2015 PPWC PREQUEL

Pikes Peak Writers is pleased to bring back our Prequel Programming on Thursday, April 23, 2015. These are in-depth, 3-hour workshops on a variety of topics. You can pair any morning workshop with any afternoon workshop to suit your individual needs.

This programming can be added to your PPWC Registration for an additional $90, or you can attend The Prequel ONLY for $140. Lunch is included in your PPWC Prequel registration price.

  • Morning sessions run 9 a.m.-noon.
  • Afternoon sessions run 1-4 p.m.
  • During the break from noon to 1 p.m., enjoy your boxed lunch in the ballroom while you get a special preview of what’s to come over the rest of conference.

New this year: Ghost Hunt at the Marriott

2015 PPWC Prequel: Morning Sessions

Morning

Option

1

LIFE AFTER DEATH:

A Glimpse Beyond

Presented by:

Bryan & Baxter of Rocky Mountain Paranormal, Lynn Troop, Chris Lynn

What lies beyond the life we know? How do paranormal researchers investigate a possible spiritual presence? How do mediums communicate with those who have gone over? Let us take you on a journey to the other side of existence, where spirits roam.

First, professional and experienced Paranormal Researchers will discuss the tools, the techniques and the science behind their profession. Bryan & Baxter will discuss some of Colorado’s haunted secrets, and talk about how facts can be stranger than fiction. They will address the myths and misconceptions they face every day. Hear about their experiences, the good and the bad, as they devote their lives to the mysterious world of Paranormal Investigation.

In the second half, local and international psychic mediums Lynn Troop and Chris Lynn will present: Communication Beyond This Realm: The Life Of A Medium.

They’ll explore several topics relating to the world of spirit mediumship, such as:

•  How to validate whether a medium is authentic

•  Healthy and realistic expectations of a mediumship reading

•  How a medium receives messages from the spirit realm

•  Why all mediums are not the same

•  What drives a medium to serve as a bridge between the living and the world beyond the veil

•  Popular misconceptions–truths and untruths–about mediumship

•  Time for questions and answers and much, much more!

*Please note: this engaging talk will answer many of your questions about how mediumship works. It will not be an opportunity to receive readings.

Attendees should bring an open mind and something to take notes with.

Morning

Option

2

AUTHOR 101:

Let the Journey Begin

Presented by:

Angel Smits, Bob Spiller

You’ve heard the call to adventure and want to write a book. Now what? Two successful authors will share their extensive knowledge about the craft of writing- from putting the first paragraph on paper to publication. Topics will include industry terminology, craft basics, critiquing, the query process, why editors do or don’t edit, following the guidelines, indie and traditional publishing, and much more. They’ll share a list of their favorite resources to help guide your path. This session will help you determine where you stand as a writer and what the next steps of your writing journey should be.

Attendees should bring something to take notes with.

Morning

Option

3

READING LIKE AN EDITOR:

Edit Your Novel Like a Pro

Presented by:

Bree Ervin

Join freelance editor, Bree Ervin, for a hands-on workshop that will walk you through the editing process from developmental revisions to nit-picky copy-edits. Let Bree show you how to shape your rough draft from a brain dump to a submission-ready or publish-ready novel. This workshop will teach you what tools editors use, what questions they keep asking, how to stay focused instead of slipping into regular reading mode, how to keep track of characters, story lines and more.

Attendees are asked to bring 5-10 double spaced pages of their current WIP.

Morning

Option

4

BLUEPRINT FOR BUILDING YOUR DREAM:

Nuts and Bolts of Non-Fiction Writing

Presented by:

JL Fields

If you want to learn how to build a writing profession and live the scribe’s life, this is the workshop for you. Do you want to turn your life’s passion into a writing reality? We’ll provide the blueprint for building your dream.
• Lay the foundation: write what you know – or want to know – and incorporate it into your current profession, blog, or other creative outlet.
• Erect the frame: develop a plan of action to break into traditional and nontraditional freelance writing.
• Fill the house (with books!): from crafting the nonfiction proposal to agent and publisher queries to self-publishing versus traditional publishing, assemble all the parts to begin writing the pages of your first or next book.

Attendees should bring something to take notes with.

 

2015 PPWC Prequel: Afternoon Sessions

Afternoon

Option

1

LIFE AFTER DEATH:

Facts and Faiths

Presented by:

Jim Snell

This two-part presentation will explore the earthbound side of death, as well as the religious implications of what comes after.

FACTS:

With forty years of experience, Funeral Director Jim Snell will talk about what happens to the physical body after life ends. He will discuss:

the embalming process.

