The PWC Board of Directors is pleased to announce our features speakers for the 2021 Philadelphia Writers’ Conference on June 12 – 13, 2021.

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 New York Times bestseller whose work has been translated into several languages. Her fifth book and first fantasy, Lalani of the Distant Sea, received six starred reviews and was named one of the best books of the year by the New York Public Library, The Horn Book, Booklist, BookPage, and others.

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. Plus a novella called Rock Manning Goes For Broke and a short story collection called Six Months, Three Days, Five Others.

Charlie Jane’s short fiction has appeared in, Boston ReviewTin HouseConjunctions, the Magazine of Fantasy and Science FictionWired Magazine, SlateAsimov’s Science Fiction, LightspeedZYZZYVA, Catamaran Literary Review, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency and tons of anthologies. Her story “Six Months, Three Days” won a Hugo Award, and her story “Don’t Press Charges And I Won’t Sue” won a Theodore Sturgeon Award.

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

The 2021 Virtual Philadelphia Writers’ Conference will be held on June 12 – 13, 2021.  Registration opens April 15th!