Past Conferences

Past ConferencesIn 1993, a small group of Colorado writers put on the inaugural Pikes Peak Writers Conference.  These first PPW volunteers were determined to provide conference attendees with the best speakers and presenters in the world of commercial fiction.  Thus began the tradition of excellence in service, programming, and volunteerism that continues to distinguish Pikes Peak Writers and PPWC today.

We encourage you to wander through the Pikes Peak Writers Conferences of yesteryear and see how this tradition came to be.  Get a feel for our history and excited about making yourself a part of our present and future. Welcome.

PPW Conference 2014

The 2014 Pikes Peak Writers Conference was held April 25 – 27 at the Colorado Springs Marriott in majestic Colorado Springs, Colorado. The conference theme was “Write Here, Write Now… Make it Happen!” The 2014 director was MK Meredith.

The keynote speakers included Gail Carriger, Jim C. Hines, Hank Phillippi Ryan, and Chuck Wendig.

The faculty also included agents Amy Boggs (Donald Maass Literary Agency), Michelle L. Johnson (Inklings Literary Agency), Kristin Nelson (Nelson Literary Agency), Beth Phelan (Bent Agency), Gordon Warnock (Foreword Literary), and Carlisle Webber (CK Webber Associates).

Attending editors included Terri Bischoff (Midnight Ink), Sarah Peed (Del Rey and Ballantine), Terese Ramin (Entangled Publishing), and Sara Sargent (Simon & Schuster).

Our authors and specialists included Tom Adair, Karen Albright Lin, Carol Berg, Aaron Brown with Delve, Trai Cartwright, Becky Clark, Deb Courtney, Jaxine Daniels, Evangeline Denmark, Kerrie Flanagan, Laura Hayden, Lynda Hilburn, Patrick Hester, Jennifer Jakes, Darby Karchut, Kimberly Killion, Pete Klismet, DeAnna Knippling, Mark Lefebvre, Jennifer Lovett, Cindi Madsen, Chris Mandeville with Delve, Pam McCutcheon with Delve, Jessica McDonald, Susan Mitchell, Cindi Myers, Kris Neri, Aaron Michael Ritchey, Linda Rohrbough, Kris Tualla, Brandy Vallance with Delve, Todd Wallinger, Robin Widmar, and Tiffany Yates Martin.

Special Programming included the Thursday PPWC Prequel which consisted of six traditional workshops (Edit Yourself, Pitch Perfect, Telling Your Story with Non-Fiction, Write the Query Right, the 5 W’s of Indie Publishing, and Bring on the Buzz: Creating a Conversation about Your Book) and two interactive workshops involving processing a murder scene and solving the crime (Murder Seen to Murder Scene and The Mental Manhunt). The Killion Group hosted an attendee mixer on Friday evening and Friday night dinner was accompanied by a Steampunk themed costume party.

The PPW Conference Volunteer was M.B. Partlow, the PPW Volunteer of the Year was J.T. Evans, and the PPW Legacy Award went to Bonnie Hagan. The Zebulon announced the first contest winners at the Saturday evening banquet. Jared Hagan offered an amazing deal on professional photography. T-shirts were sold in the bookstore. Aaron Michael Ritchey was the emcee for the weekend. A partial payment plan was offered and well received.

PPW Conference 2013

The 2013 Pikes Peak Writers Conference was held April 18 – 21 at the Colorado Springs Marriott in beautiful Colorado Springs, Colorado. The conference theme was “Writing from the Ashes: Never Lose Sight of Your Dreams.”  The 2013 director was Bonnie Hagan. The keynote speakers included Amber Benson, Libba Bray, Barry Eisler and David Liss. The faculty also included agents Hannah Bowman (Liza Dawson Associates), Sorche Fairbank (Fairbank Literary), Barry Goldblatt (Barry Goldblatt Literary), Shannon Hassan (Warner Literary Group), Nicole Resciniti (The Seymour Agency), Kate Testerman (kt literary), and Pam Van Hylckama Vlieg (Larsen Pomada Literary).  Attending editors included Mike Braff (Del Rey), Christopher Hernandez (HarperCollins Children’s Books), Pat Van Wie (Bell Bridge Books), and Deb Werksman (Sourcebooks).

