Conference News

Hello Fellow Writers!

Hello Fellow Writers!

I’m Jenny Kate, this year’s PPW Conference Director, and have I got a conference update for you! 

Our planning team is busy, busy, busy. 

We are in person, April 29 – May 1, and we are providing a virtual option.

Programming

With more than 90 workshops planned and ready to go, we have something for everyone no matter where you are in your writing career.  You can check those out here. 

We have three wonderful keynote speakers:

  • Romance Author Naima Simone 
  • Thriller/Noir Mystery Author and PPWC Alum Robert Crais
  • Publishing Expert Jane Friedman

And two amazing Featured Authors:

  • Author of the ‘Dear Writer’ Series Becca Syme
  • TV Writer turned Romance Novelist, Dr. Ines Johnson 

New Venue

We are super excited to be in a brand-new venue for this year’s Pikes Peak Writers Conference. 

The staff at Colorado Springs Doubletree Hilton Hotel has been a great partner.

We spent an entire morning food tasting with Chef Steve so you’ll have the best meals ever. We can’t wait for you to try the beer-cheese soup and the braised short ribs!

The rooms are larger. The area for BarCon is amazing. 

We think you’re going to love this new conference center.

Registration is open

We have a lot of options available this year.  

1.  If you’re just up for one day: our one-day PreGame programming on Thursday has master’s classes for all levels. 

2.  If you’re up for the whole conference, our 2.5 days of programming is a wealth of information on craft, business, marketing, the writing life and more. 

    • These 2.5 days also offers the opportunity to pitch your work to an agent or editor. 
    • Or you can have your work read aloud in one of our Read and Critique Sessions.

3.  Write Drunk, Edit Sober is back for another year with our President Deb Courtney!

4.  Call all Students! This year, we are also offering a student discount for high school and college students. $40 off regular Friday-Sunday registration, or $51 off Thursday’s PreGame programming. As always, if the student is under 18, they’ll need a permission slip from a parent. And all students using the discount will be required to upload proof of student status. 

5.  Finally, our virtual option. 

    • We have 24 workshops and our keynotes available for live streaming
    • That option also allows access for up to 45 days after conference
    • In-person attendees have the option of adding on the virtual option as well

We know COVID is on your mind, so here’s what we’re doing:

  • To pick up your registration materials, you’ll need to provide a vaccine card OR a negative test within 48 hours. 
  • We’re spacing seating in all workshops and at all meals
  • In your grab bag, you’ll find a mask and hand sanitizer
  • We are encouraging attendees to wear masks

We are very aware that some people will be happy with these measures and some people won’t. All COVID mitigation could change as we get closer and things develop over time. 

The bottom line for us is we haven’t been in person in two years, and we would like to be. 

We are doing everything we can to make sure this is a safe event. So please give a little grace as we are not health care professionals. We are writers. We will follow what the CDC and the Health Department for the State of Colorado advises us to do. 

Because we miss our writer buddies and want to see as many of you as possible at conference. 

 

If you haven’t registered yet, you can click here and register.

If you’d like to volunteer, you can email our volunteer coordinator Jessica Starkey at ppwcvolunteer@pikespeakwriters.com

If you have any questions about conference, check out our website here or feel free to email me anytime at conference@pikespeakwriters.com 

 

We can’t wait to see you in April!

2022 Conference Update

Hi PPWC Enthusiasts!

Hold on to your hats, I’ve got a lot of exclamation points coming your way!

We are well into planning for 2022 and super excited to be back in person!

We can’t wait to introduce you to our new venue – the Colorado Springs Doubletree Hilton Hotel!

We’re thrilled to offer some incredible keynote speakers for you!

  • Robert Crais writes thrillers and noir mystery and is a PPWC alum.
  • Naima Simone writes sizzling romances with heart, a touch of humor and snark.
  • Jane Friedman is a stalwart in the publishing industry and we were her first in-person invitation for the 2021-2022 conference season!

Registration will open November 1, so SAVE-THE-DATE!

Are you attending? Save the date!

Do you want to buy a registration for your best writer’s Christmas present? Save the date!

Early bird registration is always cheaper, so save that date.

