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Conference Spotlight: PennWriters Conference in Pittsburgh, May 13-15, 2011

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.

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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DETAILS

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 New York Times 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 (New Leaf Liteary)
  • Barbara Poelle (Irene Goodman Agency)
  • Denise Little (Ethan Ellenberg Agency)
  • Victoria Skurnick (Levine Greenberg)
  • Marcy Posner (Folio Literary)


WHAT ELSE?

—There are50 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.

Learn more about the PennWriters conference here.

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