News: Top Ten Reasons to Attend 2010 Pennwriters Conference (#6)


The #6 reason to attend the 2010 Pennwriters Conference: intense preconference classes.

The #6 reason actually comprises four reasons: two full day and two half day preconference seminars on May 13, the day before the conference. Our goal with these classes is to provide writers who are a little farther along in their "journey" with an intense, personal experience that includes direct feedback on their work from the instructor. Registration for these classes opens January 11, class sizes are limited, and in three of the four classes, participants are chosen by the instructors. Application materials must be received by February 11.

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Two Full-Day Seminars
Fiction Writing with Timons Esaias. Join Tim, an instructor in Seton Hill's MFA program, for a full day of instruction on how to make your manuscript shine.

Requirements: Must have a finished first draft of a novel; instructor will be
critiquing your first three chapters prior to class. Limited to 15 writers.

Nonfiction Writing with Jonathan Maberry. Multi-published in fiction and nonfiction, Jonathan will help you fine-tune your outline and idea, and delve into the whys and hows of nonfiction publishing.

Requirements: Just a killer idea for a nonfiction book. Limited to 15 writers.

Two Half-Day Seminars
Crafting Your Fiction Query Package with CJ Lyons. This class is designed to help you get your work in front of an agent or editor. CJ, an award-winning and best-selling author, will critique your query letter and focus in class on blurbs, high concepts, pitches, and long and short synopses.

Requirements: Must have a finished first draft of a novel. Limited to 16 writers.

Plotting and Subplotting with Loree Lough. Want to know more about plotting before you get started on your work of fiction? Stuck in the middle of your current WIP? Join Loree as she walks you through all you need to know about plots and subplots and their job in your manuscript.

Requirements: An idea for a fiction book. No class limit.

Note: Fees for these four workshops are not included in the weekend workshop price. Acceptance into classes with limits is based on the instructors' choices. Full application instructions are included in the individual listings.

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


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