2015 PPWC Workshops

2015 Pikes Peak Writers Conference Workshops

Presented by Successful Authors, Industry Professionals and skilled Specialists.

Our goal is provide you with a program full of workshops for all skill levels and interests. Authors, agents, editors and many more come to our conference for one reason… to share their knowledge and love for writing with our passionate and ambitious attendees.

Here is a partial list of the workshops available at the 2015 Pikes Peak Writers Conference as of November 12, 2014

Art of the Funny Bone

Injecting Humor into Your Writing

Learn about different types of humor and how to inject them into your writing.

Author Platform Building

(For People with a Life)

Find out how to identify and reach your readers, what you really need to do, and what you can do without.

Beyond Three Acts

Modern Novel Structure

These powerful tools will supercharge your story with momentum and your characters with purpose.

Constructing Your SciFi or Fantasy World

Learn how to bring this new world you’ve created to a full and vibrant life.

Freelancing: It’s a Business

Everything from handling deadlines to problem clients to contracts.

Guerrilla Marketing

Skip the Monkey Marketing

This is an opportunity to learn about advertising focused on low-cost unconventional marketing tactics that yield maximum results.

Hit Them With a Log(line)

When someone asks “what’s your book about?” you’ll never be stuck for an answer again.

Making Your Characters Matter

An interactive workshop that will help you make your characters come alive.


Problems and Pluses

A practical guideline for when to use prologues and how to write a good one.

Putting Curiosity in the Driver’s Seat

Your Character’s Fatal Flaw and Redeeming Strength

This workshop will explore ways to use curiosity to drive your characters forward, push them into uncomfortably tight spots, and force them to action.

Rejection is Not a Four-Letter Word

Everyone encounters it, so why not learn how successful writers deal with it?

Understanding Scene Structure

Once you master scene structure, you have mastered one of the basics of storytelling.

Will the Real Young Adult Book Please Stand Up?

What Makes YA Stories YA

Young adult is a hot genre, and this is the workshop if you’ve been told that your book “might be” a young adult story.

Writing the Amateur Sleuth Mystery

Learn the ins and outs of writing murder mysteries where the sleuth is something other than a cop or private eye.

PPWC At a Glance

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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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