News: Top Ten Reasons to Attend 2010 Pennwriters Conference (#10)


Registration for the 2010 Pennwriters Conference, May 14–16 in Lancaster, PA, opens Jan. 11, and with apologies to a certain late night host, we'd like to present the top ten reasons to attend this year's conference — in reverse order, of course.

The #10 reason to attend the 2010 Pennwriters Conference: approachable agents.

The line between a good conference and a great conference (in our humble opinion) lies in how much face-to-face time you can get with an agent. Some conferences only offer 10-minute pitch sessions—and that's all you see of an agent for the rest of the weekend. All five of our guest agents at the 2010 conference will be available to hear your pitches (whether you take advantage of the official pitch sessions or hit them up with an idea after hours), to teach classes, to take part in Q&A sessions, and to comment on first pages during the Friday night read and critiques. Make time to talk with them about pitching, querying, common mistakes, contracts, or just publishing in general.

Find more information on each of the following at

- Jennifer Jackson, Donald Maass Literary Agency
- Janet Reid, Fine Print Literary
- Jenny Bent, The Bent Agency
- Alex Glass, Trident Media
- Miriam Kriss, Irene Goodman Literary Agency

About Our Pitch Sessions
Ten-minute pitch sessions are scheduled at no extra charge on a first-registered, first-assigned basis. Availability is limited. Please make your first and second choices on the registration form. An appointment time will be e-mailed to you prior to the conference. Writers pitching fiction must have a finished manuscript but should not bring it to the pitch session.

Nervous About Pitching?
Plan to attend CJ Lyons' workshop, Pitch Perfect. It's the first session on Friday morning, and CJ will help you work out all your jitters. Learn what makes a perfect pitch, then test it out on CJ. She'll be gentle but honest. We promise.

2010 Pennwriters Conference
May 14 – 16, 2010
Eden Resort, Lancaster, PA
Ayleen Stellhorn, conference coordinator


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