Our conference keynotes will lead the following sessions:
Your Publishing Options Today with Chuck Sambuchino
Get the lay of the land with this map of the two main routes to publishing today, traditional and self/e-publishing. Get the upsides and downsides of each and learn what every writer needs to understand before sending his or her book out into the wide, wild world of publishing today.
Building Your Freelance Portfolio: Writing for Magazines & Newspapers 101 with Chuck Sambuchino
Learn how to identify markets, how to realize your own specialties, how to structure a magazine query, how to come up with ideas, how to resell ideas and more. This workshop targets writers new to this arena.
Writing Your Setting as a Character with Annette Dashofy
Do you enjoy reading novels that take you to another place and leave you feeling as though you’ve been there? In this workshop you’ll learn techniques to add depth and dimension to the world of your story, allowing it to work as more than a simple backdrop to the action.
The Villain’s Story with Annette Dashofy
Most of us spend days, weeks, and longer getting to know every detail about our protagonists; however, our villains are merely two-dimensional shadows lurking in the background. Learn how to create a deliciously well-rounded antagonist your readers will love to hate.
Our guest agents and editors will lead the following sessions:
How to Write an Effective Hook with Mark Gottlieb (Agent, Trident Media Group)
Mark Gottlieb’s class is an intensive on hook writing, also known as the elevator pitch. The class will lend participants a feel for comfortable public speaking in the fashion of selling a book idea to an agent, editor or publisher. Rarely is such an industry insider craft shared. This is a great opportunity to get your book idea in front of a literary agent from Trident Media Group, Publishers Marketplace’s #1-Ranked Literary Agency.
How to Write an Effective Query with Mark Gottlieb (Agent, Trident Media Group)
Mark Gottlieb’s class is an intensive on query letter writing, also known as pitch writing. The class will lend participants a feel for comfortable submission letter writing in the fashion of selling a book idea to an agent, editor or publisher. Rarely is such an industry insider craft shared. This is a great opportunity to get your book idea in front of a literary agent from Trident Media Group, Publishers Marketplace’s #1-Ranked Literary Agency.
How Far Is Too Far in Middle Grade and YA? with Eric Myers (Agent, Dystel, Goderich & Bourret)
Children and teens are no longer as sheltered as they once were. They now confront adult realities—good, evil, and everything in between—at an earlier age. How far should your MG or YA manuscript go in reflecting this? Bring a brief synopsis of your manuscript to discuss. Feel free to also bring a few sample pages to share. No judgment will be passed here; you’re among friends. We’ll just be talking about where your novel might fit in the ever-evolving spectrum of what publishers consider appropriate to this demographic.
Building Your Nonfiction Platform and Proposal with Noah Ballard (Agent, Curtis Brown Ltd.)
When it comes to an agent’s desk, nonfiction and fiction are two very different animals with very different requirements. Join agent Noah Ballard as he explains the inner workings of the nonfiction proposal and how that should be a natural extension of your platform.
What Does an Agent Actually Do? with Roseanne Wells (Agent, The Jennifer De Chiara Agency)
There’s a lot of mystique and awe around agents in publishing, even with Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram giving you an inside peek. Find out what hats an agent wears in modern publishing, what a “typical” day looks like, and what an agent looks for in the agent/client relationship.
You’ve Sold Your Book, Now What? with Liz Kossnar (Editor, Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers)
You’ve been working hard writing, editing, revising and you’ve made your goal: You have a publishing contract! But the work doesn’t end there. Join us to get an inside look at what it takes to make a book, from all perspectives and departments of the publishing house, from revising with your editor all the way to looking over a designed interior, to finally seeing your finished book on the shelves.
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Modeled after the popular television show, The Voice will help writers identify the strengths and weaknesses in their submitted piece. Instead of songs, bring a copy of your query letter, your synopsis, or the first page of your manuscript. Make sure you bring one page, with text double-spaced. Participation is to be anonymous: Your name should not appear on your page. (Omit or black it out.) A moderator will read pages aloud, and we’ll see which agents like which works, and when.
