The 70th Annual Philadelphia Writers’ Conference

June 8-10, 2018

Wyndam Philadelphia Historic District

Gather with the Philadelphia writing community at the 70th annual Philadelphia Writers Conference! Our annual event will connect you with writer and publisher friends new and old, and give you the tools and connections to help you grow your skills and get published. Be sure to subscribe for regular updates about the conference, including speaker announcements, detailed workshop info, and new agents and editors. We’ll be posting updates every week, so don’t miss out!

Registration will open by February 1.

Cost: $300 through May 1, 2018. $350 through June 8. Student rate: $175. Scholarships also available.

Saturday Evening Keynote: A Conversation with Mark Bowden

Mark Bowden has been an award-winning staff writer for the Philadelphia Inquirer since 1979. He is a national correspondent for The Atlantic and a contributing editor to Vanity Fair. His book Black Hawk Down: A Story of Modern War became an international best seller, and was a finalist for the National Book Award. The book was turned into a film by Director Ridley Scott. Bowden also wrote the international best seller Killing Pablo: The Hunt for the World’s Greatest Outlaw, which won the Overseas Press Club’s Cornelius Ryan award as the best book of 2001. Bowden’s latest book, Hue 1968: A Turning Point of the American War in Vietnam, revisits the brutal Tet Offensive from both sides of the war, and the effects both in Vietnam and the United States.

Three-Day Intensive Workshops

Three one-hour sessions, offered in three different time slots. More workshops and details to follow. Subscribe for updates!

Poetry I Amy Small-McKinney
Markets: Memoir Lorene Cary
Writing Business: Marketing Denise Camacho
Markets: Short Story Austin Camacho
Markets: Young Adult Donna Jo Napoli
Genre: Mystery and Thriller Merry Jones
Poetry II Brian Fanelli
Writing Life: Writing Retreat in a Box Blair Thornburgh


One-hour sessions in the morning or evening. More to come; subscribe for updates!

Grammar Sharyn Flanagan
Magazine Writing Richard Rys
Branding Suzanne Kuhn
Developing Narrative Non-Fiction Ericka Blount-Danois

 Master Classes

A 90-minute intensive with masters in their fields. Additional fee. More to come; subscribe for updates!

Friday, 4:15 pm

Poetry with TS Hawkins

Saturday, 9 am:

World Building with Fran Wilde
Biography: “Getting the details about your subject” with Ericka Blount-Danois

Confirmed Agents and Editors

Pitch sessions take place on Friday, June 8 throughout the day. Conferees can add on the Friday evening Agents and Editors Buffet Dinner. More to come; subscribe for updates!

Maryann Karinch, Rudy Agency

Maryann represents non-fiction for adult audiences in the following categories: Health/Medicine, Business, Culture/Values, History, Current Events/Politics, Biography/Memoir, Science/Technology, and Relationships.

Jeffrey Stundel, Words Take Flight Books

Words Take Flight Books is looking for both short fiction and novels. You are encouraged (strongly) to not only tweak the “boundaries,” but to go beyond them. Give us something that make us (and readers) think, guess, wonder and imagine.

Subscribe for Updates!

Stay tuned for more speaker and agent/editor announcements! We’ll also be sharing more details and in-depth interviews with our speakers over the next few months.