April Write Brain: Conference Like a Pro: Everything You Need to Know

Apr 16, 2019 — 6:15 p.m. to 8:15 p.m.

Location: Library 21C 1175 Chapel Hills Drive (get directions)
What really happens at a writer’s conference? Are you prepared to speak eloquently, or at least coherently, about your work? Is there a secret handshake? Do you have any idea what you’ll wear? What will you talk about when standing in line with a hundred other introverts? Even if you’ve attended a conference before, this workshop will give you the inside line on what’s new at PPWC this year, plus tips on how to get the most out of your conference experience and soothe any preconference jitters.

After updates from Conference Director Laura Hayden and Programming Director Bowen Gilling, our four panelists will talk about their experiences at PPWC, give you their best insider tips, and answer your burning questions.

Speaker Bios:

Patrick Hester is an author, blogger, podcaster and two-time Hugo Award winner. He lives in Colorado, writes science fiction and fantasy, and can usually be found hanging out on social media platforms as @atfmb. His novel, SAMANTHA KANE: INTO THE FIRE is available at all major retailers and his short fiction, essays and articles can be found with a little Google-fu. He regularly attends conventions and conferences throughout the year, and has been part of PPW since 2012. His website is www.atfmb.com.

Stacy S. Jensen writes picture books, short stories, and memoir. She’s a member of PPW and SCBWI. She volunteers for both organizations. She worked for 20 years in a variety of newspaper reporter and editor positions in Georgia, North Carolina and Texas. She earned awards for editorial writing, hard news writing, and column writing.

Charise Simpson has been a member of the Pikes Peak Writers since 2010 and is currently serving as the organization’s Treasurer. She is currently working on her humorous travel memoir and a true crime story from the 1940’s. She has worked as a freelance journalist writing a weekly Q&A column for the business section of The Colorado Springs Gazette.

Laura Hayden is one of the founders of the Pikes Peak Writers and served as it first president. In addition, she’s held the position of PPWC director for an unprecedented eight years (non-consecutive) and is working on her ninth year at the helm. She’s published thirteen fiction novels in a wide variety of genres, one nonfiction and many short stories. She owns Author, Author! a bookstore serving authors and co-owns Parker Hayden Media, an assisted self-publishing company.

Bowen Gillings is the current PPWC Programming Director and Immediate Past President. His writing has appeared in Allegory e-zine, Writing is Art, Ghosts of Downtown, and the Writing from the Peak blog. Bowen writes fantasy, humorous superhuman thrillers, and whatever else suits his fancy.

 

Faculty

Charise Simpson

Charise is currently working on a humorous travel memoir, and developing a middle grade mystery series with her teenaged daughter. She has worked as a freelance journalist writing a weekly Q&A column for the business section of The Gazette. She has also written feature stories for the local Woodmen & Cheyenne Editions newspapers. As a member of the Pikes Peak Writers since 2010, she has served as a general conference gofer and moderator, Handout Coordinator, and Allergy Meals Coordinator, as well as committee member for Non-Conference Events.

Stacy S. Jensen

Stacy S. Jensen

Stacy S. Jensen writes picture books and memoir. She has attended and volunteered at Pikes Peak Writers Conferences since 2011 and has contributed to the Writing from the Peak blog since 2012. She worked in newspapers in a variety of reporter and editor positions in several states. Her work has appeared in Chicken Soup for the Soul. She spends her time writing, revising and submitting her work. She also volunteers in her neighborhood and in her church.

Laura Hayden

Laura Hayden is one of the founders of the Pikes Peak Writers and served as it first president. She’s been associated with PPWC since its inaugural year, 1993. In addition, she’s held the position of PPWC  director for an unprecedented eight years (non-consecutive).  She’s published thirteen fiction novels in a wide variety of genres, one nonfiction and many short stories. She owns Author, Author! a bookstore serving authors and co-owns Parker Hayden Media, an assisted self-publishing company. She resides in the Birmingham, Alabama area, but her heart remains in Colorado.

Patrick Hester

Patrick Hester

Patrick Hester is an author, blogger, podcaster and two-time Hugo Award winner. He lives in Colorado, writes science fiction and fantasy, and can usually be found hanging out on his Twitter or Facebook feeds. He first attended a PPW event in 2012 and has been going back ever since. His Functional Nerds and SF Signal weekly podcasts have both been nominated for multiple Parsec awards. His short fiction appears in several anthologies, and his longer works are available via Amazon.com. He writes a twice monthly column for the Kirkus Reviews blog, is a regular contributor to SF Signal and Functional Nerds and maintains his own website and blog at atfmb.com.

Bowen Gillings

Bowen’s a rookie writer, but an adept at life. He’s lived in lots of different places, traveled to quite a few more, read a bunch of stuff, and completed a degree or two. He’s an Army veteran, former personal trainer, actor, voice artist, government contractor, financial advisor, and bookseller. Now he resides in Colorado Springs with his wife, daughter, and dog.

Genre loves run the gamut from fantasy to historical and contemporary fiction with a smattering of sci-fi, literary, and biography thrown in for spice.

When not writing, he can be found at Garden of the Gods Park leading school programs for area elementary and high school students.

He became a member of Pikes Peak Writers in 2015, regularly attends Open Critique, Write Brain, and Writers Night, served on the Tech Team for the 2016 Pikes Peak Writers Conference, and contributes to the PPW blog, Writing from the Peak.