Pikes Peak Writers Conference 2016

Planning for the 2016 Conference is well under way! We will post new developments as they happen. In the meantime:

Registration is now open! Click HERE to visit RegOnline and get your registration started.

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Jason P. Henry 2016 Conference Director

Jason P. Henry
2016 Conference Director

The power of a dream is immeasurable. For proof, you only need to watch a child at play. Kids have the miraculous ability to close their eyes, forget reality, and embrace the impossible. They can look beyond what is to get a glimpse of what was, and more importantly, to see what could be.

Dreams are the foundation of the world we live in. Youthful dreamers who longed to fly became adults who enabled humans to soar with the birds. Young imaginations grew to put people into space and allow footprints to be left on the moon. Those who believe in the beauty of their dreams bring to life the things they see when they close their eyes.

The world needs dreamers, just as the world needs writers. Writers never stop dreaming. Every time they put words on paper a fantasy comes to life. Writers create the worlds that others escape to, conjure up the ideas that become tomorrow’s reality, and, with their passion for telling stories, writers prove that nothing is impossible. When others see darkness, the writers (the dreamers) see only opportunity. They face their fears and set aside inhibitions, because they believe in the beauty that can be born from the imagination.

If you have ever been surrounded by other writers, you understand the energy that consumes you. The excitement of other dreamers sharing their stories, discussing their struggles, and baring their souls is infectious. You can’t help that feeling you get, the one accompanied by a little voice whispering the words, “Welcome home.” Surrounded by writers you know that, regardless of the trials you face, you are not facing them alone.

At the 2016 Pikes Peak Writers Conference, we welcome you to our family. We encourage you to bring your dreams. No matter how far-fetched or how absurd they may seem, we assure that you will be in good company. Together, we’ll revive those days of childhood fantasy and prove to the world what can happen if you simply Dare To Dream.

Our staff is hard at work building a conference that upholds the PPWC traditions of being exciting, informative and friendly. Due to tremendously positive feedback, we will continue with the Query 1-on-1. We are looking at special afterhours events to help keep you dreaming long after the last workshop of the day. We are building a faculty full of best-selling keynote speakers, entertaining and engaging authors and professionals, and manuscript hungry agents and editors. And, once again, we are proud to be hosted by the fabulous (and newly renovated for 2016!) Colorado Springs Marriott.

We hope you will join our family for the 24th Annual Pikes Peak Writers Conference and, together, we’ll Dare To Dream.

Jason P. Henry

Conference Director

2016 Pikes Peak Writers Conference: Dare To Dream

Meals and Hotel


Pikes Peak Writers Conference has a welcoming, friendly atmosphere filled with the topics that interest you the most, and perhaps a few topics that you will become interested in after. You will be surrounded by industry professionals and other dreamers who are eager to learn, connect and network. Our three-day conference is full of in-depth workshops, best-selling keynote speakers, opportunities for one-on-one time with agents and editors, the chance to read your work aloud for constructive critique, and the opportunity to socialize with fellow writers while building your network.

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 the discounted room price of $107/night for the 2016 conference. Please make your reservation at the Colorado Springs Marriott website or by calling 719-260-1800 by March 15, 2016 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, and more. There are 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.

What’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. Lunch is included with both options. See the Prequel page for more information.

How do I connect with people talking about this conference on social media?

Twitter: #PPWC2016

Facebook Event: PPWC2016: Dare To Dream

Where do I go to register? When is the deadline?

Register via RegOnline, by clicking HERE.

Registration, which includes seven meals, is $395 through March 15, 2016.

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 15, 2016. Please read our Payment Plan Policy for more details.

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

We will have a basic tentative schedule up as it becomes available. The full schedule will be emailed to you prior to the conference. Please read our Payment Plan Policy for more details.


Can I spend the night at the Marriott?

We hope you will. It is by far the best way to take advantage of the more relaxed atmosphere 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 $107 per night. This price expires March 14, so be sure to book in advance.

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

1-719-260-1800  or  1-800-932-2151

Book HERE.

Please note: If you plan to stay on Wednesday, April 13, be sure to book in advance. The Space Symposium will be in town, and rooms may be hard to book Wednesday night.

Are there other PPW events going on before conference?

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



PPWC At a Glance

When: April 15-17, 2016

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

Registration, which includes seven meals, is $395 through March 15, 2016. On March 16, the price goes up to $465.

Back By Popular Demand! Due to the positive feedback, we are continuing the payment plan option for the 2016 PPWC.

Thursday Programming: Pikes Peak Writers is pleased to bring back our overwhelmingly popular Thursday Prequel on Thursday, April 14, 2016.

Faculty (Editors, Agents, Authors, Etc.): Stay tuned for more information about our faculty as it develops.

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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