Pikes Peak Writers Conference 2018 is just around the corner. Today, Karen Fox, PPWC Conference Director, shares some Conference extras that you won’t want to miss. PPWC offers so many extras this year that they couldn’t all fit in one post. Check back for more Special Events at PPWC 2018. -Gabrielle V Brown, Managing Editor
We’ve already mentioned some of the great things happening at this year’s Pikes Peak Writers Conference, but there are even more! Take a peek at the activities that were so popular, we’re bringing them back.
Like to drink? Silly question, we’re writers, aren’t we? Once again, we offer the opportunity to Write Drunk and Edit Sober on Saturday night from 5:45 – 7:00 p.m. in the restaurant annex. There is an extra charge of $25 for this event, but you get to taste several different beers and write to a prompt. On Sunday morning, you’ll join us again in the restaurant annex at 10:10 a.m. (not too early, you notice) to edit the prose you wrote while drinking. This is a win-win situation! And you don’t have to participate in the Write Drunk portion if you want to sit in on the Edit Sober portion to see what emerged from the beer. Be sure to select the Write Drunk, Edit Sober when you register.
If you enjoyed last year’s Open Mic session, you’ll have another opportunity on Saturday night following the banquet (approximately 9:00 p.m.) in Aspen Leaf. Damon Smithwick, our emcee and last year’s host, will once again oversee the open mic. Based on PPW’s monthly Shop, this event is an open mic with a twist. The night starts with a forum, evolves into an open mic; and ends the night as a workshop for artists to premiere works in progress for critique. Come, singers, poets, comics, rappers, storytellers. This is your opportunity to grow as an artist.
PPWC is holding a huge booksigning on Saturday afternoon from 5:45 – 7:00 p.m. in Aspen Leaf that features all the speakers at the conference, including keynotes–Jim Butcher, Laurell K. Hamilton, Jonathan Maberry and Mary Robinette Kowal. You can bring up to two previously purchased books in with you to this signing, but all authors will have copies available as well. This event is open to the public so feel free to invite family, friends and bookstore owners to attend. Check out our list of amazing faculty here.
We’ll also be holding our annual on-site flash fiction contest which takes place during the conference. If you can tell a phenomenal story in 100 words, this is the contest for you. Details will be released during lunch on Friday and participants have until before dinner on Saturday to turn in their entry. The winner will be announced during Sunday’s lunch.
Need an author head shot? It looks good on a website or better yet, a book cover. Jared Hagen has slots available to take personal photos during the conference. They only run $70 for a 225-minute photo shoot, which is dirt cheap which you know if you’ve priced this out already. You’ll receive a CD of professional author photos to which you’ll own the rights. Even better, Jared donates 50% of his proceeds back to the PPWC Scholarship fun. This is win-win! Sign up for a time slot when you register for the conference. (I’ll attach my before and after shots if you want to use them.)
With all these enticements, don’t hesitate! Go now to https://www.regonline.com/ppwc2018 to register right now.
Karen Fox is PPWC 2018 Conference Director. When not embroiled in the adventure and romance of her latest characters, Karen shares her house in Colorado Springs, CO with her husband, her granddaughter, and four cats. She has published eight paranormal romance novels, one short story and one young adult novella. Her second book, SOMEWHERE MY LOVE, was a 1998 RITA Finalist for the Romance Writers of America. She’s currently at work on a young adult urban fantasy and new romance.