News and Updates



A Poetry Reading with

2014 PWC Poetry Master Class Instructor A.V. Christie 

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

7:00 pm


In celebration of National Poetry Month, The Swarthmore Public Library and Mad Poets Society will co-host an evening of poetry with poet A.V. Christie. A.V. Christieis the author of Nine Skies, which won the National Poetry Series, and The Housing, winner of the McGovern Prize.

Her poems have appeared in Poetry, Commonweal, The Iowa Review, Crazyhorse andPloughshares, among other journals.  Christie has received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and from the Pennsylvania State Arts Council and has been visiting writer locally at Villanova, LaSalle, Bryn Mawr College, and Penn State Abington. She teaches private workshops and is Associate Director at the Chester County Art Association.

Swarthmore Public Library

121 Park Avenue

Swarthmore, PA 19081

All programs are free and open to the public.

Please register at the library, call 610-543-0436

 or email





Sunday May 18
Screenwriting PWC instructor, Marc Lapadula hosts a lecture: The 8 Films that Changed America

Use the discount code MARC and get a 30% discount!



 Maberry on what what every writer should know.


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Melissa Snyder February 25, 2013 at 6:37 am

Hello – I’m looking for information regarding the 2013 Philadelphia Writer’s Conference. I can’t seem to find any info for 2013 – only reports from 2012. Is there going to be a 2013 conference? If so, where/how can I get info about the agenda, speakers, etc.?

Thanks for any information that you can provide.

Melissa Snyder


Jim Knipp February 25, 2013 at 8:14 am

Updates to the website are in the works. Additional information, including links to our brand new, turbo-charged registration site should be up by March 1, 2013.


Lois Veber-Altman February 28, 2013 at 5:01 am

Please keep me posted about the Philadelphia Writers’ Conference.


Eileen D'Angelo May 30, 2013 at 12:16 am

Hi, Lois !
I am just checking back and making sure you got the info about the conference. I see your note was sent in late February, we may not have had the website updated. If you decide to join us, you can register through the website, feel free to zing me a note if you need anything ! Hope to see you ! Be well, Eileen


Lorraine Treadwell March 2, 2013 at 11:29 pm

I am trying to register for the conference with my neice. I cannot get the application . When will it be ready.. Also, the hotel website , I cannot get the romm and rates information fromt he website. Are there any other hotels nearby that I can get info from .
This is my neice’s graduation gift. Please forward applications asap.
Thank you
Lorraine Treadwelll


Jim Knipp March 3, 2013 at 9:40 pm

Registration site is now open and most 2013 Workshop information has been added. We’ll be making some additional updates throughout the week. Thanks for your patience!


Eileen D'Angelo March 13, 2013 at 12:29 am

Hello, Ms. Treadwell,
i wanted to check back in and make sure you were able to register. I’m so excited that you are planning to come with your niece, and that’s her gift ! Let me know if there’s anything I can do for you. Sincerely, Eileen


Lorraine Treadwell April 17, 2013 at 10:40 pm

Hello Eileen , it is her graduation gift to attend the conference. She had articles published . I want her to spread her wings.


Lorraine Treadwell May 25, 2013 at 11:20 pm

Hello Eileen, I have registered and will be there . Ready to write and learn .
See you soom
Yours truly
Lorraine Treadwell


Eileen D'Angelo May 30, 2013 at 12:09 am

Hi, Lorraine!
Thanks for your note! And it’s great to hear you’re registered ! I’m excited that it’s just around the corner ! See you then ! Be well, Eileen


Dawn Byrne April 1, 2013 at 11:14 pm

Are lunches included in the $220.00 registration fee?


Jim Knipp April 16, 2013 at 9:08 am

hi Dawn. Registration includes coffee service, but lunches are not included. There are dozens of places to eat nearby, serving everything from pizza to paella. The location page on the registration site can give you an idea of what’s nearby.


Elaine Freeman Anderson April 29, 2013 at 8:34 pm

This will be my first writers conference. I am looking forward the critique of pages from my novel. I know i will learn so much. looking forward to meeting others who are writers too.


Eileen D'Angelo May 30, 2013 at 12:15 am

Hi, Elaine,
I remember my first writers’ conference .. it was here at the PWC! I had a ball – I felt like a sponge, I was so ready to soak up everything that was offered! I quickly became addicted (!) and eventually ended up on the board. Glad to hear you sent your work in for critique. I hope you got your work into the contests, too ! The awards are given out after the keynote speech on Saturday night … and it always feels like the Academy Awards! “The Envelope Please!” It’s exciting. Don’t forget to bring some extra work for the “raps” and for the Words on teh Wall Contest. You’ll get to post one page of poetry, nonfiction and/or fiction in the Hancock Lounge – and conferees can vote on their favorite piece in each genre! I know you’re going to have a great experience ! Looking forward to seeing you. Be well, Eileen


lydia guagenti June 10, 2013 at 10:55 pm

Would like to know how to submit for next year. Do you know where it will be held? Also is any meeting being held though out the year? Such as a gathering
place to share ideas in the South Phila. Area.


Connie Harold September 18, 2013 at 6:18 am

I’d like to suggest a speaker, Janice Gary, author of Short Leash: A Memoir of Dog Walking and Deliverance published by Michigan State University Press. Ms. Gary is an award winning author based in Maryland ( and is a wonderful speaker and writing instructor, and Short Leash is a great book!


Charlie Chirico October 22, 2013 at 4:13 pm

Hello, I was curious about information regarding the conference in 2014, or if there is one. I’m not familiar with PWC, nor have I ever attended a conference.



admin October 22, 2013 at 11:15 pm

Hi Charlie, The 2014 Conference is June 6-8 and will be held at the Wyndham Hotel.


Michael R.Stern January 10, 2014 at 12:44 am

Hi, I am trying to find links to 2014 Conference. Can you tell me where to find information?
I know the dates, but other info such as registration, fees etc. Thanks. Mike Stern


Lorraine Treadwell February 25, 2014 at 5:29 pm

Trying to register for 2014 PWC , the link takes me to a test page. When will the reg. page be up?


admin February 27, 2014 at 9:52 pm

Lorraine, Very soon! Keep checking back.


Lanny Larcinese March 10, 2014 at 4:40 am

Dear Folks,
I truly appreciate the huge chunks of your personal time dedicated to PWC & in support of writers; howver, I hoped that having signed on and attended the past two years, I would be on an automatic email list for announcements, contests etc.

Is there a way to accomplish this? E.g., I have googled for ten minutes to find out the dates for the 2014 conference, or even a “stand-by” alert of some kind. Can the PWC site include a “do/do not send me future notices,etc.”

Thx. for all you do.

Lanny Larcinese


Jim Knipp March 16, 2014 at 4:58 am

Hi Lanny….sorry for the delay. We sent out the invitations last night and it should be in your in-bin. You can also find updates on this website detailing the workshops and workshop leaders. Hope to see you in June!


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