Planning for the 2016 Conference is well under way! We will post new developments as they happen. In the meantime:
Have you seen faculty or a workshop at another event that you would like to see at the 2016 conference? Tell us at Request A Workshop. Do you want to be faculty at the 2016 conference? Submit a proposal at Proposing a Workshop.
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
2016 Pikes Peak Writers Conference: Dare To Dream
Meals and Hotel
ABOUT PIKES PEAK WRITERS CONFERENCE:
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 keep the discounted room price at $107/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.
Workshops, Panels, & Appointments
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, 2015 to be considered for PPWC2016.
If you would like to propose a workshop of your own please do so at the proposals FAQ by October 31, 2015 to be considered for PPWC2016.
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. Both prices include lunch.
How do I connect with people talking about this conference on social media?
Facebook Event: PPWC2016: Dare To Dream
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 31, 2016.
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.
Can I spend the night at the Marriott?
We hope that 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.
The Colorado Springs Marriott is located at 5580 Tech Center Drive, Colorado Springs, Colorado 80919
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?
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!