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.

2018 Pennsylvania Writers Conference
July 29 to Aug. 4



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.

In 2017, four-day preconference writing workshops were offered to attendees seeking a more intensive writing experience. The two-day PWC that followed included workshops in creative nonfiction, fiction, poetry, and screenwriting. The conference offered pitch sessions with agents, as well as certificate programs in publishing and arts advocacy and education. View the highlights from PWC17 in the program on the sidebar.

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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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.