Pikes Peak Writers Conference kicks into gear today

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The Pikes Peak Writers Conference officially gets underway today (following yesterday’s “optional add-on sessions”) with an ambitious schedule of workshops, speed-pitching, author and agent panels, and reading/critiquing sessions.

The conference, which began as a small gathering of local writers in 1993 and has expanded into a nationally respected annual event, continues through Sunday at the Colorado Springs Marriott.

Aspiring and established writers will be able to draw upon the expertise of a conference “faculty” consisting of a dozen agents and editors, as well as 19 successful authors.

The former group includes high-powered editors from Harlequin and St. Martins, while the latter includes local jazz writer Cicily Janus (pictured at right), Pikes Peak Writers Program Coordinator Jodi Anderson, and recent Springs success story Kirk Farber, whose Postcards from a Dead Girl was published by Harper Perennial earlier this year. (Read the Indy interview here.)

The full schedule has just been posted at ppwcon.org, where you’ll also find all the information you need to jump-start your own writing career. If you're otherwise occupied this weekend, you can learn about the organization's valuable year-round events here.

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