Our authors and specialists included Jodi Anderson, Terry Banker, Donnell Ann Bell, Kathy Brandt, Becky Clark, Deb Courtney, Jaxine Daniels, Kathryn Eastburn, J.T. Evans, Todd Fahnestock, Matthew Frederick, Laura Hayden, Lynda Hilburn, Lisa Renee Jones, Stephen Graham Jones, Darby Karchut, DeAnna Knippling, Robert Liparulo, Max Maddox, Cindi Madsen, Chris Mandeville, Pam McCutcheon, Susan Mitchell, Chris Myers, MB Partlow, Twist Phelan, Laura Resau, Aaron Ritchey, Brian Schwartz, and Todd Wallinger.  Special programming included the Thursday Add-on Workshops which covered writing memoir, personal essay, and creative nonfiction; writing for the YA and MG market; how to pitch; a marketing and PR bootcamp, nonfiction writing, writing and marketing historical fiction, crafting believable fiction, and writing query letters.  The PPW Volunteer of the Year was Shannon Lawrence, and the PPWC Volunteers of the Year were Jennifer LaPointe and MB Partlow.  Aaron Michael Ritchey was the emcee for the weekend.  A special announcement at the Awards Banquet heralded the return of the PPW Fiction Writing Contest in the fall of 2013.

Download the 2013 PPWC Brochure

PPW Conference 2012

The 2012 Pikes Peak Writers Conference was held April 19 – 22 at the Colorado Springs Marriott in beautiful Colorado Springs, Colorado.  The atmosphere was festive as PPW celebrated its 20th Annual Conference.  The director was Laura Hayden and the co-director was Chris Mandeville.  The keynote speakers were Robert Crais, Jeffrey Deaver, Donald Maass, and Susan Wiggs.  The faculty also included agents Rachelle Gardner (Books and Such Literary), Evan Gregory (Ethan Ellenberg Literary), Weronika Janczuk (Lynn Franklin Associates), Amanda Luedeke (MacGregor Literary), Taylor Martindale (Full Circle Literary), Kristen Nelson (Nelson Literary), and Paige Wheeler (Folio Literary Management).  Attending editors included Lou Anders (Pyr Books), Debra Dixon (Belle Books), Leis Pederson (Berkley Publishing), and Steve Saffel (Titan Books).

Our authors and specialists included Mario Acevedo, Tom Adair, Esri Albritten, Jodi Anderson, Kevin J. Anderson, Donnell Ann Bell, Carol Berg, Becky Clark, Terri Clark, Mark Coker, Colleen Collins, Deb Courtney, Ronald Cree, Laura DiSilverio, Karen Duvall, Lindsay Eland, Bree Ervin, Todd Fahnestock, Kenny Golde, Beth Groundwater, Warren Hammond, Victoria Hanley, Darby Karchut, Shaun Kaufman, j.a. kazimer, DeAnna Knippling, Joe R. Lansdale, Karen Albright Lin, Marie Lu, Pam McCutcheon, Susan Mitchell, Rebecca Moesta, Chris Myers, Bonnie Ramthun, Linda Rohrbough, Charles Rush, Barbara Samuel, Angel Smits, Robert Spiller, Carrie Vaughn, Denise Vega, Michael Waite, and Nar Williams.  Special programming included the Thursday Only Workshops: “So You Want to Write a Book” with Angel Smits; “Mile High Concept” with Karen Albright Lin and Esri Albritten; “Query Letter Secrets Revealed” with Kristen Nelson; a “Day on YA” track with various authors; and “Writing 21st Century Fiction” with Donald Maass.  Thursday Night was our “Evening with the Stars” featuring a special dinner with the keynote speakers and a book signing with our entire faculty.  The PPW Volunteer of the Year was Deb Courtney, and the PPWC Volunteer of the Year was Bonnie Hagan.  Jodi Anderson and Todd Fahnestock were the emcees for the weekend, and a PPWC first was the flash mob performance of “Consider Yourself” from Oliver! during the welcome luncheon.

