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Hello! My name is Ayleen Gontz. I’m the coordinator for the Pennwriters 2016 Conference, and I’m thrilled that you’ve stopped by to learn more about the conference. Here we have information about the hotel, answers to frequently asked questions, a look at a typical conference experience, bios for our presenters, and class lists.
This year’s conference will take place at the Best Western Eden Resort in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, May 20-22.
Lodging is available at the Eden, or you can choose any of the fine hotels, bed and breakfasts, or inns nearby.
Browse through the information here and check our social media accounts—Facebook, Pennwriters Annual Conference; Twitter, Pennwriters; and LinkedIn, Pennwriters. We’re using #Pennwriters2016. Check the other conference links on this website for pricing and schedules. If you don’t see the information you need, please email me: firstname.lastname@example.org.
See you in May!
Frequently Asked Questions—
What are the dates for the Pennwriters 2016 Conference?
May 20-22, 2016
Where can I register?
Where will the Pennwriters 2016 Conference be held?
The Best Western Eden Resort, 222 Eden Rd., Lancaster, PA 17601 Phone: 717-569-6444
What’s the dress code for the conference?
Dress for the conference is business casual, although many people tend to dress up for the Friday keynote dinner. Remember to wear comfortable shoes and bring a jacket or sweater as the air conditioning can be cool in the rooms.
What’s the general conference schedule?
On Friday we have a slate of one-hour workshops in the morning, the choice of two speaker-led lunches (one for published authors and one for aspiring writers), a slate of one-hour workshops in the afternoon, a keynote dinner with published author Jonathan Maberry, and evening read-and-critique sessions. On Saturday, we have a business breakfast, a slate of one-hour workshops in the morning, a keynote luncheon with published author Kathryn Craft, a slate of one-hour workshops in the afternoon, a book signing event, and an after hours event. On Sunday, we have a slate of one-hour workshops in the morning and a closing ceremony.
What meals are included in the conference fees?
The three-day conference fee includes Saturday breakfast and Saturday lunch.
The one-day Friday conference fee includes no meals.
The one-day Saturday conference fee includes Saturday breakfast and Saturday lunch.
Breakfast Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, and dinner on Saturday, are on your own.
Lunch and dinner on Friday are opt-in events and require registration and an additional fee.
Do I have to register in advance for classes?
No. Classes are open door. Simply register for the conference, pick the opt-in meals you’d like, and then show up. You can decide on the classes you want to attend that weekend.
Can I pitch agents and editors?
Absolutely. When you register for the conference you’ll have an opportunity to sign up for 5-minute pitch appointments. We request that only authors who have complete manuscripts sign up for these appointments. You will also be able to approach agents and editors in between workshops, at meals, and after hours. Use your best judgment and avoid pitching at “inopportune” moments.
Will there be an opportunity to buy books?
Yes. The conference brings in a bookseller who will carry books by our workshop leaders and other industry standards.
What’s the Best Western Eden Resort like?
The Eden is a high-end hotel with modern rooms at discounted rates and include many amenities. Take a look at www.edenresort.com. May is prom season in Lancaster Country, and odds are that there will be a dance Friday and/or Saturday night. The music will end at 11 pm, but you may want to request a room that does not face the courtyard if you’re an early or light sleeper.
What should I bring?
The conference provides notebooks and pens, but you’ll want to bring business cards to hand out to new friends and address labels if you plan to participate in the basket raffle.
Where can I find more information?
Facebook: Pennwriters, Pennwriters Annual Conference
Yahoo Groups: Pennwriters Conference
Email the Conference Coordinator: email@example.com
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.
Pennwriters offers more than 30 workshops geared to help all writers, regardless of career stage, over 3 days. There is no specific area of focus, but a broad spectrum of workshops for everyone, from beginning writer to published novelist, aspiring journalist to pro, with poetry, nonfiction and skills-building workshops that apply to every form of writing.
You can learn pitching, querying, synopsis writing, audience building, nonfiction and fiction writing, and many other topics. And it’s all open attendance, so you can pick the class that’s right for you the weekend you attend.
