2016 PPWC Workshops

Planning for the 2017 Conference is under way!

If you want to suggest a presenter or topic, Request A Workshop.

If you want to present at PPWC 2017 Propose A Workshop by September 15, 2016.

In the meantime, we’re leaving up the 2016 information so you can get an idea of what we do:

 

At Pikes Peak Writers Conference, our goal is to provide you with programming full of exciting and informative workshops for all skill levels and interests. Authors, agents, editors, publishers, and specialists come to our conference for one reason…to share their knowledge and love for writing with our passionate and ambitious attendees.

This list of workshops will continue to grow as we confirm more faculty and decide on more workshops.  We will post new information as soon as it becomes available, so keep checking back for the latest news.

Please remember that some things are beyond our control, so all programming is subject to change at any time.

General Conference Schedule

2016 PPWC Workshops:

30 DAYS TO DONE

Presented by Aimie K. Runyan

In this workshop, Michelle Major will show you how to break through excuses and get a solid first draft of your novel done in a short time. She’ll offer techniques for how to prepare for writing a fast first draft, setting and meeting goals while still managing your life, tips for more productive writing and how to handle revisions after the draft is done. This class is for any writer who wants to increase their productivity with confidence.

 

A DASH OF THE PAST: How to Incorporate Research Artfully in Historical Works

Presented by Aimie K. Runyan

Historical books, be they literary fiction, romance, mystery, or any other genre, require a good amount of research before you put pen to paper, or quill to parchment, if you prefer. This session will go over important aspects of how and what to research, solid tools to use to find the details you need, and handy tips for keeping all your information organized. Most importantly, we will discuss the best ways to implement your research in your work that draws the reader in to your world, but that does not bog them down with minutiae that slows the pace of your book. As a bonus, we will even discuss what to do with all those fun tidbits you learn about, but that you can’t incorporate in your novel.

 

A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE PIKES PEAK WRITERS CONFERENCE

Presented by Becky Clark & Julie Kazimer

The difference between comedy and tragedy is point of view. So how do we as writers keep readers laughing? These top comic experts share how to make your readers laugh.

 

A MATTER OF PERSPECTIVE: Writing from Multiple Points of View

Presented by Aimie K. Runyan

This workshop will explore the numerous reasons for writing from multiple points of view as well, as the dangers and pitfalls of this complicated structure. We will look at various techniques that have been used successfully (and not) in published work and will go over tips for using multiple POVs in your own work. Samples will be taken from local authors as well as international bestsellers. Come prepared to practice a short writing prompt!

 

AGENT PET PEEVES

Presented by Alec Shane

Learn the biggest mistakes authors make when searching for an agent; an insider shares “An Agent’s Biggest Pet Peeves” that spans not just query, but overall publishing etiquette, red flags, ways to score points, how to behave at conferences, in the industry and more.

 

ASK A PSYCHOLOGIST

Presented by Jason Dias

Ask-and-answer session. You want your characters to be believable and realistic. Sometimes you need professional help to deal with them. Or sometimes you need to know what really goes on in the therapy room, in the group, or in the psychiatric assessment.

It’s all right. I can help. Take a seat, get comfortable, and I promise not to ask about your mother.

 

ALL THE WORLD’S A STAGE: Creating Vivid Settings

Presented by Carol Berg

To bring a story to life, every scene must communicate a vivid sense of time and place. But the days of long pages of description are past. Explore the techniques of scene-setting through details of description, character, and action that will keep your story real and immediate.

 

BAD MOON RISING: Set the Tone Through Mood and Atmosphere

Presented by Warren Hammond

Your character needs a voice, and so does your setting. Whether it’s dark-and-stormy or bright-and-sunny, it’s time to bring your setting to life just like your characters. Learn to take your writing to a new level by infusing your story with mood, tone and atmosphere.

 

BARGAIN BOOK SITES: How to Make FREE Work for You

Presented by Julie Kazimer

Giving away your work might make you queasy, but it can also make you rich and famous. In this workshop, we will discuss bargain book sites like Pixel of Ink, BookBub, and many others, and how they have skyrocketed some author’s careers. We will also explore book giveaways and how FREE can affect sales. We will look at cost and best practices that support your use of these sites.

