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PPWC 2020 Cancellation

Esteemed Conference Attendees, Sponsors, Volunteers, and PPW Members – 

We have been watching the development of COVID-19 along with everyone else and share your concerns. First of all, we are deeply grateful for all the messages of support we’ve received and thank you for letting us know how much PPW matters to you. It matters to us too, which is why this decision was so hard to come to. We are also immensely thankful to our partner, DoubleTree Hilton hotel, for helping us through this difficult time. 

To follow the best practices set forth by the CDC, and to help slow the spread of COVID-19, we regret to announce we are cancelling the 2020 Pikes Peak Writers Conference, scheduled for April 16-19. We are deeply disappointed that circumstances made this decision necessary, and will miss the opportunity to connect with our writing family in person. However, we will be back, better than ever and ready to rock, next year. Please put the dates of April 21-25, 2021, on your calendar now!  The conference will be held at the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel, Colorado Springs. 

To our faculty: You have already been contacted by Amy Krasikov, our 2020 Conference Program Director. Please continue to address your questions to her, and she’ll coordinate with you in regards to our future conference as appropriate.

To our registered attendees: For those of you already registered, there are multiple options. As of right now our 2021 conference is set for April 21 – 25 2021. Your current registration can be rolled over to 2021, your 2020 price confirmed, while your date of registration and the benefits associated with early registration remaining intact. Or you may request a refund of your 2020 conference registration. If that is your choice, please give us a few days to work through those as they come in. Email registrar@pikespeakwriters.com if you would like your registration refunded. Another option, as we are a non-profit organization, is you can donate any portion of your registration fee to the organization to keep us moving forward over the next few months. As many of you know, our conference is the engine that fuels the organization all year long.  In addition, we’ve made several purchases for the 2020 conference that will not be recoverable (such as airfares for faculty).

Also – Please don’t forget to cancel your Doubletree hotel reservations for this year.  Reference the PPW Conference cancellation. They are expecting our calls.

To our conference staff / volunteers: You are the heart of this organization, and we can’t thank you enough for your patience and perseverance. We appreciate all the hard work you did for conference this year, and we look forward to working with you in the same capacity for 2021.

To our sponsors:   We would love to carry over your sponsorship for next year. If that doesn’t work, we are more than willing to give you a full refund and we’d consider the digital advertisement we’ve done on your behalf already to be our gift to you.

Pikes Peak Writers will continue to appreciate and support our local writing community. We may need to cancel or restructure a few events, but we are committed to serving our writing family. Stay safe and keep washing your hands!

Kameron Claire
Pikes Peak Writers
2019-2020 President / 2020 Conference Director

COVID-19 Update

Updated news on COVID-19 comes hourly with more conferences and large scale events cancelling daily. Currently, the PPW board and the 2020 conference committee are working with our conference partners to identify options that will protect our members as well as our organization. We hope to have an answer in the upcoming week, however, in the interim, to help alleviate financial concerns for those who have registered or who were waiting to register, we are extending our refund period beyond March 17th to April 1st, as well as our regular pricing.

Please note, we are taking COVID-19 very seriously and worry about our member’s health as well as our own. As a small non-profit organization this is not an easy decision, therefore we need time to investigate every option available that might keep our lovely community intact. We sincerely hope our sibling organizations who have also had to face this dilemma have been able to do so in a manner that will allow them to operate in the future.

Please hang in there with us for another week or two and stay tuned.

Coronavirus Update

Our partners at the State Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) report that the risk to most Coloradans from the coronavirus is LOW, and they are confident the state health care system is prepared to minimize the potential spread of infection. We are operating as normal and there are no changes to the conference schedule. We will continue to monitor the situation through the CDPHE and the CDC.

It is important to remember the risk to most Coloradans from the coronavirus is low. We are recommending that everyone follow appropriate safety measures as recommended by the CDC, which include:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. Then, wash your hands.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
    • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.

In addition, we recommend

  • Cough or sneeze into your elbow instead of into your hand
  • Consider elbow or shoulder bumping instead of handshakes or hugs.

While in attendance at the conference, we encourage you to make use of the hand sanitizer we will have available in every conference room and at the registration desk. If you are feeling ill, we recommend that you give yourself an opportunity to recover or take necessary precautions to protect yourself and your fellow attendees.