The following are two-hour sessions:
IN A WORD: A two-part interactive writing workshop for writers of all levels and genres with Candace Banks
Get a fresh perspective on the craft of writing as you learn how to make the most of every word. Part One highlights common patterns that sabotage word power, shows you foolproof techniques for detecting them in your own writing, and tells you what and what not to do once you find them. In Part Two, we’ll look more closely at what patterns of wasted words might be trying to tell you. Then we’ll match wits with brilliant wordsmiths to see how they make the most of their words—and how you can, too. Plan to bring a couple pages of your own writing to the workshop. Drop-ins welcome too. BONUS FEATURE: Candace will read and critique up to two pages of attendees’ writing. There’s a catch: permission to use excerpts from your submission—anonymously, of course—for our workshop examples. Please observe standard format: double space, 12-pt. type, 1-inch margins all around. Send your pages to firstname.lastname@example.org. Bonus critique is limited to the first 10 registrants who submit by May 1. Critiqued work will be returned at the workshop.
In Case The Tonight Show Calls with Heidi Ruby Miller & Matt Betts
Charm interviewers and audiences on TV, radio, online, and in print with help from two creators who have sat on both sides of the couch. Attendees will have a chance for interviews on YouTube and a podcast with Heidi Ruby Miller and Matt Betts.
Digital Marketing for Writers: How to Use Websites, Social Media and Email to Solidify Your Platform and Promote Your Work with Don Lafferty and John Langan
The author digital platform… just because you build it, doesn’t mean they will come. Learn everything an author needs to find success in the digital world—websites, email and social media marketing.
Your Own YouTube Channel with Heidi Ruby Miller & Jason Jack Miller
Heidi Ruby Miller and Jason Jack Miller (who have three active YouTube channels between them) work with you to set up a YouTube channel, create your first content (or better content), decide if monetizing your account is preferable for you, and help you understand why writers would even want to do this.
The following are one-hour sessions:
Fifty Things I Learned Writing Fifty Books with Nancy Martin
The best asset a career writer can have is a sense of humor. Learn from the many successes, minor blunders and major disasters of a writer who’s still standing after all these years. Tips include where to shop for sure-fire ideas, how to recognize your own good and bad wordsmithing, when to buy a recliner, and how to best interpret Kinky Friedman’s advice—“When the horse dies, get off.” Should you quit writing and get a job at the Clinique counter? Or laugh in the face of adversity and write what you love?
Self-Publishing: Create, Publish, and Sell! with Kathleen Shoop
Think self-publishing is nothing but tapping out a quick story and uploading a file to Amazon? Self-publishing requires the creativity and discipline of an artist and the mind of a business person. Join Kathleen Shoop as she digs into the elements of publishing when going it alone. Explore the question of which elements are most important in creating a lasting impact in the publishing world. The answer depends on your goals. How do you decide what’s most important to you when writing and publishing? How do you take the first steps? How do you maintain energy and sales as you grow your writing career? Join Kathleen for the opportunity to delve into this dynamic publishing path and how you can make it work for you.
Structure Made Simple: Plotting Your Way Out of the Slush Pile with Rebecca Drake
Many novels are rejected because authors don’t understand the basics of effective storytelling. In this workshop participants will dissect the Three Act Structure and learn about the importance of conflict, escalating stakes, and character wants versus needs. If you write fiction and don’t understand what these things mean, then you need this class.
Fictional Characters Anonymous with Hana Haatainen-Caye
“Hi. My name is Doris, and I’m a fictional character.” During this workshop all participants will introduce themselves as one of their characters and remain in character throughout the session. In order to write enticing fiction, you have to know your characters intimately. FCA can help you do just that!
How to Develop Spellbinding Characters with Don Helin
Character is arguably the most memorable element of a great novel. How do you create a protagonist who leaps from the page? How about secondary characters? This class will help you eliminate those cardboard cutouts and create compelling and new characters for your readers to love.
Navigating the World of Short Fiction with Mary Sutton & Susan Thibadeau
When writers hear “short fiction,” a common reaction is “I can’t write short!” In this session we’ll explore the various forms of short fiction—how they differ, how to write short, and why novel writers may find value in writing short.
Master Class: Joss Whedon with Jason Jack Miller
In this module Jason Jack Miller leads you in an analysis of this creative icon’s body of work, from Buffy’s snappy one-liners (If the apocalypse comes, beep me…) to the classic plot twist in the film Cabin in the Woods. In the second half, he will pay particular attention to Whedon’s use of dialogue to move the plot, and the techniques he utilizes to maintain and elevate tension.
Wheel of History with Matt Betts
What exactly is an alternate history story and how does it work? Author Matt Betts will run down the ins and outs of where to get ideas for your timeline-altering stories, talk about some common tropes, and give examples of some wonderful stories that have bent the past (and future) in prose. Then, Matt will don his game-show host jacket and spin the Wheel… of… History! Participants are challenged to meddle with well-known events and change the fate of the world as we know it!
