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!


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

What:  Querying an Agent and The Zebulon
Who:  Joel Quevillon
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
More Information: Manuscript done, but not sure about the next step? Come learn how to prep your work for submission to an agent. Do’s and don’ts so you won’t get a rejection before they even look at your novel. We’ll touch on Query Letters, Synopses, and First Pages.
What’s The Zebulon got to do with it? The Zebulon is PPW’s Fiction Writing Contest, which simulates the real process of acquiring an agent.
About the Presenter:  Joel Quevillon’s first Pikes Peak Writers Conference was in 2008, and he volunteered for the 2013, 2014, and 2015 conferences. He is on the Zebulon committee and has judged the contest numerous times. Joel writes speculative fiction, which gives him the opportunity to touch several genres. He got serious about writing after a dinner conversation with two authors in 2007 and has been at the keyboard ever since. Hiking 14ers, fly fishing and college football are the major distracters to his writing. Joel has spent most of the last 20 years in some form of journalism or communications position. Joel has degrees in journalism and management from the University of Arkansas. (Woo Pig Sooie!) He lives on the other side of Pikes Peak.
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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:  The State of the 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: Can you make a living writing short stories? How do they stack up compared to a novel for money, prestige and anything else? Can you integrate them with a novel? What’s the short story market? Learn the answers to these and any other short story questions you bring to the meeting. Also get some writing and networking tips to help you towards getting published.
About the Presenter:  R.T. Lawton is a retired federal law enforcement agent, a past member of the Mystery Writers of America board of directors and a two-time Derringer nominee with over 100 short stories in various publications, to include Blood on the Bayou (2016 Bouchercon anthology), The Mystery Box ( 2013 MWA anthology), And All Our Yesterdays anthology, Who Died in Here? anthology, the West Coast Crime Wave anthology, Deadwood Magazine, Easyriders, Outlaw Biker, Woman’s World magazine, and 36 sold to Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine. He also has four e-collections at Amazon.com and at Smashwords for other e-readers. You may have attended one of his Surveillance Workshops at various writers conferences.
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Confirmed future dates:

December 20

January 17

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In the event of bad weather, we will follow the PPLD’s closure policy. Please check the PPLD web site for closure information.

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