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Letter from the Editor – March & April

Dear Readers,

My letter to you this month is coming a few days late. Sorry, but I have a really good reason. Writing from the Peak is jam packed with such an amazing batch of posts that I am having a few problems getting them all scheduled. It is so packed that I am going to skip my letter in April.

KICKING OFF MARCH

We kick off these two months with a two part series from DeAnna Knippling who will guide you through Book Appraisals: Picking Comps. Margena Holmes introduces us to a non-PPW event, Camp NaNo, which takes place during the month of April. Jason Diaz, faculty member for PPWC2019, also has a two part series post on Why diversify our characters? Don’t miss this one.

INTO APRIL

As we go into April, award winning author and keynote speaker Susan Wiggs shares her writing process in Stuff you need to Know about Writing. Next up is Rebecca Davis, a long time attendee of PPWC, who has her top 5 lists of the Peevie Jeevies of editors and agents.

Mid-month, New York Times best selling author John Gilstrap will get you up to speed on Networking at Conference. Be ready to shake some hands and pass around business cards at PPWC2019.

Wrapping up April, Gabrielle Brown will give you the scoop on What to Expect at Conference followed by Margena Holmes who is in the know about Marketing on a Budget.

Never fear…your favorites are still here. Lit-Quotes will celebrate a few birthday anniversaries, and the wrap up from Writers Night will stop by in March and April.

Whew!! That’s a lot! Be sure to BOOKMARK this blog so you don’t miss anything. Come back often to keep up with all the news from Writing from the Peak.

See You at Conference! ~Kathie~

CONFERENCE!

What’s in store for early May? CONFERENCE!!

The Prequel is May 2nd and PPWC2019 gets in full swing on May 3rd. Take a look at the workshops that are scheduled and the Who’s Who of PPWC2019. Hope to see you there!!

REGISTER TODAY!

EARLY REGISTRATION CLOSES APRIL 7TH

Regular registration runs April 8 – April 28


KJ Scrim, Profile ImageManaging Editor, Kathie “KJ” Scrim, is a graduate of the University of Colorado at Boulder. Her inspiration for blogging, flash fiction, short stories, and the long haul of novel writing comes from her many life experiences. When she’s not writing you can find her somewhere in Colorado walking, hiking, or rock climbing at the local gym.

Letter from the Editor

Dear Readers,

With all the new developments here at Pikes Peak Writers I’m not sure if I can contain my excitement. PPW started as a writing conference and has grown to so much more. They continue to spread their wings and soar to new heights. Read on for more.

It’s a NEWSLETTER!

Did you receive the first PPW Newsletter? What a fantastic job Kim Olgren did to bring this to fruition. If you missed the debut issue go to the membership page to join PPW. It’s FREE, and so is the newsletter.

Can you say, ANTHOLOGY?

I am excited to announce another addition to the Pikes Peak Writers toolbox. Can you say, ANTHOLOGY? The planning is still in the early stages, but PPW is publishing an anthology! The editorial team is being assembled along with the theme and publication details. Watch the website, social media, and this blog for information to come.

This Month in Writing from the Peak

To kick off PPW’s anthology announcement, Jamie Ferguson has written two posts on writing for an anthology. If you are interested in submitting to PPW’s, or if you have your eye on one of the many wonderful publications out there, you need to read both articles. DeAnna Knippling throws a Red Herring your way, and Leilah Wright has Advice for the Beginning Writer. Get A K.I.S.S. of Comedy from Rebekka R.J. Rowley then wrap it with inspiration found in Gabrielle Brown’s bi-monthly Lit-Quotes.

#PPWC2019

It will be another amazing year at conference. Will you be there? This a great place to meet new people (It Takes a Tribe!), and the workshops will be phenomenal. Registration is open. Don’t miss this fantastic conference. You’ll find all the details here. Find your Tribe at #PPWC2019!

Spread Your Wings!

