How To Do Pikes Peak Writers Conference 2012

I’ve written previously about how to survive the RMFWs Colorado Gold conference. But I’ve never been to Pikes Peak. The conference is in a few days. Here’s my plan for world domination making the most of the experience.

Join Pikes Peak. Their membership is free. Then go to the Yahoo group and ask to join the email loop. Emails will magically appear in your inbox with a lot of great information for members.

Go to their website. The home page has updates and announcements about faculty changes, additions, and this piece for new attendees:


Write Brain Session on “Everything You Need to Know about PPWC 2012” — fun and informative for all PPWC attendees, essential for newcomers. Tuesday, April 17 in the Aspen Leaf room at the Colorado Springs Marriott 6:30-8:30 pm. FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. No RSVP required.

I am unable to attend but it sounds tasty.

Peruse their blog, Writing From the Peak. Check out the Blog Archive on the left for posts about conference prep.

Look over the workshop schedule before the conference. I’ve been running between sessions before, pen in mouth, trying to find the right room for the workshop I just realized was starting just now. Use the pen (after you wipe it off) and mark the workshops and events you’re interested in. Get to know the layout of the hotel.

Follow @PPWC2012 on twitter and pay attention to the hashtag stream, #ppwc2012. (If you’re a writer and you aren’t on twitter, consider signing up. Twitter is the best social network out there for up-to-the-minute information about a current event. Trust me, I resisted at first. But time has taught me–almost everything shows up first on twitter.)

This time, I’m going to try not to pull a Bridget Jones and throw my dirty clothes in a bag at the last minute. I’m going to groom and launder and pluck and shave and plan and make a list and pack my fricking camera for once.

Research the agents and editors who will be attending. Follow them on twitter or sign up for a blog. Avoid the moment at an agent panel where you learn the agent you have a pitch appointment with hates werewolf/succubus storylines more than anything. (Not that that’s ever happened to me. I never had a werewolf/succubus phase, I swear.)

If you’re like me, you’ll start to lose your voice by the second night of conference. Here are some tips on how to minimize the risk. Or, you could just shut up. Doesn’t work for me, but it might for you.

Have fun. Have coffee. Have success.

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6 Responses to How To Do Pikes Peak Writers Conference 2012

  1. j.a. kazimer says:

    In advance, thank you so much for grooming. It is much appreciated!

    Looking forward to seeing you there. Great advice. I’d add, make sure to bring lots of hangover asprin. Seriously. By Sunday my liver is too times the right size…


    • Chris Devlin says:

      I’ll always groom for you, Julie, now that I know it’s important.

      “Hangover aspirin” sounds like great advice. My father, back in his drinking days, would recommend chewing four aspirin slowly. Swore it cured the worst hangovers.

      Can’t wait to see you!


  2. Karen Duvall says:

    Pluck & shave, got it. *adds to long to-do list*

    I usually remember to pack my camera, then forget to carry it with me during the conference and don’t want to run up to my room to get it. I’m lazy like that. 🙂 My camera is old and even with a brand new battery, it doesn’t last very long.

    Water! Yes, be sure to have a bottle of water with you. It’s hard to find water when I need it so I pack a water bottle.

    It’s been several years since I’ve been to Pikes Peak so I’ll have to refamiliarize myself with the layout. Should be fun! I’ll see you there! 🙂


    • Chris Devlin says:

      How can I always forget to mention water? Thanks, Karen, for reminding me. Especially for out-of-staters who might not be used to either the altitude or the 11% humidity.

      I’m bad about having a camera, but it makes me sad not to have a record of so many cool events. So I’m going to try this year. We’ll see.

      See you in a few days! Yay!


  3. Yay, some of my favorite folksies will be there! I’m having a rough mommy week so I’m looking forward to going and playing writer for a weekend. Only thing is: this formal dinner on Saturday? SO not me. Hmm. Like I said on Facebook, might have to go all rock star on their asses.


    • Chris Devlin says:

      Betsy, it’s SO not me, either! I wish I had a decent suit and tie. I’d go all Georges Sand on the scene.

      See you in a few days and we’ll play writer. (Love the phrase.)


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