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Letter from the Editor – November 2018

Dear PPW Readers,

Welcome to November and the first day of National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). Are you participating? Last month Writing from the Peak covered many ways to prepare yourself for NaNo, and today is your day to fly. I wish all of you luck and perseverance as you dive head first into what might be one of the most grueling writing months of the year. Some will cross the finish line in twenty days, while others will crash and burn in two. No matter when you cross the line, just remember, success is not finishing first, but starting in the first place.Success is not finishing first, but that you started in the first place.

Writing from the Peak, will spend November helping you keep writing. Deb Buckingham will help you find ways to Generate Ideas. DeAnna Knippling will set the pace for you with Pacing Primer. Lit-Quotes by Gabrielle Brown, are always inspirational and a visit with the Grammar Police by Robin LaBorde will keep your writing free of comma comas. In addition to PPW’s blog, Pikes Peak Writers will also be hosting monthly events that will certainly add to your writing arsenal.

Open Critique
This FREE program provides a critique experience for a small number of PPW members who seek feedback on manuscript pages and who want to learn how to have positive critique group experiences.

Write Brains
Write Brain Sessions are free mini-workshops on the craft of writing, business of writing, and the writer’s life. Watch for them in Colorado Springs on the third Tuesday of most months. Pikes Peak Writers began offering monthly Write Brain workshops in 2004.

Write Drunk, Edit Sober
Come and enjoy some wonderful, guided improv writing prompts and a discussion about what those prompts produce.

Writers’ Night
Writers’ Night is two full hours of discussion, laughter, and fun with other local members of Pikes Peak Writers.

I wish everyone writing success in NaNoWriMo as well as anything you are doing this month. May you find the courage to sit at your writing table each day to conquer whatever writing beast you are facing.


KJ Scrim, Profile ImageManaging Editor, Kathie “KJ” Scrim, is a graduate of the University of Colorado at Boulder. Her inspiration for blogging, flash fiction, short stories, and the long haul of novel writing comes from her many life experiences. When she’s not writing you can find her somewhere in Colorado walking, hiking, or rock climbing at the local gym.

December’s Events

Pikes Peak Writers is committed to helping writers grow and thrive through education, outreach, and community. To that end, we host these events each month. Click on each link for more information.

Some of our events are for members only, some are open to the public.  Membership is free and its easy to join, just click here.

Please be aware that all events held at the Pikes Peak Library District locations are subject to the PPLD policies. Attendees and PPW staff/faculty are expected to adhere to these policies at all times.

 

 

Open Critique

This FREE program provides a critique experience for a small number of PPW members who seek feedback on manuscript pages and who want to learn how to have positive critique group experiences.

Write Brains

Write Brain Sessions are free mini-workshops on the craft of writing, business of writing, and the writer’s life. Watch for them in Colorado Springs on the third Tuesday of most months. Pikes Peak Writers began offering monthly Write Brain workshops in 2004.

Write Drunk, Edit Sober

Come and enjoy some wonderful, guided improv writing prompts and a discussion about what those prompts produce.

Writers’ Night

Writers’ Night is two full hours of discussion, laughter, and fun with other local members of Pikes Peak Writers.

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November’s Events

Pikes Peak Writers is committed to helping writers grow and thrive through education, outreach, and community. To that end, we host these events each month. Click on each link for more information.

Some of our events are for members only, some are open to the public.  Membership is free and its easy to join, just click here.

Please be aware that all events held at the Pikes Peak Library District locations are subject to the PPLD policies. Attendees and PPW staff/faculty are expected to adhere to these policies at all times.

 

Open Critique

This FREE program provides a critique experience for a small number of PPW members who seek feedback on manuscript pages and who want to learn how to have positive critique group experiences.

Write Brains

Write Brain Sessions are free mini-workshops on the craft of writing, business of writing, and the writer’s life. Watch for them in Colorado Springs on the third Tuesday of most months. Pikes Peak Writers began offering monthly Write Brain workshops in 2004.

