Both seasoned and beginning authors can benefit from attending writers’ conferences and book fairs. Here’s a sampling of some held in the greater Philadelphia area.
The Second Annual Rosemont College Book Festival will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 26. In addition to book vendors, publishers, journals, and authors, there will be two free panels, “Why Poetry” and “How Do Writers and Designers Collaborate to Create Graphic Novels & Comic Books.” Author readings are scheduled all day, featuring best-selling YA author John Searles as Keynote speaker. Vendor tables and author chairs are still available at prices ranging from $15 to $40.
The Moravian Writers’ Conference will be held June 6-8 at Moravian College in Bethlehem. This year’s keynote speakers are Laurie Halse Anderson, best-selling YA author, and Ursula Hegi, author of 11 books. The $325 registration includes workshops, panels and presentations by literary agents, readings by keynote speakers, Saturday lunch, breakfast buffet and parking. For an additional cost, attendees can receive a manuscript consultation with conference faculty, or on-campus hosting (single rooms). The registration deadline is May 16.
The Chestnut Hill Book Festival is scheduled for Sunday, June 8, 2014, according to the main calendar at Chestnut Hill’s web site. Past events have featured author readings, workshops and panel discussions, singer songwriter slams, children’s events, limerick contests, theatrical monologue slams and more. For more information, contact [email protected]
The Philly Zine Fest is held annually in the fall. Last year, representatives of about 60 zines, ranging in topic from bike repair to poetry to crafts, gathered in the Rotunda to sell issues and connect with local writers. For more information, visit the site or email [email protected]
The First Person Arts Festival is also held in the fall. Last year’s event was held at the Christ Church Neighborhood House and other Philadelphia venues, featuring performances by Sonia Sanchez, Toni Morrison and Rita Dove, as well as slam, storytelling and song, and hip-hop events. There were also workshops on storytelling, food-focused memoirs, and humanizing history. To receive info on this year’s festival, go to the site and sign up for the e-mail list.
Philcon is held each fall in Cherry Hill, New Jersey. The annual science-fiction convention offers panels related to writing and the business of writing, author readings and signings, keynote speakers, and a dealer’s room.
The Philadelphia Book Festival is held annually in April, with the eighth annual event running last week. Look for information on the event at the Free Library of Philadelphia site.
This is part of a series on writer resources in the Philadelphia area:
Places to Read Your Poetry in the Greater Philadelphia Area
Where Writers Meet and Learn in the Greater Philadelphia Area
Celebrate National Poetry Month in the Philadelphia Area