Pikes Peak Writers Conference 2015

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Choose Your Writing Adventure

2014 PPWC opening

The keynote speakers and conference director open the 2014 Pikes Peak Writers Conference.

Never before in the history of books have writers faced so many exciting options. From whether to use the Oxford comma to bending (or shattering) genre boundaries to choosing exactly how to publish your work–the possibilities are endless. Pikes Peak Writers Conference has a welcoming, friendly atmosphere where you can dive into the topics that interest you the most, surrounded by industry professionals and other writers who are eager to learn, connect and network. The three-day conference is full of topical, in-depth workshops, dynamic keynote speakers, opportunities for one-on-one time with agents and editors, the chance to read your work aloud for constructive critique, plus time to socialize with fellow writers.

Pikes Peak Writers Conference 2015
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Director’s Note
Welcome to Pikes Peak Writers Conference 2015: Choose Your Writing Adventure

MB Partlow, 2015 Conference Director

MB Partlow, 2015 Conference Director

When considering the theme for the next conference, I wanted to turn the spotlight back on the reason we all do this crazy writing thing–the joy of telling stories. If we couldn’t have fun at it, why would we do it? We build worlds and we break hearts. We discover new methods of zombification and revel in the emotional turmoil of new love. We plumb the depths of mysterious murders, examine the past with a jaundiced eye, and look toward the future with love, fear, hope, despair, humor (and perhaps the tiniest of crushes on a Star Trek captain).

For me, attending conference every year is like returning to the place where everyone speaks my native language. There is joy, comfort and a lot of laughter when you get a hotel full of writers talking about writing. The agents and the editors? They’re right in the thick of it, too, telling stories, giving advice and listening to everyone from the multi-published best seller to the total newbie who has to screw up all of their courage just to ask a question. Each conference leaves me full of new ideas and information, recharged about writing, anxious to get back to my laptop and with a new battalion of comrades who will lend mutual support along the way.

We’ve got some great new features coming to the 2015 Conference. One of the biggest changes is the way we’re addressing pitch appointments. We’ve taken feedback from agents, editors and attendees to make the experience less nerve-wracking and more useful. Check the Query 1-on-1 page for more info.

Please join us at the 2015 Conference, Choose your writing adventure. Tell your story, own it.


MB Partlow

Pikes Peak Writers Conference 2015 Director

Meals and Hotel
Your conference registration fee includes Friday’s welcome lunch and dinner, Saturday’s continental breakfast, keynote luncheon and The Zebulon Awards banquet, and Sunday’s continental breakfast and farewell luncheon. Additional Saturday Zebulon Banquet tickets are available to purchase for spouses and guests. Faculty members will host lunch and dinner tables so you have the opportunity to chat with that editor, agent, or author you’ve been dying to meet. The exceptional keynote speakers will make each meal an unforgettable experience.We are pleased to announce that our longtime partner, the Colorado Springs Marriott, has agreed to keep the discounted room price at $105/night for the 2015 conference. Please make your reservation at the Colorado Springs Marriott website or by calling 719-260-1800 by April 1, 2015 and remember to tell them you are with PPWC to get the discounted price.


Banquet from keynotes perspective.

Workshops, Panels, & Appointments
PPWC Roundtable

R&C Author, a read and critique by a published author

PPWC brings you a diverse line-up of workshops to attend. You can choose from workshops on craft, genre, queries, proposals, marketing, e-books, self-publishing–there’s a workshops for writers at every stage of their career. Dying to get your manuscript in front of an editor or agent?  Sign-up for a Read & Critique or Query 1-on-1 appointment, and you may have that chance. Editors and agents will be on hand to read your query or to give you feedback on your writing.

If you would like to recommend/request an author or specialist or workshop please do so at the request a workshop page by October 31, 2014 to be considered for PPWC2015.

If you would like to propose a workshop of your own please do so at the proposals FAQ by October 31, 2014 to be considered for PPWC2015.

The Questions
Agents. Authors. Acquiring Editors.

Pikes Peak Writers 23rd Annual Conference:
“Choose Your Writing Adventure”

Friday – Sunday, April 24-26, 2015
Thursday Prequel, April 23, 2015

Friendly. Affordable. Professional.

How Much?
Registration: $395, includes seven meals
Payment Plan available, five payments of $79
Late registration, after March 15: $465

Registration Opens Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014

Colorado Springs Marriott
5580 Tech Center Drive, Colorado Springs, Colorado 80919
1-800 (719)260-1800


PPWC At a Glance

When: April 24-26, 2015

Where: Colorado Springs Marriott
5580 Tech Center Drive
Colorado Springs, Colorado 80919
(719) 260-1800

Back By Popular Demand! Due to the positive feedback, we are continuing the payment plan option for the 2015 PPWC.

Thursday Programming: Pikes Peak Writers is pleased to bring back our overwhelmingly popular Thursday Prequel on Thursday, April 23, 2015.

Faculty (Editors, Agents, Authors, Etc.): In 2014 we brought in a stellar selection of publishing professionals, including featured authors Chuck Wendig, Gail Carriger, Hank Phillippi Ryan, and Jim C. Hines. Add to this a wide assortment of editors and agents doing query 1-on-1 meetings and authors offering workshops covering every aspect of writing. Learn more about our fantastic faculty lineup here.

Ride and Room Sharing: If you're in need of a shared ride or room, or if you have something to share, please check out our Ride and Room Sharing page.

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