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!


February Write Brain

What:  Character Development: Questioning How Your Characters Drive the Plot
Who:  Kevin Hearne
When: Feb 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
About the Presenter: Kevin Hearne taught high school English for seventeen years but now writes books. He’s the author of the NY Times bestselling series The Iron Druid Chronicles and the forthcoming epic fantasy A PLAGUE OF GIANTS. He likes coffee and doggies. http://kevinhearne.com/
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March Write Brain

What:  DARE TO DREAM: 2016
Who:  Jason P. Henry and Susan Mitchell
When: Mar 15, 6:30-8:30 pm
DIFFERENT LOCATION Where: Colorado Springs Marriott, 5580 Tech Center Drive, Colorado Springs, CO 80919
More Information: The 24th annual Pikes Peak Writers Conference is right around the corner, so why not start the party now? Whether you are new to conference, or just want to get the energy flowing early, this will be a Write Brain for you. Jason Henry (the 2016 Conference Director) and Susan Mitchell (the 2016 Programming Director) will turn the focus of this Write Brain to conference and give you valuable information to help improve your conference experience. What are Read & Critique appointments? What is a Query 1-on-1? Learn some of the conference lingo and get helpful tips to make the most of conference without burning out. Susan and Jason will also talk about this year’s faculty and programming. Who are the keynote speakers? What’s new? What workshops will there be? Photo shoots? Book signing? Recordings?
Then, after your conference questions are answered, you will get the chance to sit down with some of the Pikes Peak Writers veterans for a practice Query 1-on-1 appointment. Bring two copies of your one page query letter, and we’ll show you what to expect when you sit down with an agent or editor, and help you survive!
About the Presenters:

Ask Jason P. Henry what he’s thinking, but only at your own risk. He may be exploring his dark side as he writes Romance but, most likely, he’s lost in a world of serial killers, psychopaths, and other unsavory folks. After all, his happy place is plotting a murder, considering the next victim, or twisting seemingly innocent things into dark and demented ideas. Primarily 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 friends with the monsters beside of my bed, get along with the voices inside of my head.” Learn more about Jason at www.jasonphenry.com.

Susan Mitchell has a degree in English from Northern Arizona University. Her work has appeared in literary magazines including George and Mertie’s Place, Poetry Motel and Wordwrights. She writes and produces local television commercials, promotions and programs. She has written and produced projects for TLC, regional ABC, NBC and CBS affiliates. Susan is also completing work on a darkly humorous horror series and a bone chilling screenplay.
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April Write Brain

What:  Fun and Relaxation with Improv Writing
Who:  J.T. Evans
When: Apr 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: Come join J.T. Evans, president of Pikes Peak Writers, for a post-conference Write Brain. Even though the conference will only be two days gone, many of you will be energized about what you learned! Others will be looking for a relaxing way to spend an evening. Instead of cramming two hours of vital information into a presentation for the potentially exhausted, J.T. will be leading everyone in an improv writing session. After a brief presentation on the goals and tools of improv, we’re going to crack open the dice, cards, and iPad apps to see what wonderful things we can come up with together. Make sure to bring something to capture your improv writing during the session. Great door prizes will be included from J.T.’s collection of improv toolkit.
About the Presenter:  J.T. Evans writes fantasy novels. He also dabbles with science fiction and horror short stories. He is the president of Pikes Peak Writers. When not writing, he keeps computers secure at the Day Job, homebrews great beers, spends time with his family, and plays way too many card/board/role-playing games.
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