PPWC Prequel Programming

We are hard at work on Pikes Peak Writers Conference 2020.

The dates: April 17-19, 2020 (with Prequel on April 16)

If you are interested in presenting at conference submit a proposal.

If there’s a presenter or topic you’d like to see if we can get request a workshop.

Pikes Peak Writers invites you to register for our Prequel Programming taking place on Thursday, April 16, 2020. Pick from in-depth, 3-hour workshops on a variety of topics and range of skill levels. You can pair any morning workshop with any afternoon workshop to suit your individual needs.

Lunch is included in your PPWC Prequel registration price ($150 standalone or $95 with conference registration).

  • Morning sessions run 9 a.m. – noon.
  • Afternoon sessions run 1 – 4 p.m.
  • During the break from noon to 1 p.m., lunch will be provided for you.

Morning Sessions

Title: Indie Publishing
Presenter: Pam McCutcheon
Category: Business
Description: In this workshop, Pam McCutcheon will break down all of the elements you need in order to indie-publish your book, including how to do-it-yourself and/or hire someone to do parts of it for you.

Title: Eight Weeks to a Complete Novel
Presenter: Becky Clark
Category: Craft
Description: Have you ever wanted to speed up your process and write a complete and non-crappy novel in only two months? Learn how to create a flexible outline you can live with (even if you hate outlines), how to write fast, and how to organize yourself using Becky Clark’s tried-and-true techniques. This workshop will teach writers how they can devise their own system to reliably get from premise to THE END in only eight weeks, allowing them to write multiple books per year.

Title: Elbow Grease for Novelists: Turning Premise into Plot
Presenter: Angie Hodapp
Category: Business
Description: When a story idea strikes, it rarely strikes as a fully formed plot. Rather, it strikes as a premise, something like Character X in World Y will do Thing Z. One reason 97 of every 100 writers never finish even a rough draft of a novel is that they think premise is all they need to get started, but frustration sets in when their stories get lost in the weeds—often around 10K words. Another reason is that many newer writers don’t know the difference between premise and plot; ask them what their book is about, and they’ll pitch you their premise, but ask them to talk about plot, and they’ll respond with a puzzled expression. This workshop is designed to help writers with a premise (a) recognize that it’s just a premise and (b) transform it into plot. This is where the magical feeling of having an exciting premise meets the elbow grease needed to give it structure.

Title: Write Characters Your Readers Won’t Forget
Presenter: Stant Litore
Category: Craft
Description: This workshop offers a toolkit for addressing that issue. With practical strategies and abundant examples, this class will help you write unforgettable characters who “come alive” on the page, create compelling dialogue, and chart more breathtaking emotional journeys for your characters.

Title: Career Planning for Writers
Presenter: David Slayton
Category: Writing Life
Description: A writing career requires focus. This workshop will discuss some strategies for achieving success and helping you answer questions and set goals about where you want to take your writing and which paths are right for you.

Afternoon Sessions

Title: NaNo or Not:  How to Write a Novel in 30 Days
Presenter: Chris Mandeville
Category: Writing Life
You CAN write a novel in 30 days. This three-part workshop shares lessons borrowed from NaNoWriMo, as well as other proven methods and techniques, to help you develop a personal plan for completing a novel in one month, whether you participate in NaNo or not.

Title: Writing tips on the road to publication and other great disasters!
Presenter: Reavis Wortham
Category: Writing Life
Description: Through humor and personal stories, this entertaining talk addresses the day Reavis lost an entire manuscript through a technical glitch, and shows that determination is the key to an author’s success. Reavis will take you through the lessons he’s learned as an author. Should you attend a writers’ conference, or be part of a writers group? When it comes to the job, should you write every day, and how long? What weakens a sentence, or a story? Do you need an agent? Do you have questions about writing or self-publishing?

Title: Page to Print – So You’ve Written a Book, Now What?
Presenter: Angie Hodapp & Tom Hoeler
Category: Business
Description: Writing “the end” may signal the end of a story, but it’s just the first step of a book’s journey. How does the story on your screen get onto a bookshelf? Join Director of Literary Development-Nelson Agency, Angie Hodapp, and Associate Editor – Del Rey Books, Tom Hoeler, as they delve into the winding, twisting world of traditional publishing. Along the way you’ll get answers to the questions you’ve always wanted to ask and perhaps learn about the ones you didn’t even know that you had. Topics covered include: getting critiques on your work; the query process; securing and working with a literary agent; submitting to editors and offers; contracts, royalties, reversions and other scary words; and much more.

Title: Worldbuilding
Presenter: Stant Litore
Category: Craft
Description: Worldbuilding is not an academic activity, something conducted separately from your story. The world you create exerts pressures on your characters and creates opportunities for plot. We’ll discuss how this works—and walk through exercises for creating 1) unforgettable settings, 2) unforgettable creatures, and 3) unforgettable cultures—whether the culture in question is an alien civilization or the multi-generational subculture of a Mafia family. You’ll leave with practical strategies for opening up your world in ways that deepen your characters and intensify their conflicts and that spotlight storytelling opportunities you hadn’t known were there.

Title: Short Story Intensive
Presenter: Mary Robinette Kowal
Category: Craft
Description: When people struggle to write short fiction, the problem usually begins with the idea. It often leads to a story that is too long, or the beginning of a novel, or so simplistic that it is dull. In this workshop, we’ll walk through the process of how to create and structure a short story. Each session, you will be given an exercise that builds on the previous session. The class gives you tools to create compelling characters, dialogue, and understand plot structure. At the end of this multi-day workshop, participants will use those tools to write a short story.