The 62nd Annual Philadelphia Writers’ Conference: Just the Facts

By Don Lafferty | Writing

May 18

The 62nd Annual Philadelphia Writers’ Conference will take place on Friday, June 11th through Sunday, June 13th at the Holiday Inn at Fourth and Arch Streets in downtown Philadelphia.

This year’s theme is: Your Writing Stimulus Package.

Jeffrey Zaslow Our keynote speaker is author and Wall Street Journal columnist, Jeffrey Zaslow.

In 2009, Zaslow was the author or co-author of three New York Times bestsellers: The Last Lecture (with Randy Pausch), now in 46 languages; Highest Duty (with Captain “Sully” Sullenberger); and The Girls from Ames. Zaslow will be donating his speakers’ fee to Pancreatic Cancer research.

The opening session speaker will be Larry Kane, the Larry Kaneprominent journalist, commentator, news anchor and author of three books, Ticket to Ride, Philadelphia, and most recently, Lennon Revealed, a New York Times and Los Angeles Times Bestseller.

The conference features several three-day workshops, including Short Story, Magazine Writing, Poetry,  Memoir, Juvenile, Novel, Screenwriting, Mystery, Juvenile, and Nonfiction Book. Other topics include Travel, Legal Rights, Marketing, and Website Development. Among this year’s speakers are Will Bunch, Bill Reed, Karen E. Quinones Miller, and Katherine Ramsland. The conference includes opportunities to pitch your book to agents and editors.

Pearl S. Buck James A. Michner Jennifer Weiner Michael Smirconish Larry Platt

Chris Satullo Jane Eisner Mark Bowden Rachel Simon

Past speakers at the conference have included Pearl Buck, James Michener, Jennifer Weiner, Michael Smerconish, Larry Platt, Chris Satullo, Jane Eisner, Mark Bowden, and Rachel Simon.

The conference typically draws between 150 and 200 writers, from beginners to bestsellers, from the Delaware Valley and all around the country. Learn more about the schedule here:

Cost for the conference is $225 plus the cost of the optional Friday buffet and Saturday banquet.

To register for the conference, print the registration form found here:, Then mail it with your track selections and payment, to:

Rhonda Hoffman
PWC Registrar
121 Almatt Terrace
Philadelphia, PA 19115-2745
Phone: 215-677-2570



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I'm a father, a son, a grandfather, a brother, an ex-husband and a friend to many. I am born and raised in Northeast Philadelphia where I still live, work and play. My cup runneth over.