Write Drunk, Edit Sober

Come and enjoy some wonderful, guided improv writing prompts and a discussion about what those prompts produce.

Writers’ Night

Writers’ Night is two full hours of discussion, laughter, and fun with other local members of Pikes Peak Writers.

 

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Quote of the Week Helen Hunt Jackson

Helen Hunt Jackson

Helen Maria Hunt Jackson, born Helen Fiske, was an American poet and writer who became an activist on behalf of improved treatment of Native Americans by the United States government

Helen Hunt Jackson, born Helen Maria Fiske on October 15, 1830 in Amherst, MA was orphaned as a child and raised by her aunt. Jackson was sent to private schools and formed a lasting childhood friendship with Emily Dickinson. At the age of 21, Jackson married Lieutenant Edward Bissell Hunt and together they had two sons. Jackson began writing poetry only after the early deaths of her husband and both sons.

Jackson published five collections of poetry, including Verses (1870) and Easter Bells (1884), as well as children’s literature and travel books, often using the pseudonyms “H.H.,” “Rip van Winkle,” or “Saxe Holm.”

Frequently in poor health, she moved to Colorado Springs, CO to take “The Cure” for respiratory illness on her physician’s recommendation. She met and married William Sharpless Jackson in 1875.

In 1881, Jackson became an activist on behalf of improved treatment of Native Americans by the United States after hearing an 1879 speech by Chief Standing Bear.  In 1881  she wrote A Century 

of Dishonor, an exposé of the rampant crimes against Native Americans.  Her work led to the founding of the Indian Rights Association. In 1884 she published Ramona, a fictionalized account of the plight of Southern California’s dispossessed Mission Indians,.

Helen Hunt Jackson died on August 12, 1885, in San Franscico, CA and is buried at the Evergreen Cemetary in Colorado Springs, CO.  She was inducted into the Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame in 1985.

(portrait of Helen Hunt Jackson Courtesy of New York Public Library)



Profile Photo of Gabrielle V Brown Managing Editor Pikes Peak Writers Blog

Gabrielle V. Brown, Managing Editor of Pikes Peak Writers Blog, is an engineer by trade and a writer by passion. Her published works included government studies, textbook credits, research abstracts, training manuals and poetry. She has extensive experience in website design and maintenance, blog content and management, and SEO. Gabrielle has put words to paper since she could hold a crayon and currently writes speculative fiction, humorous short stories, poetry, and literary fiction. You can reach Gabrielle at editor@pikespeakwriters.com.

 

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Coming This Week

On the Blog:

Pikes Peak Writers Blog features the next installment of Jason Evans’ series on Historical Fiction.  Jason provides some candid insight on what works (and doesn’t) for successful book launch marketing.  Look for this piece on Wednesday, October 18, 2017.

And in Colorado Springs:

October Write Brain – Writing Disable Characters

Monday October 16, 2017 6:15 – 8:15 at Library 21c, 1175 Chapel Hills Dr, Colorado Springs, CO 80920 (get directions)

What: Writing Disabled Characters

Who: Abby J. Reed

When: October 16th, 6:15 – 8:15pm – Note: This is a Monday! Temporary day of week change due to library reservations

Where: Venue@21c (upper floor, to the right if coming in the upper entrance) of Library 21c, 1175 Chapel Hills Dr. Colorado Springs, CO 80920

More Information: With more agents and publishers looking to support diversity in their lists, come learn the do’s and dont’s of writing a disabled character. Learn about The Spoon Theory, The Stages of Grief, Tropes to avoid and why, the role of medication and therapy, portraying your character as a holistic individual, and more.

About the Presenter: Abby J. Reed has a degree in English Writing and is drawn to characters with physical limitations due to her own neurological disorder called Chronic Migraine. Her debut novel, WHEN PLANETS FALL, released in April 2017 by Soul Mate Publishing and is the first in a trilogy. Abby lives in Colorado with her husband and two fluffy pups. If her hands aren’t on the keyboard, they are stained purple and blue with paint. Find her online at www.abbyjreed.com.


