“If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go with others.”

~ African Proverb

It is always beneficial for writers to get together and connect. The Philadelphia Writers’ Conference is a great place to meet other writers and network. You never know who you are going to meet. Here is what some writers are saying about the networking experiences they’ve had at the conference.  – Jenna Faccenda

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Networking is terrifying for an introvert with an anxiety disorder like me, but sometimes getting out of my comfort zone leads to good things. One year at the PWC, I pitched Novel A to Denise Camacho of Intrigue Publishing. She asked me to send it to her, so I left our meeting happy. The next day, when I walked into the conference, someone at the main table stopped me and said, “Denise Camacho is looking for you. Make sure you find her today.” I immediately wondered what I had done wrong and worried about it for several hours until we finally crossed paths. It turns out that Denise’s husband, Austin Camacho, had shown Denise the excerpt of Novel B that I had submitted for critique to his class. She liked it so much that she tracked me down to ask why I hadn’t pitched her Novel B the day before! The answer was “Because I only have three chapter written.” Denise told me to send it to her when it was finished because she definitely wanted to read it. In the end, Denise passed on Novel A, and Novel B will be ready to go out later this year, but now I have a relationship with a publisher who likes my writing—which never would have happened without the PWC’s networking opportunities.

– Kerry Gans

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After you’ve established your rudimentary story details, how do you maintain the forward motion, the creativity and the discipline? I find that brainstorming with the network of authors I meet during a conference like the PWC is a good investment for my story. The more I hear myself discuss a plot, scene or character, the more I’m inspired to develop them differently, or happily just pat myself on the back. Writing, creating, developing, and evolving takes work. The epiphanies ignite after we know our topic. The revelations become clear when we complete the puzzle. The tidbits I glean from each speaker guides me along my path. Those “light bulb” moments are the magic and why I attend.

– Nina McKissock

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After attending several conferences, my network has grown more than I ever dreamed. From poets to novelists and everything in between, I have met some very talented writers. I’ve gotten to know writers like Kerry Gans, Kathryn Craft, Jeanette Juryea, Austin Camacho, Jon McGoran, and many others. I’ve also met some great bloggers, editors, and publishers. It usually starts with a cup of coffee in the lounge area, and then you might find these new acquaintances sitting next to you in your next writing workshop. Before you know it, you’re seeing them on Facebook and Twitter and sharing their posts. Until you actually attend, you really can’t appreciate the opportunity to network at PWC. The writing process itself can be a lonely one, but with the PWC and the networking aspect, it doesn’t have to be.

– Uriah Young

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My single biggest joy of attending the PWC is the opportunity to meet writers and other folks who are part of the writing world.  Through the conference, I’ve met Jonathan Maberry and Don Lafferty – who really are the driving force behind my blog.  Former workshop leader Caridad Pineiro, who wrote her first book on the train between Edison and New York City made me understand that you simply need to find those moments to write.  Author and Agent extraordinaire Marie Lamba, who I met at my first conference, inspires me every time we meet.  It is these connections, these opportunities to see that there is no magic formulae, that we’re all ‘just folks” who share so many fears and goals and inspirations that makes the Philadelphia Writers’ Conference so special.
– Jim Knipp