EVENT: Free Writing, Marketing, and Researching Workshops at #PALitFest
Sign Up for Workshops Today Only 22 FREE seats in each session...
“If I rest, I rust.” This maxim is true for all of us, writers included!
Key to the Pennsylvania Literary
Festival’s mission of educating and informing the public is providing
growth opportunities for writers of all skill levels. Our workshops are
offered in a small classroom setting, conducive to interaction. With
this idea in mind, the seating capacity for each workshop is 22 people.
Registration is first-come, first-served, and should be completed
Not a writer? Not a problem, workshops are open to the public and free of charge.
"Intimate Scenes for Improved Fiction" Presented by: Marian Szczepanski Friday, May 30, 6:30-7:30 PM Focus on characterization, setting, physical detail, and situational
conflict to write intimate scenes for compelling fiction. Includes
"If I can do it, so can you: A no nonsense no gimmick approach to marketing your book" Presented by: Eric Beebe Saturday, May 31, 10:00-11:00 AM Discuss how the cornerstones of basic marketing—like promotion,
engagement, and audience—can provide authors and small publishers with
an edge in today's dynamic marketplace.
"Public Speaking" Presented by: Carla Anderton Saturday, May 31, 11:00 AM-Noon Calling all authors and other creative professionals: Learn
invaluable tips and techniques for effective public speaking in any
"Joy of the Unforeseen" about Writing and Ideas Presented by: Jody Spedaliere Saturday, May 31, 1:00-2:00 PM "The Joy of the Unforeseen" will focus on the positive aspects of
experience as it is applied to the creation of poetry. Participants will
devote their energy and talents in constructing poems which resonate
from the positive and often overlooked aspects in their lives.
"The Shortest Stories Ever Written: Where to Find Them and How to Write Them" Presented by: Lawrence C. Connolly Saturday, May 31, 2:00-3:00 PM This workshop will consider the shortest stories ever written and determine what makes them work.
"Writing Deep POV" Presented by: Ann Kopchik Saturday, May 31, 4:30-5:30 PM Deep POV provides an overview of POV, then dives into what makes Deep POV intimate—and how to achieve it.
"Extreme Grammar" Presented by: J.L. Gribble Saturday, May 31, 7:00-8:00 PM This is not your high school English class! Learn some obscure
grammar rules and pick the brain of a professional technical editor.
“Relaxing the Mind, Body, and Spirit for Writing” [Yoga Workshop] Presented by: Cathy Kumor Saturday, June 1, 12:30-1:30 p.m. Writing demands focused attention that is only possible when proper
care is given to the mind, body, and spirit. A primer on yoga will give
writers a tool in awakening creativity and rejuvenating the whole self.
“Digging Up Your Roots: Genealogy” Sunday, June 1, 1:30-2:30 p.m. Genealogy is the vehicle for an exciting journey into the past,
introducing a person to ancestors whose lives have shaped his or her own
life in some way. This workshop demystifies genealogical research and
shows participants that this hobby can be accessible to everyone.
“Library Resources” Sunday, June 1, 2:30-3:30 p.m. A library is so much more than a place to borrow books! Explore the
rich resources that exist within your community libraries, and the ways
in which libraries are evolving every day to remain vibrant and
EVENTS Jason and I are going to help you get into flow during the breakout sessions for the Staying Home, Staying Creative Workshop at All AccessCon on Thursday, April 23, 2020 (4:00 - 7:00 PM ET) . Are you feeling "stuck" at home in more ways than one? Many of us always said that if only we could stay home we'd finally write that novel, learn a new writing skill, or revise that story or article and get it into the submission process. Now that we aren't being given a choice about staying home the situation isn't optimal and might even cause us to lose whatever creative momentum we had to begin with. Join our panel of experts for a frank discussion about staying focused, creative, and successful in our new home environment, followed by a series of breakout sessions. This virtual workshop is presented by AllAccessCon at a reduced price to accommodate those economically impacted by COVID-19. ABOUT THE PRESENTERS Matt Betts Ohio native Matt Betts is a
VIDEOS "Write the Book They Can't Put Down" is based on my article "The Shifting Grail" from the international award-winning writing guide Many Genres, One Craft , which I co-edited with Michael A. Arnzen . This video captured the version I presented for MGOC's publisher Headline Books and their Zoom Into Books series on April 8, 2020. Using examples of well-known movies and literature, I show how character motivation can dictate pacing and suspense, making your book one readers can't put down. I've also taught an extended version as a class for Seton Hill University's MFA in Writing Popular Fiction program.
VIDEOS I read from Man of War , my sequel to Philip José Farmer's novel Two Hawks from Earth , for Farmercon XV . It was a virtual celebration, so I missed seeing all my Meteor House family in person this year. Here's to next year, everyone! You can see the other events on the Meteor House YouTube channel .