge, one last uttered brilliance, one last shared inspiration…and they got it. We all went home Sunday having reached the goal of this conference.
Write Here, Write Now. We Made it Happen.