Read & Critique


If you’re wondering what an editor or agent might think of the opening of your story or craving some honest feedback on your writing from an industry professional, then you’ll want an appointment at the next Pikes Peak Writers Conference.

There are two types of appointments offered at PPWC: Read & Critique appointments (detailed here) and Query 1-on-1 appointments (which replaced our former pitch appointments).

A READ & CRITIQUE appointment (also called “first pages”) is for showcasing a sample of your writing for industry professionals who will provide on-the-spot feedback. (Manuscripts need not be complete.) There are three kinds of Read & Critique, all of which deal with the beginning (prologue or chapter one) of your manuscript:

R&C X: You read aloud the first page (16 lines) of your manuscript to an editor or agent who provides immediate verbal feedback. A small number of participants are assigned to read in the same session, and other attendees are encouraged to sit in. Every attempt is made to match the agent or editor to your genre(s).

R&C 1-2-3: You remain anonymous as a staffer reads the first page of your manuscript (16 lines) to a panel consisting of one agent, one editor, and one author who provide immediate verbal feedback. Attendees are encouraged to sit in.

R&C Author: You read the opening two pages (standard formatting) of your manuscript to a published author who provides immediate verbal feedback. This is a closed-room session with a small number of assigned participants, and “round table” discussion is encouraged.

If you have a prologue, it is up to you to decide whether to start with the prologue or with chapter one.



Yes. Remember:
• There are a limited number of appointments.
• Signing up for an appointment does not guarantee you will receive one.
• Each attendee is permitted only one Query appointment and one Read & Critique appointment.
• A Query 1-on-1 appointment allows you to request which agent or editor you would like to speak with. An R&C appointment is assigned by genre.



The main thing to do is register for PPWC as soon as registration opens. The earlier you register, the better your chance of receiving an appointment. Prior to registering, figure out what kind of appointment(s) you want, and do your homework on the editors, agents, and authors who are taking appointments, so you’re prepared to indicate your preferences on the PPWC registration form.


PPWC offers registered attendees appointment opportunities at no additional charge! But appointments are limited and not guaranteed to every registrant. The earlier you register, the better your chances. Don’t miss out!

Start Here: To learn more about our editors and agents, visit our Faculty Page.

PPWC At a Glance

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(Registration closes Midnight, Monday, April 20th)

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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