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The Inaugural PWC QuickWrite Contest

Has a winner


The Philadelphia Writers’ Conference is pleased to announce that Beth Moulton, of Audubon, Pennsylvania, has won the inaugural PWC QuickWrite contest for her essay “Writing Community.”

Judge Alison Hicks, MFA, of the Greater Philadelphia Wordshop Studio, selected the essay for its direct and yet imaginative response to the prompt. “The piece shows us, in clear, engaging, lively, and often humorous prose, how subjects to write about present themselves to us every day,” Hicks explained. “I vibrated to the positive and inclusive message of the piece.”

As the winner, Ms. Moulton will receive a partial scholarship to the 2014 Philadelphia Writers Conference, which takes place June 6-8, 2014, at the Wyndham Philadelphia Historic District in Old City. She will also share her winning piece as part of lunchtime open mic reading program planned for Friday at the Conference.

The 2014 Philadelphia Writers’ Conference includes an exciting lineup writers and speakers, including NY Times bestselling author William Lashner and awarding winning NBC10 journalist, Lu Ann Cahn. The conference offers workshops in fiction, memoir, poetry, journalism, social media, and much more appealing to novice and seasoned writers alike.

Why Attend the Conference?

 Because it’s worth the investment!

 Here are the reasons:

Reputation and longevity. The Philadelphia Writers’ Conference is the oldest writing conference with open registration in the country. This year PWC celebrates its 66th year. Check out the PWC history.

Craft. Our three-day writing tracks are led by some of the best writing teachers and published authors in the area. Create a schedule that meets your needs—or stretches your competency into new areas.

Information. Stay up to date on current trends in the business and craft of writing through additional single sessions.

NEW—Master Classes! For an additional $50 you can sign up for a three-hour master class that will give you an intense, two-day interaction with a leading writer in that field: A.V. Christie for poetry or Marc Lapadula for screenwriting.

Pitch to Agents and Editors. Is your manuscript ready to sell? Sign up for a 5-minute pitch session on site after you register Friday morning (registration opens at 8:30 a.m., and agent/editor sign-ups open at 9 a.m.).

Learn what’s new in the publishing world. The agents and editors will form a panel at the optional Friday night buffet (additional $40 fee). Bring your questions for the open    Q & A!

Peer Critique. Friday night, Manuscript Rap sessions—poetry, juvenile fiction, and adult fiction—allow peer feedback and critique. Bring along sample pages to read aloud.

Mentoring. Conferees can receive guidance from their workshop leader by sending in a writing sample to the Critique Coordinator by May 1.

Contests. Submit your manuscript and find out how your work competes. PWC offers two different contests with some pretty cool prizes! First prize for our advance submission Manuscript Contest, open in all five different categories and evaluated by our national team of esteemed judges, is a free conference for the next year! Bring along a one-page entry for the Words on the Wall contest.

Purchase books and pick up free publications. We will have a bookseller on site with books by all of our presenters—purchase one and get it signed!—as well as some giveaways to boost your freelancing career.

Networking. This conference brings together the most serious writers in the Philadelphia area and beyond. Do not underestimate the power of networking! Consider making up some business cards so people can remember you.

Location. PWC is located in the heart of Philadelphia’s historic district, with easy access to trains, buses, and major highways.

Price. PWC maintains a high value to cost ratio! Order food functions and master classes a la carte to custom build an affordable conference experience. Scholarship opportunities are available. Register before May 1 for a price break.

Registration site opens on March 15th!

Please visit our FAQ sheet. It contains answers to the most common questions we receive.

“The Philadelphia Writers’ Conference, Inc. is a non-profit organization
whose purpose is to bring writers together
for instruction, counsel, fellowship and the exchange of ideas.”
- bylaws: 1949-present
PWC was founded in 1949 and incorporated as a nonprofit organization in 1980.

The use of laptop computers and electronic tablets is permitted.

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{ 13 comments… read them below or add one }

Tyra White November 9, 2012 at 12:37 am

I am a new writer. i believe this seminar will be a wonderful experience for me.


Bruce Colucci March 17, 2013 at 8:28 pm

Please info on conference..Thank you/


Elaine Freeman Anderson June 5, 2013 at 7:06 am

This is my first conferences. I am really looking forward to it.


Dawn Bonaparte June 22, 2013 at 1:13 am

I missed it. When is the next one?


Don Lafferty July 6, 2013 at 6:11 pm

June of 2014.


Dawn Bonaparte December 27, 2013 at 11:20 pm

Hi, I need the actual dates so I can schedule off. Thanks guys…I’m so excited.


Lorraine Treadwell July 9, 2013 at 2:08 pm

I had a great time at the PWC. I enjoyed the writing workshops.I had a chance to present my work at one of the sessions. The presenters were fantastic. Great time speaking with Jerry Waxler about memoir writing. I am still typing my notes from Solomon Jones, Jon Maberry ,Carla Spataro,Nelson Erlich ,Susan Thomas and Susan Lehman.There were so many workshops, I would divide my time between them . Spending1/2 hour in each. I am glad that some presenters had handouts . I am looking forward to the next one. Great info, great people. Plus I had the added bonus of meeting one of my idols newscaster Melba Tolliver.


Pattie Crider September 30, 2013 at 11:28 am

I had a great time at the 2013 conference…can’t wait for the 2014 event. See you there!


Uriah Young February 8, 2014 at 8:44 am

I made so many outstanding contacts the last two years. No question, I will be attending this year. The networking aspect is so important!


Dawn Bonaparte February 24, 2014 at 9:54 pm

It’s Posted.


Kiki March 7, 2014 at 3:09 am

I don’t have facebook and cannot open che “click here” to review the conferece for this year. Is there another way of accessing the information?


Jim Knipp March 9, 2014 at 1:14 am

Hi Kiki, registration site will be open on March 15th


Frank March 18, 2014 at 5:01 pm

I believe Philadelphia Writers’ Conference is helpful for new writers.The Join a community of writers, panel discussions, craft talks, and readings, as well as daily workshops in fiction, poetry, or creative nonfiction, all led by accomplished faculty.


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