Pikes Peak Writers, pikespeakwriters.com. A nonprofit providing more than 25 free and low-cost educational and networking opportunities for writers year-round. Education spans the mechanics of writing itself, to marketing your book to editors, to breaking into the publishing biz. PPW also organizes the annual Pikes Peak Writers Conference, set for April 24-25, 2015.
Poetry 719, tiny.cc/e37zkx. An online source that supports the local spoken- and written-word community and its events.
Poetry West, poetrywest.org. Billing itself as "the largest community of poets and writers in the Pikes Peak Region," Poetry West hosts monthly workshops, critique sessions and every-now-and-again poetry readings. The nonprofit also produces a literary journal, The Eleventh Muse.
The Story Project, second Friday of the month, 7:30 p.m., Manitou Bindu, 513 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, and fourth Sunday of every month, 1 p.m., Ivywild School, 1604 S. Cascade Ave., thestoryprojectsoco.wordpress.com. Founded in 2011, this immensely popular event brings together all walks of life for "live personal storytelling" — if you've got a story, you can email the producer directly for a chance to share it. You'll be in the company of authors, artists, soldiers, doctors, at least one contemplative monastic and many more. Sessions are recorded and can be heard on KRCC, 91.5 FM.
Unbound, fourth Saturdays, 5:30 p.m. at the Underground, 110 N. Nevada Ave., facebook.com/unbrandCOS. A monthly live arts magazine featuring regular "columns," "articles" vetted by Unbound organizers, performances from the Brotherhood of Burlesque and the chance to meet, greet and co-mingle with the arts folk.
Word Wednesdays, Wednesdays, 8 p.m. Speak Easy Vape Lounge, 2508 E. Bijou St., wordofmouthent.com/word-wednesdays. A weekly tradition that recently relocated from V Bar to Speak Easy, WW still reigns supreme with host Big Ro, tunes by DJ Gravity, and live performances from local spoken-word artists, poets, comedians and anyone with a stand-up skill set to share.