 

BELL, BOOK & CANDLE: or Better Yet, Athame, Grimoire & Talisman

Presented by Magdalena Anya Rakoczy

In this class, you will learn to write about the supernatural and occult in fiction with an authentic feel. Arcane lore from Sumerian and Babylonian texts dating back to 3,000 BC all the way to the modern authors will be covered. The mantic arts: ritual magic, sorcery, thaumaturgy, arcanum and the science of pacts will be discussed.  Magical objects from talismans to grimoires will be displayed with show-and-tell.

 

BUILDING BLOCKS OF HORROR

Presented by DeAnna Knippling, Shannon Lawrence, MB Partlow & Susan Mitchell

What is horror, why does it appeal to writers and readers, and where do the boundaries lie?  How much is too much? Attend a panel discussion to get multiple perspectives on horror writing techniques. Learn from four darkly creative souls how atmosphere, gore, suspense, fear and humor work in the horror and related genres, plus how they handle them all.

 

BUILDING FICTIONAL CHARACTERS FROM THE INSIDE OUT

Presented by M.L. Rowland

In order to create memorable, well-rounded fictional characters that come alive on the page, writers need to know their characters inside and out–not only their physical characteristics, but their histories and backgrounds regardless of whether those details ever show up on the page. They need to know their characters’ likes and dislikes, their personalities, how they talk, their inflections, their affectations, how they react in certain situations.

This is a fun, interactive, “hands-on” work session designed to help writers “think outside the box” when creating and developing characters.

This presentation is appropriate for beginners and for more experienced writers who are looking for new tools for their writing toolboxes.

 

CRAFTY BUSINESS FOR THE WORKING WRITER

Presented by Carol Berg

Whether writing fiction, non-fiction, long or short, a professional writer has responsibilities to publisher, agent, reader, and self. Many are related to communication, design, and scheduling. But professional responsibility must also include the craft of writing itself. This workshop will explore those sometimes uncomfortable lanes where the business of writing and the craft of writing intersect.

 

CREATING CONFLICT AND DEEPENING CHARACTER WITH CLOTHING AND ADORNMENT

Presented by Evangeline Denmark

Issues of clothing and a character’s appearance can add layers of tension to a story. We’ll discuss basics like building story world through clothing to more complex issues such as societal influence on appearance. Using examples from Hunger Games and Curio, we’ll talk about what clothing requirements say about who has power and who doesn’t. Finally, we’ll take a close look at our characters’ journeys as reflected by their appearance from beginning to end of the novel.

 

DEALING WITH MULTIPLE PUBLISHERS

Presented by Kevin Ikenberry 

Publishers are unique animals. What happens when you have two publishers working on two different books at the same time? How can you manage their expectations, get the work done, and not lose your mind? We’ll discuss ways to handle this situation so you don’t lose your creative edge while immersed in multiple edits.

 

DECODING BLOCKBUSTER PLOTS AND SYNOPSIS

Presented by Susan Mitchell 

Use step-outlining to get to the core of your plot in 12 essential steps and craft your synopsis just like set pieces for a movie.

Try the method many producers use to effectively sell their movie ideas to studios. You’ll learn how to use the structure of Hollywood Blockbusters to your advantage as you craft the structural map of your story with a step-outline and synopsis at the same time. This is a great way to write with direction in mind or to examine the structure of an existing manuscript.

Loaded with examples from real movies, attendees will learn about story beats and how to break their project down to the most pivotal scenes that direct the flow of their story and decode the essential elements that make a super sell-able synopsis simultaneously.

 

E-BOOKS AND SELF-PUB

Presented by Laura Hayden & Pam McCutcheon 

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EXPAND AND CONTRACT: The Dance of the Well-Paced Story

Presented by Angie Hodapp and Warren Hammond 

A well-paced story takes the reader on a journey over peaks and valleys of tension and emotional complexity. Learn strategies for maximizing dramatic effect through narrative expansion (which heightens tension and creates powerful emotional moments) and contraction (which allows the writer to skip low-tension moments, set hooks, or deliver quick dramatic punches). Expansion and contraction are complementary tools that can help the writer draft the best possible version of his or her story.