  • How to present the deceased so that loved ones may see them one last time and pay their respects.

  • Interment versus cremation: what are the trends and why?What are the choices that families must make to prepare the departed for that final transition?

Mr. Snell’s family has been in the business for generations. He will discuss the history of the profession and the intricacies of dealing with such quiet clients.

Please note: this will be a sensitive but forthright conversation about what happens to bodies after death.

FAITHS:

A panel of representatives from a variety of faiths will discuss what their religion teaches about life after death. Heaven or hell? Reincarnation? The world is full of beliefs, doctrines, principles and practices surrounding the subject of death and what comes after. Some are familiar to the masses while others are not so well known, or even accepted. We will enlighten you to the spirituality and meaning behind some of the world’s different theological concepts. Our panel will discuss the differences and similarities between the ideas presented.

Please note: this is not an attempt to prove or disprove any faith. This is an opportunity to gain an understanding of different cultures without passing judgment.

Attendees should bring an open mind and something to take notes with.

Afternoon

Option

 2

 

THE RESONANCE OF WRITING:

How Your Book Should Sound, and Why.

Presented by:

Trai Cartwright

Genre, voice, and tone are three craft elements that are intricately interwoven, but many writers aren’t certain how to activate them in their work—or why. This workshop will break them down individually, beginning with genre. What is genre (and sub-genre), why is it important to know yours, and how does reader expectation shape your approach to your genre? How does genre influence your voice? What, for that matter, is voice? And how can voice radically overhaul the design of your book? And finally, what is effective tone? How can you manipulate it in your work both on an overall level as well as line-by-line. We’ll examine some skillful masters to learn the power of voice and tone to enthrall readers, as well as its function as the core theme-builder of your book.

Attendees should bring something to take notes with.

Afternoon

Option

 3

 

QUERIES WITH CLAWS:

Compose a Query Letter That Grabs Attention

Presented by:

Andrea Somberg

Agents and editors see thousands of queries a year. The strength of these few paragraphs will oftentimes make or break whether your manuscript ever gets read – and, consequently, ever gets published. So how do you get your letter to stand out from the crowd? This workshop will show you how to write the perfect query letter – a letter that will grab the attention of an agent or editor and leave them eager to read more.

In this workshop you will learn to:

  • Craft the perfect pitch

  • Transform your pitch into a query letter that will grab the attention of an editor or agent

  • Construct your author paragraph to be as impactful as possible

  • Effectively use comp titles

  • Avoid submission mistakes and missteps

The workshop will include hands-on exercises and critiques, as well as a Q&A period. Attendees should bring a one page query letter.

Afternoon

Option

 4

 

ROMANTIC FICTION BOOTCAMP:

Presented by:

Barbara Samuel

From sizzling hot stories of steamy boardrooms, to upmarket romantic women’s fiction, to novels that land on the Target shelves – there is no genre that’s more lucrative or long lasting than Romance. Join seven-time RITA award winner Barbara Samuel/Barbara O’Neal (How to Bake a Perfect Life, In the Midnight Rain) for an in-depth, hands-on workshop exploring everything about romance novels. Barbara will introduce the various forms of romance, then she’ll help you identify your voice and where it might fit within the genre. She’ll teach you how to orchestrate the emotional arc of a novel and learn the differences between tropes and cliches. She will even show you how to craft love scenes that won’t make you cringe. The boot camp will also spend time on publishing options and talk about the pros and cons of the traditional route, digital, and even indie publishing.

Attendees should bring something to take notes with.

2015 PPWC: Ghost Hunt at the Marriot

Join Bryan & Baxter of the Rocky Mountain Paranormal Research Society for a night of paranormal investigation. Pikes Peak Writers Conference will be offering a special two hour opportunity. Bryan & Baxter will teach you the reality behind Paranormal investigations, they will show you some of their equipment and even teach you how to use it, they will provide case studies for investigations they have done, and show that sometimes the facts are stranger than fiction in the world of the paranormal. As a bonus, Bryan & Baxter will help you get into the spirit of things with an exclusive, onsite Paranormal Investigation at the Colorado Springs Marriott.

Any person registered for conference (full conference or Prequel only) can join Bryan & Baxter on Thursday, April 23rd, 2015 from 7pm-9pm for only $30.
(There will be a limit of 20 people on the tour. Should Thursday fill up, a second tour will be scheduled for Friday, April 24th. To participate, you will be asked to read and sign a liability waiver at the start of the event.)

 

PPWC At a Glance

Register Now!

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.

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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