Wilkes University

Pennsylvania Writers Conference

The Pennsylvania Writers Conference is designed to engage, educate and empower the literary community.

If you’re a passionate writer, reader, or both, join us on the campus of Wilkes University to learn more about fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, screenwriting and playwriting.

2017 Pennsylvania Writers Conference

July 30 to Aug. 5

Wilkes University

Keynote speaker: Natasha Trethewey • Keynote Reading:  Saturday, Aug. 5 • Conference Schedule

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Natasha Trethewey
Pulitzer Prize-winning poet

Maureen Corrigan

Maureen Corrigan
The Nicky and Jamie Grant Distinguished Professor of the Practice in Literary Criticism at Georgetown University, book critic on NPR's Fresh Air. Contributor, "Book World" section of The Washington Post.

Jason Carney

Jason Carney
Host open mic/poetry slam on Friday, Aug. 4.
Carney will also host a poetry slam workshop, Aug. 4-5.

PWC includes workshops in creative nonfiction, fiction, poetry, and screenwriting. The conference will offer pitch sessions with agents, as well as certificate programs in publishing and arts advocacy and education. Open to adults of any age.

Conference Schedule

For attendees seeking a more intensive writing experience, register for our preconference writing workshops. These four-day sessions will be held from July 31 to Aug. 3. The registration fee includes access to the two-day PWC conference.

  

2017 Attendee Registration Packages

PWC All-Access Pass
$395 includes:

  • July 30 kick-off reception 
  • Your choice of one, four-day writing workshop held from July 31 to Aug. 3 - limited space available!
  • Two-day pass to the Pennsylvania Writers Conference on Aug. 4 & 5, which covers all conference events including the open mic/poetry slam and keynote reading

PWC Two-Day Pass
$145 includes:

  • Two-day pass to the Pennsylvania Writers Conference on Aug. 4 & 5, which covers all conference events including the open mic/poetry slam and keynote reading
  • Valid on registrations received after June 30

PWC College Students
$75 includes:

  • Two-day pass to the Pennsylvania Writers Conference on Aug. 4 & 5, which covers all conference events including the open mic/poetry slam and keynote reading
  • For students with a valid college I.D. who are 18 years of age and older
In 2016, the two-day conference included an open mic and poetry slam, craft classes, writing workshops, and literary panels hosted by editors, film producers, literary agents, publishers, and writers. View the highlights from PWC16 in the program on the sidebar.

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ABOUT WILKES UNIVERSITY'S CREATIVE WRITING PROGRAM
The Pennsylvania Writers Conference is hosted by the graduate Creative Writing program at Wilkes University. Follow your passion, write your story, and work to get published with Wilkes University's M.A./M.F.A. in Creative Writing. Learn more.

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