 

FORESHADOWING: Give Us a Hint

Presented by Johnny Worthen

A discussion on the importance and use of foreshadowing as a literary device. Breadcrumbs and clues as a way to involve the reader in the discovery of our stories. From the “A-ha” of a mystery, to the disappointment of the deus ex machina, the hints lie in foreshadowing.

 

GOODBYE, SLUSH PILE! The Elements of a Breakout Query Letter

Presented by Anita Mumm

What makes some query letters sail through the slush pile, garnering requests from agents left and right, while the majority receive a polite “no thanks”? This workshop examines the key elements that set exceptional queries apart from the pack: voice, professionalism, and the all-important hook. The presenter will draw on her experience with thousands of query letters during her work in submissions at a literary agency to show what works—and what REALLY doesn’t—in the quest to impress an agent. Have you received a rejection letter in the past? Find out some possible reasons why. Participants are invited to bring their query letter if they have one (not required) for discussion and trouble-shooting during the workshop.

 

HEARTS & DAGGERS: Where’s the Love?

Presented by Angel Smits and Jason P. Henry

Having come a long way since the bodice rippers of the past, modern romance novels have great depth and solid story telling. This workshop will explore the various aspects of romance and how the crucial elements apply to ALL genres and ALL writers. Angel Smits and Jason P. Henry approach the discussion from two perspectives. Male and female. Successful author and emerging. Devoted romance writer, and a thriller writer slowly making his way to the dark side. They will use examples from published works as they dare to blur genre lines. After all, everyone needs love.

 

HELP! I’m Addicted to YA

Presented by Evangeline Denmark

In this workshop we’ll indulge our YA book habit . . . ahem, we’ll learn tricks from some of the most popular Young Adult novels and authors. The Young Adult fiction category has exploded in recent years, with almost equal popularity amongst teen and adult readers. Is there a formula? Common themes? A man behind a curtain who accepts bribes? Let’s take a look at what really works in those addictive YA novels and discover how we can apply the same tools to our own manuscripts.

 

HERMIONE TOOK THE TIME TURNER: Real Tips for Maximizing Writing Time

Presented by Aimie K. Runyan

We don’t live at Hogwarts and, sadly, we don’t have access to unlimited time to pursue our craft. Nearly all of us have day jobs, families, social commitments, and myriad other obligations that keep us from the laptop. When we have an hour, we must make the most of it, especially when deadlines loom. This session will go over some practical tips for making sure the writer maximizes precious writing time with concrete tips involving Microsoft Office tools and other inexpensive or free software as well as some tricks to making your writing space and habits as efficient as they can be. Having a laptop, tablet, or even a mobile phone with Microsoft OneNote installed will be very useful, but not mandatory for this session.

 

HOOK

Presented by Wendy Corsi Staub

Reel your readers in with a great hook! It’s important to catch your reader from the very start but just how do you bait them? Learn tips to reveal the right details in order to interest a reader and get them asking questions about the characters involved, their motivations and the reason behind all the action to come.

 

HOW TO PRODUCE A NON-CHEESY BOOK TRAILER ON THE CHEAP

Presented by Lisa Hawker

Video gets the most clicks online, and if you’re promoting a book, you want to get as many clicks as possible. Book trailers can be an attention-getting promotional tool if you do them right. My book trailer got almost 30,000 views in a month.

This workshop will give you resources for royalty-free stock footage, music, and graphics to make an arresting video piece that will drive traffic to your website and, more importantly, your order page. You’ll learn how to get low-cost help from college and art school film programs. We’ll discuss the dos and don’ts, view effective trailers and tacky trailers, and brainstorm ideas for your very own video baby.

 

HOW TO SPEAK YOUR STORY

Presented by Andra Watkins

Andra is a dynamic public speaker. She is gaining a reputation with librarians and book professionals around the country as a solid, engaging program, and increasingly she is compensated for her time. Andra will work with participants to help them dissect their stories and find a universal theme that will appeal to groups. Whether for online videos, reading group interaction, podcasts, library programs or bookstore events, authors need to be able to go beyond traditional readings to connect with new fans. Andra will show attendees how to structure a presentation that can be offered again and again. And Andra’s presentations sell books. Andra will provide tips and tricks to attendees for selling more books at every appearance or event.

