Write Brains

Write BrainsWrite Brain Sessions are free mini-workshops on the craft of writing, business of writing, and the writer’s life.  Watch for them in Colorado Springs on the third Tuesday of most months. Pikes Peak Writers began offering monthly Write Brain workshops in 2004.

Always playing to a good-sized crowd that has continued to grow over the years, the Write Brain workshops deal with the craft of writing and also look at the business side. Everything from promotion to understanding your characters to writing action scenes to handling taxes and copyright issues–the Write Brain workshops cover the wide variety of topics writers need to know.

With such wonderful presenters as Mario Acevedo, Lynda Sandoval, Deb Coonts, Todd Fahnestock and many, many more, we’ve explored the genres of romance, mystery, thrillers, urban fantasy, traditional fantasy, science fiction, horror and young adult. We’ve brought in editors, agents and publishers. Police officers and sociology professors. Lawyers and best-selling authors. We’ve discussed poetry with our local poet laureate and analyzed best-selling novels with those in the know.

The Write Brains are a dynamic part of PPW’s interaction with the writing community, both in Colorado and beyond. We hope you’ll join us!

January Write Brain

What: Write on Fire!
Who: Anne Randolph
When: Tuesday, January 20, 6:30 to 8:30 PM
Where: Carnegie Room, Penrose Library, 20 North Cascade Avenue, Colorado Springs (parking on street and in parking lot at meters is free after 6:00 PM)
More Information: Does your inner critic babble incessantly? Want to learn how to shut it off and write like your pen’s on fire? Using aspects of her Kitchen Table Writing program, Anne Randolph will present a hands-on, interactive workshop intended to get your creative juices flowing by embracing the senses and freeing your writing. Come prepared to be inspired and get words on paper, no matter what you write. Bring paper and pen, and your imagination.
About the Presenter: Anne Randolph, creator of www.KitchenTableWriting.com, inspires writers to find their authentic voice. She leads Write Your Life Story workshops in Denver and conferences around the country. She has an MA and MFA in Literature and Theatre. Anne has received awards from the National Endowment of the Arts. You can find her “fresh writing” workbook, Write Naked! Flesh Out Creativity with Kitchen Table Writing, as well as her award winning memoir collection, Stories Gathered at the Kitchen Table, on Amazon and at www.AnneRandolph.com/book.

February Write Brain

What: Scrivener From Zero to 60: Get up and Running–and Writing–With Scrivener
Who: Debbie Maxwell Allen
When: Tuesday, February 17, 6:30 to 8:30 PM
Where: Carnegie Room, Penrose Library, 20 North Cascade Avenue, Colorado Springs (parking on street and in parking lot at meters is free after 6:00 PM)
More Information: Scrivener software is an increasingly popular tool for writers, yet there’s a steep learning curve. Many writers own the program, but don’t maximize the use of the best features. Others shy away from having to learn ‘another thing.’ This workshop will familiarize you with Scrivener, and get you writing on your manuscript the same day. Learn to navigate the software, import your manuscript and very last scrap of research, plus how to take advantage of Scrivener’s most helpful features. Bring your computer with Scrivener already downloaded. You can download it and try it free for 30 days.
About the Presenter: Debbie Maxwell Allen drank the Scrivener Kool-Aid, and never looked back. When not devoting her time to revolutionizing other writer’s lives with the wonders of Scrivener, she works as a project manager for Good Catch Publishing and writes young adult historical fantasy in the Rocky Mountains. Her fiction has been a finalist in the Pikes Peak Writers Zebulon Contest four times. She blogs about free resources for writers at www.writingwhilethericeboils.blogspot.com.
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Weather Cancellation Policy
In the event of bad weather, we will follow the PPLD’s closure policy. Please check the PPLD web site for closure information.

Age Policy
PPW events are open to all writers, and attendees do not need to be members of PPW. Note that attendees under the age of 18 must have written parental permission to attend. Please contact the PPW Administator for details.

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