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.  Portal now closed for PPWC2018.

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 26, 2018. 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.

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.


Morning Sessions

Crime Scenes and Forensics — Presented by Megan Rutter & Pete Klismet 

Forensics and crime scene investigation are popular topics for writers. So popular, in fact, that they appear in every genre. Binge watching CSI, Criminal Minds or Law and Order won’t give a writer the depth of knowledge on procedure, jurisdiction and forensic science that speaking to the experts can. In this panel the experts will listen to your questions and help you work through the tangle of red tape that they often have to navigate.

Space Adventures — Keeping It Real — Presented by Larry Grimaldi

Want to see your book in space? What will really happen if you get a leak in your spacesuit? How do you navigate a starship? What’s involved with traveling at the speed of light? What is real on TV and movies and what is not? In order to get the most accurate information for your science fiction novel, Larry will tell you what’s right and what’s not in this informative workshop on setting your novel in outer space.

Magick: A Seminar of the Occult — Presented by Johnny Worthen

An introduction and accurate explanation of the Western Magical tradition. From the sacred geometry of the Qabalah, to the symbolic language of the Tarot, we will explore the history, tools, and uses of High Magic. Circles, wands, and sacred names are just the outer signs of a deep associative philosophy that shapes into reality.

Magick is real, alive, and well. I will show you.

The Writing Process — Presented by Bob Mayer

How do we create? Where do our stories come from? Why do we write? Sometimes the question is: are we even writing what we should be writing?

Our creative process is the core of our writing and the better we consciously understand it, the more effectively we can raise our process of craft into the creation of art. Process is unique to each writer, but there are common traits and ways to uncover it. We have to understand how our minds work, how we create, how we process idea, story and channel them into our writing. A topic rarely covered, but I’ve found it’s the most fundamental thing a writer needs to understand.



Afternoon Sessions

Digital Tools for Authors — Presented by Fauzia Burke 

There are a million apps, websites, tools, programs and other ways to streamline the publishing and marketing process these days. Which ones are worth your time, energy, and most of all, subscription fees? Let marketing guru and techno wizard Fauzia Burke lead you through the wilderness to connect all elements of online marketing (website, mailing list, blogging, social platforms, advertising, and publicity) into a cohesive, successful and sustainable author platform.

First Pages that Lead to Yes — Presented by Angie Hodapp

If your query letter or in-person pitch got you a request for sample pages, but your sample pages didn’t get you a request for a full manuscript, what went wrong? In this hands-on workshop, we’ll explore what agents are looking for in your opening pages and how to craft evocative beginnings that get your full manuscript read. You’ll learn:

• The importance of establishing character, setting, and voice on page one

• How your opening image or scene should relate to your story’s overall structure

• How to introduce story questions that entice rather than confuse the reader

• How to recognize and avoid cliché openings

• What starting in medias res really means—and, more importantly, what it doesn’t mean.

Bring the first three pages* of your novel or novel-in-progress. (Memoir is fine, but no scripts or nonfiction projects, please.) Time and number of attendees permitting, we’ll discuss our works-in-progress and help each other brainstorm various possible entry points in relation to each work’s overall story structure. Come learn how to turn those sample requests into requests for full manuscripts!

*Double spaced, one-inch margins, 12-point Times New Roman

Writing the Itty, Bitty Synopsis — Presented by Pam McCutcheon

Never dread a synopsis again! Pam McCutcheon, multi-published author and acclaimed guru of the synopsis, guides you step-by-step through the process of creating the synopsis you need for the short but stimulating blurb on the back of your book as well as an attention grabbing log-line to pull the reader in.

Techniques of the Advanced Novelist — Presented by Aaron Michael Ritchey & Johnny Worthen

While the building blocks of story is character arc and plot structure, there are a variety of techniques that writers use to add amazing flourishes to the basics that create a unique piece of art. Both of the presenters have used these techniques to create award-winning and best-selling novels. Imagery, extended metaphors, purposeful repetition, are just some of the tools at the disposal of the advanced writer. This will be a hands on class where attendees will get to practice what they learned.