News: Top Ten Reasons to Attend 2010 Pennwriters Conference (#9)


The #9 reason to attend the 2010 Pennwriters Conference: dinner with a bestselling author.

We're pleased to welcome James Rollins — bestselling author of science-adventure thrillers, a movie novelization, and a newly launched series of young adult thrillers—as our dinner keynote on May 13. Jim's first novel, Subterranean, was published in 1999 by Harper and will be rereleased in 2010. To date, he has six individual thrillers, six books in the Sigma Force series, the movie novelization of Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, and a thriller for young adults to his name.

Jim's presentation Friday night will focus on his 10 years in the publishing industry and the changes he's seen, and will be followed by a Q&A and book signing. Visit his website at or stop by Jonathan Maberry's big scary blog ( to learn more. And to see why we think he'll be a fantastic keynote for the 2010 conference check out for a clip from a CBS-TV affiliate and behind the scenes interviews. If you're on Twitter, definitely be one of his followers. Not only does he tweet about his writing, he also forwards lots of interesting articles and web sites that catch his writer's imagination.

We've reserved the hotel's courtyard for the evening and dinner entrees include a choice of New York strip steak, chicken Chardonnay, or a vegetarian Chef's choice, plus appetizer, salad, and dessert. Jim's presentation will be followed by a Q&A and book signing. Tickets for the dinner are not included in the base price of the conference (but we're happy to be able to offer the same member price that we had in 2009): $49 members, $65 nonmembers.

In Addition…
Barbara Lalicki, senior vice president and editorial director at HarperCollins Children's Books, edits James Rollins' Jake Ransom books and will be attending the 2010 conference. (She has also worked with children's authors Beverly Cleary and Dan Gutman.) Barbara plans to lead a workshop, hear pitches, and take part in our Friday night read and critiques.

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


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