 

Sweet Success for Sandra Knauf

By: Darby Karchut

Congratulations to Sandra Knauf, finalist in the 2019 North Street Book Prize!

ABOUT THE BOOK

On February 15, 2020 Colorado Springs author Sandra Knauf was announced as a Finalist in the 2019 North Street Book Prize. She received recognition for her self-published memoir Please Don’t Piss on the Petunias: Stories About Raising Kids, Crops, and Critters in the City. Out of 1,657 entries, there were 22 self-published books that received awards and recognition. Sandra said that the very first story she wrote for this memoir was “The Chicken Chronicles,” which was submitted to the 2000 Pikes Peak Writers Contest and won first place in Creative Nonfiction.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Sandra Knauf has been a “Colorado Voices” columnist for The Denver Post and her writing has appeared in Colorado Gardener and national publications such as GreenPrints and MaryJanesFarm Magazine. She’s also been a guest commentator on KRCC’s (a NPR affiliate station) “Western Skies” show. In 2011 she created Greenwoman Publishing and has since published a garden writing journal, Greenwoman: Vols. I-6; her YA fantasy novel, Zera and the Green Man; an anthology of sexy gardening stories (Fifty Shades of Green); and, in 2019, her gardening memoir, Please Don’t Piss on the Petunias: Raising Kids, Crops, and Critters in the City. Follow the author at sandraknauf.com, Greenwoman Market, Greenwoman Publishing, LLC, Greenwoman’s Blog: Flora’s Forum, andGreenwoman Facebook Page


Darby Karchut

Darby Karchut is an award-winning author, dreamer, and compulsive dawn greeter. A proud native of New Mexico, she now lives in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, where she runs in blizzards and bikes in lightning storms. When not dodging death by Colorado, Darby is busy wrangling words. Her latest book (lucky number thirteen), DEL TORO MOON, released October 2018 from Owl Hollow Press. Visit the author at her website.

Sweet Success for Donna Schlachter

By: Darby Karchut

Congratulations to author Donna Schlachter. Her latest book, DOUBLE JEOPARDY, released January 7th.

ABOUT THE BOOK

Double Jeopardy, Cover, by: Donna Schlachter

 Mining, murder—and a mock marriage? New York City socialite Becky Campbell inherited more than a speck of her father’s wanderlust. Now his murder bequeaths her a mystery, a ramshackle homestead, and a silver mine. Zeke Graumann signs on as Becky’s foreman to keep his portion of his family’s ranch. He shares the workers’ reservations about a woman boss, especially one who burns water and prances around in dungarees. Even though she did look awful good in the dungarees. Then a series of accidents add threat to tension. Can Becky trust Zeke, find her father’s killer, and turn her mine into a profitable venture? Will Zeke be forced to give up his ranching dream to win Becky’s heart? DOUBLE JEOPARDY is available at www.shoplpc.com/double-jeopardy and Amazon.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Canadian by birth, American by choice, Donna left everything and moved to Denver in 1999 to marry Patrick, the man chosen by God to be her husband. Together they have two daughters and eight grandchildren. Donna is past-treasurer of her local American Christian Fiction Writers chapter and facilitates a local critique group. She has worn many hats in the past, including bank teller, bad debt collector, accounting clerk, paper-girl, professional cleaner, and apartment manager. A storyteller at heart, Donna’s passion is to tell His Story through the ages, using flawed characters in need of a Savior, because this is her story. Follow the author at: www.HiStoryThruTheAges.com


Darby Karchut

Sweet Success is coordinated by Darby Karchut who is an award-winning author, dreamer, and compulsive dawn greeter. A proud native of New Mexico, she now lives in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, where she runs in blizzards and bikes in lightning storms.
If you have a Sweet Success to share please contact her via email.

Sweet Success for Cate Glass

By: Darby Karchut

Congratulations to Cate Glass (aka Carol Berg) on the release of her latest novel, A CONJURING OF ASSASSINS (Book 2 in the Chimera series from Tor/Forge)

ABOUT THE BOOK

A Conjuring of Assassins, Cover, by Cate Glass

Romy and her partners of the Chimera have embraced their roles as the Shadow Lord’s agents, using forbidden magic to accomplish tasks his other spies cannot. Their new mission seems simple: discover where a prisoner has hidden an assassination contract and destroy it. But the prisoner is not who they expect. The man who holds the contract has a fascination with divination, a strange obsession with perfection, and a terror of malignant spirits. And when the partners venture a dangerous impersonation to infiltrate his household, they discover that the document is the spark that could ignite a revolution. 