 

IMPROV WRITING

Presented by J.T. Evans

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INTROVERTS CAN NETWORK TOO! How To Succeed At Social Media Even When You’re Shy

Presented by Michelle Major

While many authors are introverts, none of us can afford to ignore social media and marketing. This workshop will give tips and techniques for successfully engaging with readers using many popular platforms, such as Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+, Goodreads and blogs. Use your introversion to your advantage to create lasting connections and make the most of your time online.

 

KEEPING ALL THE BALLS IN THE AIR: Multiple Streams of Productivity and Revenue

Presented by Jodi Anderson

With a balance of lecture, interactive exercises and feedback, join this workshop to explore opportunities available in today’s ever evolving writing market. Also, come to find new tools to raise your productivity and focus.

 

LAW ENFORCEMENT FOR WRITERS

Presented by Jerry Ackerman

Television is great, but does not often show real world techniques and concepts. If you are a writer who wants to get past the T.V. entertainment and ‘wow’ factor, this is the workshop for you. Jerry Ackerman, a Special Agent with the F.B.I. in Denver, CO will use his experience to provide tips on how to imbue your work with just enough law enforcement terms and procedure to lend authenticity.

 

LET’S COMMIT MURDER: Answers to Your Most Deadly Plot Points

Presented by Julie Kazimer

In this workshop, attendees will bring their murderous musings and together we will craft a murder scenario based on the criminal mindset and rules of evidence.

 

Meet The Director

Presented by Jason P. Henry

There are many things that go on at writer’s conferences and the Pikes Peak Writers Conference is no exception. Behind the scenes, or in plain sight, these events are a frenzy of activity. Often, attendees have questions about why certain things happen, or how things are coordinated. Some attendees want to know how to get involved. No matter what questions you may have, this is your chance to ask. Join Jason Henry, the 2016 Pikes Peak Writers Conference Director, for a special Q&A. He will help unravel the mysteries of conference and get you more informed. Don’t have a question? You are welcome to just stop in to say ‘hello’ and hang out!

 

MEMOIR: How to Write True Stories That Make You (or Your Characters) Squirm

Presented by Andra Watkins

How much truth goes into crafting a memoir? Should the author combine events, gloss over facts, portray characters in a more (or less) flattering light or make things up in an effort to move the story forward? Using her memoir Not Without My Father: One Woman’s 444-Mile Walk of the Natchez Trace, Andra will help aspiring memoir writers decide how to approach complex questions, difficult relationships and sticky story points. Every participant will gain concrete tools to finish a memoir that reads like a novel, something readers today prefer. Participants should come prepared with one (1) 100-word section to be critiqued.

 

MYSTERY AND ITS SUB-GENRES

Presented by Jerry Ackerman

A look at the differences between the sub-genres of mystery and what that means for the writer and how they approach the work. Cozies, Private Investigator, Police Procedural, Hardboiled, Noir, and Thriller will be discussed.

 

MYSTERY, SERIES & SUSPENSE FROM A WORKING WRITER

Presented by Joe R. Lansdale

Come as you are and spend an hour with champion Mojo storyteller Joe R.Lansdale! Ask Joe about how to succeed at writing, he’ll tell you one thing is for sure, writing regularly is the key. You show up and do it regularly it will always be easier than if you don’t. If you say you want to write, prove it.

 

PAGE TO SCREEN: Fiction Produced For TV and Film

Presented by Joe R. Lansdale & Jeff Lindsay

Podcast by Patrick Hester

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PASSIVE AND WEAK VOICE

Presented by J.T. Evans

This workshop will discuss what passive voice and “weak writing” really are. The two are not synonymous. Learn how to spot both in your writing and learn to rephrase sentences and correct the problems. J.T. will also discuss the very rare moments when a passive sentence is acceptable.

 

PITCH WARS! 