The Care and Feeding of Your Marketing Muse with Deborah Riley-Magnus
Yes, marketing is as creative as writing! Honest! Once you learn the power of creative marketing, there’s no limit to your book sales success. Release your distaste for marketing, come to the bright side, and discover ways to keep your marketing muse as creative and exciting as your writing muse.
Speculative Poetry Saves the Universe! with Matt Betts
In this session poet/author Matt Betts will discuss the genre of speculative poetry—where it came from, which publishers are looking for it, and how it can help unlock your creativity. Horror, science fiction, and fantasy are all fair game in this exciting (seriously) art form!
Understanding Categories of Children’s Books with Dee Romito
Children’s book categories range from picture book to young adult, so if you’re interested in writing for kids, it’s important to have a solid understanding of how they differ. Join us to discuss elements such as word counts, characters, readers, and content that make the divisions between picture books, chapter books, middle grade, and young adult stories.
Imagining the Future (without Zombies) – How to Dream Up New SF/F with Fritze Roberts
Today, science fiction isn’t just about space exploration, and fantasy isn’t just trolls and elves. Both genres have diversified, and readers expect awesome scientific possibilities and creative magic. In this workshop we’ll discuss how to dream up unique worlds, complete magical systems, and scary monsters that will get your readers hooked.
How to Keep Your Readers Turning Pages: The Art of Pacing with Don Helin
Your novel should start fast and keep moving. Learn to balance backstory with compelling storytelling. In this interactive workshop, you’ll find the secret of structuring a novel that will keep your readers awake at night and coming back for more.
Writing Strong Scenes with Ramona DeFelice Long
Writing Strong Scenes is a nuts-and-bolts workshop on how to make the incremental moments in a story serve a purpose and the plot by examining structure, goals, variety, and relevance.
Damsels Without Distress—Writing Powerful Female Characters with Ramona DeFelice Long
A modern female protagonist has dreams, solves crimes, falls in love, pursues a career, raises a family, enjoys life—all while navigating the various fictional conflicts thrown at her. This workshop will examine how to make a female character a realistic and appealing warrior woman.
How to Form a Critique Group that Works for You with Tamara Girardi, Annette Dashofy, Mary Sutton and Jeff Boarts
Do you have a critique group? Have you thought about creating one? Sharing your work for feedback is paramount for writers. It’s especially key to find critique partners and/or groups to keep you motivated and push you to write your best. This panel of four authors includes both traditionally and self-published authors of mysteries, police procedurals, short stories, and young adult fiction. Their critique group united more than five years ago and, despite some shifts in membership, is still going strong. The panelists also have experience working in other critique groups and/or with critique partners and can share some diverse opinions as a result. They will share how their group works and offer tips for how one might work for you, too.
It’s Powerful. It’s Free. Use It! with Jean Jenkins
Hundreds of internet sites offer valuable assistance that can make the writing process more efficient. Take a digital tour through the best of the best. Selected websites streamline the writer’s task from idea conception to edited product by providing the tools and information needed for productive and proficient writing.
Inspiring Others The Chicken Soup Way with Hana Haatainen-Caye
Have you ever wondered how to get an inspiring true story into print? There is a formula. Learn how to take a great story and transform it into a dynamic tale ready for publication. No matter how good your story, it won’t go very far without five crucial elements. Gather your stories and discover the secret to sharing them with the world.
Secrets and Success: Behind the Scenes of “Pitch Wars,” Publishing’s Most Popular Contest with Tamara Girardi
Tamara Girardi, 2016 Pitch Wars mentee, will share insights on the contest process from the beginning to signing with an agent and beyond. Topics covered will include the benefits and drawbacks of writing contests like Pitch Wars, how to increase your chances of being selected, the revision process, the anxiety and excitement of the agent round, building a writing community, dealing with rejection and jealousy when other mentees receive offers of representation, and more. The workshop will benefit writers who are formulating their pitches, but it will more broadly address many of the secrets and successes of writing, revision and submission.
Forging Ahead: How to Turn an Hour a Day into a Lot of Words with Fritze Roberts
Writing every day is the best way to get words on the page and see them accumulate into a finished draft. In this workshop we’ll examine the science behind changing habits and learn tips for establishing a daily writing practice. We’ll look at how to overcome obstacles and quit procrastinating so that we all can become the successful authors we dream of being.
