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The Pikes Peak Branch of the National League of American Pen Women offers workshops, seminars and contests, as well as literary, educational and charitable events. American Pen Women are a cross-creative professional organization for women writers, musicians and artists in the Pikes Peak region. Many members have sold literary work of all lengths and genres, fiction, nonfiction, music and verse. Its members have won awards for their work and are listed in prestigious publications including Dictionary of International Biography, International Who’s Who in Poetry, 2,000 Women of Achievement, Who’s Who in the West, Who’s Who in American Women, and Outstanding Young Women of America. These professional women gather to celebrate their gifts and talents and challenge themselves and others to aspire toward excellence.
Membership requires submission of work, proof of payment for your work and payment of annual dues, which is $55.00. Women who meet partial requirements, but don’t have proof of payment for your work yet can also join as associate members. The organization offers events in the Colorado Springs area regularly, as well as an annual Flash Fiction Contest. (Contest entries should be in narrative form of 100 words or less, and fit the 2013 theme: Hidden Amongst These Worlds, with a deadline of May 1, 2013.)
Upcoming events include the following:
· A tour, given by Colorado Springs author, Jessy Randall, (Curator and Archivist), of the Colorado College Special Collections: Women Artists and Authors at the Tutt Library of Colorado College, on January 19, 2013. The collection includes unique materials such as Helen Hunt Jackson’s diaries and manuscripts, and Mary Chenoweth’s postcard collages. This event is open to both members ($5.00) and Non-members ($10.00), with lunch purchased at the Rastall Café of Colorado College. Lunch is at 11:30 a.m. and the tour begins at 12:00 p.m. Reservations are required.
· A writer’s workshop, Independent Writer's Guide for the 21st Century and experience an inter-connectivity of the Arts will be held on February 16, 2013. This workshop will be held at the PEO Chapter house at 1819 W. Cheyenne Road in Colorado Springs, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. This workshop will include four topics, presented by four of the Pikes Peak Branch members: Margaret Brettscheider will present writing historical novels (memoirs), Brenda Speer will present examining publishing on the Internet, Shannon Lawrence will present blogging as benefits the writer and Virginia Campbell will present special experience dealing in the inter-connectivity of the Arts. The workshop is open to both members (18.00) and non-members ($23.00) and includes lunch.
· Is There Profit in Self-Publishing? will be offered on March 16, 2013, at the Blue Sage Café at 5152 Centennial Blvd., in Colorado Springs at 11:30 a.m. Pikes Peak Branch members Betty Alt and Dr. Sandra Wells will share their successes in self-publishing and talk about their experiences as co-authors. The event is open to members ($18.00) and non-members ($23.00).
· POETIC PEN poetry reading will be held on April 20, 2013 at the Business of Art Center at 515 Manitou Ave. in Manitou Springs, from 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Readings will be featured by members of the Pikes Peak Branch and selected children from Carrie Young’s second grade class at Will Rogers School as special guests. The reading is open to members ($18.00) and non-members ($23.00).
For more information or to make reservations for any of these events, go to their contact page at http://www.ppb-nlapw.org/contact.php.