Download the 2012 PPWC Brochure

PPW Conference 2011

The 2011 Pikes Peak Writers Conference was held April 28 – May 1at the Colorado Springs Marriott in beautiful Colorado Springs, Colorado. The conference theme was “Blaze the Write Trail.”  The director was Bonnie Hagan. The keynote speakers were Debra Dixon, John Hart, Beth Kendrick, and Linda Lael Miller. The faculty also included agents Sandra Bond (Bond Literary), Andrea Brown (Andrea Brown Literary), Natalie Fischer (Bradford Agency), Denise Little (Ethan Ellenberg Agency), Jill Marsal (Marsal Lyon Literary), and Joanna Volpe (Coffey Literary).  Attending editors included Debra Dixon (Belle Books), Brittany Hamblin (Harper Perennial), Sharyn November (Firebird Books), and Kristine Pratt (Written World Communications).

Our authors and specialists included Tom Adair, Jodi Anderson, Hilari Bell, Carol Berg, Fleur Bradley, Becky Clark, Deb Courtney, Ronald Cree, Todd Fahnestock, Maria Faulconer, David MacInnis Gill, Bonnie Hagan, Elizabeth Hand, Laura Hayden, Ian T. Healy, Peter Husak, D.S. Kane, j.a. kazimer, Pat Kennelly, DeAnna Knippling, Eden Lane, Morgen Leigh, Karen Albright Lin, Chris Mandeville, Susan Mitchell, Chris Myers, Phillip Nutman, the Renaissance Scots, Aaron Ritchey, Linda Rohrbough, Barbara Samuel, Angel Smits, Bev Sninchak, Brenda Speer, Jeanne Stein, and Marti Verlander.  Special programming included the Thursday Add-on Workshops which covered Goal, Motivation, & Conflict; screenwriting; how to pitch; memoir writing; The Heroine’s Journey; and Writing the Fiction Synopsis.  PPWC 2011 also featured a reality track of workshops including paranormal investigation, writing fight scenes, cowboy & western writing, crime scene investigation, using bloodstains to solve murders, and seventeenth century Scotland.  The PPW Volunteer of the Year was Ronald Cree, and the PPWC Volunteers of the Year were Grant and Connie McKenzie.  Jodi Anderson and Todd Fahnestock were the emcees for the weekend.

Download the 2011 PPWC Brochure

PPW Conference 2010

The 2010 Pikes Peak Writers Conference was held April 22-25 at the Colorado Springs Marriott in beautiful Colorado Springs, Colorado. The 2010 director was Laura Hayden. The keynote speakers included Donald Maass, Kelley Armstrong, Jodi Thomas and Tim Dorsey. The faculty also included agents Gary Heidt (Signature Agency), Scott Hoffmann (Folio Literary Management), Sara Megibow and Kristin Nelson (Nelson Literary Agency), Sarah Warner (Warner Literary Group), and Caryn Wiseman (Andrea Brown Literary Agency). Attending editors included Kate Gale (Red Hen Press), Kathleen Gilligan (Thomas Dunne/St. Martin’s), Betsy Mitchell (Del Rey), Allison Lyons (Harlequin) and Lisa Rector (First Draft).

Our authors and specialists included Jodi Anderson, Carol Berg, Deb Courtney, Ronald Cree, Laura DiSilverio, Todd Fahnestock, Kirk Farber, Janet Fogg, Beth Groundwater, Laura Hayden, Ron Heimbecher, Cicily Janus, Karen Albright Lin, Chris Mandeville, Pam McCutcheon, Susan Mitchell, Linda Rorhbough, Barbara Samuel, and Angel Smits. Special programming included the T3: Thursday Targeted Track– a series of longer workshops on beginning, intermediate and advanced levels and a special presentation by Donald Maass on Sunday, “The Fire in Fiction.” The PPWC Volunteer of the Year was Susan Mitchell and the PPW Volunteer of the Year was Bonnie Hagan. In addition, the Legacy Award was presented to Laura Hayden, and “The Martha” award was named for and presented to long-time PPW veteran, Martha Lancaster. Jodi Anderson and Todd Fahnestock were co-emcees for the weekend.

