What Pennwriters Has to Offer You
If you were able to attend the General Membership Meeting at the 32nd Annual Pennwriters Conference in Pittsburgh this past weekend, you heard a short presentation of the many benefits of being a member of this terrific writers’ organization. As promised, here is a recap of that list and all the links you need to become more involved and advance your career.
Attending the annual conference with the member discount is a huge savings for Pennwriters. Also, each year, members attending the conference are the first to learn who the next year’s keynote speakers will be. In addition, this year attendees learned that there will be a new hotel venue hosting our conference which will be more affordable for all.
Pennwriters Presents is a Facebook group accessible by members only. Denise Weaver hosts the guest each event. If the time the chat is occurring isn’t convenient for you, emailing questions to Denise ahead of time will make sure you are heard. If you missed a guest, all past presenter’s answers can be found by scrolling through the feed. Pennwriters Presents is in addition to the other Pennwriters’ Facebook groups. Have a guest in mind or want to join? Email Denise: PennwritersPresents@Pennwriters.org
Online classes are organized and run by Pennwriters. In June, Val Muller will present a class on Storytelling for Kids. In August, Timons Esaias will lead the class, A Freelancer Prepares: Publication Workshop. Have a question about the classes or a suggestion of a class you’d like to see? Email: OnlineCoordinator@Pennwriters.org
There are many PR opportunities for you as a Pennwriters member. Leslie Tobin Smeltz handles PR and would love to know about your upcoming releases and appearances. Send her information at: PublicRelations@Pennwriters.org
That brings us to our very own newsletter. Everyone knows something about this business. Even if you don’t consider yourself an expert, writers love hearing about your experiences as we navigate this difficult career. Having an article published in The Penn Writer will provide you with a clip of a piece you can use to build your portfolio and your fellow writers will get to know you. Have a new book coming out or an article or short story being published? Send the information to Heather Desuta, our invaluable newsletter editor at: Newsletter@Pennwriters.org
*Reminder that the next edition of The Penn Writer will be delivered digitally only as lots of conference photos can be included.
Area resources are available to all members. Contact your Area Rep if you want to know about local meetings or if you’d like assistance in organizing your own group. The Reps would love to help you with this.
Area1Rep@Pennwriters.org Todd Main
Area3Rep@Pennwriters.org Stephanie Claypool
Area4Rep@Pennwriters.org Denise Weaver
Area5Rep@Pennwriters.org Sandy Bush
Area6Rep@Pennwriters.org Suzanne Mattaboni
Area7Rep@Pennwriters.org Terry Friedman
As you can see, Area 2 needs a representative. Let the president know if you have an interest in that position.
Networking is one of the main reasons for joining a writing group. With over 400 members and over 100 published writers among them, Pennwriters offers nearly endless possibilities to network. If you have a question about craft, querying, self-publishing, promotion, or any of the other myriad of things you need to learn as a writer, someone in Pennwriters knows the answer. Are you following other Pennwriters on social media? Search out your fellows. Visit Pennwriters on Twitter, on Facebook, and check out Instagram and LinkedIn. Follow the presenters you listened to this past weekend on all their social media accounts. If you see a post from one of your fellow Pennwriter members, share it, retweet, and comment. This is your tribe.
Hopefully, you reconnected to old friends and made knew ones at the 32nd Annual Conference. If you’d like to find some more, leave your social media links in the comments section so other members can connect to you. Share that Pennwriters love.Share this: