Joyce Carol Oates
will be the keynote speaker for the 21st Annual Pennwriters Conference
at the Host Resort
in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.
Tickets for the May 16-18, 2008
event go on sale January 2, 2008
, at www.pennwriters.org
or by e-mailing the conference coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org
for a registration form. Three-day conference packages start at $199 for members and $249 for nonmembers. After March 2, 2008, dinner tickets with Joyce Carol Oates will be sold separately from the conference at $65 for Pennwriters
members and $99 for nonmembers..
Oates, who has been writing since age 14 and is now a creative writing professor at Princeton University, released her 36th book, The Gravedigger's Daughter
, this year. Her dinner presentation on Friday evening, May 16, will include commentary on her books and the writing process as well as a question and answer session and a book signing.
Oates' presentation is one of many events during the three-day conference that are designed to introduce beginning writers to the world of publishing and to provide experienced authors with opportunities to network. The conference theme, "A Writer¹s Smorgasbord,"
reflects the rich traditions of Lancaster County and the diverse nature of writing as a career.
Included in the conference price is the opportunity for writers to pitch finished manuscripts to 10 well-established agents and editors in the publishing business. Among them are Irene Goodman
, an agent who started as the assistant to Stephen King's editor 25 years ago and has since built her own agency in New York City, and Melanie Donovan
, the executive editor of HarperCollins Children
. These 10-minute pitches are designed to give writers the chance to bypass the traditional query letter process and present their work face-to-face.
Other agents scheduled to be at the conference include agents Ginger Clark
from Curtis Brown, Ltd.
, Jessica Regel
from Jean V. Naggar Literary Agency
, and Elaine P. English
. Other editors include Editor in Chief Ginjer Buchanan
, Associate Editor Paul Stevens
from Tom Doherty Associates
(Tor/Forge), Assistant Editor Tessa Woodward
, and Editorial Director Jane Friedman
from F+W Publications
Hour-long workshops led by agents, editors, and published authors start Friday morning and continue throughout the weekend until Sunday at noon. Visiting authors include Jonathan Maberry
, Bram Stoker
award-winning author of Ghost Road Blues
; Maria V. Snyder
, winner of the 2006 Compton Crook Award
for Best First Novel, Poison Study
; Timons Esaias
, an Asimov's Reader Choice Award
winner; and debut author D.L. Wilson
, who will also speak during Saturday's luncheon.Pennwriters
is a statewide organization of more than 450 published and unpublished writers from Pennsylvania. Annual conferences are held in alternating years in Pittsburgh and either Harrisburg or Lancaster.Pennwriters
, Heidi Ruby Miller
, Pennwriters 21st Annual Conference
, Joyce Carol Oates
, Maria V. Snyder
, Timons Esaias
, Jonathan Maberry
, D. L. Wilson
, Seton Hill University
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