Author and friend of the Philadelphia Writers’ Conference Austin S. Camacho will be returning to the PWC in 2018 to lead the short story three-day workshop. In this choice, writers will explore the reasons for writing short fiction, and what a writer can accomplish with this form. The session will review the nuances in crafting an appealing short story, including tightening action and plot, defining characters, and conclusions. He is featured in the Edgar nominated African American Mystery Writers: A Historical and Thematic Study by Frankie Y. Bailey.

Camacho is the author of six novels about private eye Hannibal Jones, five in the Stark and O’Brien international adventure-thriller series, and the detective novel, Beyond Blue. His short stories have been featured in several anthologies including Dying in a Winter Wonderland – an Independent Mystery Booksellers Association Top Ten Bestseller for 2008. He and his wife Denise have been fixtures at PWC for several years. Camacho says, “I always look forward to interacting with this group of inspired, and inspiring, writers.”

“Short and Sweet” is designed for an Intermediate writer. The PWC defines an Intermediate writer as one who has studied the craft of writing (in this case, of writing a novel), and has written several stories. Fiction “Intermediate” writers understand the general flow of story and plot; know a bit about publishing and markets; and have probably taken at least one writing course (whether at PWC or elsewhere).

Camacho is also editorial director for Intrigue Publishing, a Maryland small press. He is a past president of the Maryland Writers Association, past Vice President of the Virginia Writers Club, and an active member of Mystery Writers of America, International Thriller Writers and Sisters in Crime.

Visit Austin’s website and Facebook Page, and say hello to him on Twitter @ascamacho

The 70th Annual Philadelphia Writers’ Conference will be held June 8-10, 2018, at the Wyndham Philadelphia Historic District. Visit this page for more information, including speaker information and a general schedule of events.