Using Scrivener for More Organized and Efficient Writing with Dee Romito
Chances are you’ve either heard the buzz about Scrivener or you’re already using it yourself. In this session you’ll see how to get started with this time-saving writing program and learn about the many helpful features that will take your writing and revising to the next level. You’ll leave more organized, motivated, and ready to write!
Independent Bookstores and You with Bobbi Carducci
Writers and booksellers need each other to be successful. Learn how to build working relationships that benefit both.
Powerful Tools to Enhance Your Writing Success (for all writers—fiction and nonfiction) with Larry Schardt
Suffer from writer’s block, overwhelm, lack-of-focus, stalled creativity, anxiety…? Yikes! In this workshop you will learn techniques to overcome these maladies, empower your writing, and rock your life. Learn powerful techniques to supercharge your desire so you can reach your maximum potential and project your writing beyond the stratosphere.
Agent Noah Ballard (Curtis Brown, Ltd.) received his BA in English from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln and began his career in publishing at Emma Sweeney Agency where he sold foreign rights for the agency in addition to building his own client list. Noah specializes in literary debuts, upmarket thrillers and narrative nonfiction, and he is always on the look-out for honest and provocative new writers. Noah has appeared across the country at graduate programs and writing conferences speaking about query letters, building nonfiction platforms and submission etiquette. He lives in Brooklyn.
Agent Louise Fury (The Bent Agency) represents young adult, middle grade, new adult, commercial fiction including romance, and select nonfiction. A native South African, Louise now lives in New York City and travels to Cape Town every year, where she spends time educating South African writers, meeting with international publishers and distributing books. Before agenting, she worked in marketing and advertising for both the consumer markets and publishing. Prior to joining The Bent Agency, she worked as a literary agent at the L. Perkins Agency. Louise represents numerous New York Times and USA Today best-selling authors.
Agent Mark Gottlieb (Trident Media Group) attended Emerson College and was President of its Publishing Club, establishing the Wilde Press. After graduating with a degree in writing, literature and publishing, he began his career with Penguin’s VP. Mark’s first position at Publishers Marketplace’s #1-ranked literary agency, Trident Media Group, was in foreign rights. Mark was EA to Trident’s Chairman and ran the Audio Department. Mark is currently working with his own client list, helping to manage and grow author careers with the unique resources available to Trident. He has ranked #1 among Literary Agents on publishersmarketplace.com in Overall Deals and other categories.
Editor Liz Kossnar (Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers) joined Simon & Schuster in 2013 after a year working as the editorial manager for the review websites Teenreads.com and Kidsreads.com. Liz focuses on middle grade, but she also acquires young adult and picture books. While working at Simon & Schuster, she has had the privilege of working with authors such as Stuart Gibbs, Neal Shusterman, Jessica Lawson, Tim Federle, Heather Vogel Frederick, and on Alex Morgan’s The Kicks series. She most enjoys reading whimsical, diverse middle grade novels and mysteries, and subversive, contemporary young adult fiction, or any work of fiction that inspires a sense of empathy toward an unlikely character or difficult situation.
Agent Eric Myers (Dystel, Goderich & Bourret) joined Dystel and Goderich Literary Management in 2015 after 13 years at The Spieler Agency. A graduate of UCLA and the Sorbonne, Eric entered publishing as a journalist and author. His books include Screen Deco: A Celebration of High Style in Hollywood, Forties Screen Style: A Celebration of High Pastiche in Hollywood, and Uncle Mame: The Life of Patrick Dennis, all published by St. Martin’s Press. His writing has also appeared in The New York Times Magazine and Arts and Leisure sections, as well as Time Out, Variety, Opera News, and Art and Auction. As an agent, Eric has a strong affinity for Young Adult and Middle Grade fiction, as well as adult non-fiction, especially in the areas of history, biography, psychology, health and wellness, mind/body/spirit, and pop culture. He also loves a good thriller, and is open to memoir from authors with strong platforms.
Agent Roseanne Wells (The Jennifer De Chiara Literary Agency) joined The Jennifer De Chiara Literary Agency as an associate agent in 2012. Previously with the Marianne Strong Literary Agency, she has also worked as a proofreader and a special sales/editorial assistant. She graduated from Sarah Lawrence College with degrees in Literature and Dance. An avid reader, Roseanne discovered her passion for book publishing during her internship at W. W. Norton, and she approaches agenting as a writer’s advocate, editor and partner. She is a member of SCBWI and a volunteer for Housing Works Bookstore Cafe in Soho, NYC. You can find her on Twitter @RivetingRosie.