How are you spreading your wings this month? Are you starting a new project, or pruning the feathers on your WIP? Whatever you are working on, do it with purpose. Write with conviction. Make every word soar on the wind. Be the best you can be. WRITE!


KJ Scrim, Profile ImageManaging Editor, Kathie “KJ” Scrim, is a graduate of the University of Colorado at Boulder. Her inspiration for blogging, flash fiction, short stories, and the long haul of novel writing comes from her many life experiences. When she’s not writing you can find her somewhere in Colorado walking, hiking, or rock climbing at the local gym.

Welcome to 2019!

Dear Readers,

Can you believe that 2018 has already come and gone? I should be used to this by now, but no, each new year catches me by surprise. The year is off and running before I can finish off the previous one. If 2019 is catching you by surprise rest assured that Writing from the Peak has your back.

Goals for 2019Letter from the Editor

To kick off PPW’s blog this New Year, I am excited to share an article from PPW’s new Vice President, Deb Buckingham, on setting goals. After reading her article I made my own plans for 2019. I have five (or is it six?) books in various stages of completion. My first goal is to have my cozy mystery completed enough to present it to Query 1-on-1 at PPWC2019. My second is to have The Manx (a fantasy that never seems to end) in the box by year end, and the third is to dedicate more time to Pikes Peak Writers. I haven’t quite decided how to make this happen, but I do have a couple of ideas in the works.

What are your goals for 2019? Share them on Facebook at: Pikes Peak Writers Connect

Upcoming Articles

To help you kick off 2019, Writing from the Peak has some great articles coming up. The series from our scholarship recipients continues (don’t forget to submit your application! Deadline is January 11th). As mentioned above, Deb Buckingham will share great ways to set goals and achieve them, followed by Catherine Dilts’ advice on how to turn a failed goal into a positive achievement. There are a couple of Sweet Success stories from Dan Grant and DeAnna Knippling. Lastly, you won’t want to miss Silencing Your Inner Critic by DeAnna Knippling, and Best Business Practices by Jason Henry.

Book Resource List

Did you find any “must have” books in the “How to Write” genre? Writing from the Peak is looking for your recommendations. Email your favorites (no more than 3) to: Editor@PikesPeakWriters.com. Include a short blurb on why you like it. (Don’t forget the author’s name and full title). Please…no brazen self promotions. If you have written a book you would like to add to this resource list please indicate that it is your own work. It would be nice to add a couple of other recommendations that are not your’s. Deadline to submit your suggestions is January 15, 2019.

Best of Everything in 2019

It’s going to be am amazing year. PPW is here to help you make the most of it. There are many resources for you on our website, monthly classes and special events, PPWC2019 (registration is now open), and so much more. Do you want more from PPW? Consider volunteering. PPW is operated solely by volunteers and can always use more help!

2019 is going to be an amazing year for writers, and I want to wish each and every one of you a wildly successful year!

 


KJ Scrim, Profile ImageManaging Editor, Kathie “KJ” Scrim, is a graduate of the University of Colorado at Boulder. Her inspiration for blogging, flash fiction, short stories, and the long haul of novel writing comes from her many life experiences. When she’s not writing you can find her somewhere in Colorado walking, hiking, or rock climbing at the local gym. 

Do you have an article you want to share? Have feedback about the blog? Please email Kathie at: editor@pikespeakwriters.com

Letter from the Editor

Dear Readers, Letter from the Editor
First off, CONGRATULATIONS to everyone who participated in NaNoWriMo this year. It is quite a feat to do NaNo, and if you made it to the end, or if you made only through the first day, you deserve a pat on the back. No, a round of applause. A massage. Heck go all out and spend a day at the spa! You deserve it.

This Month

Writing from the Peak is kicking this month off with a post from Margena Holmes for post-Nano. What do you do with all those words you pounded out over the past thirty days? Margena will give you some ideas. We will also hear from DeAnna Knippling and Sam Crane who are looking at the opposite of novel writing; Flash Fiction and Short Stories.

