The Philadelphia Writers’ Conference board of directors is happy to present out next bi-monthly free forum “Write What You Know (or even what you don’t!).  Our panel will discuss how they use their every day life – career, world events, hobbies, interests – to inspire their work, and the tools they use when these interests take them in brand new directions.  The panel will be held on Saturday, December 1st at Open Books Bookstore in Elkins Park, PA from 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM and is open to the public (and free).  Our panel comes from a wonderful collection of interests and backgrounds, and includes:


David Siegel Bernstein, PhD is the author of Blockbuster Science: The Real Science in Science Fiction(Prometheus Books). His fiction and poetry have been published in numerous print, podcast, and online magazines. He has over a 100 publication credits. His nonfiction has been published in academic journals, newsletters, book chapters, and science fiction magazines. As a data scientist, he applies mathematical and statistical modeling to discrimination and civil rights matters.


Autumn Konopka is a poet, teacher, mother, wife, activist, runner, and coffee lover. Her poems have appeared in local, national, and international journals and anthologies, and her chapbook, a chain of paper dolls, was published by the Head & the Hand Press (Philadelphia, 2014). She teaches composition, critical reading, and creative writing in and around Philadelphia. Named poet laureate of Montgomery County, Pa. in 2016, Autumn now curates the Krasnow Poets & Poetry Series in Elkins Park, Pa., and serves as President of the Philadelphia Writers’ Conference. She is finishing up a collection of poems that places a woman’s personal experiences alongside various characters from tv teen dramas.


William L Myers, Jr. started his career in a Philadelphia-based mega-defense firm. After ten years defending corporate America, he realized his heart wasn’t in it. With his career on the fast track to success, he gave it all up to start his own firm. A few years ago, he decided to apply all he knew about law towards writing thriller novels.  His debut novel, A Criminal Defense made him the 6th best-selling thriller author for the Amazon Kindle in 2017. He followed this up with An Engineered Justice in January 2018.  The third book in the Philadelphia Law series, A Killer’s Alibi, will be released in January 2019.


Lynn Rosen (moderator) is the co-owner of Open Book Bookstore, located in Elkins Park, PA, just north of Philadelphia. She runs Open Book’s extensive program of classes, workshops, and events for readers and writers. Lynn is a long-time book publishing industry professional with many years of experience as an editor, literary agent, and author. Most recently, she was Editorial Director of Book Business magazine, and Director of Graduate Publishing Programs at Rosemont College. She has served as Editorial Director at Peter Pauper Press, as Senior Editor at Running Press and, earlier in her career, as an Editor in the Trade Division of Ballantine Books. In 1991, Lynn launched Leap First, an independent literary agency, which she ran until 1999. She is the author of Elements of the Table: A Simple Guide for Hosts and Guests (Clarkson Potter). Lynn graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with an Honors degree in English, and holds a Masters in English and Comparative Literature from Columbia University.


Uriah Young has been a reading and writing teacher for New Jersey middle school students since 2002. He was published on the National Education Association’s website several times for his views on education and a $5,000 grant he earned for his school. In addition to being an educator, he’s created a platform on his website, which features interviews of passionate professionals in their respective fields. Lastly, he is a voice-over artist, having recorded four audiobooks on Audible and multiple voice-overs for various companies.

So if you ever wondered how you can turn your own interests into poetry and prose, or want to hear how published authors and poets gain their inspiration, or simply want to hang out and talk to a bunch of talented people, come on by!

PWC Presents:  Write What You Know (or even what you don’t)

December 1, 2018

1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Open Book Bookstore

7900 High School Road

Elkins Park, PA 19027