Profile Photo of Gabrielle V Brown Managing Editor Pikes Peak Writers Blog

Gabrielle V. Brown, Managing Editor of Pikes Peak Writers Blog, is an engineer by trade and a writer by passion. Her published works included government studies, textbook credits, research abstracts, training manuals and poetry. She has extensive experience in website design and maintenance, blog content and management, and SEO. Gabrielle has put words to paper since she could hold a crayon and currently writes speculative fiction, humorous short stories, poetry, and literary fiction. You can reach Gabrielle at editor@pikespeakwriters.com.

 

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Events this Week

  • Pikes Peak Writers is committed to helping writers grow and thrive through education, outreach, and community.Some of our events are for members only, some are open to the public.  Membership is free and its easy to join, just click here.

    Write Drunk, Edit Sober Oct 11, 2017 — 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM

    Location: Bar K 124 E Costilla St. Colorado Springs, CO 80903 (get directions)

    Please join Deb Courtney for Write Drunk*, Edit Sober on the second Wednesday of every month. We start at 6:30 PM will run until approximately 9 PM. It is located in the lower level of Bar K in Downtown Colorado Springs.

    The basic format is improv writing followed by discussion of critical techniques useful in unpacking improv responses in order to further develop them.

    Bar K is located on Costilla, between Tejon and Nevada.

    This event is no host, which means Pikes Peak Writers will not be providing the drinks. Alcohol/soft drinks are available for purchase. There is no food service; owners have graciously agreed to allow outside food/snacks. Please be courteous and leave no messes.

    This event is only open to writers who are at least 21 years old.

    Hope to see you there.

    * Pikes Peak Writers does not endorse or approve of drinking to excess. Please, if you choose to drink alcoholic beverages, drink responsibly.


    Profile Photo of Gabrielle V Brown Managing Editor Pikes Peak Writers Blog

    Gabrielle V. Brown, Managing Editor of Pikes Peak Writers Blog, is an engineer by trade and a writer by passion. Her published works included government studies, textbook credits, research abstracts, training manuals and poetry. She has extensive experience in website design and maintenance, blog content and management, and SEO. Gabrielle has put words to paper since she could hold a crayon and currently writes speculative fiction, humorous short stories, poetry, and literary fiction. You can reach Gabrielle at editor@pikespeakwriters.com.

     

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Quote of the Week Frank Herbert

Frank Herbert, (8 October 1920 – 11  February 1986) was an American science-fiction writer noted as the author of the best-selling, Dune, considered a classic in the science fiction genre.

Prior to the success of Dune, Herbert worked as a journalist, photographer, and book reviewer.  Early in his career he sold pulp adventure and romance short stories to magazines. He began writing science fiction in the early 1950s had his short stories were published in Startling Stories, Astounding Science Fiction, and Amazing Stories.  

In the Dune series, Herbert tackled such themes as ecology, evolution, genetic manipulation, and mystical and psychic  possibilities.

Dune, was rejected 20 times before publication in 1965; the novel went on to sell over 12 million copies. The Dune Series became a movie, two television series, and video games. Herbert’s estate has recently released studio rights to Herbert’s work. According to Variety, Legendary Films will film a new Dune movie, screenplay by Eric Roth and directed by Denis Villeneuve.

 


Profile Photo of Gabrielle V Brown Managing Editor Pikes Peak Writers Blog

Gabrielle V. Brown, Managing Editor of Pikes Peak Writers Blog, is an engineer by trade and a writer by passion. Her published works included government studies, textbook credits, research abstracts, training manuals and poetry. She has extensive experience in website design and maintenance, blog content and management, and SEO. Gabrielle has put words to paper since she could hold a crayon and currently writes speculative fiction, humorous short stories, poetry, and literary fiction. You can reach Gabrielle at editor@pikespeakwriters.com.

 

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