Write Drunk; Edit Sober — With Pikes Peak Writers, learn to write without letting your inner critic get in the way and then use critical analysis to continue to work, 6:30-9 p.m. Wednesday, Bar-K, 124 E. Costilla St., free;

Poetry Slam — 7:15 p.m. Wednesday. Locations:

Book Discussion — “Less: A Novel” by Andrew Sean Greer, 10:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Friday, PILLAR Office, 1710 Briargate Blvd., $10. Registration: 633-4991,

A Bloody Valentine — With live and prerecorded readings, 6:30-10 p.m. Friday, Cottonwood Center for the Arts, 427 E. Colorado Ave., free; hwacolospgs.

Write Brain: Developing Realistic Romance in Every Genre — 6-8:30 p.m. Feb. 19, Library 21c, 1175 Chapel Hills Drive, free;

Children’s History Hour — “The Great Migration,” for ages 3-6 with an adult, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Feb. 19 and 29, Pioneers Museum, 215 S. Tejon St., free. Reservations: 385-5990,

Science Writing Workshop — 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Feb. 22, Western Museum of Mining, 225 North Gate Blvd., $65-$90, optional graduate credit for K-12 teachers for additional $40. Registration: 488-0880.

”I Love to Read” Children’s Book Drive — With stories from local authors, 10 a.m.-noon Feb. 22, AL Service Center, 318 E. Cimarron St. Admission is a new book; 475-1029.

Spotlight on Local Authors — With Mava Joyce Aubrey, Gene McKenzie, Larry Patzer, Mark Pope and Rachel Friday, 1-3 p.m. Feb. 22, Covered Treasures Bookstore, 105 Second St., Monument; 481-2665,

Haunted Writer’s Retreat — Feb. 24-28, The Black Monarch Hotel, 301 Victor, Victor. Go online for cost. Registration:


Athenaea Poetry Competition — Citywide contest for high school students, $350 in cash prizes. Deadline is March 1. For rules go to


Hoopla Digital — Pikes Peak Library District patrons can use Hoopla Digital for free access to videos, music and audiobooks from smartphones, tablets, PCS and Apple TV;

E-books and More — E-books, e-audiobooks, e-magazines free with PPLD library card. Click on CyberShelf at


Children’s Literacy Center — Volunteers, 14 and older, to tutor. Training provided; 471-8672,


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