About Us

“The Philadelphia Writers’ Conference, Inc. is a non-profit organization
whose purpose is to bring writers together for
instruction, counsel, fellowship, and the exchange of ideas.”

These words from the PWC bylaws are what inspired its founding in 1949. In the decades since, the writing world has changed in ways that couldn’t have been imagined, and the PWC has changed along with it, but the qualities that inspired our founders to set up the conference than still inspire us today.

Why attend the Philadelphia Writers’ Conference.  There are many reasons:

Reputation and longevity. The Philadelphia Writers’ Conference is the oldest writing conference with open registration in the country. Check out the PWC history.

Craft. Our three-day writing tracks are led by some of the best writing teachers and published authors in the area. Create a schedule that meets your needs—or stretches your competency into new areas.

Information. Stay up to date on current trends in the business and craft of writing through additional single sessions.

Master Classes! For an additional $50 you can sign up for a three-hour master class that will give you an intense, two-day interaction with a leading writer in that field.

Pitch to Agents and Editors. Is your manuscript ready to sell? Sign up for a 5-minute pitch session on site after you register Friday morning (registration opens at 8:30 a.m., and agent/editor sign-ups open at 9 a.m.).

Learn what’s new in the publishing world. The agents and editors will form a panel at the optional Friday night buffet (additional $40 fee). Bring your questions for the open Q & A!

Peer Critique. Friday night raps allow you to bring along sample pages to read aloud.  Or participate in our prompt contest, Apples to Writers, where you can win fun prizes and earn the title Ruler of All Writers for the remainder of the conference.

Mentoring. Conferees can receive guidance from their workshop leader by sending in a writing sample to the Critique Coordinator by May 1.

Contests. Submit your manuscript and find out how your work competes. PWC offers two different contests with some pretty cool prizes! First prize for our advance submission Manuscript Contest, with three different categories and evaluated by our national team of esteemed judges, is a free conference for the next year! And bring along a one-page entry for the Words on the Wall contest.

Purchase books and pick up free publications. We will have a bookseller on site with books by all of our presenters—purchase one and get it signed!—as well as some giveaways to boost your freelancing career.

Networking. This conference brings together the most serious writers in the Philadelphia area and beyond. Do not underestimate the power of networking! Consider making up some business cards so people can remember you.

Location. PWC is located in the heart of Philadelphia’s historic district, with easy access to trains, buses, and major highways.

Price. PWC maintains a high value to cost ratio! Order food functions and master classes a la carte to custom build an affordable conference experience. Scholarship opportunities are available. Register before May 1 for a price break.



PWC was founded in 1949 and incorporated as a nonprofit organization in 1980.

The use of laptop computers and electronic tablets is permitted. Photographs will be taken during the Philadelphia Writers Conference weekend. Conferees attending this year’s sessions are advised that their attendance grants all rights of permission for non-commercial purposes, including possible publication on the PWC website.

For more information, email us at info@pwcwriters.org.


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Mark Feil June 20, 2014 at 8:57 am

I just found this site, and I am dying to go to next year’s event. However, on a website by and for writers it’s a little embarrassing you have a link to event FAQ’S, which is possessive, not pleural. It should be FAQs.


Jim Knipp June 26, 2014 at 5:32 am

Thanks Mark…now the truth is known. I’m addicted to apostrophes….crazy about commas, evangelical about ellipses…I just can’t help myself.


Don Lafferty October 17, 2014 at 11:18 pm

I wood agree.


C.J. Asher April 19, 2015 at 12:25 am

I’m an author that uses a pseudonym. Should I register under the pseudonym or my real name? Thanks!

– C.J. Asher


Jim Knipp April 19, 2015 at 12:43 am

Preference would be your real name, but if you feel strongly you need to use the pseudonym, that should be OK.


Gerri Brickle July 8, 2015 at 1:13 am

Please add m;y name on the 2016 mailing list thank ;you in advance


Jim Knipp September 22, 2015 at 5:25 am

Hi Gerri, we added you to our event list. Hope to see you next year!


