Monday, June 10, 2013

South Jersey Invades the Philadelphia Writer's Conference


On June 7th, Philadelphia was all set to host the 2013 Philadelphia Writer’s Conference.  Guest speakers were invited; workshops were set up; manuscripts mailed in for critiques and contests; Agents and Publishers were there to hear our pitch; everything was set to start at 9 a.m.

What the city of Philadelphia didn’t know was that a group of writers from across the bridge were on their way. It was an invasion from the South Jersey, indeed, an invasion of the South Jersey Writers Group.

James Knipp, Shelley Szajner, Helene Cooke, Janice Wilson, Marie Gilbert, Gregg Feistman, Denise McGlinchey, Mark Doenges and Carol Waties entered the Wyndham Hotel at Fourth and Arch with notebooks in hand and ready to learn from the experts on how to spruce, nip, tuck and whatever else needed to be done to set their writing careers soaring.
The opening speaker was Ed Rendell, former Governor of Pennsylvania and author of A Nation of Wusses: How America’s Leaders Lost the Guts to Make Us Great.

  The Keynote Speaker was George Anastasia, veteran Philadelphia Journalist and author of five books, Award winning author of The Last Gangster and Blood and Honor.
We had the best lunch on Saturday at the Pizzicato on 3rd and Market Streets. Our waiter, Brian Scott, was an absolute sweetheart and he made sure that we were back to the conference in time. Hint to the owner of Pizzicato: “You have a wonderful employee on your team!”
                    On Sunday we went to the Continental Dinner on 2nd and Market.

                         Glenn Walker would love the French fries in this place; very tasty! 
                    There was even something for the Zombie Lover of the group; me.

I had the pleasure of taking two of Author and New York Times Bestseller and Multiple Bram Stoker Award-winner, Jonathan Maberry’s classes. No, it wasn’t a class on how to kill zombies, but how to promote our writing, but if I run into zombies while selling my books; I have my katana.
                                   Janice Wilson won a prize for her writing. Can you tell?
Everyone from the South Jersey Writers Group left the three day conference feeling energized and ready to finish those manuscripts and send them to Agents. There will be many more of the SJWG members going next year! Are you ready for us Philadelphia?


  1. Thanks for the shout out and for taking the pic of the fries at The Continental, Marie.

    I've been to the one in town many times, and its sister restaurant in Atlantic City as well.

    Here's my review of the AC one from 2009:

    1. Thank you Glenn. When they walked out with that dish, everyone one said your name.

  2. The conference was so helpful and put me in contact with sone really cool people ;) .

    1. Hi Uriah!! I always feel good going to this conference. You're one of the cool people that I met :)


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