Tomorrow Philadelphia Writers’ Conference will mark our 72nd annual event by hosting our first-ever virtual conference — proving, perhaps, that you can teach an old conference new tricks. 

With that in mind: what better way to start off PWC’s Mini Couch Con than learning some new tricks to kick-start your writing? So, we’re delighted that our lead-off workshop features Valerie Fox & Lynn Levin co-authors of Poems for the Writing: Prompts for Poets, a finalist in the 2020 Next Generation Indie Book Awards. Poets & writers at all levels will benefit from this engaging session that will involve a variety of poetry-writing exercises and prompts: some timeless, some relating to current events. Come prepared to write & share; you’ll finish the workshop with several promising drafts.

Register for the Workshop by Registering for Couch Con 2020.

The whole weekend is only $15. Or upgrade, and for $40 you’ll get registration plus a signed copy of their award-winning prompt book AND a special gift from one of the authors. 

About Lynn & Valerie

Valerie Fox and Lynn Levin

Valerie Fox (left) and Lynn Levin, co-authors of the award-winning Poems for the Writing, will lead PWC poetry workshop for Couch Con

Lynn Levin’s most recent poetry collection, The Minor Virtues, is listed as one of Spring 2020’s best books by The Philadelphia Inquirer.  Her previous collections include: Miss Plastique (Ragged Sky Press) and Fair Creatures of an Hour, Imaginarium, and A Few Questions about Paradise (Loonfeather Press). She is the translator, from the Spanish, of Birds on the Kiswar Tree by Odi Gonzales (2Leaf Press/University of Chicago Press). Lynn’s poems, essays, translations, and short fiction have appeared in Rattle, Boulevard, Michigan Quarterly Review, Mandorla, Metamorphoses,, Per Contra, and many other journals and anthologies. She teaches at Drexel University, and, for many years, she taught creative writing at the University of Pennsylvania. Lynn Levin was born in St. Louis, Missouri and lives in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. Her website is

Valerie Fox has published work in Juked, Cleaver, Reflex, Okay Donkey, Across the Margin, and other journals. She teaches writing at Drexel University and is a faculty writing fellow with Writers Room. Much interested in collaboration, she recently published The Real Sky (art/word collaboration), a limited edition, hand-made book, with artist Jacklynn Niemiec.

About the Book: Poems for the Writing: Prompts for Poets (Second Edition)

Poems for the Writing cover photoAn invaluable companion to the working poet, writing teacher, and workshop leader, Fox and Levin’s Poems for the Writing: Prompts for Poets (Second Edition) presents 18 workshop and classroom-tested prompts plus a wealth of example poems that surprise and inspire. Poet Jeanne Murray Walker says, “There may be no end to the usefulness of these writing prompts.” Poet Elaine Terranova says that the book gives poets “new ideas and kicks in the butt to get going.” New Pages hails Poems for the Writing as “an excellent book for poets and teachers of poetry.” Poets Valerie Fox and Lynn Levin are members of the English faculty at Drexel University.