Carley February 3, 2016 at 5:11 am

At last some ratinoality in our little debate.


Andrea Hornett June 5, 2016 at 9:59 pm

Please add me to your emailing list. I found out too late to attend this year but I’d like to attend the conference next year.
Thank you.


Jim Knipp June 7, 2016 at 8:28 am

Andrea, you have been added. Hope to see you next year!


Barry George June 6, 2016 at 4:53 pm

I’ve already registered for the conference, and I’m trying to gain access to the materials on the web site as an “Already Registered” attendee. However, I don’t know my Registration Number and when I attempt to have that sent to me, the system doesn’t recognize my e-mail address. I’ve written to info@pwcwriters.org to no avail. Can you help me with this? Thanks.


Jim Knipp June 7, 2016 at 8:32 am

Hi Barry, I just forwarded a confirmation statement to you. I’ll also send an email to this address with the email we have on file for you. Looking forward to seeing you on Friday!


Joan Kramer June 8, 2016 at 6:30 am

I would also like to be included on your mailing list! I’m sorry I didn’t learn about your conference sooner. Thank you!


Jim Knipp June 23, 2016 at 6:49 am

Hi Joan, I’ve added you to our mailing list. Hope to see you next year!


Rabbi Lynnda Targan June 9, 2016 at 12:33 am

I want to be added to the mailing list please. I am already busy for this weekend except for Friday. Is there room to attend? Is it worth it for one day? What might the cost be? I wrote an e-mail at info…but never got a response. Many thanks. LT


Jim Knipp June 23, 2016 at 6:52 am

Hi Rabbi – sorry we didn’t get to this earlier. You’re on our email list. Hope to see you next year!


Tara Fullington July 31, 2016 at 2:12 am

Would you please add me to your email list for the 2017 PWC? I’d love to attend!
Thank you,
Tara Fullington


Jim Knipp August 4, 2016 at 7:11 am

Hi Tara, I added you to our event contact list. Be sure to check out this site and our Facebook page and follow us on Twitter for announcements throughout the year as well!


Elaine Allen October 7, 2016 at 10:04 pm

I would love to be added to your mailing list. I would like to attend 2017 conference


Jim Knipp February 8, 2017 at 8:33 am

Hi Elaine – you have been added. Conference is 6/9 – 6/11. Looking forward to seeing you in June!


Anita Campbell-Lee October 15, 2016 at 3:39 am

Hello – I’m interested in attending the PWC in 2017. Please add me to the email list. Thanks, Anita


Jim Knipp February 8, 2017 at 8:34 am

Hi Anita! Happy to add you to the invite list. Conference is 6/9 – 6/11 this year, looking forward to seeing you there!


Eugenia Griffin January 26, 2017 at 7:41 am

Please add me to the emailing list. I would like to get information for the 2017 conference.

Thank you,



Jim Knipp February 8, 2017 at 8:34 am

Hi Eugenia, you have been added to the invite list. Conference is 6/9 – 6/11 and we’ll have more information out real soon. See you in June!


Ronald W. Howard April 8, 2017 at 2:16 pm

It is the keynote speaker, Dr. Julie H. Sullivan, that attracts me to attend this conference event. I look forward to greeting and hearing from Rev. Dr. Leon Howard Sullivan’s youngest daughter, and fellow soldier in Rev. Sullivan’s international movements. Our converging interests in writing will be new grounds for exploration.


Lorraine Treadwell April 18, 2017 at 12:37 pm

I wanted to attend but missed the deadline for discounted rooms.
Please add me to the list for 2018.


Lorraine Treadwell May 3, 2017 at 5:35 am

I will be there. I was told there’s a few rooms available at the group discount.
Looking forward to attending.


Paul Hackney May 1, 2017 at 7:27 pm

Please add me to the list and include this year’s schedule.

Thank you


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