It’s time to register for the 2019 Philadelphia Writers’ Conference. We’ve got an amazing, diverse schedule of classes – from indie film-making to erasure poetry to writing a fight scene to making size matter in romance. Our instructors are best sellers, award winners, rule breakers, and innovators. They are also warm & supportive teachers who care about helping other writers succeed. Whether you’re a new writer or you’re looking to take your work to the next level, the Philadelphia Writers’ Conference has a track for you.

As if that’s not enough, this year we’re rolling out a few changes to the conference & our program.

First of all, there’s me: Autumn Konopka. I’m the new president of the PWC’s Board of Directors. If you’re a past conferee and you’ve been to the Open Mic, you’ve seen me pulling names from a hat, minding the timer on my phone, or making silly jokes. If you’ve never been to the conference, come to the Open Mic lunch, or bumped into me in the coffee room (I do love a cup of coffee – or 10!), I hope to meet you this summer J

From left to right:
Me (Autumn Konopka) with past PWC presidents Eileen D’Angelo & Jim Knipp

(PS: If you’re wondering what happened to Jim Knipp, my tireless predecessor, fear not: Jim remains on the Board, and you’ll definitely see him at the conference this summer. Phew!)

That’s not the only change, we’ve made. We’re also shaking up a few elements of the conference format to make it even more flexible, personal, and beneficial to your growth as a writer.

SCHEDULING

One of the first things you might notice when you peruse this year’s schedule is that the 2- and 3-day classes now have descriptions for each session, and when you register, you will choose individual sessions for each day. This way, you can see how each instructor plans to flow from day to day, and you can decide whether you want to register for all three days of a particular course. Of course, we recommend conferees attend all sessions of a course, but if you feel that the first day sounds too basic or the last day too intense, for instance, you could choose to try different classes in those slots.  This will also resolve (hopefully) some confusion we’ve had with our printed schedules over the past few years.

FELLOWS

We are also delighted to welcome our first group of PWC Fellows. These five emerging writers participated in our competitive selection process to attend the conference and present a one-hour workshop. They were chosen for their writing talent, the freshness of their perspectives, and the quality of their proposed workshops. Some of the fellows are familiar faces, and others are newcomers – travelling a great distance to bring their talents to us. We are grateful and excited to have them!

SATURDAY NIGHT

Finally, one of our biggest changes is happening on Saturday night. Instead of presenting the Keynote Speaker during a round-table, banquet style dinner (as we’ve done for as long as I can remember), this year we will have an exclusive Author Networking Happy Hour before the keynote address. This change allows us to offer tickets to the Keynote at different price points. For $50, you can attend the exclusive Happy Hour (we will be limiting ticket sales to only 50 conferees!) and network with our author-instructors and PWC board members, while enjoying heavy hors d’oeuvres (included) and a cash bar. Those who attend the Happy Hour will also enjoy priority seating during the Keynote Address. For $25, you can attend just the Keynote Address, where you will hear the inimitable Jonathan Maberry speak and answer questions.

We are also moving the Awards Ceremony for our Annual Contests back to Saturday evening, with the Keynote Address. After a few years of distributing awards on Sunday afternoon, we’ve decided to return that program to Saturday night, when it traditionally took place. We look forward to once again honoring our award-winning conferees in the presence of our distinguished speaker, instructors, and guests.

From beginning to end, I think we’ve got an excellent conference planned for 2019. And I hope that you’re just as excited about it!

Let the countdown to June begin!!!