Conference will round out this month with a series of posts from our scholarship recipients from PPWC2018. If you are on the fence about applying for a scholarship, please read what past recipients have to say. PPWC changed their writing lives and it can change yours too. Application deadline is January 11, 2019. More information is available on the scholarship page.

Celebrate!

Last, I want to wish everyone a safe and happy holiday season. I have heard there are over 25 holidays between Halloween and The Lunar New Year, but I only have space here to mention a few of the big ones. The season actually kicked off in October with Halloween (Samhain for Wicca) followed by The Day of the Dead and Thanksgiving in November. December brings celebrations for Hanukkah, St Lucia Day (Swedish), Christmas and Kwanzaa. The New Year kicks off January and the holidays round out with the Chinese New Year on February 5th. No matter how you celebrate this time of year, please enjoy every moment with family and friends. And, remember to raise a glass to those who are deployed, or are otherwise unable to spend their holidays at home.

From all of us here at Writing from the Peak…
HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

 


KJ Scrim, Profile ImageManaging Editor, Kathie “KJ” Scrim, is a graduate of the University of Colorado at Boulder. Her inspiration for blogging, flash fiction, short stories, and the long haul of novel writing comes from her many life experiences. When she’s not writing you can find her somewhere in Colorado walking, hiking, or rock climbing at the local gym.

Letter from the Editor – November 2018

Dear PPW Readers,

Welcome to November and the first day of National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). Are you participating? Last month Writing from the Peak covered many ways to prepare yourself for NaNo, and today is your day to fly. I wish all of you luck and perseverance as you dive head first into what might be one of the most grueling writing months of the year. Some will cross the finish line in twenty days, while others will crash and burn in two. No matter when you cross the line, just remember, success is not finishing first, but starting in the first place.Success is not finishing first, but that you started in the first place.

Writing from the Peak, will spend November helping you keep writing. Deb Buckingham will help you find ways to Generate Ideas. DeAnna Knippling will set the pace for you with Pacing Primer. Lit-Quotes by Gabrielle Brown, are always inspirational and a visit with the Grammar Police by Robin LaBorde will keep your writing free of comma comas. In addition to PPW’s blog, Pikes Peak Writers will also be hosting monthly events that will certainly add to your writing arsenal.

Open Critique
This FREE program provides a critique experience for a small number of PPW members who seek feedback on manuscript pages and who want to learn how to have positive critique group experiences.

Write Brains
Write Brain Sessions are free mini-workshops on the craft of writing, business of writing, and the writer’s life. Watch for them in Colorado Springs on the third Tuesday of most months. Pikes Peak Writers began offering monthly Write Brain workshops in 2004.

Write Drunk, Edit Sober
Come and enjoy some wonderful, guided improv writing prompts and a discussion about what those prompts produce.

Writers’ Night
Writers’ Night is two full hours of discussion, laughter, and fun with other local members of Pikes Peak Writers.

I wish everyone writing success in NaNoWriMo as well as anything you are doing this month. May you find the courage to sit at your writing table each day to conquer whatever writing beast you are facing.


KJ Scrim, Profile ImageManaging Editor, Kathie “KJ” Scrim, is a graduate of the University of Colorado at Boulder. Her inspiration for blogging, flash fiction, short stories, and the long haul of novel writing comes from her many life experiences. When she’s not writing you can find her somewhere in Colorado walking, hiking, or rock climbing at the local gym.

Letter from the Editor – October 2018

Dear PPW Readers,

Welcome to October. This month is, traditionally, the beginning of the fall season. A time to get ready for winter. Put the garden tools away and trim your bushes. Fertilize the trees and pick your pumpkins off their vines. It’s getting cold outside and the snow is ready to blanket us. The camping gear is stored, surf boards hung up, and the sun is noticeably lower in the sky. It is time for the hibernation season to begin. What? Wait? Hibernation? Not for any writers I know. This is the time of year we fire up our engines; to wrap our hands around a hot cup of cocoa, snuggle down into our desk chairs and write. From the Editor

What’s in Store for October?

