SAVE THE DATE: 2016 CONFERENCE HAS BEEN SCHEDULED!

by Jim Knipp on August 22, 2015

Mark your calendars, the 2016 Philadelphia Writers’ Conference will be held on Friday, June 10, 2016 through Sunday, June 12, 2016, once again at the Wyndham Hotel on 4th and Arch Street!  We’re gathering another great slate of workshop leaders, speaker, agents, and editors.  See you in 2016!

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THANK YOU!!!

by Jim Knipp on June 23, 2015

Wow, it’s hard to believe it’s been a week since this year’s conference (our 67th) ended.  And what an incredible conference it was, full of energy, knowledge, and friendships both rekindled and newly forged.  It was the sort of conference where one looks back when it’s done and thinks “yeah, this is why we do this.”
 
As you can imagine, putting together a conference of this magnitude takes a lot of work.  And I wanted to take a moment to thank those folks who have contributed their time to getting this done.

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Message from PWC President Eileen D’Angelo

by Jim Knipp on June 12, 2015

EileenOn behalf of the Board of Directors of the Philadelphia Writers Conference, please allow me the pleasure of extending our sincere welcome to you! We hope it will be stimulating and inspiring three days. We are honored to be able to present so many talented people as our speakers, agents, editors, judges and faculty members. They are accomplished professionals who are well-known in their specific genre or field. In addition to the educational aspect of the conference, we hope you enjoy the networking opportunities and the camaraderie between old friends and new friends.

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Keynote Speaker Stephen Fried – Part II

by Jim Knipp on June 8, 2015

SFRIEDPICPWC Board Member Greg Frost was given the task to pick the brilliant mind of our keynote speaker Stephen Fried.  What he gathered was enough information for two posts.  Find out what else Stephen had to say after the break.

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Keynote Speaker Stephen Fried

by Jim Knipp on June 7, 2015

SFRIEDPICReally what can you say about Stephen Fried?  A two-time National Magazine Award winner, Stephen burst onto the scene by exposing the darker side of the modeling world in Thing of Beauty. Since then he’s covered everything from the sins of the Big Pharma to the genius of restaurant pioneer Fred Harvey, and along the way has become a statesman and a guiding force for journalists everywhere.  Stephen will be delivering our keynote address at the Saturday Awards Banquet.

PWC Board  member Greg Frost interviewed Stephen and their chat provided enough information and advice to two posts.  See what they talked about after the break!

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krokThe Philadelphia Writers’ Conference board is pleased to announce that poet Pete Krok has been named the recipient of the 2015 Community Service award.

Pete hosts the Reading Series and acts as Humanities Coordinator at the Manayunk Roxborough Art Center (MRAC), and is the editor of the Schuylkill Valley Journal, and has long been a selfless supporter of his writing community.

 

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McGoran-1621-cropped-WEBThis year’s conference features several different genre offerings, including a mystery/thriller course being led by international man of mystery, Jon McGoran.  Jon writes thrillers, the last two – Drift and Deadout, – deal with the world of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) and are fast-paced thrill rides with a great lead character and more than enough murder and mayhem to keep the pages turning.  Jon will draw upon his experience as an author to define what makes an effective thriller.  I asked Jon a few questions about writing and what he expects from this year’s conference. Find out what he had to say after the break!

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Uriah Young on What to Expect at the Conference

by Ashley Moore on May 28, 2015

“The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.”

-Lao Tzu

IMG_3037If you know any writers, you can ask them if that quote applies to their experience – be ready for a lengthy story. If you are a writer, you’ve already swallowed that quote, and it’s resting in your core as you read this post.

On any journey, you’ll need help. You’ll need a strategy, nourishment, and motivation. The Philadelphia Writers’ Conference will offer such provisions as you are starting or continuing a journey towards your noble writing goal.

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Introducing the Intern

by Ashley Moore on May 22, 2015

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Hi! My name is Ashley Moore, I am now a junior at Temple University majoring in English. I am very excited to be interning with the Philadelphia Writers’ Conference! It has been a great experience so far and I cannot wait to attend the actual conference.

I have been writing since I was very young, and had my first short story published in an anthology for kids when I was eleven years old. Since then, I have always been on the lookout for ways to learn new styles of writing as well as opportunities to help me improve. I hope to work for a publishing company someday, and also to write a few novels, so when I heard about the Annual Philadelphia Writers’ Conference I signed up immediately! (And I really appreciated the 50% discount for being a current student.)

The speaker I am looking forward to hearing the most is definitely Sara Shepard; I have been a big fan of the Pretty Little Liars series (and the television show) for a few years now. Sara Shepard is an extremely talented writer, and has always amazed me with her ability to keep her readers guessing what will happen next in all of her book series. Also, she grew up a few minutes away from where I live, which is pretty cool too.

I had a very difficult time picking out which 3-day workshops I was going to attend, as all of them sounded awesome and have so much to offer. Finally, I was able to settle on the few that I think would benefit me the most. I am really looking forward to The Novel: Creating Captivating Characters led by Suzanne Palmieri. I checked out her blog earlier this evening and all of her books sound captivating! I will definitely be looking into those soon. I will also be taking The Art of Writing, Publishing, and Marketing Young Adult Fiction, led by Catherine Stine. YA Fiction is a very popular field of writing that I would love to get into, and I know that you need a special set of skills to be able to make your writing stand out among others. The last workshop I will be attending is Writing the Novel by Solomon Jones. Pretty self-explanatory, but again, I hope it will offer lots of skill-learning opportunities to help me improve.

I certainly expect to fill my new notebook with lots of creative ideas, tips, exercises and more for my writing. I cannot wait to meet the others who will be attending the conference this year, and I hope some of you are also college students like me!

-Ashley

p.s.- I will be taking lots of pictures to post here on our blog as well as our social media pages, so come prepared! :)

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Solomon-Jones-236x300Solomon Jones is a multi-media marvel.  Journalist, author, radio hostliteracy champion – he wears dozens of hats. His own story is one of redemption and rebirth, and that inspiration comes through in every word he writes.  Solomon will be leading one of our novel-writing workshops at this year’s conference, focusing on plot. Fellow Liars Club member Greg Frost interviewed Solomon and discussed Solomon’s work and what he expects at the conference. Find out what he has to say after the break.

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