PPW hosts more than twenty-five free and low-cost events in the Pikes Peak region every year, including free Write Brain mini-workshops each month.
Our regular events include:
You can also view our calendar of events to get a picture of what’s coming up!
October Arts Month Special Programming
What: PPW Teen Improv
Who: Jason P. Henry & Team
When: Saturday, October 11; 1-3 PM
Where: East Library, Conference Room II, 5550 N. Union Blvd.
More Information: What’s your story?
Have you got monsters on the brain, romance in your heart, or a dark and twisty mystery that needs to be solved? All these ideas, but you don’t know how to get started, or maybe you’ve started, but don’t know where to go from here?
Improv writing can help you get the characters out of your head and onto the page! Improv uses a bunch of different prompts (nothing you would find on an AP test, that’s for sure) to get you started telling your story. There’s no wrong answer–any way you interpret the prompt is the right way for you.
This FREE two hour workshop will show you how anything can spark a story and get you started. Bring something to write on/with (pencil, paper, computer–whatever suits you) and be ready to get creative.
What: Open Mic Readings: Come Share Your Work!
Who: Shannon Lawrence, PPW NCE Director
When: Saturday, October 11; 7-9 PM
Where: Colorado Springs Marriott, home of the pikes Peak Writers Conference! 5580 Tech Center Drive; We’ll be in the Library, to the right of the bar, behind the elevator bank.
More Information: No workshops tonight. Instead, let’s get together, relax, and share our work. We’ll do open mic readings, so anyone is welcome to come up and share a portion of their work, whether finished or unfinished, published or unpublished. You’ll have 3-4 minutes to read a piece you’ve written, be it poetry, non-fiction, short fiction, flash fiction, or something from your novel or work in progress. All genres welcome. It’s time we heard from YOU! FREE and open to all. There is a bar, cafe, and restaurant on the premises.
What: Improv Night: How Improv Can Work for You
Who: Jason P. Henry & Team
When: Thursday, October 16; 6:30 to 9:00 PM
Where: Peak Place Coffeehouse, 2360 Montebello Square Dr., Suite H1
More Information: Stuck? Stumped? Stupefied? Stop thinking about it and write! One word. Then two. Three and…wait…what’s Improv? We’ll answer that and show how it can fill your pages and birth new ideas. We’ll show how diversity among writers and genres assures originality. We’ll even prove that reading your work out loud is a good thing! Improv…the remedy for Writer’s Block. Come prepared to get some writing done.
Handouts from Past Events
- 2013-11-19 Write Brain: Improv Writing
- 2014-01-21 Write Brain: Against the Clock
- 2014-02-18 Write Brain: Sex is Not a Four-Letter Word
- 2014-05-20 Write Brain: Voice Worksheet by Barbara Samuel
- 2014-07-15 Write Brain: Building Robust Scenes by Trai Cartwright
- 2014-09-16 Write Brain: Self-Publishing: The Good, The Bad, & The In-Between by Steve “The Sinister Minister” Burt. Handout #1 // Handout #2