PPWC Prequel Programming

We are hard at work on Pikes Peak Writers Conference 2018.

The dates: April 27-29, 2018

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.

In the meanwhile, we’ll leave up the 2017 information so you can get an idea of what we do:

 

Pikes Peak Writers invites you to register for our Prequel Programming taking place on Thursday, April 27, 2017. These are 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 – NOTE: Donald Maass is presenting an All-Day Class and cannot be paired with another class. There is an additional $20 to attend the All-Day Donald Maass class.

This programming can be added to your PPWC Registration for an additional $90, or you can attend The Prequel ONLY for $150. The Donald Maass All-Day Class requires an additional $20 on top of the normal fee. Lunch is included in your PPWC Prequel registration price.

  • 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.

 

Prequel Morning Sessions (9:00am – Noon)

Prequel Morning Session #1

The Emotional Craft of Fiction: How to Tell the Story Beneath the Surface (Part 1)

Donald MaassPresented by Donald Maass

The emotional effect of fiction on readers is a craft. Based on psychological research and study of what makes novels emotionally gripping, this intensive workshop takes participants beyond showing or telling to create an emotional journey for readers—one unseen but nevertheless deeply felt and ultimately unforgettable.

 


Prequel Morning Session #2

Everything You Need To Know To Write A Novel

Chris MandevillePresented by Chris Mandeville

This intensive workshop provides a comprehensive overview of novel writing for beginning novelists. It covers the basics of novel conception, plotting/planning, character development and arc, story structure, tension, conflict, dialogue, point-of-view (POV), editing and revision.

Have you always wanted to write a novel but you’re not sure where to start? Are you already writing but unsure of the basic building blocks for a good novel? Are you nearing the end of your first draft and aren’t sure what to do next? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, this workshop can prepare you to move up to the next level of novel writing. All ages, abilities, and fiction genres welcome.

 


Kevin HearnePrequel Morning Session #3

Make Your Own Middle Earth: Worldbuilding with Mike Braff & Kevin Hearne


Presented by Mike Braff & Kevin Hearne

In this three-hour long workshop you will learn the fundamentals of worldbuilding from New York Times Bestselling author Kevin Hearne and Del Rey editor Mike Braff. braff-michaelWe’ll discuss what kinds of elements are important when building an imagined world, and will put those discussions to use as we create an one such world together as a group. After, participants will write a short piece set in the shared world and we’ll read, critique, and discuss our work as a group. Be prepared for a fun and enlightening workshop!

 


Prequel Morning Session #4

Squared Away: How To Accurately Write Military Characters

Kevin IkenberryPresented by Kevin Ikenberry (and friends)

Some of the most compelling stories of our time focus on military personnel whether in or out of uniform and whether deployed to a combat zone or trying to come home again. Some of those stories fail to accurately capture the mindset, language, and attitudes of military personnel, both enlisted and officer. This three-hour presentation will start with a one-hour lecture on the most common things authors get wrong about the military and then will to an in-depth question and answer period with current service members, combat veterans, and recent retirees. Participants will also have the opportunity to have these experts review and provide insight to their work either in a group or one-on-one with the panelists. We’ll get you “squared away.”


 

 Prequel Afternoon Sessions (1:15pm – 4:15pm)

 

Prequel Afternoon Session #1

The Emotional Craft of Fiction: How to Tell the Story Beneath the Surface (Part 2)

Donald MaassPresented by Donald Maass

The emotional effect of fiction on readers is a craft. Based on psychological research and study of what makes novels emotionally gripping, this intensive workshop takes participants beyond showing or telling to create an emotional journey for readers—one unseen but nevertheless deeply felt and ultimately unforgettable.

 


Prequel Afternoon Session #2

Be An Agent For A Day

Kristin NelsonPresented by Kristin Nelson, Literary Agent

As an agent, Kristin reads hundreds of query letters and pitches in any given week. She can tell within sentences whether something will be right for her or not.

Have you ever wanted to see and experience the process first hand? Then BE AN AGENT FOR A DAY is your chance. Agent Kristin, along with the class, will read query letters live and the together make the decision. Should she ask for sample pages or should she send a rejection instead? Discussion will revolve around each decision and then the response will be sent during the class.

Plan on this being an eye-opening inside look at the world of queries.

PLEASE NOTE: All queries will be new and unread by Kristin. However, to protect the privacy and identity of the querier, Kristin’s assistant will strip out any author identification and place the query email letter in a separate Mac Mail folder for easy access.


Prequel Afternoon Session #3

Scrivener Boot Camp

Patrick HesterPresented by Patrick Hester

Scrivener is not Word. And not all word processing softwares are built the same. Many authors try to use Scrivener the way they use Word, and this ultimately leaves them frustrated, angry and wondering why so many people use it – and how. New software can be a challenge, especially when you’re used to doing something a certain way. To get the most from Scrivener, you have to shift your thinking.

Scrivener is a powerful project management tool for writers that includes a word processor. Getting the most from it is easier than you know. Though it has a large suite of tools, it’s open enough to allow you to write the way you want. In this half-day workshop, you’l learn how to:

  • Setup Projects
  • Navigate the Binder, Corkboard and Outliner
  • Outline your novels, and structure your ideas
  • Have those outlines and notes side by side as you’re writing
  • Organize your projects
  • Export your Projects to share with agents and editors
  • Export your Outline and Synopsis
  • Get Scrivener to do what you need

Whether you like to plan everything in advance, write first and structure later—or do a bit of both—Scrivener supports the way you work. Sign up for this class today!

What you’ll need for this workshop:

  • A laptop / computer – with your power cord
  • Scrivener installed
    • Mac
    • Windows
  • There’s a FREE trial with a full 30 days of use (not 30 sequential calendar days i.e. April 1 – 30th, but every day you actualy open and use the software, i.e. you open it three days a month for ten months) available from the software developer’s website – www.literatureandlatte.com

 


Prequel Afternoon Session #4

Misdemeanors to Murder: Nothing but the Truth from a Criminal Lawyer and Private Eye

Shaun Kaufman and Colleen CollinsPresented by Colleen Collins and Shaun Kaufman

“Misdemeanors to Murder: Nothing but the Truth from a Criminal Lawyer and Private Eye” covers the history of private eyes, popular misconceptions of PIs, types of investigators, tricks of the trade, crime scenes, the relationship between PIs and police, legalities, and breakdowns of real-life investigative/criminal cases. At the end of presentation will be a Q&A.

No audio recording, please. We will provide a link so you can later download the PowerPoint presentation.

At end of course there will be a drawing for copies of our nonfiction books How Do Private Eyes Do That? and A Lawyer’s Primer for Writers: From Crimes to Courtrooms.

Syllabus

  1. Introduction
  2. History of the Private Eye
  3. Types of Private Investigators: One Size Doesn’t Fit All
  4. Misconceptions About PIs: Don’t Let Your PI Character Become a Cliché
  5. Tricks of the Trade: Trash Hits, Spy Gear, Apps & More
  6. Breaking the Law: Don’t Make Your PI-Character Look Like a Legal Dummy
  7. PIs and Police: Debunking Myths
  8. PIs and Crime Scenes: Cold Crime Scenes vs. “Hot” Crime Scenes
  9. Examples of Real-Life Investigative Cases: Breakdown of PI’s Tasks (Misdemeanors to Attempted Homicide)
  10. Examples of Real-Life Criminal Litigation Cases: Breakdown of Defense Lawyer’s & PI’s Tasks (Misdemeanors to Murder 1)
  11. Research Sources for Writers: PI Blogs, Websites, Online Magazines
  12. Q&A