Writers’ Conferences are great for learning and networking. With many conferences to choose from, it’s hard to decide which one is for you. Should you choose the conference closest to home? The New York conference with the high cost? The conference with the most workshops? A genre-specific conference? Before you become overwhelmed by the choices, consider Pennwriters—the New York style conference at a Pennsylvania cost.
That’s how the promoters of this weekend’s Pennwriters Conference describe their annual event at the Pittsburgh Airport Marriott, and this year I’ll be joining them as one of their featured speakers. It’ll be my first year with them, and I’m looking forward to getting a firsthand look at all of the great things I’ve been hearing about them over the years.
The keynote speaker at this year’s event is Ridley Pearson, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of more than 48 novels, divided almost equally between adult suspense and young adult adventure.
I’ll be catching Pearson’s speech on Friday evening, where I’m also looking forward to meeting up with some fellow residency writers from Seton Hill University, namely Heidi Ruby Miller (novelist and editor of the massive writing book One Craft, Many Genres), Jason Jack Miller (author of the Murder Ballads and Whiskey series), and Timons Esaias (whose short story “Sadness” has just been selected for The Years Best Science Fiction 32, edited by Gardner Dozois).
My official duties at the conference will be taking part in a reading and critique session on Friday night and conducting a flash fiction presentation and workshop on Sunday. I also plan to take part in an open-to-the -public book signing on Saturday afternoon. In all, it should be an an exciting weekend. If you’re in town, I’ll hope to see you there.
Until then . . . scop on!