Candace Banks taught English literature and composition for more than 15 years at colleges in Ohio and Pennsylvania, including 12 years at the University of Pittsburgh. She holds an M.A. in Comparative Literature. She served as Pennwriters Area 3 Representative and as a member of the Board of Directors for four years.
Ohio native Matt Betts grew up on a steady diet of giant monsters, robots and horror novels. He is the author of the poetry collections Underwater Fistfight and See No Evil, Say No Evil, as well as the novels Odd Men Out and Indelible Ink.
Bobbi Carducci is the Vice President of Pennwriters, a writing coach, caregiver advocate and author of Confessions of an Imperfect Caregiver and The Imperfect Caregiver blog. Bobbi’s short stories have appeared in Chicken Soup, Short & Happy, Abundant Grace, and other anthologies. She is a frequent conference speaker and workshop leader.
Annette Dashofy (Saturday luncheon keynote) is the USA Today best-selling author of the Zoe Chambers mystery series about a paramedic and deputy coroner in rural Pennsylvania’s tight-knit Vance Township. Circle of Influence was a finalist for the Agatha Award for Best First Novel of 2014, and Bridges Burned was an Agatha nominee for Best Contemporary Novel of 2015. Her fifth and latest is No Way Home (March 2017). Visit her online at www.annettedashofy.com.
Rebecca Drake’s novel Only Ever You was chosen as a top thriller by Barnes & Noble. Her other books include Don’t Be Afraid, The Next Killing, and The Dead Place. She lives in Pittsburgh and teaches in Seton Hill University’s Writing Popular Fiction MFA program. Find more about Rebecca at RebeccaDrake.com.
Dr. Tamara Girardi is an Assistant Professor of English at HACC, Central Pennsylvania’s Community College, and writes young adult fantasy and contemporary fiction. A 2016 Pitch Wars mentee, Tamara found her agent, Melissa Nasson of Rubin Pfeffer Content, as part of the contest. Gridiron Girl, her YA contemporary about a girl who competes against her boyfriend to be the starting quarterback of the football team, is currently on submission with publishers. You can find her on Twitter @TamaraGirardi.
Hana Haatainen-Caye is an award-winning author, editor and voice-over talent. She teaches writing at conferences, writers groups, and for Carnegie Mellon University’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. She’s published nine stories in Chicken Soup for the Soul and 100 children’s books for iStorybooks. Additionally, Hana writes for magazines and has ghostwritten several books.
Don Helin published his first thriller, Thy Kingdom Come, in 2009, followed by Devil’s Den in 2012. Secret Assault was selected as the best Suspense/Thriller at the 2015 Indie Book Awards. Angel’s Revenge was published in 2016. Contact Don on his website www.donhelin.com.
Ramona DeFelice Long is an author, editor, online writing instructor, and longtime Pennwriter. Her fiction, memoir, and creative nonfiction pieces have appeared in literary anthologies, magazines, and journals, and in 2016 she was awarded a Masters Fellowship in Fiction from the Delaware Division of the Arts. She loves crème brulee.
As a professional librarian, Jean Jenkins embraces technology-based information gathering, but she also values hands-on inquiry. For academics and for her own historical novels, she has conducted research across the US and in Europe, including several projects undertaken while on fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Don Lafferty is a business consultant focused on helping clients integrate Inbound Marketing tools and tactics like social media and email marketing into their traditional marketing, publicity and business development strategies. His short crime fiction has been published in anthologies, journals and other markets, while his nonfiction articles have been published in a broad variety of markets over the last 30 years. A partner and co-founder of Comfort Media Group, Don is a member of the Liars Club and sits on the board of directors of the Philadelphia Writers’ Conference.
John Langan is currently Business Services Director at the Penn Emblem Company, with 20+ years of experience in brand management, managing print and digital advertising, corporate identification, trade shows, digital graphics and internal/external communications. His concentration over the past 10 years has been content creation—email marketing, blogging and social media. He advises small businesses and non-profit organizations with their communications, is a contributing blogger to several companies, and is also a member and presenter in the monthly Doylestown, PA Social Media Roundtable meetings. After all of this, John still finds time to write some short stories and work on that cliché “novel-in-progress.” John loves soccer, and he loathes people who refer to themselves in the third person.