Presented by Aaron Michael Ritchey

Are you passionate about your favorite book? Will you go head to head with someone as passionate as you? Do you have the story skills to craft the plot of the next mega-hit? In this battle of the minds, we’ll first start by discussing which books are the best! The Hunger Games versus Divergent. Twilight versus Harry Potter. The Cat in the Hat versus Winter Girls. Okay, maybe not that last one.  Then we’ll divide up in groups and each will come up with an original pitch, fighting for the top spot as the world’s future bestselling phenomena!

 

PRINCIPLES OF INFORMATION DESIGN: Your Guide to Better Marketing Materials

Presented by Angie Hodapp

Maximize the visual appeal of your author newsletter, website, business card, and other marketing materials. From centering body text and using fancy, unreadable fonts to including too many colors and neglecting white space, you’ll learn to identify and avoid ten poor design choices nearly all non-pro designers make. Plenty of writers design their own marketing materials, but in just one hour, I can help you make yours looks like you spent a fortune on graphic-design services!

 

READER RESEARCH: Getting to Know Your Reader

Presented by Julie Kazimer

Write for your reader. Sounds like great advice, but just how do you find out who your readers are and what they like? In this workshop, we will explore how to research each genre of readers as well as how to find out about your own fans. First we will look at the standard ‘known’ about genre readers including gender and age. Then we will break those down in terms of statistic and where those readers tend to buy books and learn about books. When the workshop is finished, every attendee should have an understanding of their readers and how to research to find out even more.

 

SPECULATIVE FICTION: Subgenres and Tropes

Presented by Warren Hammond

From space opera, sword-and-sorcery, and urban fantasy to steampunk, Sci-fi, and gothic horror, the subgenres of what we call “speculative fiction” are numerous and varied. Come learn what distinguishes one spec-fic subgenre from another and which tropes and reader/fan expectations are unique to each. We’ll also discuss how to use tropes to your advantage without lapsing into cliché or derivative fiction, and how to avoid overused tropes that have run their course.

 

STORY

Presented by Jeff Lindsay

Story: It starts with sort of a magic trick; one story from the morning newspaper. then we go thru step by step showing how you would develop it for different media: fireside story, stand-up, song, theatrical play, novel, film script, and so on. I have done all these things, and I would like to share my perspective on how the approach is different with each.

 

STRONG FEMALE CHARACTERS: How To Know If You’re Really Writing One

Presented by MB Partlow

A lot of readers enjoy a strong female character, one that can kick butt and take names. This holds true in every genre, whether the damsel is getting herself out of distress, solving her husband’s murder or piloting an interstellar vessel.

But there are pitfalls to writing a strong female protagonist. She can’t be simply patterned after alpha male heroes, nor can she just be loud or physically strong or sexually promiscuous. Yet, she could be all of those things. Or none.

Come prepared to examine literary heroines (with perhaps a few examples from film), and bring your own characters to learn a few tricks about how to write a strong female who doesn’t conform to someone else’s stereotypes!

 

SYMBOLISM THEORY: Connection and Reference

Presented by Johnny Worthen

A wide reaching discussion about the foundations of language itself and the use of symbolism to achieve deeper meaning through shared reference in writing. Guaranteed to confuse and enlighten students of all levels with deconstructionist emphasis on subconscious symbolic relationships and associative writing. We’ll study how symbols are used and suggest ways to identify and harness both acquired and created symbology to strengthen our own work.

 

TABOO: Everything You Were Afraid To Ask

Presented by Elaine Spencer

Experience an intimate “no holds” Q&A where we’ll pass out cards for people to write more “taboo” topics on that often times people are uncomfortable asking. It’s the  ultimate “things you’ve always wanted to talk about but have been too afraid to ask” scenario with a publishing professional.

 

THE DANCE OF THE DIVINE: Where Story Arc and Character Arc Meet

Presented by Aaron Michael Ritchey

In the very best stories, characters who grow and change move us even as the plot catapults us into overwhelming drama. We turn the page to see what happens, and after the dragon is slain, the characters continue to haunt us. In this workshop, you will learn how to use plot to build characters, and how to use characters to build plot. For truly, when authors do this well, it is the dance of the divine.

