We are pleased to introduce the Inaugural Philadelphia Writers’ Conference Fellows!

Last fall, we invited emerging writers to apply for our first-ever PWC Fellowships. We were pleasantly surprised by the number of excellent applications we received. In fact, we were so overwhelmed & impressed, we accepted more applicants than we anticipated!

We are happy to announce our inaugural Fellows: Lauren J. Sharkey, Andres Cruciani, Meg Eden, Randon Billings Noble, Gail Priest, and Miah Jeffra.  

Each Fellow will teach a one hour workshop between Friday June 7 to Sunday June 9. Their workshops bring fresh perspectives, new ideas, and relevant industry experience to this year’s conference!

Keep reading for brief descriptions of each Fellow’s class.

Lauren J Sharkey
The Write Way to Build a Platform
Saturday June 8, 2019, 9:30am-10:30 am
This workshop go over the basics of creating, developing, and maintaining a social media presence, including important information for any starving artist: how much authors can expect to invest, and how to make the most of that budget. Writers can expect to walk away with a solid foundation for building a social media presence and knowledge of industry standards.

Lauren J Sharkey

Andres Cruciani
Write a Short Story in 30 minutes
Saturday June 8, 2019, 4:15pm-5:15pm
The goal of the workshop incredibly simple: everyone will write a story in 30 minutes. Then we’ll share.

Andres Cruciani

Meg Eden
Submitting to literary magazines
Saturday June 8, 2019, 9:30am-10:30 am
In this workshop we’ll talk about what literary magazines are, what editors are looking for in submissions, have a “translation exercise,” tips on how to get the most out of a lit mag, and the secrets to writing a great cover letter to get an editor’s attention.

Meg Eden

Randon Billings Noble
The Hermit Crab Essay
Sunday June 9, 2019, 9:30am-10:30am
In this workshop we will discuss the possibilities and pleasures of the lyric essay. We will look at some of the myriad forms a lyric essay can take (including collage, braided, and “hermit crab”), and then do some generative writing

Randon Billings Noble

Gail Priest
Characterization from an Actor’s POV
Friday June 7, 2019, 4:15pm-5:15pm
Just as an actor portrays a character on stage or on screen, an author must understand what motivates their characters. This understanding and insight support the creation of more realistic characters. It is helpful for writers to see their character’s world as the character…as an actor does.

Gail Priest

Miah Jeffra
The Ekphrastic Selfie: Life Writing From a Photograph
Friday June 7, 2019, 11 am-12 pm
This workshop seeks to have attendees generate new writing through a series of exercises utilizing a single photograph.

Miah Jeffra