Saturday, January 11, 2014

Conferences & Events: Pikes Peak Writers Conference

Pikes Peak Writers Conference
Friday, April 25 through Sunday, April 27, 2014 at the Marriot Hotel in Colorado Springs, Colorado.  
Pre-Conference Programming on Thurs, April 24th

Thank you to MK Meredith, the 2014 PPWC director, for sharing about this
amazing conference. I had the privilege of meeting MK in Sept. 
If you have a chance, connect with this positive and lovely writer via the links below!

1. First, who is the conference for? What writers, ranging from aspiring newbie to seasoned vet with a dozen books under their belt, should attend? Does it matter what age range, genre, category they write? 

Pikes Peak Writers Conference is for every writer from the newbie to the seasoned vet in every genre, including some workshop opportunities for non-fiction and memoir. Though our main focus is fiction writing. 
We welcome writers to a conference where camaraderie with fellow writers –not cutthroat competition– is the universal experience.

2. What kinds of workshops, panels, keynote speakers are presented at the conference? Are practice/critique/exercise sessions available?

We're so excited about our line up. We're bringing in four stellar publishing professionals, including featured authors Chuck Wendig, Gail Carriger, Hank Phillippi Ryan, and Jim C. Hines as our keynote speakers. How fun is that?! Mark Lefebre from Kobo has also generously offered his time and expertise! This is a big deal!

We provide quality workshops covering genre, craft, work/life balance, and reality tracks. 
PPWC takes pride in offering a conference chock full of practical and entertaining workshops, motivational speeches, networking opportunities, a variety of panels, multiple forms of Read & Critique sessions, and the chance to pitch your manuscript to some of the most sought-after editors and agents in the business. 
For those who are not familiar, Read & Critique is set up for a writer's work to be read in front of a panel of professionals for a critique. We offer three different formats. One is with an editor or agent, another is with a panel consisting of an agent, editor, and author, and the third option is with a published author. 

We also cover both traditional and indie publishing.  

3. Are pitch opportunities available? How about other networking opportunities?

Yes, attendees will have the chance to pitch their manuscript. Also, the Read & Critique opportunities where a page of a writer's work is read in front of an agent or editor may result in a request to submit.

Pikes Peak Writers Conference is known as 'The friendliest writers conference in the nation', and it really is. I remember my first year left me spinning and that was just two years ago. Now I'm the director! Which is exactly my point. PPWC sucks you in and makes you part of the family. Every writer cheers for the success of another. It's really amazing.

There are multiple networking opportunities. Our agents and editors are very accessible and visit with attendees at meals, between workshops, and after workshop hours in the hotel bar.
This year's lineup:
                            Sarah Peed, Del Rey and Ballantine 
                            Sara Sargent, HarperCollins 
                            Terese Ramin, Entangled Publishing
                            Terri Bischoff, Midnight Ink 
                            Amy Boggs, Donald Maass Literary Agency 
                            Beth Phelan, Bent Agency 
                            Gordon Warnock, Foreword Literary
                            Kristen Nelson, Nelson Literary Agency, LLC
                            Michelle Johnson, Inklings Literary Agency 
                            Carlisle Webber, CK Webber Associates 

4. What is the price and what is included? Meals?

The price of the conference is $395.00 for Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. The conference registration fee includes workshops, pitch, read & critiques and much more. We are all writers, we know the challenges of budgeting conferences and networking opportunities to ensure success and learning. With that in mind, we are thrilled to announce our new payment plan option which helps make conference even more affordable for many attendees. 5 payments of $79.00 with flexibility on when to pay. 

We feed our writers more than any other conference I know! Writer's will leave with the satisfaction of being better writers and having full bellies! Meals include Friday’s welcome lunch and dinner, Saturday’s continental breakfast, keynote luncheon and The Zebulon Awards banquet, and Sunday’s continental breakfast and farewell luncheon. Additional Saturday Zebulon Banquet tickets are available to purchase for guests. Faculty members will host lunch and dinner tables so writers have the opportunity to chat with that editor, agent, or author they've been dying to meet. The exceptional keynote speakers will make each meal an unforgettable experience. If somehow that's not enough, afternoon breaks on Friday and Saturday will refuel writers with fruit, nuts and pastries. For the writers out there like me who need a boost throughout the day, coffee and water will be available.