We are accepting workshop proposals until October 1, 2021.

Do you teach?

We’re looking for all manner of workshops: plotting, publishing, marketing, editing, advertising, character development, world building, you name it.

So if you’ve got one, we want to hear about it!

Click here and tell us everything.

If you want to volunteer, we need you!

Conference never happens without a slew of volunteers and there are many positions to fill.
Click here to see some of the volunteer positions.

Email the Volunteer Coordinator here.

But, COVID?

It’s possible COVID will still be a factor in April.

Don’t worry, we’re planning to be safe than sorry.

We are committed to your safety during conference.

So, in your grab bag will be hand sanitizer and a mask.

We’ll also have distanced seating during workshops and meals.

And, here’s something we’re really proud of.

We’re planning to offer virtual options!

Keep an eye on this page for more information as we develop this concept.

All in all, we are really, really excited about conference in April!

Our theme is “Get in the Game! Let’s get your writing career over the finish line!”

Mark your calendars: April 29-May 1, 2022.

More updates coming when we have them!

Feel free to email me with any questions, Jenny Kate, PPWC Director

2022 Conference FAQ

1- Will there be a virtual option for PPWC? 

We are offering 24 workshops plus keynote speeches as our virtual option. This option can be purchased as a stand alone option or as an in-person attendee add-on. Both options will have access to the content for 45 days following the end of conference. We reserve the right to cancel this option if interest doesn’t warrant.

2- When will registration begin? 

Registration for in-person and virtual conference begins November 1.

3- Will the virtual conference be the same as the in-person conference? 

We are working hard to provide a stellar virtual option and the details for our virtual offerings will be available soon.

4- What is the refund policy if COVID cancels the in-person conference? 

In the unfortunate and unexpected event COVID cancels our in-person conference due to federal, state, or local pandemic/health regulations, we will offer refunds and/or rollover to the next year. PPWC retains the right to offer an all-virtual conference. If we do decide we can transition to an all-virtual conference, we will make appropriate refunds of the difference in cost between virtual and in-person.

5- What COVID mitigation factors will you have? 

We are committed to a safe environment for all our attendees. We require our attendees to either be fully vaccinated and present a vaccine card, OR provide a negative COVID test taken within 48 hours of picking up registration materials. Our other mitigation factors include distanced seating in workshops and meals, and masks and hand sanitizer in swag bags.

PPWC 2022 – WORKSHOP PROPOSALS

If you’ve got a workshop on craft, publishing, marketing –   Submit it now! The proposal portal is open now to October 1, 2021.  Workshops will be selected in October 2021.

Go to https://pikespeakwriters.submittable.com/submit/119316/ppw-proposal-portal to enter your workshop ideas.  We prefer a minimum of three workshops per person.

If you have questions, contact Karen Fox at programming@pikespeakwriters.com.

2022 Conference

Dates: April 29-May 1, 2022 with an add-on date of April 28
Keynotes: Jane Friedman, Robert Crais, Barbara O’Neal (Samuel)
Location: Colorado Springs DoubleTree
Registration: Begins in the fall!
Sign up for the Pikes Peak Writers newsletter for updates.

2021 Conference!

Esteemed past, present, and potential 2021 PPW Conference Attendees –

As you know, we regretfully had to cancel our 2020 in-person conference due to COVID concerns. Unfortunately, as we approach the end of 2020 there are still safety concerns over large public gatherings. While our 2021 conference is ~5 months away–scheduled for late April 2021–it takes our PPWC volunteers ~12 months to put a conference together. With that thought in mind, and with the uncertainty of what spring 2021 holds for all of us, Pikes Peak Writers has decided to host a virtual conference in 2021 with the hope and plan to come back as a hybrid conference in 2022.

More to come about registration, which will open 15 January 2021. Click here for more information.

All 2020 conference registrants who rolled over their conference registration should have been contacted about available options and refunds. If you missed this email, please contact registrar@pikespeakwriters.com and Karen will take care of you.

We appreciate your patience as we figure out how we can best serve our community while keeping our health and safety in mind, and hope you will join us on this exciting new virtual adventure.

Click here for conference updates as they become available.

Kameron Claire
2021 PPWC Director

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.

