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Philadelphia Writers’ Conference 2021

June 12 - June 13


WC is staying virtual this year… We hope you will join us online on June 12 & 13!




Erin Entrada Kelly will be the PWC opening speaker.  A local writer, Erin received the 2018 Newbery Medal for Hello, Universe, the 2017 APALA Award for The Land of Forgotten Girls, and the 2016 Golden Kite Honor Award for Blackbird Fly, among other honors.

Erin is a NYT bestseller whose work has been translated into several languages. Erin’s latest book, Maybe, Maybe Marisol Rainey, the first in the ongoing Maybe Marisol series, will be released in May 2021. All Erin’s books are Junior Library Guild Selections.

Charlie Jane Anders will be the PWC Keynote speaker.  Charlie Jane’s latest novel, Victories Greater than Death, was just released. She’s also the author of The City in the Middle of the Night; All the Birds in the Sky, which won the Nebula, Crawford and Locus awards; and Choir Boy, which won a Lambda Literary Award.

Charlie Jane also organizes the monthly Writers with Drinks reading series, and co-hosts the podcast Our Opinions Are Correct with Annalee Newitz.


Louisiana-born poet, fiction writer, and essayist Destiny Birdsong will be teaching our poetry master class, “Love in the Time of…Disaster?” a workshop about poetry’s power to explore ‘love and_[you fill in the blank]__’.

Next we have Josiah Bancroft, author of the Books of Babel, teaching “The Real Foundations of Unreal Worlds: A Discussion of World Building.” Whether you’re writing fantastical or historical worlds, learn how to make those details sing.

For our nonfiction writers, Bettina Makalintal food writer at Vice Munchies, will be teaching “Turning Your Niche Interest Into a Writing Practice” a look at how to take your interests and turn them into articles or essays.

View the full lineup and details at our Master Class Spotlight.

[Please note: Master Classes require a regular conference registration AND a master class ticket]


Poetry Super Highway and the Frontier Poetry Award for New Poets Contest winner Taylor Byas will teach “Cracking the Formal Code with Possibility,” a workshop that will examine two poetic forms, the pantoum and the Shakespearean sonnet.

Best of the Net winner and local flash superstar K.B. Carle will be teaching “The Narrative Design: Reconfiguring Methods of Storytelling in Flash,” a workshop pushing the boundaries surrounding a story’s structure on the page.

In nonfiction, Athena Dixon, author of The Incredible Shrinking Woman, will teach “Navigating the Personal Essay,” full of practical advice on the art of crafting personal essays.

Poet Darla Himeles will be teaching “Befriending Your Inner Poet: An Introductory Workshop,” a generative workshop to ignite intuition and imagination in service of the radical act of attending closely, even tenderly, to our world.

Merry Jones, the award-winning author of twenty-two books, mostly suspense novels (including the Zoe Hayes, Harper Jennings and Elle Harrison series) will teach “Tension, Uncertainty and Tenterhooks: The Art of Writing Suspense, Mystery and Thrillers” to keep your readers on the edge of their seats.

Dominican-American poet, educator, playwright and award-winning author Jasminne Mendez will teach “The Play’s the Thing” for writers of any genre to explore crafting or revising work for a one person show/performance piece.

Poet and writer Carlos José Pérez Sámano will lead “Ancestral Roots: Writing from Our History,” for writers of any genre, to connect with our ancestral past to be able to produce creative and meaningful texts.


June 12
June 13
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Philadelphia Writers’ Conference