To help you, Writing from the Peak has a month chalk full of everything writing. Tomorrow, Sam Crane will show how to find your muse and next week Robin Laborde will bring out your inner child. For Halloween, we’ll look at something sinister from Leilah Wright.

Mid-month? The Nanos start to come out of the floor boards. I’m not talking about nanobots or nanotech. I’m talking NaNoWriMo. National Novel Writing Month. Who’s jumping on the NanoWagon in November? If you’re writing for NaNoWriMo then you must bookmark this blog.

Writing from the Peak is excited to have five talented writers who will share their tips on how to survive this grueling month of writing. Check your sanity with Margena Holmes. Jennifer Lovette Herbranson and Catherine Dilts will give you tips to prepare for this long month of writing. Jason Evans is a master NaNo and Deb Buckingham will keep you healthy.

And now, most importantly, keep an eye out for the updates from PPW’s new President Kameron Easlor. She will update you on what’s new around PPW and the Board of Director’s elections. Congratulations to all the new and returning board members. PPW is lucky to have all of you.

Enjoy your hot cocoa this month. I hope your cup is filled to the brim with marshmallows and chocolate delight, and your month full of creative bliss and writing success. Keep on writing!


KJ Scrim, head shotManaging Editor, Kathie “KJ” Scrim, is a graduate of the University of Colorado at Boulder. Kathie writes fantasy and cozy mystery. Her inspiration for blogging, flash fiction, short stories, and the long haul of novel writing comes from her many life experiences. When she’s not writing you can find her somewhere in Colorado walking, hiking, or rock climbing at the local gym.

Letter from the Editor – September 2018

Dear Writers…

It is September already and Fall is just around the corner. Here in Colorado the nights are turning cool with the days still hot. Recently, my family and I went camping in Yellowstone National Park and the season’s change was very apparent. There were a couple of mornings I woke up and grew a new crop of goose bumps; I could see my breath. In the high country you learn to dress in layers but rolling out of a toasty sleeping bag into frigid air was nothing short of an all-out convulsion of shivers.

PPW gatghers together, whether it be across cyberspace or in person, to share stories, successes or failures, around a fire that connects us all.

While on the trip I thought about my letter to you this month. Sitting around the campfire one night my family and I made S’Mores, talked about the day, and fell mesmerized staring into the flames. I realized that this is what it means to be a part of Pikes Peak Writers. We gather together, whether it be across cyberspace or in person sharing our writing stories around a fire that connects us all. PPW’s fire is a warm beacon in the dark. It is a place we all can gather like family around a campfire.

This Month at Writing from the Peak

This month the fires are burning bright with good news for Catherine Dilts and Liz Colter with their newest releases. Jason Evans helps you find your niche in historical fiction, Darby Karchut is Proofing the Proof, DeAnna Knippling will help us Put Together a Scene and Margena Holmes will Push Publish. Also look for information about Writing is Art, a book signing with Pulitzer Prize winner Anthony Doer (this is a non-PPW event), and the bi-weekly Lit-Quote from Gabrielle Brown.

There’s More!

Join us at this month’s Write Brain on Sept 18th (details here) and, as always, you can Write Drunk and Edit Sober with Deb Courtney on September 12, 2018 (more details). Open Critique is a perfect opportunity to get feedback on your work. Last, but not least, is Writer’s Night a fireside-like gathering hosted by Damon Smithwick.

It is going to be an amazing September. As you work on your next novel, complete edits, or press The End, remember how lucky you are to be surrounded by such an amazing writing family. I hope to see you all around the next PPW campfire.

Write On!!
Kathie


 

Kathie KJ Scrim, Managing EditorManaging Editor, Kathie “KJ” Scrim, is a graduate of the University of Colorado at Boulder. Kathie writes fantasy and cozy mystery. Her inspiration for blogging, flash fiction, short stories, and the long haul of novel writing comes from her many life experiences. When she’s not writing you can find her somewhere in Colorado walking, hiking, or rock climbing at the local gym.