Nancy Martin is the author of 50 popular fiction novels in four genres—mystery, historical, romance and suspense. She is a founding member of Pennwriters and has served on the national board of Sisters in Crime. Her best-selling Blackbird Sisters Mystery Series, published by Penguin, has earned many awards. Her most recent novel, Miss Ruffles Inherits Everything, was published by St. Martin’s Press. In addition to her 50 novels, Nancy has self-published numerous novellas that supplement her mysteries. She lives in Pittsburgh and is a surviving fashion victim.
Heidi Ruby Milleruses research for her stories as an excuse to travel. Her award-winning books include the Ambasadora series and the writing guide Many Genres, One Craft. In between trips, Heidi teaches at Seton Hill University. Follow her adventures with her husband, Jason Jack Miller, at Small Space, Big Life.
Jason Jack Miller knows it’s silly to hold onto the Bohemian ideals of literature, music, and love above all else. But he doesn’t care. So he writes and teaches in Seton Hill University’s Writing Popular Fiction Graduate Program. The fourth book of his award-winning Murder Ballads and Whiskey series will be out soon.
Deborah Riley-Magnus is an author and an Author Success Coach with a 27-year background in marketing, advertising, and public relations. Her nonfiction, Write Brain/Left Brain, helps authors bridge the gap between creative writer and marketing author. Deborah’s fiction is creatively mystical. She is currently pitching a supernatural new adult series.
Fritze Roberts is a freelance editor and former project manager who enjoys helping authors commit to their writing projects and enjoy success. Fritze writes about monsters, aliens, addicts, and animals—even though she is none of these things. To learn more about her, visit www.APeculiarProject.com.
Dee Romito is an author and former elementary teacher. Her books include The BFF Bucket List and future releases No Place Like Home; Best. Night. Ever; and The Italy List (Aladdin/S&S). She blogs about writing at WriteforApples.com and is a big-time Scrivener fan. Visit her online at DeeRomito.com.
Chuck Sambuchino (Friday evening keynote) is a bestselling humor book writer, a freelance editor, and a former editor for Writer’s Digest Books. He was named by Forbes as one of the top influencers in publishing in recognition of his personal Twitter. His first humor book, How To Survive a Garden Gnome Attack (2010), was optioned by Sony Pictures. Chuck is a former staffer of several newspapers and magazines—most notably Writer’s Digest. During his tenure as a newspaper reporter, he won awards from both the Kentucky Press Association and the Cincinnati Society of Professional Journalists. He is a produced playwright, with both original and commissioned works produced. During the past 15 years more than 700 of his articles have appeared in newspapers, magazines and books. His books have been mentioned in Reader’s Digest, USA Today, The New York Times, The Huffington Post, Variety, New York Magazine, and more.
Dr. Larry “Rock ’n’ Roll” Schardt is an award-winning author whose writing includes fiction and nonfiction. He has served as a faculty member at Penn State and Pitt, and was a co-coordinator of Mindful Writing Retreats. Larry is all about helping you increase your sheer joy in life, improving your writing, and living “Success That Rocks.”
Bestselling author Kathleen Shoop holds a Ph.D. in reading education and has more than 20 years of experience in the classroom. She writes historical fiction, women’s fiction and romance. Her novels have garnered various awards in the Independent Publisher Book Awards (IPPY), Eric Hoffer Book Awards, Indie Excellence Awards, Next Generation Indie Book Awards, Readers’ Favorite and the San Francisco Book Festival. Kathleen has been featured in USA Today and the Writer’s Guide to 2013. Her work has appeared in The Tribune-Review, four Chicken Soup for the Soul books and Pittsburgh Parent magazine. She lives in Oakmont, Pennsylvania, with her husband and two children.
Mary Sutton (writing as Liz Milliron) has been making up stories and creating her own endings for as long as she can remember. Her short fiction has been published in Lucky Charms: 12 Crime Tales, Blood on the Bayou; Fish Out of Water; and Mystery Most Historical.
Susan Thibadeau’s short stories have appeared in Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine. In 2013 she received the Black Orchid Novella Award for The Discarded Spouse. Her short story “Lucky on the Charm” appeared in Lucky Charms: 12 Crime Tales anthology. Susan has a MS from Rutgers University and a MFA from Chatham University. She is a member of the Association of Writers & Writing Programs, Pennwriters, and Sisters in Crime.
To register for the conference, click here: 2017 Pennwriters Conference Registration