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(www.gazette.com, Dec. 19, Joy Harper)

It’s coming – the big daddy of local literary events, the 2009 Pikes Peak Writers Conference (PPWC), April 23-26 at the Colorado Springs Marriott, 5580 Tech Center Drive.

Why think about something happening in April? Because the event usually sells out long before the early registration deadline. And for good reason. Recognized as one of the best writers confabs in the country, the PPWC is a three-day expedition into the world of multigenre, commercial fiction writing. It offers more than 40 genre-specific workshops, group networking and one-on-one interactions with editors and agents. It’s attended by writers from all over the country. Featured speakers include Jeffery Deaver, James N. Frey, Susan Mallery and Laura Resnick. Interview opportunities between writers and agents or editors will give attendees with completed manuscripts the chance to pitch their work. Critique sessions are also offered. An optional add-on day features a hands-on workshop.

Registration for PPW members is Jan. 15, with open registration starting Feb. 1. Fees for registration before April 1 are $295 for PPW members, $350 for nonmembers. After April 1, costs increase to $360 for members, $415 for nonmembers. Fees include materials, access to workshops and presentations, and meals. The extra workshop is $95.

For complete details or to register, visit www.pikespeakwriters.com, or call 531-5723.