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!


July Write Brain

What:  How to Write Authentic African-American Characters
Who:  Jason Evans
When: July 19, 6:30-8:30 pm
Where: Venue@21c (upper floor, to the right if coming in the upper entrance) of Library 21c, 1175 Chapel Hills Dr. Colorado Springs, CO 80920
More Information: Diversity is a buzz word in the writing industry today. Yet in order for diverse characters to be authentic, writers must do their research and ask the hard questions. It is the intent of this workshop to help writers start that process by introducing them to African-American culture and history. We will also explore how literature and cinema have done in creating authentic African-American Characters.
About the Presenter:  Jason Evans wanted to be a writer his entire life. He just didn’t know it. He has been an educator in public & private schools for twelve years. He has earned Double bachelors from UC Santa Barbara, a teaching credentials from Cal-State Los Angeles, and an MA from UC Denver. He has two short stories published and is the editor-in-chief for Man-gazine. He lives in Denver with the Fetching Mrs. Evans and his three dogs and one haughty cat.
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August Write Brain

What:  Market Like a Maniac (without feeling like one)
Who:  Cindi Madsen
When: August 16, 6:30-8:30 pm
Where: Venue@21c (upper floor, to the right if coming in the upper entrance) of Library 21c, 1175 Chapel Hills Dr. Colorado Springs, CO 80920
More Information: What’s the best way to get the word out about your book? We’ll discuss blog tours, newsletters, how to make social media work for you, publicity, anthologies, and street teams. Learn how to create a tribe of people who will want to help you get the word out for you, how to gain more followers without spending all your time marketing instead of writing, and how to find affordable help when you can’t do it all yourself.
About the Presenter:  Cindi Madsen is a USA Today bestselling author of contemporary romance and young adult novels. She sits at her computer every chance she gets, plotting, revising, and falling in love with her characters. Sometimes it makes her a crazy person. Without it, she’d be even crazier. She has way too many shoes, but can always find a reason to buy a pretty new pair, especially if they’re sparkly, colorful, or super tall. She loves music and dancing and wishes summer lasted all year long. She lives in Colorado (where summer is most definitely NOT all year long) with her husband and three children.
You can visit Cindi at: www.cindimadsen.com, where you can sign up for her newsletter to get all the up-to-date information on her books.
Follow her on Twitter @cindimadsen.
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September Write Brain

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Who:  tba
When: September 13, 6:30-8:30 pm
Where: Venue@21c (upper floor, to the right if coming in the upper entrance) of Library 21c, 1175 Chapel Hills Dr. Colorado Springs, CO 80920
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October Write Brain

What:  Punch-Up Your Prose with Comedy: Adding Humor in Any Genre
Who:  Theresa Alan & Sara Jade Alan
When: October 18, 6:30-8:30 pm
Where: Venue@21c (upper floor, to the right if coming in the upper entrance) of Library 21c, 1175 Chapel Hills Dr. Colorado Springs, CO 80920
More Information: Adding humor can bolster your fiction no matter what your genre. Comedic dialogue can relax readers after an intense, suspenseful scene, or demonstrate friendship or burgeoning love between two characters. Using the tips and tricks of improv comedians, stand-up comics, and humorist essayists, participants in this workshop will learn how to make dialogue move along quickly and develop characterization. Co-taught by bestselling author Theresa Alan and professional improv comedian Sara Alan, two sisters who live and create with the philosophy that “Anything in life, any obstacle or challenge can be made better with humor.” (Quote by Amy Poehler.)
About the Presenters:

Theresa Alan is the bestselling author of seven comedic women’s fiction novels and three novellas. Her first novel, Who You Know became a bestseller in 2003, and her novella Santa Unwrapped was in the New York Times bestseller Jingle All the Way (2004). Theresa was named the Colorado Romance Author of the Year in 2004. A graduate of the University of Iowa and the University of Colorado at Boulder, Theresa lives in Denver, Colorado. http://www.theresaalan.net
 
Sara Jade Alan has performed in hundreds of comedy shows and has taught numerous workshops to all ages over the course of 20 years. Sara was a cast member of Impulse Theater in Denver for five years, and she currently coproduces and performs in an original comedy show about writing and publishing—The Novelistas. Her young adult fiction has won the Pikes Peak Writers Conference Contest, the First Coast Romance Writers Beacon Contest, and the Writer’s Digest “Dear Lucky Agent” Contest.

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November Write Brain

What:  Short Story
Who:  R.T. Lawton
When: November 15, 6:30-8:30 pm
Where: Venue@21c (upper floor, to the right if coming in the upper entrance) of Library 21c, 1175 Chapel Hills Dr. Colorado Springs, CO 80920
More Information: coming soon
About the Presenter:  coming soon
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Confirmed future dates:

December 20

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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
Please see our underage attendee policy that applies to all events hosted by Pikes Peak Writers.

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