Download PPWC 2010 Brochure

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Writers Night Host, Deb Courtney Huge Author Book Signing Keynote Speaker Tim Dorsey

PPW Conference 2009

The 2009 Pikes Peak Writers Conference was held on April 23-26 at the Colorado Springs Marriott in beautiful Colorado Springs, Colorado. The 2009 directors were Karen Fox and Pam McCutcheon. The keynote speakers included Jeffery Deaver, James N Frey, Barbara Samuel/Barbara O’Neal and Laura Resnick. The faculty also included agents Sandra Bond (Bond Literary Agency) , Nathan Bransford and Ginger Clark (Curtis Brown) Kirby Kim (Endeavor), Kevin Lyon (Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency) and Natanya Wheeler (Lowenstein-Yost Associates Inc.). Attending editors included Catherine Frank (Viking Children’s Books), Celia Johnson (Grand Central Publishing), Jennifer Pooley (William Morrow), Shelly Shapiro (Del Rey Books) and Leslie Wainger Book Doctor, Editor-at-Large.

Our authors and specialists included Jodi Anderson, Bill Brooks, Wendy Burt-Thomas, Deb Courtney, A.C. Crispin, Karen Fox, Allegra Johnston, Laura Hayden, Ron Heimbecher, R.T. Lawton, Deborah LeBlanc, Brian Mandabach, Pam McCutcheon, Susan Mitchell, Linda Rorhbough, Linda Seger, and Angel Smits. Special programming included a Thursday Optional Add-on Day– a series of longer workshops on beginning, intermediate and advanced levels. The PPWC Volunteer of the Year was Pam McCutcheon and the PPW Volunteer of the Year was Chris Mandeville. In addition, Linda Rohrbough was honored with a Legacy Award for her many years of contributions to the PPW NewsMag, and Duncan Mandeville was recognized for his volunteer service with a Special Youth Volunteer Award. Jodi Anderson was the emcee for the weekend.

Download the PPWC 2009 Brochure

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A Trip to Nearby Garden of the Gods Pitch Advice & Counseling Keynote Speaker Jeffery Deaver

PPW Conference 2008

The 2008 Pikes Peak Writers Conference was held April 25-27 at the Colorado Springs Marriott in beautiful Colorado Springs, Colorado. The 2008 director was Kristin Akens. The keynote speakers included Carol Berg, Vicki Lewis Thompson, David Liss, and Walter and Louise Simonson. Attending agents included Kate McKean (Howard Morhaim Literary), Lauri McLean (Larsen-Pomada Literary Agents), Rachelle Gardner (WordServe Literary Group), Pamela Harty (The Knight Agency), Victoria Skurnick (The Levine Greenberg Literary Agency), and Cherry Weiner (Cherry Weiner Literary Agency).

Attending editors included Toni Plummer (Thomas Dunne/St. Martin’s), Cecile Goyette (Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers), Rakesh Satyal (HarperCollins), Liz Scheier (Random House), Peter Senftleben (Kensington Books), and Abby Zidle (Pocket Books).

Our authors and specialists included Jodi Anderson, Carol Berg, Gordon Carroll, Stephen Coonts, Giles Carwyn, Kenny Golde, Alane Ferguson, Lee Lofland, Bob Mayer, Kent Nelson, Mark Ortler, Kim Reid, Laura Reeve, and Lynda Sandoval. Special programming included manuscript evaluations by Pat LoBrutto and Steve Saffel. The PPWC Volunteer of the Year was Martha Lancaster and the PPW Volunteer of the Year was Beth Groundwater. In addition, Charlie Rush was awarded the first ever Legacy Award for outstanding achievement over the course of his long history with Pikes Peak Writers. Jodi Anderson was the emcee for the weekend.

