Education Connection: A Roundup of Writer Events – Part II, by Lori Ann Palma

In Part I of my post on local writing events I promised more opportunities to learn. See below for activities being held throughout the fall and winter months.
If you know of an upcoming event or have attended any of these events, please share your experience in the comments!
Upcoming Conferences
2015 Mid-Atlantic SCBWI Fall Conference
October 23-24, 2015, Dulles, VA
With a focus on Children’s Publishing in 2015, attendees will feature sessions and panel discussions by speakers, as well as optional craft-focused workshops and manuscript consultations. Additional information and registration are available at:
November 6-7, 2015, Pittsburgh, PA
In addition to workshops, this conference will feature optional one-on-one consultations and a manuscript reading roundtable with writers, agents, and editors. Conference information and registration are available at:
23rd Annual Winter Poetry and Prose Getaway
January 15-18, 2016, Atlantic City, NJ
For writers of all levels, the workshops at this Atlantic City boardwalk conference are designed to advance your craft and energize your writing. More information and registration are available at
SCBWI Annual Winter Conference
February 12-14, 2016, New York, NY
The SCBWI Annual Winter Conference is held over two days with an optional intensive day on Friday. Information and registration for the 2016 event will be available in October. Highlights from the 2015 conference are available at:
Local Events
Afternoon Craft Talk: Fiction and Fantasy with Author Maria V. Snyder
October 19, 2015, 4 p.m – 4:50 p.m., Elizabethtown, PA
Maria V. Snyder discusses her novels for YA and adult readers. More information is available at:
Highlights Foundation
Ongoing Events, near Honesdale, PA
The Highlights Foundation cites its mission as helping authors and illustrators hone their craft. Workshops and retreats are held at their conference center in the Pocono mountains, close to their Honesdale office. For a list of upcoming workshops, please visit: or view the course catalog:
Write from the Heart
Ongoing Events, Lancaster, PA
This organization offers creative writing workshops for adults, children, and teens. Links to the available classes are available at:
Tuesday Night Writer’s Workshop
Tuesday Nights, October 27-December 8, 7 p.m. – 10 p.m., Flourtown, PA
Offered through the Philadelphia Writer’s Workshop, Tuesday Night Writers includes writing time, an option to read your work and get feedback, followed by manuscript discussion. More information is available at:
Writer Discussions
Ongoing Events, Bensalem, PA
The Barnes & Noble in the Neshaminy Mall also offers writing discussions. The Pennwood Writers’ Group and Neshaminy Writers’ Group both meet consistently at this location. Dates are listed at:
Online Courses
Algonkian 16-Module Novel Writing Program
Rolling Admission, Online
Open to writers at all stages in their career, this online program provides modules based on a series of steps where program participants work at their own pace. The course module syllabus and application are available at:
Writer’s Digest
Ongoing Programs, On Demand and Live
The Writer’s Digest website features online webinars and tutorials for purchase, as well as a schedule of live webinars. Available on demand webinars and tutorials are available at: Available independent online workshops are available at:
A list of upcoming live webinars being held in September and October are available at: Writing Webinars & Writing Tutorials: Find Online Writing Classes | WritersDigestShop
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