Wilkes University


The Pennsylvania Writers Conference at Wilkes University Schedule of Events

The Pennsylvania Writers Conference at Wilkes University on Aug. 5 - 6, 2016, will feature 27 presentations covering all genres of writing. The schedule includes two plenary sessions, nine craft classes, six workshops, six panels, a pitch session, and a multi-media poetry performance. Friday evening features an open mic and poetry slam, and  Saturday opens with the plenary session “Reviews That Matter,”  by NPR’s Maureen Corrigan in the morning and concludes with the dinner, bookfair, writing competition awards presentation, and keynote address by author Jay Parini in the evening.

Presentations include workshops on “Goal, Motivation, and Conflict in the YA Novel,” “Maybe, Perhaps, Possibly: Using Speculation in Creative Nonfiction,” and “How Not to Die of Starvation While Trying to Make It As a Screenwriter.” All workshops are taught by faculty or alumni of the Wilkes Graduate Creative Writing Program.

Craft classes feature “Line and Sentence: Using Poetic Principles to Write Prose,” by Philip Brady, co-founder and executive director of Etruscan Press, whose most recent book, To Banquet with the Ethiopians: A Memoir of Life Before the Alphabet was published in 2015. Also featured is “Understanding POV: Distance and Perspective,” with Kaylie Jones, author of The Anger Meridian, A Soldier’s Daughter Never Cries, and the memoir Lies My Mother Never Told Me.

Screenwriters Ross Klavan, Richard Uhlig, and Ken Vose will offer a screenwriting pitch session, for writers interested in film. Taylor Polites, author of The Rebel Wife, featured in “O, The Oprah Magazine,” and Morowa Yejide, author of Time of the Locust, a 2012 finalist for the PEN/Bellwether Prize, will hold a panel on “Breaching the Fortress: Publishing with the Big Five.”

The two-day Conference is $100 for early bird registration ($130 after June 30) and $40 for students with a college I.D. For registration, please visit www.wilkes.edu/PWC or call 570-408-4547.