A large and awesome writers conference that is coming up fast is the annual PennWriters Conference. This year it’s held in Pittsburgh on May 13-15, 2011—so if you live anywhere near southwestern Pennsylvania, definitely check this event out. There will be plenty of fiction agents present looking for writers.
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This is PennWriters’ 24th annual writers conference, geared to writers of all levels and genres. The theme this year is “Craft and Career.” The event is held from May 13-15, 2011. There are some optional pre-conference classes on May 12. The venue is the Pittsburgh Airport Marriott.
WHO WILL BE THERE?
#1 NYTimes Bestseller Jacquelyn Mitchard (The Deep End of the Ocean, The Most Wanted, A Theory of Relativity)
Saturday Keynote: Jonathan Maberry, New York Times bestseller and multiple Bram Stoker Award-winning author, and Pennwriters member.
Literary agents (with pitch appointments available):
- Janet Reid (FinePrint Literary)
- Barbara Poelle (Irene Goodman Agency)
- Denise Little (Ethan Ellenberg Agency)
- Victoria Skurnick (Levine Greenberg)
- Marcy Posner (Folio Literary)
— There are 50 one-hour workshops on writing, marketing, and the book industry. There will be sessions on how to format your writing, how to find a literary agent, and how to market your books.
— On May 12, there are optional all-day intensive classes with CJ Lyons (character-driven plotting), Ramona Long (self-editing), and the contributors to the new writing guide Many Genres, One Craft, based on the Seton Hill University Writing Popular Fiction Graduate Program
— Read and critiques (query critiques and editing services) with agents, editors, and published authors
— A genre networking lunch is also available.
I Will Speak At These Great Writing Events in 2012-2013:
- June 7-8: Clarksville Writers Conference (Clarksville, TN)
- June 22-24: Crested Butte Writers Conference (Crested Butte, CO)
- July 26-28: Midwest Writers Workshop (Muncie, IN)
- Aug. 2-8: Homeric Writers Retreat & Workshop (Isle of Ithaca, Greece)
- Sept. 13-14: Chicago Writers Conference (Chicago, IL)
- Feb. 14-17, 2013: San Francisco Writers Conference (San Francisco, CA)
- April 5-7. 2013: Writer’s Digest Conference East (New York, NY)
- April 19-20, 2013: Kentucky Writers Conference (Bowling Green, KY)
- May 17-19, 2013: PennWriters Conference (Pittsburgh, PA)
- May 23-26, 2013: Writers Guild of Alberta Event (Edmonton, Canada)
- June 7-8, 2013: Carnegie Literary Center “Books-in-Progress Conference” (Lexington, KY)
- June 21-23, 2013: Agents & Editors Conference / Writers League of Texas (Austin, TX)
- July 25-28, 2013: Pacific Northwest Writers Conference (Seattle/Bellevue, WA)
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