 

PPWC2019 – Reflections

Although PPWC2019 fell into the history books almost a month ago, the buzz is still electrifying. Here are just a few things people had to say:

“There’s a reason PPWC is one of the longest-standing and productive writing conferences in the country. The level of talent, professionalism, access to both industry leaders and Mother Nature create the ideal opportunity for writers at all levels to move ahead in craft and career.” ~~Susan Wiggs, New York Times best-selling author

What really stood out at PPWC was the clear affection that attendees felt for each other.  Clearly, many were experienced veterans of the conference, and they were so happy to see each other again.  And still, they were very inclusive of new people.  Plus, present company notwithstanding, I thought the programming and the level of instruction to be phenomenal. ~~John Gilstrap, New York Times bestselling author

I’ve attended the Southern California Writers Conference a couple of times, and while the workshops are on par with PPWC, they don’t include meals into the conference (except for the Saturday night banquet), so I’m very happy PPWC does that! It’s nice to be able to talk with authors and faculty there in an informal setting. They’re pretty normal, in a nerdy sort of way–like us! ~Margena Holmes, Author

PPWC has long been my favorite conference to attend. It was the first writers conference I ever went to–as an attendee in 2007–and it set the bar high for others. I’m always thrilled when I get to come back as faculty and reunite with so many familiar faces, be part of the top-notch presentations you offer (one of the many reasons I adore PPWC), and be around such an enthusiastic, supportive, focused group of writers. This past year, as I always do, I filled my days when I wasn’t presenting attending the presentations of others–I learn so much there every time. And I am inspired and charged up every time I come by the authors I get to work with in my workshops–everyone is so fully engaged, dedicated to their craft, and wonderfully interactive. It’s also one of my favorite places to lead workshops. Coming to PPWC is like coming home, every time. ~Tiffany Yates Martin, Editor/Owner, FoxPrint Editorial

PPWC 2019 was my first time teaching at a writers conference, a longtime goal of mine. I was a little nervous, until I realized just how friendly and enthusiastic all the attendees were. Everyone at PPWC came with an open mind, ready to learn new things and build their writing skills. I was so impressed by the knowledge and curiosity of everyone who attended my classes–I think I learned more from them than they learned from me! ~Rachel Craft, Author

As I sit at home, drinking a hot mug of coffee, I like to reflect on the things I’ve learned, the people I’ve met and the knowledge I’ve acquired. I try to process it all and allow it to motivate my writing. By the end of that first cup of Joe, I want to write all the things. I want to finish my manuscript, edit another and submit to every anthology. ~Jason Henry Evans, Author

I thoroughly enjoyed the presentations and workshops I was able to attend; the faculty was top-notch. And who can leave out the networking benefits of Barcon?  But ultimately, the very best part of PPWC was the friendships I made.  Writing can be such a lonely thing, but I have now gathered my tribe!  ~Kate V. Conway, Author

PPWC2019 met all of my expectations. My favorite quote from the weekend came from John Gilstrap when he said, “Don’t write a book – tell a story.” My favorite class was…ALL of them. So much information filled my notebook with knowledge and my mind with ideas. My favorite thing to do? Volunteer. I have been on the Query team since my first conference in 2012. It is a great way to contribute to this amazing event. These reasons (and many more) are why I return year after year. ~K.J. Scrim, Editor PPW Blog and Author

For the six years I’ve been attending PPWC, I’ve heard how the Pikes Peak Writer’s Conference is one of the best, friendliest, and most respected conferences in the country, and while I believed my astute fellow conference volunteers, I am bred from the school of trust but verify. So, this year, when I was approached by many editors/agents, as well as all of the keynotes, I requested details when they told me how happy they were to attend a PPW Conference.

In summary, this is what I was told:
–The variety of material, genre, and skill levels catered to by the workshops, invited guests, and keynotes. A little something for everyone.

–The amount of coordination and organization conducted prior to and during conference by the conference volunteers.  “I can’t believe this is all done by volunteers”.

–The overall vibe of the conference is positive and light. We are able to maintain a joviality throughout the days and nights, something that is rare as time presses on.
~Kameron Claire, PPW President and Author