Pikes Peak Writers Conference

We’re busily at work on the 23rd Pikes Peak Writers Conference, which will be held April 24 – 26, 2015. In the meanwhile we’re leaving the information for PPWC2014 up for your perusal.

If you would like to recommend/request an author or specialist or workshop please do so at the request a workshop page by September 30, 2014 to be considered for PPWC2015.

If you would like to propose a workshop of your own please do so at the proposals page by September 30, 2014 to be considered for PPWC2015.


The 22nd Pikes Peak Writers Conference will be held April 25 – 27, 2014. Come find out why top industry professionals call PPWC “the friendliest writers conference.”




+ Agents

+ Authors

+ Editors


Pikes Peak Writers 22nd Annual Conference:

Write Here.

Write Now.

Make it happen!


Colorado Springs Marriott

5580 Tech Center Drive

Colorado Springs, Colorado 80919



Friday – Sunday

April 25-27, 2014

Add-on/Stand Alone Thursday

April 24, 2014





How Much?

Regular: $395

Late: $455

NEW: Payment plan

Director’s Note
Pikes Peak Writers Conference Director 2014, Mary Karen Meredith

Pikes Peak Writers Conference 2014 Director, Mary Karen Meredith

Pikes Peak Writers Conference 2014!!!!!

Plans are well underway for our 2014 writer’s conference. We are thrilled about the exciting events, informative workshops, and fun extras we will provide to inspire, motivate, and delight the writer in you.

A few highlights to spark your interest:

◊ Our Keynote Speakers are: Chuck Wendig, Gail Carriger, Jim C. Hines, and Hank Phillippi Ryan.

◊ The awarding of the Zebulon, Pikes Peak Writers new fiction writing contest!

So stay tuned for more to come!

Workshops, editors and agents, and more!

I can’t wait to see you all there!!


MK Meredith

Pikes Peak Writers Conference 2014 Director

Pikes Peak Writers Conference

Collaborating in a session.

Friendly. Affordable. Professional. Welcome to a conference where camaraderie with fellow writers –not cutthroat competition– is the universal experience. Each attendee is treated to a carefully crafted slate of events of the highest caliber. PPWC takes pride in offering a conference chock full of practical and entertaining workshops, motivational speeches, networking opportunities, Read & Critique sessions, and the chance to pitch your manuscript to some of the most sought-after editors and agents in the business at a price far below that of other national writers conferences.

2014: Write Here. Write Now. Make it Happen!

Asking experts questions.

The 22nd annual Pikes Peak Writers Conference will be held Friday, April 25 through Sunday, April 27, 2014 at the Marriott Hotel in Colorado Springs, Colorado. We are also thrilled to offer once more our Pre-Conference Programming on Thursday, April 24.

This year’s theme is “Write Here. Write Now. Make it happen!” Sometimes in the midst of busy lives we forget that to be a writer there is one thing we must do – write. This conference will focus on writing in the moment not at some future later that may never come, on fearlessly submitting your work, a revving up a career in the slumps, and busting through writer’s block.

Keynotes & Meals
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.Steampunk Themed Friday DinnerJoin in the fun during our steampunk themed dinner on Friday night with Gail Carriger. Put together your best steampunk interpretation (NO real or replica weapons) and enjoy an evening of great fun with your fellow writers. Costumes are optional but encouraged. This is going to be an entertaining evening! There might even be prizes!!


Banquet from keynotes perspective.

Workshops, Panels, & Appointments
PPWC Roundtable

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

PPWC brings you a dizzying array of workshops to attend. Between workshops on craft, genre, queries, proposals, marketing, e-books, self-publishing, and so much more, there’s a workshop for every writer at any stage of career. Dying to get your manuscript in front of an editor or agent? Sign-up for a Read & Critique or Pitch appointment, and you may have that chance. Editors and agents will be on hand to take your pitch or to give you feedback on your writing.

What’s new in 2014?
Payment Plan
We are all writers! We know the challenges of budgeting conferences and networking opportunities to ensure success and learning. With that in mind, we are thrilled to announce our new payment plan option!! We have added the option of a payment plan of 5 payments of $79 to be completed by April 15, 2014 for a total of $395. No other discounts may be applied. If full payment has not been completed by April 15, 2014 the registration will be cancelled in accordance with the refund policy. There is no payment plan option for Thursday Only. If you are adding Thursday to conference then your installment plan will have a 6th payment of $85.ContestThe Zebulon is the new Pikes Peak Writers Fiction Writing Contest focusing on what it takes to get your work published. For more information go to the contest page. The Saturday evening meal is the awards banquet for The Zebulon.Author HeadshotsPPWC’s photographer, Jared Hagan, has agreed to provide opportunities for attendees to get author headshots. Yes, the dreaded headshots. You need them for the back cover of your book. You need them for your website and author pages on social media. But have you priced them recently? You could spend hundreds of dollars for a headshot these days. Fortunately, attendees at the conference can sign up for a fifteen minute, no-fuss photoshoot at this year’s conference.

What do you get? You will receive several touched-up, digital picture files, including a few black and white photos if requested. You can reproduce these pictures and use them as you see fit.

How much does this cost? Only $45, but the best part is half of that is donated to Pikes Peak Writers.

So whether you are getting ready to be published or just updating your websites, this is a great way to accomplish your goal and support Pikes Peak Writers at the same time.

Only a limited number of appointments will be available so make certain to sign up early. Signups will happen onsite.

Much, much more!
Stay tuned to the website for additional information as the conference draws closer. The PPWC staff looks forward to seeing you in April, and is eager to help YOU reach the success you’ve dreamed of. Be sure to checkout what else we’re offering.

If you’d like to see who on Facebook said they were coming to conference you can join the event on Facebook.


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 taking pitches 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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