Pikes Peak Writers Conference 2015

We are hard at work planning 2016 Pikes Peak Writers Conference! The dates are April 15-17, 2016.  We’ll leave the 2015 information up in the meantime.

Have you seen faculty or a workshop at another event that you would like to see at conference? Tell us at Request A Workshop.

Do you want to be faculty at the next conference? Submit a proposal at Proposing a Workshop.



Choose Your Writing Adventure

2014 PPWC opening

The keynote speakers and conference director
strike a pose to open the 2014 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 Brochure

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 DirectorMeals and HotelYour 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 QuestionsWhat’s New?
.Ghost Hunt at the MarriottWhat’s a Prequel?
Longer, more in-depth workshops offered the day before conference opens.Pick a three-hour workshop for the morning and another for the afternoon.Price is $90 if you’re adding on to conference, $140 without conference. Price includes lunch.How do I connect with people talking about this conference on social media?

Twitter: #PPWC2015

Facebook Event: PPWC2015: Choose Your Writing Adventure

Registration Deadline?
Registration, which includes seven meals, is $395 through March 15, 2015.

On March 16, the price goes up to $465.

There’s a payment plan option?

Yes! You can make five payments of $79 each, when it’s convenient for you. Payments must be completed by March 31, 2015.

When does conference start/end?/Where is the schedule?

We have a basic tentative schedule up. The full schedule will be emailed to you prior to the conference.

Can I spend the night at the Marriott?
Of course! And there’s no better way to take advantage of the more relaxed atmospher to socialize with faculty, staff and your fellow writers.

Be sure to tell them you’re with the Pikes Peak Writers Conference to get the special rate of $105 per night.

Or make your reservation online and have the discount code automatically applied.

The Colorado Springs Marriott is located at 5580 Tech Center Drive, Colorado Springs, Colorado 80919

1-800 (719)260-1800

Are there other PPW events going on before conference?
There are a number of free events every month, rain or shine.

Will there be a book signing? Will it be open to the public?

Yes, and yes. Check out our book signing page for more details.

Keep an eye on our events page to stay informed about Write Brains, Writers Night and Open Critique!


PPWC At a Glance

(Registration is closed)

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. New this year, Ghost Hunting in the Marriott on Thursday evening!

Faculty (Editors, Agents, Authors, Etc.): For 2015, we are pleased to present keynote authors Mary Kay Andrews (aka Kathy Hogan Trochek), Andrew Gross, Seanan McGuire (aka Mira Grant) and R.L. Stine. We also have a terrific lineup of editors and agents taking part in Query 1-on-1 meetings as well as Read & Critique sessions and workshops. Our faculty this year is bigger and better than ever, with local and national authors sharing their insights on every aspect of writing we can think of! Learn more about our fantastic faculty lineup.

Payment/Registration Methods: All registrations for Pikes Peak Writers Conference must be done through our partner, RegOnline. You can use any form of payment RegOnline’s secured web site will accept. Registration via postal mail, email, fax, or non-RegOnline methods will not be accepted. Payment methods that are not accepted via RegOnline may not be used.

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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