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Guest Speaker: Hillary Rettig’s “How to Overcome Procrastination and Perfectionism and be Joyful”

We’re co-sponsoring this event with Pikes Peak Writers. Please note the Date and Location:  6:30 Tuesday, August 18, 2015, at the Penrose Library on 20 N. Cascade Ave, Colorado Springs, CO Workshop Description:  Joyful Productivity for Writers by Hillary Rettig, author of The 7 Secrets of the Prolific. Inspiration exists and is available to everyone at nearly any time. Under-productivity, procrastination, and blocks are solvable problems. The secret to achieving a state of near perpetual inspiration (a.k.a., “flow”) is to switch from a scarcity to an abundance mindset, and also from a shame/blame mindset to one focused on problem-solving. In this workshop by Hillary Rettig, author of the bestselling  “The 7 Secrets of the Prolific,” we’ll delve deep into the heart of under productivity so you can see, once and for all, what forces are holding you back. The we’ll discuss solutions—lots of them—that you can start using immediately to […]

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Pillar Night – Topic TBD

6:30 – 7:00:  Social.  Grab a cup of joe, maybe a plate of Agia Sophia’s scrumptious food, sit back, and relax.  Catch up with old friends.  Make some new ones. 7:00 – 8:00:  Topic TBD We’ll explore…  Something! 8:00 (sharp) – 9:30:  Tre Critique – A three-member team approach to more dynamic and informative critiques of our work.  This worked well last week, so it’s now our standard approach. Please bring three copies of your latest work needing a critique, in the following format: – 1,000 words (4 pages) – double-spaced – 12-pt Times New Roman. Each group will spend 20 minutes reading one person’s work, another 20 minutes reading another person’s work, then 30 – 40 minutes time critiquing one another’s work using the Tres Critique method. 9:30 – 10:00:  Freefall.  Winding Down

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Deeper Study by Scotty – Topic TBD

6:30 – 7:00:  Social.  Grab a cup of joe, maybe a plate of Agia Sophia’s scrumptious food, sit back, and relax.  Catch up with old friends.  Make some new ones. 7:00 – 8:00:  Topic TBD We’ll explore…  Something!  Scotty always comes up with some good ones. 8:00 (sharp) – 9:30:  Tre Critique – A three-member team approach to more dynamic and informative critiques of our work.  This worked well last week, so it’s now our standard approach. Please bring three copies of your latest work needing a critique, in the following format: – 1,000 words (4 pages) – double-spaced – 12-pt Times New Roman. Each group will spend 20 minutes reading one person’s work, another 20 minutes reading another person’s work, then 30 – 40 minutes time critiquing one another’s work using the Tres Critique method. 9:30 – 10:00:  Freefall.  Winding Down

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Guest Speaker: Jax Bubis on Characterization

Published fiction author Jax Bubis will present her keys to creating rich characters with the depth to make your stories feel real to the reader.

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Deeper Study by Scotty – Introduction to Conflict

6:30 – 7:00:  Social.  Grab a cup of joe, maybe a plate of Agia Sophia’s scrumptious food, sit back, and relax.  Catch up with old friends.  Make some new ones. 7:00 – 8:00:  Deeper Study by Scotty – Introduction to Conflict Scotty came up with an approach to deeper levels of study involving our Twelve Pillars. 8:00 (sharp) – 9:30:  Tre Critique – A three-member team approach to more dynamic and informative critiques of our work.  This worked well last week, so it’s now our standard approach. Please bring three copies of your latest work needing a critique, in the following format: – 1,000 words (4 pages) – double-spaced – 12-pt Times New Roman. Each group will spend 20 minutes reading one person’s work, another 20 minutes reading another person’s work, then 30 – 40 minutes time critiquing one another’s work using the Tres Critique method. 9:30 – 10:00:  Freefall.  […]

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How a compelling novel centers on the protagonist’s goal

6:30 – 7:00:  Social.  Grab a cup of joe, maybe a plate of Agia Sophia’s scrumptious food, sit back, and relax.  Catch up with old friends.  Make some new ones. 7:00 – 8:00:  How a compelling novel centers on the protagonist’s goal How a compelling novel centers on the protagonist’s goal.  It’s the character’s striving to reach his or her goal, along with the successes and setbacks that build the edge of your seat tension.  By centering on the protagonist’s goal, the author helps keep the audience focused on what’s most important, as well as that which is most entertaining. 8:00 (sharp) – 9:30:  Tre Critique – A three-member team approach to more dynamic and informative critiques of our work.  This worked well last week, so it’s now our standard approach. Please bring three copies of your latest work needing a critique, in the following format: – 1,000 words (4 […]

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Pillar Night – Protagonist with a Goal

6:30 – 7:00:  Social.  Grab a cup of joe, maybe a plate of Agia Sophia’s scrumptious food, sit back, and relax.  Catch up with old friends.  Make some new ones. 7:00 – 8:00:  Protagonist with a Goal Tonight we’ll cover what’s coming up in the next two weeks: July 9:  How a compelling novel centers on the protagonist’s goal.  It’s the character’s striving to reach his or her goal, along with the successes and setbacks that build the edge of your seat tension.  By centering on the protagonist’s goal, the author helps keep the audience focused on what’s most important, as well as that which is most entertaining. July 16:  How to craft empathetic protagonists.  Flat characters have no depth.  They’re not credible, and leave readers disappointed in what they’ve read.  Readers connect with characters who show depth.  They’re real.  Real hopes, dreams, and fears that mirror the reader’s own.  […]