University of Pennsylvania professor Lorene Cary leads one of two 3-day memoir workshops at the 2018 Conference. Dr. Cary says, “In a time when we are inundated with internet rage and outrage, I look forward to discovering ways that writers hold childhood and youth in the light.”

This workshop will help conference attendees use memory and imagination to look for childhood and youth safety and wholeness, not just in writing, but in relationships, activities such as sports or the arts, in going home and leaving home, in connecting with structures of justice, learning, delight, or redemption. At the end of the weekend, writers will be invited to submit to,which she created to focus on children’s safety and wholeness.

“Writing Our Way to Safety” is designed for Intermediate Writers. 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).
Cary’s non-fiction includes her best-selling memoir Black Ice, and Free! Great Escapes from Slavery on the Underground Railroad. Her novels include The Price of a Child, which was the first One Book One Philadelphia offering. In 1998 Cary founded Art Sanctuary to enrich Philadelphia’s black arts.
Visit Cary’s website at, or find her on Facebook, and say hello on Twitter @LoreneCary.

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.