After going over examples of various story structure models, we’ll delve into how story structure can also support character arcs. At the same time, the events of the story should stem from the characters: what they most need to learn, what they most fear, what they most desire. In this way, we craft the story to bring out the best (or worst) in our characters which will also move the story along.

 

THE DATING GAME: Negotiating, Accepting, and Understanding Contracts

Presented by Hodapp & Ikenberry

Love is in the air! The receipt of a contract on your work is pretty much love at first sight. First comes courtship, then marriage, parenthood, and potentially divorce. The bottom line is that literary contracts are very much like a relationship and understanding that while there are literally countless other fish in the sea (publishers, agents, editors), wanting a fulfilling relationship can be an emotional decision rather than one that makes sense. This presentation will show you how to read, understand, and accept or reject contracts and leave emotion at the door.

 

THE HEART OF THE MATTER: What Makes the Romance Genre Succeed?

Presented by Angel Smits

How is it that the much maligned romance genre produces $1.08 billion in sales annually? How is it that over 240 authors have been listed on the major bestseller lists (NYT, USA Today and Publisher’s Weekly) with romance novels? What is the appeal of romance and why should you consider it as an option? Angel Smits, author of eight romance novels, discusses what makes the genre not only viable, but an enjoyable world to work in.

 

THE HEART OF YOUR SPECULATIVE NOVEL

Presented by Evangeline Denmark

This workshop looks specifically at the genres of urban fantasy, dystopian, paranormal/paranormal romance and steampunk. We’ll discuss keys for world-building in each category and get down to the heart of the story. What drives the plot? What makes the reader hungry for more? We’ll look at core elements of each category and how to keep them in focus as we write.

 

THE HERO’S INNER JOURNEY

Presented by Michelle Major

Most writers are familiar with The Hero’s Journey, but what’s happening on the inside of the hero matters more than you might think. Michelle will explain how the two arcs are different and why writers need both. Attendees will walk away with a handout to help them create a complex character that readers will care about and keep them turning pages.

 

THE KID EFFECT: Strategic Use of Secondary Characters

Presented by Angel Smits

Kids say the darndest things, and the smart author realizes this is a useful tool for developing a story. Angel Smits, a multi-published author who specializes in heartfelt family stories, walks you through how to create and use secondary characters that deepen the story without slowing it down, or letting them take over.  This will be an interactive workshop, bring your best secondary characters and get ready to put them through the wringer.

 

THE THREE R’S: ReGroup, ReAssure & ReEnergize

Presented by Becky Clark

Whether your first conference or your twentieth, it can be an overwhelming experience. Sometimes conference can be frustrating, tiring, even frightening. Didn’t get the response you wanted from that agent or editor? Not sure what to do with feedback you’ve received? Questioning whether you should continue writing? Maybe you have been so inspired that you don’t know what to do with all these new ideas? Relax. This is all part of a writer’s life. Ups and downs are normal. Just ask Becky Clark, a seasoned conference attendee, presenter, and author. Sit down for a quiet chat session with Becky to vent and perhaps faith in yourself and leave conference with a fresh perspective.

 

THE THRIVING WRITER’S TOOLKIT: Insights and Inspiration to Keep You Productive and Creative

Presented by Michelle Major

There are many aspects to thriving as a writer, from productivity to creativity to dealing with rejections and life’s little (and big) distractions. Michelle will provide craft-related tips and tricks, as well as proven methods for creating energy and clearing your internal blocks. You’ll come away with tools to keep you moving forward in your best life and help you become and stay a thriving writer.

 

THERE’S NO CRYING IN CRITIQUE GROUPS!

Presented by Lisa Hawker

Learning to take constructive criticism can mean the difference between a book contract and spending the rest of your days alone muttering to yourself that the publishing world is just too obtuse to recognize your brilliance. This workshop will give you the tools—and the rhino hide—to use criticism to improve your writing and your chances of getting published.

