Jenna Faccenda couldn’t wait to share her PWC experience from last year. Here’s what the ambitious college student had to say:

 

I didn’t know what to expect when I decided to attend the Philadelphia Writer’s Conference last year. My college professor recommended the conference during one of our critique meetings. As an aspiring author, I couldn’t wait to find out what this conference held  for me…

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Jenna Faccenda attended the PWC in 2015

The Truth

College is a time of exploring who you are both academically and socially. You spend four years joining organizations, learning to live on your own, and exploring your interests. You may enter college having no idea what you want to do once you graduate, or you may enter having a straight pathway planned out. Either is okay, because this is your time of discovery.

Whether you know what you want to do after graduation or not, building up your resume is an essential tool for success post grad. There are many ways you can do this, but one of them is attending the Philadelphia Writers’ Conference.

Believe it or not, you don’t have to be a writer to attend the conference. Although Journalism and English majors would highly benefit from the conference, so will majors for other industries,  like business and engineering. The Philadelphia Writers’ Conference is a place to enhance your communication skills, which are great to add to your resume.

 

You Can Network

Hundreds of people attend the Philadelphia Writer’s Conference each year. That is a lot of people to to rub elbows with! Plus it isn’t all just writers. Some people have professions in teaching, corporate offices, and more. The conference presents opportunities where you can have the chance to connect with that guy who is living your dream job. If you really want to leave a good impression during the networking process, purchase some business cards and bring them. Exchange cards with another writer, who could become a potential collaborator. It is essential  to expand your network.

When I attended, I had the opportunity to meet my new writing group. I was so grateful. The  first day of the conference, I clicked with one of the authors leading the workshops. Because I stayed after the workshop to talk to her, I was able to meet other students who had the same interests as me. By the end of the conference, there were about four or five of us that met up with this author every day and just went over each other’s work. We all grew so close that we ended up creating a virtual writing group for after the conference was over.

 

You Can Strengthen Your Writing Skills

The Philadelphia Writers’ Conference have a number of different workshops available for attendees. This year you can learn topics such as grammar for writers, humor writing, polishing your pitches, dialogue and voice, and more. By attending the conference, you will be able to build up your writing skills as well as mention on your resume which classes you took.

 

I can confidently say that attending this conference was one of the best things I could have done for myself, not only as a writer, but as a college student. I learned so much in such a short amount of time and created long lasting friendships that I will forever be grateful for. There is nothing more inspiring than surrounding yourself with people who have the same passions as you. I am looking forward to attending this year’s conference!

You can learn about Jenna on her website www.jennafaccenda.com.