Photos and Tips from the 2013 Philadelphia Writers Conference

The Novel -- Focus on Character Workshop, June 8

The Novel — Focus on Character Workshop with Solomon Jones, June 8

Quick-pitch Sessions with agents and editors, June 7

Quick-pitch Sessions with agents and editors, June 7

From June 7th through June 9th, writers from all over the area converged on Philadelphia for the 65th annual Philadelphia Writers Conference.

Opening Speaker Ed Rendell, June 7

Opening Speaker Ed Rendell, June 7

Social Media Workshop with Suzanne Kuhn, June 9

Social Media Workshop with Suzanne Kuhn, June 9

 

 

Former Pennsylvania governor, former Philadelphia mayor and district attorney, and author Ed Rendell ignited the enthusiasm of all with his opening remarks, an uplifting blend of humor, honesty, and encouragement. George Anastasia, crime writer and author of five non-fiction books, was the keynote speaker on Saturday evening.

Leonard Gontarek, Poetry I Workshop, June 7

Leonard Gontarek, Poetry I Workshop, June 7

Professor Liz Chang, Fostering Creativity -- What Writers Can Learn Through Translation, June 8

Professor Liz Chang, Fostering Creativity — What Writers Can Learn Through Translation, June 8

Attendees could participate in three-day in-depth workshops, two-day master classes, one-session special features, a quick-pitch session with agents and/or editors, and rap sessions in different genres for those who’d like feedback on their works in progress.

Keith Strunk, Act Like a Writer Workshop, June 7

Keith Strunk, Act Like a Writer Workshop, June 7

Solomon Jones, the Novel -- Focus on Character Workshop, June 9

Solomon Jones, the Novel — Focus on Character Workshop, June 9

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tips from workshop presenters:

 

Leonard Gontarek, Poetry I

Leonard Gontarek, Poetry I

Leonard Gontarek — In poetry, sometimes less is more.

 

Jonathan Maberry, Act Like a Writer, June 7

Jonathan Maberry, Act Like a Writer, June 7

Jonathan Maberry — Be a cheerleader for the industry; be positive — don’t post negative comments about others in the industry.

 

Keith Strunk giving a reading for the Act Like a Writer Workshop, June 9

Keith Strunk giving a reading for the Act Like a Writer Workshop, June 9

Keith Strunk — When giving an author reading, use good posture and set what you are reading down on the desk or podium but hold the book/manuscript up so that your voice projects; send your voice out to the back of the house, projecting from your forehead.

 

Solomon Jones, the Novel -- Focus on Character Workshop, June 9

Solomon Jones, the Novel — Focus on Character Workshop, June 9

Solomon Jones — A supporting character’s job is to shed light on or reveal the main character, and this is done through relationships.

 

Cecily Kellogg, Blogging Workshop, June 7

Cecily Kellogg, Blogging Workshop, June 7

Cecily Kellogg — Back up your online content because you don’t want to lose it; in addition to your blog, participate in social media like Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and LinkedIn.

 

Jonathan Maberry giving a reading for the Act Like a Writer Workshop, June 9

Jonathan Maberry giving a reading for the Act Like a Writer Workshop, June 9

Jonathan Maberry — A query should tell about the story, not tell the story/plot; use shorter sentences and no semi-colons; be sure to include your website address and email, Facebook, and Twitter contact information.

 

SuzyQ (Suzanne Kuhn), Social Media Workshop, June 9

SuzyQ (Suzanne Kuhn), Social Media Workshop, June 9

Suzanne Kuhn — Social media posts should be relational (about family, friends, and people you meet), relevant (about events, news, or things that would interest your readers), relatable (things that happen to you that others can relate to).

 

The conference was a terrific experience. I had fun, met new people, learned a lot, and am already looking forward to next year’s event.

For more detailed information about the conference check out these posts on the Author Chronicles blog: Philadelphia Writers Conference — Day One, Philadelphia Writers Conference — Day Two, Philadelphia Writers Conference — Day Three, Philadelphia Writers Conference 2013 — Photo Gallery and Tips from Workshops, Part I, and Philadelphia Writers Conference 2013 — Photo Gallery and Tips from Workshops, Part II.

The Philadelphia Skyline, June 8

The Philadelphia Skyline from I-95, June 8

 

 
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About J. Thomas Ross

Since retiring from a career as a high school English and history teacher, I've been pursuing a career as a writer. My main interest is in writing novels, but I've also written short stories and poetry and done a little editing on the side. I am currently working on a Young Adult novel. One of my poems - "Winter" - won an award at the 2010 Philadelphia Writers Conference, and you can find my fantasy short story "A Rock Is a Rock Is a Rock ... Or Is It?" in the anthology Tales of Fortannis: A Bard's Eye View, which is available in print and Kindle format from Amazon and as an e-book from Double Dragon Press.
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