Sunday, November 14, 2010

Writers, get more for free

Posted By on Sun, Nov 14, 2010 at 10:17 AM

Last week Pikes Peak Writers announced a series of changes to the organization. First and foremost, free membership.

If you're a writer and don't know about PPW, check it out here. (Full disclosure: I'm a member myself, as well as a former board member and conference director.)

The organization started in 1993 and has been running one of the largest writers' conferences in Colorado Springs since then — a conference that's been recognized as a Top 10 by Writer's Digest and has brought speakers such as best-selling authors Jeffrey Deaver and Leanne Banks and top literary agent Donald Maass.

This past week PPW not only got rid of its membership dues, but it also completely redesigned its website, adding a blog, resource sections, and an "in progress" member listing with easy access to local writers' websites and contact information.

Oh, and a brand-spankin' new logo:

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While PPW is most known for its conference — the next set for April 29 to May 1, 2011 — it also offers monthly Write Brain workshops, opportunities for local writers to learn more about the craft and business of writing.

November's Write Brain session is 6:30 p.m., this Tuesday, Nov. 16 at Borders at the Chapel Hills Mall, 1710 Briargate Blvd. Led by PPW President Chris Mandeville, this session, "Tickling the Muse: Tips and Tricks to Get Unstuck," is designed to help you through the dreaded writer's block, whether it's happening now as you work your way through NaNoWriMo, or sometime in the future.

And as always, Write Brain sessions are free.

We like free.

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