A CONJURING OF ASSASSINS is now available from Amazon, Barnes and Noble , IndieBound, and Audible.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Carol Berg
Carol Berg

Cate Glass writes the fantasy adventure series Chimera. Cate has lived a large portion of her life in Middle Earth, Camelot, Wonderland, Jim Chee’s New Mexico, Victorian London, Cold War Berlin, the Welsh borderlands, River Heights…you get the drift. While studying mathematics and software engineering at Rice University and the University of Colorado respectively, Cate carved out a place for studies in English, History of Art, and reading, reading, reading. While working as a software engineer, Cate took up a hobby of writing her own fiction. (Cate Glass is a pseudonym for Carol Berg, award-winning, bestselling author of fifteen epic fantasy novels.) Follow the author at: categlass.com


Darby Karchut

Sweet Success is coordinated by Darby Karchut who is an award-winning author, dreamer, and compulsive dawn greeter. A proud native of New Mexico, she now lives in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, where she runs in blizzards and bikes in lightning storms.
If you have a Sweet Success to share please contact her via email.

Congratulations Barbara Nickless!

By: Darby Karchut

PPW member Barbara Nickless will be featured at Murder in the Mountains Friday, February 21-Sunday, February 23, 2020, in Crested Butte, Colorado.

Murder in the Mountains

This event promises a thrilling weekend celebrating all things murder and mystery, including author conversations, a live panel exchange with Scottish crime writers, mystery writing workshops, true crime podcast discussion, youth forensics workshop, “Noir in the Bar” event, murder mystery dinner, and more!

Barbara Nickless will be joined by visiting authors: New York Times bestselling author of fourteen full-length novels in the Walt Longmire mystery series, Craig Johnson; award winning mystery & suspense writer Christine Carbo; crime writer, volunteer firefighter and part-time radio host Rachel Monroe; plus Jakob Rodgers and Lance Benzel of the true crime podcast, Colorado Cold Case.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Author Barbra Nickless

Barbara Nickless is the #1 Amazon Charts and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of the “blisteringly original” Sydney Parnell crime novels featuring a railway cop and her K9 partner. The series has been optioned for television and has won two Colorado Book Awards and the prestigious Daphne du Maurier Award of Excellence. Barbara also teaches creative writing to veterans at the University of Colorado in Colorado Springs. She is often in the Rocky Mountains where she loves to hike, cave, and drink single malt Scotch—although usually not at the same time. Connect with her at www.barbaranickless.com.


Darby Karchut

Sweet Success is coordinated by Darby Karchut who is an award-winning author, dreamer, and compulsive dawn greeter. A proud native of New Mexico, she now lives in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, where she runs in blizzards and bikes in lightning storms.
If you have a Sweet Success to share please contact her via email.

Sweet Success for Shannon Lawrence

Congratulations to Shannon Lawrence on the recent release of her story in Amazing Monsters Tales, Issue 2: Monster Road Trip. The anthology also features other Pikes Peak Writers – see the list below.

Monster Road Trip - Cover

About the Anthology:

Monsters start growling…head out on the highway!

Ten tales of road trips, vacations, tourist destinations, and pits stops that go horribly, horribly wrong. These monsters are out for adventure! But they may not have filled up the gas tank first.
Put on your shades, slather on your sunscreen—especially if you’re a vampire!—and load your swimsuit and your best beach bod in to the car, because it’s time to roll out for the summer—scales, tentacles, and all!

Featuring stories by:

Mark Leslie • Ron Collins • Shannon Lawrence • DeAnna Knippling • Jeff Wood • Rebecca Hodgkins • Jamie Ferguson • Meyari McFarland • Jason Dias • Sharon Kae Reamer

This anthology may be purchased here.

