“Volunteering can be an exciting, growing, enjoyable experience. It is truly gratifying to serve a cause, practice one’s ideals, work with people, solve problems, see benefits, and know one had a hand in them.” — Harriet Naylor
PPW exists solely based on the blood, sweat, and talent of our outstanding volunteers. No board member, event facilitator, blog editor, conference director, webmaster, or social media guru is paid staff. All you see and experience with Pikes Peak Writes comes from the combined dedication of writers just like you! And we would love to have you join us.
Volunteering is fun! It is a great way to make new friends, network within the writing world, improve your craft, and share your experiences with others. Only by the infusion of new personalities and new ideas can our organization adapt and grow to the ever-changing demands of the publishing world.
See something about PPW you love? Volunteer and help keep it running. See something you want fixed? Volunteer and help make those changes.
Non-Conference Events Needs You!
Do you like hosting and putting on events? Do you like schmoozing with other authors and helping them succeed? Are you unafraid to talk to anyone? Do you like sharing news about people and an organization you're passionate about? We need you! We're looking to fill these roles that will be under the supervision of the non-conference events director.
Write Brain Coordinator:
The Write Brain coordinator is in charge of putting on one, free event per month. You will be responsible for each event from the very start to the very end including finding and working with speakers, getting all their info, forwarding advertising info to NCE Public Relations, the PPW newsletter, securing a location for in-person events, and running the Zoom meeting for online events, and hosting the event in either environment. Time commitment 10-20 hours per month on average. Familiarity with GMail, Zoom, and Google office apps needed. This position reports to the non-conference events Director and must attend a quarterly non-conference events (NCE) meeting.
Non-Conference Public Relations (NCE PR) Coordinator: The NCE PR coordinator will be responsible for getting the word out about non-conference events via social media and local media outlets such as Peak Radar, the Gazette, and The Independent. Some experience with Canva is helpful. Time commitment 10-20 hours per month on average. Familiarity with GMail and Google office apps as well as ability to create quality graphics needed. This position reports to the non-conference events director and must attend quarterly non-conference events (NCE) meetings.
Writers' Night Host
Writers’ Night is where aspiring writers can come to have their questions answered, and experienced authors can rub shoulders with their peers and lend their expertise. Join us for two hours of fun, camaraderie, and laughter, the one event where the attendees set the agenda, and the host is there simply to keep it organized. This event is currently being held in person. Time commitment is only a few hours a month. Familiarity with GMail and Google office apps needed. This position reports to the non-conference events director and must attend quarterly non-conference events (NCE) meetings.
Committee Members – Kim Olgren, AJ Metzger, Melissa Rolli (2 – 3 open committee seats)
Open Critique – Open Position
Writers’ Night – Open Position (currently hosted by Melissa Rolli and/or Kim Olgren)
Write Drunk, Edit Sober – Deb Courtney
Write Brain Coordinator – Open Position (Interim – Kim Olgren)
Special Events Coordinator – Open Position (Interim – Kim Olgren)
Contributing Editors – Margena Adams Holmes, Darby Karchut, Jenny Kate, Donna Schlachter, Deborah Brewer
Contributors – LeAnne Betts, Bowen Gillings, G.G. Hall, Trista Herring Baughman, Catherine Dilts, Margena Holmes, Jenny Kate, DeAnna Knippling, Kris Krisco, Christina Lorenzen, Terry Odell, Kim Olgren, John Roberts, Donna Schlachter, Benjamin X. Wretlind, Jen Wolf, Trista Baughman
Project Manager – Kim Olgren
Previous Project Manager – Kathie Scrimgeour
Editor – Deborah Brewer
Editor – James Sams
Copy Editor – Eric Stallsworth
It takes more than a full year to prepare for the Pikes Peak Writers Conference, so some Committee members are active year-round, while others serve primarily at the conference itself. The Committee is chaired by the Conference Director, who is responsible for holding meetings as needs dictate. Typically the Steering Committee meets on the second Tuesday of each month in the Colorado Springs area. For more information about how you can become involved in planning a future conference, or to find out when and where to find the next Committee meeting, please email our Conference Director.
Emcee – Torie Fox
Moderator Coordinator – Cara Allen
Logo/Graphics – Becki Davis
Onsite Contest – Open Position