The Philadelphia Writers’ Conference requests proposals for our Inaugural Philadelphia Writers’ Conference Fellowships. Potential PWC Fellows will propose a one-hour workshop in either fiction, poetry, or nonfiction. One Fellow will be selected in each genre and invited to deliver their proposed workshop the 71st Annual Philadelphia Writers Conference, June 7-9, 2019.

We’re looking for emerging authors, with publishing credentials and professional training, eager to share their knowledge with others. An appealing workshop will focus on either the craft, business, or community of writing and offer practical advice, creative exercises, and/or next steps for writers looking to grow their skills. It’s only an hour, so be specific!

  • Fiction proposals might focus on a specific genre (romance, mystery, etc); specific market (children’s literature, short stories, screenwriting, etc.); or general topics related to writing any type of fiction (plot, character, revision, outlining, etc.).

  • Nonfiction proposals could be broad or focus on a particular segment of the genre, such as memoir, creative nonfiction, biography, journalism, travel writing, etc.

  • Poetry proposals might examine various styles, forms, or approaches, or focus closely on particular poetic elements, like voice, rhythm, line breaks, etc.

  • Additionally, proposals could focus on the business of writing: getting published, finding representation, building community, and more. Likewise, proposals could focus on social considerations, influences, or implications. However, such proposals must still focus primarily on one specific genre: poetry, fiction, or nonfiction.

Each PWC Fellow will receive complimentary registration to the conference. There you can network with other writers, attend a wide array of workshops, and pitch your work to an agent or editor. We’ll also feature you in many of our marketing and media channels, and you may be invited to host and/or participate in one of our pre-conference events.

Submission Requirements

Interested applicants should submit:

  1. A description of your proposed workshop (no more than 500 words), including what you will cover, what you expect conferees to take away from the session, and what makes your proposal unique and necessary.
  2. A 50-word, 3rd person bio
  3. A a current CV, including relevant publications and any teaching experience
  4. A a 5-page writing sample in your proposed genre.

Applications will be accepted solely through Submittable until Jan. 1, 2019. Prospective instructors can submit up to three proposals per genre.

About the Philadelphia Writers’ Conference

Founded in 1949, the Philadelphia Writers’ Conference, Inc., is a nonprofit organization that  brings writers together for education, advice, friendship, and inspiration. The oldest, open-registration writing conference in the United States, the PWC draws writers at all stages of their careers — from students and beginning writers who come to lay the foundation of their craft; to emerging writers seeking agents, editors, and publication advice; to published authors who return year after year for camaraderie and continued wisdom. Throughout the year, PWC holds free events around the Greater Philadelphia region to offer ongoing education and inspiration to local writers. We partner with area literary organizations to develop new and interesting programs. We administer contests to keep conferees and friends engaged all year long. The PWC is more than a conference; we are a community.