The Wordsmith Gathering

Dec 20, 2021 — 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Location: Doubletree by Hilton Bar (get directions)

Meet us in the bar at the Doubletree by Hilton, Colorado Springs!

Time for some seasonal fun! We’ll be exchanging books, having fun with words, and hobnobbing with fabulous wordsmiths like YOU! Crawl out of whatever word mine you’ve been toiling in, brush yourself off, put on some pants (or a skirt or dress, we’re not picky, but don’t forget a shirt), and join us!

Here’s what we need from you:

  1. Grab a book in new condition you’d like to share.
  2. Wrap it in some PLAIN paper. Wrap it up in plain brown paper, use a brown paper bag for wrapping paper, whatever. Just make sure it’s P-L-A-I-N and opaque.
  3. Write the genre on the wrapper.
  4. Write 3 words that describe said book on the wrapper (no spoilers, no words from the title).
  5. Bring your notebooks and pens or pencils for the crazy writing activities.
  6. Bring some funds for drinks and/or food if you want them. This is a Buy Your Own event.

Here’s what we’ll do:

  1. Provide a venue where you can relax with your fellow wordsmiths who have most likely also been toiling away all year in the word mines.
  2. Orchestrate fabulous entertainment in the form of FUN stuff to do with words (because let’s face it, we’re all a little obsessed).
  3. We will, of course, leave plenty of opportunity for some good, old-fashioned chit-chat time. We encourage you to find someone you don’t know. Maybe ask them about what and/or why they write.

Come join the fun!

  • Note: There will be no Write Brain or Writers’ Night event for the month of December due to the business of the holiday season. 


Kim Olgren

Kim Olgren

Kim has voraciously read anything she could get her hands on for as far back as she can remember. She’s always been a sucker for a good mystery in any form. Not long after she entered elementary school, she was writing her own stories and squirreling them away for her own eyes only. She’s worn many hats, but writing has always been a constant companion. When not wrestling with words or curled up with them (it’s a love/hate relationship), she can be found flipping houses with her husband, volunteering within the local writing community, crocheting badly, creatively crafting, traveling sporadically, riding around in the back of Izzy The Wandercycle, or hanging out with her family and faithful four-legged friend, Daisy in the beautiful Rocky Mountains. She is the author of Flipped: A Jillian McElroy Flipping Mystery – Book One.

Kim has been a volunteer with Pikes Peak Writers since 2018. In addition to her board member duties, she holds/has held positions as the editor of the PPW newsletter, non-conference events director, Write Brain coordinator, Special Events coordinator, Writers’ Night host, non-conference public relations coordinator, and is an occasional contributor to Writing from the Peak, the PPW blog.