Shannon Lawrence

About the Author: A fan of all things fantastical and frightening, Shannon Lawrence writes primarily horror and fantasy. Her stories can be found in over thirty anthologies and magazines, including Space and Time Magazine and Word Horde’s Fright Into Flight, and her short story collection Blue Sludge Blues & Other Abominations is now available. When she’s not writing, she’s hiking through the wilds of Colorado and photographing her magnificent surroundings, where, coincidentally, there’s always a place to hide a body or birth a monster. Find her at www.thewarriormuse.com


Darby Karchut

Sweet Success is coordinated by Darby Karchut who is an award-winning author, dreamer, and compulsive dawn greeter. A proud native of New Mexico, she now lives in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, where she runs in blizzards and bikes in lightning storms.
If you have a Sweet Success to share please contact her via email.

Sweet Success for Wendy Terrien

By: Darby Karchut

Congratulations to Wendy Terrien on her upcoming release, The Forge of Bonds (Feb. 25, 2020 from Camashea Press).

The latest installment of Wendy’s award-winning YA contemporary fantasy is a coming-of-age story where friendships thrive despite adversity—and ultimate danger. With loyal dogs Shay and Finn, Rampart Guard Jason Lex and Yowie Sadie Callahan continue their quest to protect humankind from the malevolent cryptids among them. Check out the entire series on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and other booksellers world-wide.

PRAISE FOR THE BOOK

“The undeniable strength of Terrien’s writing is not in the action scenes (although they are exhilarating and adeptly rendered), or in the plot (which is intelligently designed and skillfully executed), but in her ability to warmly express the very human nature of her characters as they stumble, grow, and triumph, always with the genuine support of one another.” — Colorado Book Review

Wendy Terrien

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

International bestselling author Wendy Terrien received her first library card at age two, and a few years later started writing her own stories. She is Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers’ 2017-2018 Independent Writer of the Year.

Her debut novel, The Rampart Guards (February 2016), earned a Kirkus starred review and was named to Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books of 2016. The novel is a Foreword INDIES Book of the Year Award Finalist, a Next Generation Indies Award Finalist, and is the first in her intriguing urban fantasy series. The next two books in the series are The League of Governors and The Clan Calling (August 2017). The Clan Calling was a finalist in the 2018 San Francisco Writers contest.

Visit the author’s website or follow her on Facebook, Twitter , and Goodreads.


Darby Karchut

Sweet Success is coordinated by Contributing Editor, Darby Karchut. If you have a Sweet Success to share please contact her via email.
Darby is an award-winning author, dreamer, and compulsive dawn greeter. Her latest book (lucky number thirteen), DEL TORO MOON, released October 2018 from Owl Hollow Press. Visit the author at her website.11-12-2019 8:20 AMSweet Success

Sweet Success for Darby Karchut

Darby Karchut, is over the moon to share the news that her latest middle grade fantasy, THE RED CASKET (the sequel to the award-winning DEL TORO MOON) releases January 14from Owl Hollow Press.

Covers of The Red Casket and Del Toro Moon

ABOUT THE BOOK

Never trust a witch.

For four hundred years, generations of the Family Del Toro and their battle-savvy warhorses have secretly guarded their corner of Colorado from all things creepy. But when a menacing woman with some wicked witch powers shows up at the Del Toro ranch and demands the return of the Red Casket, twelve year old Matt Del Toro must team up with his best friend Perry—along with the warhorses Rigo and Isabel—to out-wit, out-ride, and out-fight one Viking-size sorceress.

“A thoroughly joyful adventure filled with humor, mystery, and the best group of talking warhorses a kid could ask for!”  – Lija Fisher, author of The Cryptid Catcher

Pre-order a copy at Barnes & Noble, Amazon, IndieBound, booksellers world-wide, and don’t forget to add it to your Goodreads list.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Darby Karchut

Darby Karchut is a multi-award winning author, dreamer, and compulsive dawn greeter. A proud native of New Mexico, she now lives in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, where she runs in blizzards and bikes in lightning storms. When not dodging death by Colorado, Darby is busy wrangling words. Her thirteenth novel, DEL TORO MOON (Owl Hollow Press) was the 2019 Colorado Book Award Winner for Juvenile Literature. THE RED CASKET (the sequel to DEL TORO MOON) releases January 2020. Visit the author at www.darbykarchut.com

Darby is also PPW’s Sweet Success Coordinator. If you have a Sweet Success to share please contact Darby at: SweetSuccess@pikespeakwriters.com