Most of our three-day workshops and single day features are available to all levels of writing skills and experience.  But what about more advanced writers who might want a greater challenge?  Never fear, the PWC offers a series of “Master Classes” geared towards more advanced writers.

Master Classes are  designed to allow a more in depth exploration of a particular skill set or aspect of writing.   Attendance is limited to 15 conferees for each class, which allows the workshop leaders more focus on each individual attendee. The workshop leaders are typically masters in their field, often nationally recognized.  In addition, Master Classes are longer than the single-day features they usually replace, with 3 hours of course time allotted for each class.  This combination of additional time and the increased focus the smaller class size allows makes our Master Classes an excellent investment for the more advanced writer.

This year we’re offering FOUR Master Classes, including a new three-day version that we’ve never offered before.  They include:

World Building by Fran Wilde.  Fran has multiple Hugo award nominations and her debut novel Updraft won the 2016  Andre Norton Award for Young Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy.  Fran’s Bone Universe novels (Updraft, Cloudbound, and Horizon) represent a masterwork in creating intricate, fantastical worlds that resonate with the reader.  In her Master Class Fran will share some of her secrets for building worlds that flare with imagination and will leave your readers hooked and asking for more.  Fran’s class meets on Saturday and Sunday morning from 9:00 AM to 10:30 AM.

Thriving Ain’t Easy by TS Hawkins.   Tee is force of nature…there’s really no other way to describe her. A vibrant, internationally acclaimed author and educator, she is a true performance poet who can effortlessly send her audience soaring.  Tee’s Master Class will focus on finding your voice in your poetry, and how you can use that voice to bring peace and truly inspire others.  It’s bound to be an experience you won’t forget.  Tee’s class meets on Friday and Saturday afternoon from 4:15 PM to 5:45 PM.

Finding your Inner Nancy Drew by Ericka Blount-Danois.  Ericka has harnessed the whirlwind, writing for publications ranging from the Wall Street Journal to Vibe magazine, and covered dozens of historical and culture figures from Fidel Castro to the Fugees to Jennifer Hudson.  She knows A LOT about writing biography and other non-fiction.  Ericka’s Master Class will discuss the many tools you can use to pull the important details from your subject, how to re-create a scene that will grab you readers’ attention and hold them there, and how to get the most out of difficult subjects.  This class would be an invaluable resource for anyone writing non-fiction.  Ericka’s class meets on Saturday and Sunday morning from 9:00 AM to 10:30 AM.

Get Published by Sheree Bykofsky.  Sheree has seen and done it all.  An agent for over 25 years, Sheree has heard thousands of pitches, held innumerable meetings and conference calls, and guided dozens of authors through the process.  Sheree’s Master Class will be a comprehensive end to end guide on how to get published, and will include advice on how to query,  how to get an agent, and how to find work.  Whether you completed your beloved work in progress or have a great idea for a non-fiction piece that will change the world, this class will help walk you through the steps you must take to get your work out there.  Sheree’s class meets on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM

For more information on all our classes and workshop leaders, check out the 2018 Philadelphia Writers’ Conference workshops page.