Download the PPWC 2008 Brochure

PPWC 2008 Agent/Editor Panel PPWC 2008 Saturday Night PPWC 2008 Carol Berg
Agent and Editor Panel Saturday Night Banquet & Awards Keynote Speaker Carol Berg

PPW Conference 2007

The 2007 Pikes Peak Writers Conference was held April 20-22 at the Colorado Springs Marriott in beautiful Colorado Springs, Colorado. The 2007 director was Laura Hayden. The keynote speakers included Eric Maisel, Mary Jo Putney, Jim Butcher and Robert Crais.

Attending agents included Andrea Barzvi (ICM), Lilly Ghahremani (Full Circle Literary), Anita Kushen (Anita Kushen & Associates), Daniel Lazar (Writers House), Kristin Nelson (Nelson Literary Agency, LLC), and Andrea Somberg (Harvey Klinger, Inc).

Attending editors included Debra Dixon (BelleBooks), Sarah Durand (Morrow/Avon) Cecile Goyette (Alfred A. Knopf), Mary-Theresa Hussey (Harlequin/Silhouette), Denise Little (Tekno Books/Five Star), Krista Marino (Delacorte Press) and Anne Sowards (Berkley). Special programming included manuscript evalutions by Laurie Wagner Buyer and Steve Saffel.

Our authors and specialists included Daniel Abraham, Jodi Anderson, Shannon Butcher, Gordon Carrol (and K-9 partner Max), Sybil Downing, Christine Goff, Beth Groundwater, Victoria Hanley, Laura Hayden, Tara Janzen, Page Lambert, R.T. Lawton, Pam McCutcheon, Jeff Santelli, Maggie Sefton, John Shors, Robert Spiller, Deb Stover and Shanna Swendson.

The PPWC Volunteer of the Year was Laura Hayden and the PPW Volunteer of the Year was Dawn Smit Miller. Jodi Anderson was the emcee for the weekend.

Download the PPWC 2007 Brochure

PPW Conference 2006

The 2006 Pikes Peak Writers Conference was held April 21-23 at the Colorado Springs Marriott in beautiful Colorado Springs, Colorado. The 2008 director was Laura Hayden. The keynote speakers included Johnny D. Boggs, Diane Mott Davidson, Wendy French, and Dan Simmons.

Attending agents included Rolph Blythe (Dunow, Carlson & Lerner Literary Agency), Lilly Ghahremani (Full Circle Literary), Emily Sylvan Kim (Prospect Agency), Margaret Marr (ICM), Kristin Nelson (Nelson Literary Agency, LLC), Linn Prentis (Linn Prentis Agency), Laura Rennert (Andrea Brown Literary) and Michelle Wolfson (Artists and Artisans.)

Attending editors included Erin Clarke (Knopf Books for Young Readers), Stacy Creamer (Doubleday and Broadway Books), Shana Drehs (Crown Publishers), Diana Gill (Eos), and Peter Joseph (St. Martin’s Press).

Our authors and specialists included Kage Baker, Jodi Beyes/Dawson, Kathy Brandt, Laurie Wagner Buyer, Ally Carter, Giles Carwyn, Debbie Dadey, KJ Erickson, Todd Fahnestock, Karen Fox, Laura Hayden, R.T. Lawton, Pam McCutcheon, Dawn Smit Miller, David C Moja, Lucia St. Clair Robson, Barbara Samuel, Suzann Strempek Shea, Deb Stover, Faith Sullivan and Elizabeth A Vaughan. The PPWC Volunteer of the Year was Kirsten Akens and the PPW Volunteer of the Year was Jennifer Webster-Valant. Jodi Anderson was the emcee for the weekend.

Download the PPWC 2006 Brochure

Additional Conference Brochures, 2002-2005

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Download the PPWC 2004 Brochure

Download the PPWC 2003 Brochure

Download the PPWC 2002 Brochure

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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