Monday, April 22, 2013

Pikes Peak Writers Conference PPWC13

Over the weekend I was privileged to attend the Pikes Peak Writers Conference in Colorado Springs, Colorado.  Three full (and I don't use the term "full" lightly) days of writing workshops, networking opportunities, pitches, critiques, luncheons and banquets with authors, editors and agents, and keynotes.  The usual and so much more. 

If I overlook the 17 high school wrestling teams that filled my hotel and the frisky couple in the next room, I am still able to say that it was one of the best conference experiences I've had.  After all, who needs sleep when your brain is ringing with excitement?

This year's big names included Libba Bray, Barry Eisler, David Liss, and Amber Benson.  Editors present were Michael Braff (Del Rey), Christopher Hernandez (HarperCollins Childrens), Pat Van Wie (Bell Bridge Books), and Deb Werksman (Sourcebooks).  Agents included Hannah Bowman (Liza Dawson Associates), Sorche Fairbank (Fairbank Literary Representation), Barry Goldblatt (BG Literary), Shannon Hassan (The Warner Literary Group), Nicole Resciniti (The Seymour Agency), Kate Testerman (kt literary), and Pam van Hylckama Vlieg (Larsen Pomada Literary Agents). 

The PPWC13 faculty included: Jodi Anderson, Terry Banker, Donnell Ann Bell, Kathy Brandt, Becky Clark, Deb Courtney, Jaxine Daniels, Kathryn Eastburn, J.T. Evans, Todd Fahnestock, Matthew Frederick, Laura Hayden, Lynda Hilburn, Lisa Renee Jones, Stephen Graham Jones, Darby Karchut, DeAnna Knippling, Max Maddox, Cinda Madsen, obert Liparulo, Chris Mandeville, Pam McCutcheon, Susan Goldstein, Mitchell, Chris Myers, MB Partlow, Twist Phelan, Laura Resau, Aaron Ritchey, Brian Schwartz, and Todd Wallinger. 

Because PPWC was such a quality conference, I'd like to promote it a bit by giving it some space here on my blog.  Instead of featuring an author this week, I thought I'd share notes from my five favorite conference workshops.  Beginning tomorrow, stop by the blog each morning for a "digital workshop" of sorts. 

Happy writing!


  1. I'm glad you enjoyed it! Looking forward to your daily write-ups. I always wonder, when I hear someone was there, whether we met or not.

    Shannon at The Warrior Muse and Writing From the Peak

  2. So glad you enjoyed PPWC! I had a great time, met some wonderful new folks, caught up with some old friends and left inspired to write more.

  3. I can't wait for your daily blogs about what you learned. I only got to be there on Sunday but love hearing the reviews and updates on what I missed.


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