Introducing Dan Stabb – by Carol Sabik-Jaffe

by Jim Knipp on March 26, 2015

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Dan Stabb
 is an improvisational performer and is the Director and a performer with Better Than Bacon, an improv troupe performing out of the Philadelphia area. Dan also teaches improvisational classes for various theatres, schools, and businesses throughout the Philadelphia area.  PWC’s own Carol Sabik-Jaffe caught up with Dan to talk about his work, the conference, and all things in between.  Check it out after the break!

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Award-winning poet and teacher Dan Maguire will present a feature, Courting the Spark: Finding and Using your Creativity, at the 2015 Philadelphia Writers’ Conference on Saturday, June 13th at 4:15 P.M.

Dan Maguire has twice been awarded first prize for poetry at the Philadelphia Writers’ Conference, in 2000 and again in 2001. In February of 2004, he was invited to read at the Library of Congress of the United States. He has led workshops for the National Federation of State Poetry Societies and the Philadelphia Writers Conference. In 2009, he won the Almeda Boulton Memorial Award from the National Federation of State Poetry Societies. Maguire currently teaches at the Renaissance Institute at the University of Notre Dame, Baltimore, where he has offered courses in poetry, James Joyce, Samuel Beckett and Marcel Proust. His latest publication is a chapbook, Finding the Words, published by Plan B Press.

A native of Philadelphia, Maguire has lived in Arizona, New England, New Jersey and now resides in Baltimore, Maryland. I first met him in May of 2000, when we’d both been invited to participate in a one-evening workshop conducted by Robert Bly in Philadelphia. Since then, we’ve exchanged poems and correspondence, participated in the Mad Poets critique circle together and visited in my home in Wilmington and during visits to the Baltimore Museum of Art. He is an easy, amiable conversationalist and talented storyteller, whose enthusiasms pour out in generous servings with wit, humility and wisdom.

I discussed the nature of our interview with Dan by telephone prior to sending him, via e-mail, the series of questions for which he provided answers.

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Sir_Winston_S_ChurchillTo improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often.    – Winston Churchill

We here on the Philadelphia Writers’ Conference Board will never claim to be perfect (we’ve all read enough Classic Literature to know the dangers of hubris!), but we always want to keep improving and adapting to put together the best conference.  This year – our 67th – is no different, and we’ve assembled an impressive team of workshop leaders and speakers to share their knowledge, experience, and what they’ve learned in this ever-changing writers’ world.  Find out more after the break!

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PWC Focus on Contests – by Miriam Shnycer

by Jim Knipp on March 1, 2015

MiriamThis year we are having three manuscript contests: Poetry, Fiction, and Non-Fiction. Contestants must be registered for the 2015 Philadelphia Writers’ Conference to enter. You can find all the rules for the annual manuscript contest on our contests page. We’re also launching a short “Spring Wakeup” pre-conference contest. More on that after the break!

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PWC Focus on Scholarships

by Jim Knipp on February 6, 2015

EdK PWC Board Member and Scholarship Chair Ed Krizek has a lot to tell you about all the scholarships available to conferees and how to go about getting them.  Find out more after the break!

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Just a quick update on a couple of the amazing workshop leaders we have lined up to share their expertise at the 2015 Philadelphia Writers’ Conference, June 12th, 13th and 14th, 2015 in Philadelphia.

Author, speaker, small business expert and overall dynamo, Melinda Emerson, a.k.a., @SmallBizLady will be teaching Social Media for Writers.

Melinda’s wildly successful book, BECOME YOUR OWN BOSS IN 12 MONTHS, catapulted her to the forefront of the small business conversation during one of the worst recessions in history.

Melinda’s tireless speaking schedule and social media presence, anchored by her weekly #SmallBizChat on Twitter, has established her as one of the leaders among the newest wave of media savvy authors helping people all across the country achieve their dreams. Click here to learn more about Melinda.

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Suzanne Palmieri is the inspirational author of THE WITCH OF LITTLE ITALY, THE WITCH OF BELLA DONNA BAY, and the forthcoming, THE WITCH OF BOURBON STREET (May 2015) under her own name, and EMPIRE GIRLS & I’LL BE SEEING YOU as Suzanne Hayes, will be teaching our novel track.

We are thrilled to bring Suzanne’s energy and enthusiasm to our 2015 conference! Click here to learn more about Suzanne.

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Quick and Easy Promotion Hints from Alice Wootson

by Jim Knipp on August 25, 2014

Congratulations!  You finished your manuscript. You edited it more times than you want to remember, but your work isn’t over once you finish your writing.  It’s not even over over once you find an editor who agrees to release your book, because once your book is close to the release date, more work is needed. How will you let people know your book is available? Here are some easy suggestions:
1. Give out handouts or bookmarks; something to let potential readers know the title, the release date, what the book is about and where they can get a copy. Give these to family, friends, acquaintances and anybody who will accept one.
2. schedule book signings
3. meet with book clubs or groups of readers
4. offer to present workshops or meet with readers at libraries and private homes
It’s important that you brainstorm for ways to set your book apart from others on the bookshelves. There are a lot of books available. You want people to choose yours.
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photo-1As a new semester approaches, I’m thinking again about how I will balance my work as writing teacher with my “real” work as a writer.

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DPK HeadshotJust before this year’s Philadelphia Writers’ Conference, I was reminded of experiences from my youth that helped to shape the poetry I have been writing most of my life. Having grown up in a family of musicians, much of my creative process is related in one way or another to music. The episodes I began thinking about happened on a couple of family trips to the music festival at Tanglewood, Massachusetts and during three summers spent at the “American” school for music, art and architecture in Fontainebleau, France. All involved the convening of people actively involved in the arts – as performers, composers, conductors, visual artists, architects, art historians and critics.

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Don’t Give Up! By Joe O’Loughlin

by Jim Knipp on July 28, 2014

Long time PWC board member and treasurer Joe O’Loughlin has been in this business for a loooooong time, and he was kind enough to share some of his moments of inspiration and things that have driven him.  Read more after the break!

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