5. Is there a special hotel room rate for PPWC attendees?

Yes! The Colorado Springs Marriott has generously offered room rates of $105.00/night. 
5580 Tech Center Drive
Colorado Springs, Colorado 80919

6. Is there something different or exciting happening this year?

We have so many extras going on this year bringing added value to an already amazing conference. Here are a few:

Our 2014 PPWC PREQUEL is a 'don't want to miss' event! 
Pikes Peak Writers is pleased to bring back our overwhelmingly popular Pre-Conference Programming on Thursday, April 24, 2014.  Why? Because 3 days is just not enough! This year, however, Thursday has a whole new identity: PPWC PREQUEL. This programming can be added to the PPWC Registration for an additional $85, or writers can attend The Prequel ONLY for $135.  Lunch is included in the PPWC Prequel registration price.
Pair any one of the four morning workshops with one of the four afternoon workshops for a personalized PPWC PREQUEL experience.
· Morning sessions run from 9 AM to Noon.
· Afternoon sessions run from 1 PM to 4 PM.
· During the Noon to 1 PM break, your boxed lunch will be provided.

2014 PPWC Prequel Morning Programs:

Thursday Morning:
                                1 MURDER IN ASPEN LEAF (PART 1): Murder Scene To Murder Seen
Presenters:  Tom Adair, Chris Herndon, Karl Herndon, Jax Daniels, Dan Bubis
                                 2 EDIT YOURSELF: Practical Steps To A Polished Manuscript
Presenter:  Tiffany Yates Martin
                                 3 PITCH PERFECT: 3 Steps To Getting Their Attention
Presenter:   Linda Rohrbough
                                 4  GET REAL! Telling Your Story With Non-Fiction
Presenter:   Karen Albright Lin

2014 PPWC Prequel Afternoon Programs:

Thursday Afternoon:
                                   1 MURDER IN ASPEN LEAF (PART 2): The Mental Man Hunt
Presenters:   Lynda Hilburn, Morgen Leigh, Pete Klismet, Dan Leyman
                                   2 THE FIVE Ws OF INDIE PUBLISHING: Who, What, When, Where,                                                                                Why and WTH?! 
Presenters:   Becky Clark, Deanna Knippling
                                   3   WRITE THE QUERY RIGHT
Presenter:   Michelle Johnson
                                   4   BRING ON THE BUZZ! Creating A Conversation About Your Book
Presenters:    Deb Courtney, Susan Mitchell, Jennifer Lovett, Aaron Ritchey

This year we are hosting a Steampunk Themed FridayDinner with keynote speaker Gail Carriger. Attendees can dress up and win prizes. So much fun! Of course dressing up is not mandatory. Those who like to people watch and collect fodder for their stories will have a great time as well.

PPWC’s photographer, Jared Hagan, has agreed to provide opportunities for attendees to get author headshots.  Yes, the dreaded headshots.  Writers need them for the back cover of their book.  They need them for their website and author pages on social media. Sometimes  pricing is  prohibitive. Writers could spend hundreds of dollars for a headshot these days.  Fortunately, attendees at the conference can sign up for a fifteen minute, no-fuss photoshoot at this year’s conference and receive a touched-up, digital picture file which can be reproduced and used as they see fit. The pricing is $45.00 and half of that is being generously donated to PPWC. This is a big deal because PPW is a 501()c3 non profit and the donations we get help support things such as our scholarship fund. PPW membership is free and offers over 36 free learning opportunities a year!

The scholarship application opens January 1st. 

So whether writers are getting ready to be published or just updating their websites, this is a great way to accomplish that goal and support Pikes Peak Writers at the same time. 

To register for conference: (Registration pricing goes up March 16th.)

If anyone is interested in submitting for PPWC2015 workshops they can do so at:

You can contact MK on Facebook: 
or her author page:
and on twitter: 

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