The Philadelphia Writers’ Conference Board of Directors is pleased to announce the addition of three new teachers who will lead workshops at the 2019 Conference.

Author and atypical Vampyr Brian McKinley will be leading the three day horror workshop, replacing Mylo Carbia (who had to step away for personal reasons). Brian has published the novels Ancient Blood, Ancient Enemies, and Drawing Dead, which won the Author’s Talk About It Horror Novel Contest on 2016. Brian has a unique take on writing and life, and he’s looking forward to bringing that perspective to his class.

Brian McKinley

Kathryn Craft returns to teach at the 2019 conference, replacing Amy Sue Nathan, to lead a three-day workshop on developing excellent characters for your work. Kathryn is the award-winning author of two novels from Sourcebooks, The Far End of Happy and The Art of Falling (Sourcebooks), and the author of chapters in Author in Progress and The Complete Handbook of Novel Writing (Writers Digest Books). When asked what she was most looking forward to, she said “Gail Priest’s session on acting and the last day’s session on romantic threads. And of course, seeing old friends!”

Kathryn Craft

Mike Ingram will be teaching a two-day Master Class at the conference. Mike is the editor-in-chief of Barrelhouse Books, a small press publishing fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry. His own fiction and creative nonfiction have appeared, most recently, in The North American Review, Phoebe, The Smart Set, and EPOCH. Mike’s class will focus on finding that the perfect mix of honesty, originality, and urgency that leads to a unique voice and captures your reader.

Mike Ingram

Welcome to Brian, Kathryn, and Mike!

The 2019 Philadelphia Writers’ Conference will be held on June 7 – 9 at the Wyndham Hotel in Historic Old City Philadelphia. To find out more about the conference, including our class descriptions, additional workshop leader bios, and out agents and editors panel, visit our registration site.