Points covered include how to:

  1. Distinguish between helpful, harmful, and useless criticism
  2. Join or form and sustain an effective critique group that’s right for you
  3. Give helpful criticism
  4. Fix or disengage from a toxic critique group environment
  5. Receive any kind of criticism gracefully from other writers, editors and agents, and readers
  6. Incorporate helpful criticism into your writing
  7. Leave your ego and your evil clown at the door

 

THIS AIN’T YOUR MAMA’S ROMANCE

Presented by Jodi Anderson

Purple prose and fainting damsels waiting to be rescued? This ain’t your mama’s romance. In today’s evolving romance market, readers are looking for an edge in their stories. Let’s give it to them. We’re going to not only explore the edge, we are going to jump right off of it. From paranormal to sweet to zombie love, this is the place to blend it and push the envelope. Not sure how to pitch that ‘out of the box’ book, we’ll work together to help you have a response when that editor/agent asks you where your novel belongs.

 

THIS JUST IN: Authenticity in Your Novel’s News Reports

Presented by Judith Robbins Rose

News articles or reports in your novel can be useful tools for creating a sense of reality, urgency, and providing expository information. However, an inauthentic news voice can destroy the world you’re attempting to create. Learn to generate news reports that have that ring of truth, both for broadcast and print. Judith Robbins Rose is an award-winning journalist, who has experience producing, writing and editing across all media.

 

TIE-INS: Letting Fan Love Shine

Presented by Kevin J. Anderson, Kevin Ikenberry & Steve Saffel

A few years ago, writing fan fiction was just playing in someone else’s world, with someone else’s characters. With more than twenty worlds ranging from the fiction of Kurt Vonnegut to Hugh Howey’s bestselling Silo Saga, fan fiction has a new home where writers can write, and earn royalties, for playing in someone else’s backyard. Come learn how to get involved!

 

TO MAKE A LONG STORY SHORT

Presented by Shannon Lawrence

Writing short stories is a fantastic (and fun) way to hone your craft. In this workshop, we’ll explore short stories from conception to publication. What qualifies as a short story? How do you submit? And where? We’ll discuss all this and more.ia.

 

WHERE DOES MY BOOK FIT IN? A Study In Genre

Presented by Johnny Worthen

We’ll discuss the history of genre, its theoretical use and uselessness before focusing on the practical aim of genre today as a tool for marketing that uses the power of limited vocabulary to categorize art through imitation

 

WHO ARE YOU? How to Write A Better Bio

Presented by DeAnna Knippling

Learn how to write effective author bios, either geared to proving your credentials during manuscript submission or to introducing readers to more of your work. Applies to indie and traditionally published writers.

 

WORLDBUILDING: From Small Towns to Entire Universes

Presented by Kevin J. Anderson

Learn about Worldbuilding from a science fiction author with over 50 bestsellers. From spin-off novels for Star Wars, StarCraft, Titan A.E., The X-Files and more, Kevin J Anderson is a master at creating unique and believable worlds for fantastic fiction set in his own backyard, and way beyond.

 

WRITING FUN!

Presented by Rachel Caine

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WRITING ON THE EDGE: The Promise and Challenge of Diversity in YA Literature

Presented by Judith Robbins Rose

Discover techniques for creating edgy books for adolescents, including an extended look at the need for diversity in children’s and YA literature. Explore the potential pitfalls of writing outside of your own experience, and learn why you should do it anyway.

 

YA PANEL

Presented by Rachel Caine & Elaine Spencer

Young Adult literature is regularly burning up the bestseller lists. Young Adult has managed to capture the passions of the teen audience and beyond over a spectrum of subgenres. Ask questions and learn from a best-selling Young Adult Author and Agent that works in the genre.

PPWC At a Glance

When: April 15-17, 2016

Where: Colorado Springs Marriott
5580 Tech Center Drive
Colorado Springs, Colorado 80919
(719) 260-1800

Registration is now closed for 2016

Back By Popular Demand! Due to the positive feedback, we are continuing the payment plan option for the 2016 PPWC.

Thursday Programming: Pikes Peak Writers is pleased to bring back our overwhelmingly popular Thursday Prequel on Thursday, April 14, 2016.

Faculty (Editors, Agents, Authors, Etc.): Stay tuned for more information about our faculty as it develops.

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.

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