How do you know if the Pennwriters Conference is right for you?
- Do you want to learn more about writing?
- Do you have a finished work you wish to pitch?
- Do you have an unfinished work you wish to talk about?
- Do you want one-on-one career advice from industry professionals?
- Do you want the chance to meet bestselling, award-winning authors?
- Are you a published author looking to expand your audience?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, then Pennwriters is the right conference for you! Plan to join us May 20-22 at the Best Western Eden Resort in Lancaster, PA. Registration is now open: http://bit.ly/1Q909IX.
JONATHAN MABERRY is a New York Times best-selling and multiple Bram Stoker Award-winning horror and thriller author, editor, comic book writer, magazine feature writer, playwright, content creator and writing teacher/lecturer. He was named one of the Today’s Top Ten Horror Writers. His books have been sold to more than two-dozen countries. He writes in several genres. His young adult fiction includes ROT & RUIN (2011; now in development for film; named in Booklist’s Ten Best Horror Novels for Young Adults, a Bram Stoker and Pennsylvania Keystone to Reading winner; nominee for several state Teen Book Awards; winner of the Cybils Award, the Eva Perry Mock Printz medal, Dead Letter Best Novel Award, and four Melinda Awards); DUST & DECAY (winner of the 2011 Bram Stoker Award; FLESH & BONE (winner of the Bram Stoker Award; 2012; and FIRE & ASH (August 2013). His thrillers include The Joe Ledger Thrillers from St. Martin’s Griffin (PATIENT ZERO, 2009, winner of the Black Quill and a Bram Stoker Award finalist for Best Novel; THE DRAGON FACTORY, 2010; THE KING OF PLAGUES, 2011; ASSASSIN’S CODE, 2011; EXTINCTION MACHINE, 2013; CODE ZER0, 2014, and PREDATOR ONE, 2015. His mystery novels include the upcoming Dylan Quinn mystery-thriller series for teens: WATCH OVER ME (Simon & Schuster, 2014) and COLD, COLD HEART (2015); and the NIGHTSIDERS series of middle-grade horror/sci-fi adventures, which debut in 2015. His horror novels include The Pine Deep Trilogy from Pinnacle Books (GHOST ROAD BLUES, 2006, winner of the Bram Stoker Award for Best First Novel and named one of the 25 Best Horror Novels of the New Millennium; DEAD MAN’S SONG, 2007; and BAD MOON RISING, 2008), as well as DEAD OF NIGHT, 2011 (named one of the 25 Best Horror Novels of the New Millennium) and its forthcoming sequel, FALL OF NIGHT, 2014. He also wrote the movie novelization, THE WOLFMAN, 2010, winner of the Scribe Award for Best Adaptation; and is scheduled to write DEADLANDS: GHOSTWALKERS, an original novel inspired by the million-copy-selling role-playing game. He is editor and co-author of V-WARS, a shared-world vampire anthology from IDW, and its forthcoming sequel, V-WARS: BLOOD AND FIRE; and he’ll be writing a new V-WARS ongoing comic book that debuts in May 2014. He is the co-editor for the REDNECK ZOMBIES FROM OUTER SPACE (2013), editor of the forthcoming dark fantasy anthology, OUT OF TUNE (JournalStone, 2014), and Bitey Things (2015, with Ty Drago). www.jonathanmaberry.com
KATHRYN CRAFT writes stories that seek beauty and meaning at the edge of darkness. Rich with material for further thought or discussion, her novels make a great choice for book clubs. Long a leader in the southeastern Pennsylvania writing scene, Kathryn served for more than a decade in a variety of positions on the boards of the Greater Lehigh Valley Writers Group and the Philadelphia Writers’ Conference, and volunteers as time allows with the Women’s Fiction Writers Association. Kathryn also hosts writing retreats for women and speaks often about writing. She writes a monthly series, “Turning Whine into Gold,” at the Writers in the Storm blog, and freelances as a developmental editor at Writing-Partner.com. She is a proud member of the Tall Poppies Writers, a marketing cooperative of women’s fiction writers. Writers’ Conferences are great for learning and networking. www.kathryncraft.com