Writing Contests: Friend or Foe? Village at Skyline, 2365 Patriot Heights. $10. Presented by Angel Smits, contest coordinator of the Paul Gillete Memorial Writing Contest. Wed., Sept. 24, 7-9 p.m. For more, call 521-5723 or visit www.pikespeakwriters.org.
Freelance Writers Summer Camp, Soda Springs Park, Manitou Springs, $40. Sat., Sept. 20, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. Journalists Steven Saint and Wendy Burt will present query writing, getting and working with an agent and leads and language. On-the-spot critiques also given. For more, call 638-6876.
Poetry Open Mikes: Bare-Knuckle Poetry, third Tues. of the month, The Coffee Warehouse, 526 S Tejon St., Call 477-1028. Every Sunday at Organic Earth Caf, 1124 Manitou Ave., 7 p.m. to 2 a.m. 685-0986. All start at 8 p.m.
Great Books Discussion Group. Penrose Public Library, 20 N. Cascade, This month: The Emancipation Proclamation, the Gettysburg Address and the Second Inaugural Address by Abraham Lincoln. Thurs., Sept. 11, 6:45 - 8:45 p.m. For more 531-6333, x1206.
literary announcements see our new auditions & entries section, above