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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Introducing Janice Gable Bashman

by Jim Knipp on May 17, 2015

JGBResearch is an essential part of nonfiction and fiction writing. At this year’s Philadelphia Writers Conference, Janice Gable Bashman will conduct a workshop on Guidelines for Research.

Janice is the Bram Stoker nominated author of PREDATOR (Month9Books 2014) and WANTED UNDEAD OR ALIVE (w/NEW YORK TIMES bestseller Jonathan Maberry) (Citadel Press 2010). She is editor of THE BIG THRILL (International Thriller Writers’ magazine). Her short fiction has been published in various anthologies and magazines. She is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, Mystery Writers of America, Horror Writers Association, and the International Thriller Writers, where she serves on the board of directors as Vice President.

PWC Board member Larry Atkins interviewed Janice about her thoughts on research and writing as well as her thoughts on the conference. Read what she has to say after the break.

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Introducing Susan Beth Lehman

by Jerry Waxler on May 10, 2015

Susan LehmanThe Philadelphia Writers Conference, offers classes in dramatic writing, alternating from one year to the next between writing for the stage and for the screen. This year, in addition to the workshop we are doing for playwriting we have the additional pleasure of inviting back Susan Lehman to teach a Master Class in Screenwriting. Susan is an assistant professor of TV/Film at DeSales University and has taught the drama writing class at PWC. She is also the author of the book Directors: From Stage to Screen and Back Again

I had a great conversation with Susan. See what we discussed after the break!

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ChrisBursk This year’s Poetry Master Class leader is Christopher Bursk, the multiple-awarding winning author of eleven books, including “The Improbable Swervings of Atoms” which won the prestigious Donald Hall prize in poetry from the Association of Writers & Writer Programs.  Christopher’s class will be called “Poetry: The Play of the Mind” and will be “an interactive exploration of the power of poetry to confront the difficult…”

PWC President and fellow poet, Eileen D’Angelo caught up with Christopher and asked him his thoughts on conferences, life balance, and our ever expanding digital world.  Read what he has to say after the break.

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Anne HamiltonIf you are serious about writing and the process of succeeding as a professional, you will be hard-pressed to find a better guide than Anne Hamilton. She is intelligent, compassionate and insightful in relation to the writing process. She is encouraging, relentless, and practical in relation to the professional process.

Clients have gone on to win the Pulitzer Prize, the MacArthur ‘Genius’ Award, the Tony® Award, and a Royal Court International Residency. They have also won major American playwriting prizes and become best-selling authors. Hamilton Dramaturgy services include script development, production dramaturgy, workshops, and master classes. STAGE DIRECTIONS magazine named Anne a ‘trailblazer’ in American dramaturgy.”

PWC Board Member Carol Sabik-Jaffe caught up with Anne to discuss her work and what she’s looking forward to in the conference. Read what she has to say after the break!

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Lu Ann Cahn, Dared Herself and Got a Book out of It

by Jerry Waxler on April 30, 2015

Lu Ann Cahn headshot 08-13-13Every year, the Philadelphia Writers Conference, offers a workshop on writing nonfiction books. I have attended these sessions year after year and am always fascinated to meet writers who have mastered the skill of turning information into an interesting book.

This year’s teacher is especially interesting to me, because her inspiring book “I Dare Me: How I Rebooted and Recharged My Life by Doing Something New Every Day” is based on her own experience. This is an important trend in nonfiction, (see for example Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin which spent more than two years on the New York Times bestseller list). The course Lu Ann Cahn will teach at the Philadelphia Writers Conference, Your Non-Fiction Book: Write, Sell, Publish will be a generally about writing any nonfiction book, but I couldn’t help noticing that Lu Ann’s notion of “daring herself” could be appropriate for any writer looking for courage.

Here is my interview with Lu Ann Cahn about how she turned her experience into an inspirational book.

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Memoir Workshop Leader Tom McAllister has one Request

by Jerry Waxler on April 27, 2015

TomMcallisterEach year, the Philadelphia Writers Conference offers a three session workshop on memoir writing, taught by writing teachers with a special relationship to that genre. This year we pleased to host Tom McAllister, a writing professor and author of the memoir “Bury Me in my Jersey” about growing up in Philly in a football-saturated family. Whether you are exploring the possibility of writing about your life, or are already well on your way to a completed manuscript, this workshop can help you clarify your ideas and gain an overall sense of how your life can become a book.

In this interview, I ask Tom questions about writing memoirs and some specific questions about his. Check out what he had to say after the break.

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Introducing Catherine Stine

by Jim Knipp on April 16, 2015

Catherine StineIn a world of hard-working writers, I sometimes think no one works harder than Catherine Stine.  She’s always moving, always changing, always willing to try something new.  Her latest novel, Dorianna, is a modern day twist on the Dorian Grey story.  Catherine will be leading the workshop on Young Adult writing.  PWC  Board member Gregory Frost grabbed some time with Catherine to  discuss conferences, the writing process, and what makes fiction “Young Adult.”  Find out what she has to say after the break.

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