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Pennwriters 33rd Annual Conference

Thursday, May 14, 2020 to Sunday, May 17, 2020
COVID-19 UPDATE -- Scroll down

DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Hotel
Book by April 13 fo
Book your room at the DoubleTree
2400 Willow Street Pike
Lancaster, PA  17602

Lori Duffy Foster
Leslie Smeltz
Ayleen Gontz
Stephanie Claypool
Jackie Shaffmaster
Registration is closed
Please explore the options below and when you're ready to make your choices click Register Now in the upper right. We're looking forward to seeing you!

Our conference pricing structure offers three-day, two-day, and single-day prices. The base conference fee includes the following, based on your choice of days:
- Saturday breakfast
- Saturday keynote lunch with Jon Sprunk
- Pitch appointments with agents (limited availability; register early)
- Your Agent for 20 Minutes (limited availability; register early
- Friday Night Read & Critique (limited availability; register early)

You can enhance your conference experience with these add-on items:
- Pre-conference intensive workshop with Susan Meier (May 14) Writing the Novel
- Friday Speed Lunching with our industry pros
- Friday keynote dinner with Susan Meier
- Saturday after-hours Luau

Pennwriters with Published Author Status may also add
- Published Penns Lunch Buffet with Nancy Springer

Persons under 18 years of age must be accompanied by a parent or guardian (PA Act 153 of 2014 and House bill 1276 of 2015)

Any refunds will be made by check or a credit to the member account.
Registration cancellations will be accepted until Friday, May 1, 2020 at 6:00 AM
Activities/Items    (Click the down-arrow to the left of the activity/item to view the details)
THREE-DAY CONFERENCE, Friday through Sunday, May 15-17
TWO-DAY CONFERENCE, Friday & Saturday, May 15 & 16
TWO-DAY CONFERENCE, Saturday & Sunday, May 16 & 17
TWO-DAY CONFERENCE, Friday & Sunday, May 15 & 17
Friday Keynote Dinner with Susan Meier, May 15
Friday Speed Lunching or Published Penns Lunch Buffet, May 15
Friday Read & Critique (limited availability; register early)
Agent/Publisher Pitch Appointment (limited availability; register early)
Your Agent for 20 Minutes (limited availability; register early)
Saturday After-Hours Luau, May 16
Pennwriters Conference T-shirt

COVID-19 Update:  Conference Closure

Due to unprecedented events gripping our nation, we will not be able to move forward with the 33rd Pennwriters Annual Conference at the DoubleTree Resort in Lancaster this May. We are heartbroken that we won’t be able to assemble Pennwriters and guests for a weekend of learning and networking. We thank all of you for your interest in the event and hope to connect with you at Pennwriters Presents on Facebook, during our online classes, and at the 2021 Pennwriters Conference in Pittsburgh next May. Many area writers groups are meeting via Zoom during this crisis. 

Please watch and our social media pages for announcements. 


If you made a hotel reservation directly with the DoubleTree Resort in Lancaster, please cancel your reservation by calling (717) 464-2711. If you registered for the conference, you will be receiving a refund by check before April 30 to the address on your registration.


Please contact Leslie and Ayleen at with any questions.     

Welcome and thanks for your interest in our 33rd conference to be held May 14-17 at the Lancaster PA DoubleTree Resort by Hilton. Pennwriters receives all of its funding from member dues and conference fees. We’re excited to share the line-up for the 2020 conference. 

General information and specific links follow. For more information, contact our conference coordinators Leslie Tobin-Smeltz and Ayleen Gontz at 33rd Annual Pennwriters Conference features three days of workshops, panels, and networking to help you take your writing from concept to finished project — no matter what that finished project is. All three days feature an open attendance slate of one-hour workshops on all things writing. Simply take whichever classes best fit your writing needs. The pre-conference intensive on Thursday features an all-day session with author of over 70 books, Susan Meier.

Pennwriters Conference T-shirts
Don't forget to mark the occasion with a Conference T-shirt. Purchases must be made while registering online. No extras will be available on site.

Colors (from left to right):
- Purple (women's cut)
- Gray (regular cut)
- Blue (regular cut)

Sizes: S, M, L, XL, XXL, XXXL
Cost: $20 each

Classrooms for our most popular workshops, and smaller ones for our special concentrations.

A lovely Palm Court for our keynote dinner Friday featuring Susan Meier and our keynote lunch Saturday featuring Jon Sprunk.

Plenty of spaces to catch up with friends or chat with an agent or editor.

Spacious rooms that face the courtyard or the countryside.

A golf course and a swimming pool with a kids indoor play area for after hours relaxation.