A recording is available for the April Write Brain Zen and the Art of Parody.
Esteemed Conference Attendees, Sponsors, Volunteers, and PPW Members –
We have been watching the development of COVID-19 along with everyone else and share your concerns. First of all, we are deeply grateful for all the messages of support we’ve received and thank you for letting us know how much PPW matters to you. It matters to us too, which is why this decision was so hard to come to. We are also immensely thankful to our partner, DoubleTree Hilton hotel, for helping us through this difficult time.
To follow the best practices set forth by the CDC, and to help slow the spread of COVID-19, we regret to announce we are cancelling the 2020 Pikes Peak Writers Conference, scheduled for April 16-19. We are deeply disappointed that circumstances made this decision necessary, and will miss the opportunity to connect with our writing family in person. However, we will be back, better than ever and ready to rock, next year. Please put the dates of April 21-25, 2021, on your calendar now! The conference will be held at the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel, Colorado Springs.
To our faculty: You have already been contacted by Amy Krasikov, our 2020 Conference Program Director. Please continue to address your questions to her, and she’ll coordinate with you in regards to our future conference as appropriate.
To our registered attendees: For those of you already registered, there are multiple options. As of right now our 2021 conference is set for April 21 – 25 2021. Your current registration can be rolled over to 2021, your 2020 price confirmed, while your date of registration and the benefits associated with early registration remaining intact. Or you may request a refund of your 2020 conference registration. If that is your choice, please give us a few days to work through those as they come in. Email email@example.com if you would like your registration refunded. Another option, as we are a non-profit organization, is you can donate any portion of your registration fee to the organization to keep us moving forward over the next few months. As many of you know, our conference is the engine that fuels the organization all year long. In addition, we’ve made several purchases for the 2020 conference that will not be recoverable (such as airfares for faculty).
Also – Please don’t forget to cancel your Doubletree hotel reservations for this year. Reference the PPW Conference cancellation. They are expecting our calls.
To our conference staff / volunteers: You are the heart of this organization, and we can’t thank you enough for your patience and perseverance. We appreciate all the hard work you did for conference this year, and we look forward to working with you in the same capacity for 2021.
To our sponsors: We would love to carry over your sponsorship for next year. If that doesn’t work, we are more than willing to give you a full refund and we’d consider the digital advertisement we’ve done on your behalf already to be our gift to you.
Pikes Peak Writers will continue to appreciate and support our local writing community. We may need to cancel or restructure a few events, but we are committed to serving our writing family. Stay safe and keep washing your hands!
Pikes Peak Writers
2019-2020 President / 2020 Conference Director
Updated news on COVID-19 comes hourly with more conferences and large scale events cancelling daily. Currently, the PPW board and the 2020 conference committee are working with our conference partners to identify options that will protect our members as well as our organization. We hope to have an answer in the upcoming week, however, in the interim, to help alleviate financial concerns for those who have registered or who were waiting to register, we are extending our refund period beyond March 17th to April 1st, as well as our regular pricing.
Please note, we are taking COVID-19 very seriously and worry about our member’s health as well as our own. As a small non-profit organization this is not an easy decision, therefore we need time to investigate every option available that might keep our lovely community intact. We sincerely hope our sibling organizations who have also had to face this dilemma have been able to do so in a manner that will allow them to operate in the future.
Please hang in there with us for another week or two and stay tuned.
Our partners at the State Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) report that the risk to most Coloradans from the coronavirus is LOW, and they are confident the state health care system is prepared to minimize the potential spread of infection. We are operating as normal and there are no changes to the conference schedule. We will continue to monitor the situation through the CDPHE and the CDC.
It is important to remember the risk to most Coloradans from the coronavirus is low. We are recommending that everyone follow appropriate safety measures as recommended by the CDC, which include:
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. Then, wash your hands.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
- If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
In addition, we recommend
- Cough or sneeze into your elbow instead of into your hand
- Consider elbow or shoulder bumping instead of handshakes or hugs.
While in attendance at the conference, we encourage you to make use of the hand sanitizer we will have available in every conference room and at the registration desk. If you are feeling ill, we recommend that you give yourself an opportunity to recover or take necessary precautions to protect yourself and your fellow attendees.
TONIGHT’S OCTOBER WRITER’S NIGHT IS CANCELLED DUE TO THE WEATHER. Stay safe, stay warm, and keep writing. We’ll see you in November!
The conference comes but once a year, but we also put on four free events EVERY MONTH! Would love to get some input and some help with scheduling, brainstorming, and hosting events. Lend us your big, beautiful, brilliant brains while helping Pikes Peak Writers reach even more of the local writing community! If you’d like to attend, please send a brief email to Workshops@PikesPeakWriters.com and we’ll send you the location as soon as it is finalized!
Meeting will be held on Sunday, May 19, from 1-3 p.m.
The March 13 Write Drunk; Edit Sober meeting at Bar-K is cancelled due to pending weather conditions. We’re sorry for any inconvenience, but we want people to be safe. Please join us next month on April 10th for the next Write Drunk; Edit Sober.
Thanks to our members who have stepped up. At this time, all of the large and medium volunteer positions have been filled for 2019. But we’re always looking for people who want to shadow our chairs, learn the ropes and position themselves for expanded responsibilities in the future. In an organization run completely by volunteers, we’re always looking for more volunteers to share the work so that the work doesn’t always fall to a few uber-dedicated people. What can you do next year? Moderate a workshop, put up signs, help with publicity, support our fundraising efforts, drive faculty, stuff bags, staff the registration desk, help in the ballroom, help in the bookstore, become part of the Tech Team and more. We always need help in these areas as well as many more. So contact our Volunteer Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org to see what positions might still be open now as well as our needs for 2020.