And finally, the #1 reason to attend the 2010 Pennwriters Conference: camaraderie.
Camaraderie is something all writers can spell but many of us lack. Writing is a solitary job. Spending a weekend at a writers conference will help you build new friendships and renew old ones.
Just for Fun
Saturday night's dinner hour is traditionally left open so conference attendees can relax with friends or schmooze with agents and editors. After hours, however, is always filled with some sort of activity that has nothing to do with the nuts and bolts of writing and everything to do with simple socializing. We hope you'll join us for a masquerade and open mic party. Here's the deal:
• Dress as your favorite author or book/movie character. In 2008, Marilyn Monroe showed up, and Agent 007, and the Tin Man (or something that sort of, kind of, maybe resembled him), and Scarlet O'Hara... This year, why not dress as Edgar Allen Poe, a zombie, Indiana Jones, Alice in Wonderland, Sherlock Holmes, Wolverine...?
• Costumes are encouraged but optional. Since we're all authors, every single one of us can get away with coming as we are. Costumes are not a requirement.
• Be prepared to relax and socialize. We've lined up an amazing acoustic duo to provide some rocking tunes, and the hotel staff will be serving up free munchies and pouring drinks at a cash bar.
• Look for some awesome prizes. Your applause will determine who wins when it comes to most realistic costume, most original, and more.
• Bring a reading to share—if you're in the mood. Between sets we'll open the microphone to the audience in hopes of hearing some great poetry, a few paragraphs from your WIP, or even some writer-related jokes.
• Sign up on the registration form. We've dropped the cost this year. Just $10 gets you in the door for an evening of camaraderie.
To learn more and register, visit www.pennwriters.com, follow us on Twitter or Facebook, or send a blank e-mail to PennwritersConferencefirstname.lastname@example.org.
2010 Pennwriters Conference
May 14 – 16, 2010
Eden Resort, Lancaster, PA
Ayleen Stellhorn, conference coordinator