Pikes Peak Writers Free Events for May


Here are the free events from PPW for the month of May.

What: Open Critique

When: Wednesday, May 6, 6:00 to 8:30 PM

Where: Cottonwood Center for the Arts, 427 East Colorado Avenue, Colorado Springs, CO

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

Each month Open Critique will accommodate up to eight participants with a maximum of eight manuscript pages (double spaced, one side) per person. Bring at least 8 copies. To request a slot to participate, email your request to critique. Slots are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis, and are only considered for the month in which they are received. Participants will receive confirmation and instructions via email.

PPW reserves the right to give priority to new participants over those who have attended multiple times.


About the Presenter: PPW’s Open Critique program is facilitated by Donnell Bell with the occasional experienced guest critique partner.

What: Writing the Fiction Synopsis
Who: Pam McCutcheon
When: May 19, 6:30-8:30
Where: Carnegie room of Penrose Library, 20 N Cascade Ave, Colorado Springs, Colorado 80903
More Information: Most writers hate writing synopses, and no wonder. After you’ve agonized over several hundred pages to make your prose absolutely perfect, how could you possibly distill that down to a measly ten or twenty pages? Or, worse yet, one or two? By the time you’ve written the book, everything seems important, and it’s difficult to know what to put in and what to leave out. To help with that problem, Pam came up with a method that she details in her book, Writing the Fiction Synopsis, A Step by Step Approach. She’ll share her process to help you put together a selling synopsis and write a back cover blurb.

About the Presenter:Pam McCutcheon is the author of romance novels and how-to books for writers under her own name, and the Demon Underground YA urban fantasy series under the name Parker Blue. Pam’s latest releases are an updated e-book version of her popular Writing the Fiction Synopsis, as well as e-book versions of her romance backlist. Parker’s sixth Demon Underground book, Catch Me, is coming out in Spring 2015 from Bell Bridge Books. Pam/Parker recently quit her day job and is now working full-time as a writer, editor, and speaker. She can be found on the ’Net at pammc.com or parkerblue.net .

What: Writer’s Night

When: Monday, May 25, 6:30 to 8:30 PM

Where: The Elbo Room at The Ritz Grill, 15 S. Tejon St., Colorado Springs, CO 80903

More Information: PPW Night is two full hours of discussion, laughter, and fun with other local members of Pikes Peak Writers.

The direction of the meeting is decided by the participants and can include discussions about query letters, obtaining and working with an agent, writing conferences, or other specific points of the craft. If nothing else, we talk about books!

These are drop-in meetings, so feel free to attend all or just part of them.


About the Presenter: PPW’s Writer’s Night is facilitated by Deb Courtney.


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