PWC is staying virtual this year… JOIN US online on June 12 & 13!


Bookmark this page for the most recent roster and schedule! But for now, let’s get started with our lineup:


Erin Entrada Kelly will be the PWC opening speaker.  A local writer, Erin received the 2018 Newbery Medal for Hello, Universe, the 2017 APALA Award for The Land of Forgotten Girls, and the 2016 Golden Kite Honor Award for Blackbird Fly, among other honors.

Erin is a NYT bestseller whose work has been translated into several languages. Erin’s latest book, Maybe, Maybe Marisol Rainey, the first in the ongoing Maybe Marisol series, will be released in May 2021. All Erin’s books are Junior Library Guild Selections.

Charlie Jane Anders will be the PWC Keynote speaker.  Charlie Jane’s latest novel, Victories Greater than Death, was just released. She’s also the author of The City in the Middle of the Night; All the Birds in the Sky, which won the Nebula, Crawford and Locus awards; and Choir Boy, which won a Lambda Literary Award.

Charlie Jane also organizes the monthly Writers with Drinks reading series, and co-hosts the podcast Our Opinions Are Correct with Annalee Newitz.


All times are in Eastern Time (Philadelphia)! Although you can join us from anywhere in the world, please adjust times accordingly if you are not on the East Coast of the United States.



Louisiana-born poet, fiction writer, and essayist Destiny Birdsong will be teaching our poetry master class, “Love in the Time of…Disaster?” a workshop about poetry’s power to explore ‘love and_[you fill in the blank]__’.

Next we have Josiah Bancroft, author of the Books of Babel, teaching “The Real Foundations of Unreal Worlds: A Discussion of World Building.” Whether you’re writing fantastical or historical worlds, learn how to make those details sing.

For our nonfiction writers, Bettina Makalintal food writer at Vice Munchies, will be teaching “Turning Your Niche Interest Into a Writing Practice” a look at how to take your interests and turn them into articles or essays.

View the full lineup and details at our Master Class Spotlight.

[Please note: Master Classes require a regular conference registration AND a master class ticket]



Poetry Super Highway and the Frontier Poetry Award for New Poets Contest winner Taylor Byas will teach “Cracking the Formal Code with Possibility,” a workshop that will examine two poetic forms, the pantoum and the Shakespearean sonnet.

Best of the Net winner and local flash superstar K.B. Carle will be teaching “The Narrative Design: Reconfiguring Methods of Storytelling in Flash,” a workshop pushing the boundaries surrounding a story’s structure on the page.

In nonfiction, Athena Dixon, author of The Incredible Shrinking Woman, will teach “Navigating the Personal Essay,” full of practical advice on the art of crafting personal essays.

Poet Darla Himeles will be teaching “Befriending Your Inner Poet: An Introductory Workshop,” a generative workshop to ignite intuition and imagination in service of the radical act of attending closely, even tenderly, to our world.

Merry Jones, the award-winning author of twenty-two books, mostly suspense novels (including the Zoe Hayes, Harper Jennings and Elle Harrison series) will teach “Tension, Uncertainty and Tenterhooks: The Art of Writing Suspense, Mystery and Thrillers” to keep your readers on the edge of their seats.

Dominican-American poet, educator, playwright and award-winning author Jasminne Mendez will teach “The Play’s the Thing” for writers of any genre to explore crafting or revising work for a one person show/performance piece.

Poet and writer Carlos José Pérez Sámano will lead “Ancestral Roots: Writing from Our History,” for writers of any genre, to connect with our ancestral past to be able to produce creative and meaningful texts.

USA Today bestselling author Catherine Stine will teach “All About Urban and Paranormal Fantasy,” discussing why urban and paranormal fantasy is hugely popular and examples of compelling themes and tropes that can be crafted into new twists.

View the full lineup and details at our Workshop Instructor Spotlight



Kelsey Allagood (Fiction) is a writer & trained political analyst who will be talking about “Love Not War: Exploring Alternatives to Conflict and Conflict Resolution in Fiction.” Her work can be found in Barrelhouse, GRIFFEL, Menacing Hedge, and Wanderlust.

Madeleine Corley (Poetry) is Managing Editor at Barren Magazine and her poems have been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and Best of Net Anthology. She will be talking about erasure poetry in “Starting a New Conversation: An Exploration of Erasure.”

Laura B. Ginsberg (Poetry) has 20 years of experience in publishing and education who is currently working on a master’s in Teaching Writing at Johns Hopkins. She will be taking you on a visual journey with “Expanding the Potential of Poetry with Digital Visualization.”

Cassie Mannes Murray (Nonfiction) just finished her MFA at UNCW in creative nonfiction and her work has been featured in The Rumpus, Story Quarterly, Passages North, Hobart, and Fugue. She’ll be speaking on “Cartography of the Mind: Mind Mapping the Lyric Essay.”

Shaina A. Nez (Nonfiction) is a Diné Creative Nonfiction writer with an MFA in Creative Writing from the Institute of American Indian Arts. She is a member of Saad Bee Hózhǫ: Diné Writers’ Collective. She will be talking about “Writing Without Apology: Narrative on Its Own.”

Stanley Patrick Stocker (Fiction) is the winner of the 2021 PEN America/Robert J. Dau Short Story Prize for Emerging Writers and will be talking on “The Craft of the Short Story.” Originally from Philadelphia, Stanley lives & practices law in the Washington, DC area.

View the full lineup and details at our Emerging Writer Fellows Spotlight



Coming soon!