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!

 April Write Brain

What:  Conference Prep 101: How to Talk About Your Writing to ANYONE!
Who:  MB Partlow and Jason Henry
When: April 14, PLEASE NOTE THIS IS SECOND TUESDAY, 6:30 to 8:30 PM
Where: Colorado Springs Marriott, 5580 Tech Center Dr, Colorado Springs, Colorado 80919
More Information: You wrote it. Nobody knows your work better than you. Nobody! But how do you convey the essence of your ideas without stumbling, mumbling and sounding like a half-wit?
Never fear–MB and Jason are here! We’ll jettison the jargon and get rid of the gimmicks, teaching you some simple, practical techniques so you can walk into any conference with confidence.
The first half of the Write Brain will focus on the must-know details about the 2015 Pikes Peak Writers Conference. Are there changes from previous conferences? Any new information? What are the special events? Where are the secret bathrooms? What should you wear? How should you behave? What is the secret handshake? We will provide all the answers you need to look less like a nervous newbie and more like a conference pro.
The second half of the evening will focus on how to talk about your book in the various settings you’ll encounter both at the conference and in real life. Learn how to take some of the stress out of these conversations. Learn what common questions to expect. Build your confidence so you can properly launch your ideas into the world. BONUS: We’ll also include a section on how NOT to talk about your book. Learn to avoid some common errors and establish yourself as an articulate advocate for your work.
About the Presenter: MB’s first paid writing gig was for the A&E department of The Colorado Springs Independent. She wrote a parenting column for Pikes Peak Parent for several years, and has freelanced for The Gazette. She’s a longtime volunteer for PPW, working her way up from chair stacker at Write Brains to 2015 Conference Director. A voracious reader across genres, she primarily writes urban fantasy, although she ventures into space opera, mystery and magical realism. Her secret super power is making people laugh at inappropriate moments. MB is physically unable to restrain her sense of humor, and her mouth occasionally moves faster than her brain.
When Jason P. Henry isn’t acting as Programming Director for Pikes Peak Writers Conference, he is lost in a world of serial killers, psychopaths, and other unsavory folks. Ask what he is thinking, but only at your own risk. More often than not he is plotting a murder, considering the next victim or twisting seemingly innocent things into dark and demented ideas. A suspense, thriller and horror writer with a dark, twisted sense of humor, Jason strives to make people squirm, cringe, and laugh. He loves to offer a smile, but is quick to leave you wondering what lies behind it. Jason P. Henry is best summed up by the great philosopher Eminem “I’m friend’s with the monsters beside of my bed, get along with the voices inside of my head.”
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May Write Brain

What:  Writing the Fiction Synopsis
Who:  Pam McCutcheon
When: May 19, 6:30-8:30
Where: Carnegie room of Penrose Library, 20 N Cascade Ave, Colorado Springs, Colorado 80903
More Information: Most writers hate writing synopses, and no wonder.  After you’ve agonized over several hundred pages to make your prose absolutely perfect, how could you possibly distill that down to a measly ten or twenty pages?  Or, worse yet, one or two?  By the time you’ve written the book, everything seems important, and it’s difficult to know what to put in and what to leave out.  To help with that problem, Pam came up with a method that she details in her book, Writing the Fiction Synopsis, A Step by Step Approach. She’ll share her process to help you put together a selling synopsis and write a back cover blurb.
About the Presenter:Pam McCutcheon is the author of romance novels and how-to books for writers under her own name, and the Demon Underground YA urban fantasy series under the name Parker Blue. Pam’s latest releases are an updated e-book version of her popular Writing the Fiction Synopsis, as well as e-book versions of her romance backlist. Parker’s sixth Demon Underground book, Catch Me, is coming out in Spring 2015 from Bell Bridge Books. Pam/Parker recently quit her day job and is now working full-time as a writer, editor, and speaker. She can be found on the ’Net at pammc.com or parkerblue.net.
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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.

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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