WRITER'S ROAD TRIP - ANNUAL MINI WRITERS CONFERENCE
Sponsored by Pennwriters, Inc.
Thanks to all who organized, taught, and attended the 2018 WRT!
We will be posting dates for next year's conference soon.
Stop back for updates from your favorite speakers and photos of the event.
--- Why Attend the Writer's Road Trip ---
We’ve all been there. You bring home that new “assembly required” piece of furniture or equipment that may contain many parts, unrecognizable items, and hundreds of fasteners. The directions (translated from Chinese), are in a step-by-step format, with hard-to-comprehend line drawings. While the picture on the box depicts the beautiful item you hope to soon use and enjoy, the pile of pieces spread before you hardly resembles anything.
But what if you didn’t have these instructions? Or worse yet, a vital piece is missing? Then what? Your results could be nothing but frustrating.
The SAME goes for writing good material and getting it published!
That’s why the Area 1 Pennwriters put together an enjoyable writing experience titled A Writers’ Road Trip. Our goal is to introduce you to the “Keys to Great Writing” and give you the opportunity to master the elements of composition, revision, publishing, and marketing.
During our 6th annual one day conference, we’re once again hosting a personable group of experts to help pull your writing together so it looks like that book (or article or story or poem) you envisioned when you first sat down to write. Unlike the “assembly required” furniture, these experts supply the missing instructions.
This is not a virtual event. You actually will meet with other writers to learn, share, laugh, talk writing, eat, and spend the day in beautiful, fall-colored, northwestern Pennsylvania. This interaction could lead to discovering the writing mentor you always longed to meet, having your first book published, or learning how to finally break through to the marketing success you need to see your work succeed.
If you have a question about the Road Trip, you can also email Area 1 Rep, Todd Main at toddmain (AT) neo.rr.com.
Are You Tired of Going It Alone?
Are You Ready to Get the Info You Need to Succeed?
--- What Makes A Writer's Road Trip Unique? ---
• We offer industry experts, published authors, and other specialists in their field.
• Our venue is small enough to allow you one-on-one interaction with speakers and guests and time to get your writing, publishing, and marketing questions answered.
• In between attending workshops, you can spend time in our hospitality suite where you can talk with like-minded writers, chat with speakers, browse and buy books by our speakers, and enter our silent auction.
• A variety of workshops for all genres and all levels of writing skill, from beginner, to published, and everything in between.
• Choose to pay $5 at the door and pitch your work to a literary agent.
• A delicious buffet lunch is always included.
--- Pitch Your Book to a Literary Agent ---
"Writing a book is something you do to get your life back." ~Richard Bach
This year we welcome back Ms. Melanie A. Billings (Editor, Special Projects Department, Wild Rose Press) after a very successful debut at Writer’s Road Trip 4 and a very exciting Writer’s Road Trip 5.
Not just for romance anymore, after eleven successful years of operation, The Wild Rose Press has expanded fields. Melanie is looking for genres including, but not limited to: women’s fiction, mystery, thriller, historical fiction and erotica from 7,500 – 100,000 words.
Pay just $5 at the door for this option. Email Todd Main, Conference Coordinator, at toddmain (AT) neo.rr.com to secure your spot.
--- Writing Contest Judged by Your Peers ---
All entries will be posted on the wall outside of the conference rooms at the start of the day. Instructions for casting votes will be included in each member’s welcome packet. All votes will be tallied and the winners will be announced at the close of the day. Winners must be present to win.
1st Place: Full Paid registration for Road Trip 7*
2nd Place: Half Paid registration for Road Trip 7*
3rd Place: $15 Gift Card
1. Only paid Road Trip attendees may enter.
2. All entries must be received by October 1, 2018.
3. Entries must be sent as an email attachment as either a Word document or PDF.
4. Your entry must be a complete work on one, easy-to-read, 8.5” x 11” page.
5. Put the title at the top of the page; DO NOT put your name on the entry.
For official rules, additional directions, and other notices click here.
|"I am so grateful for my Area 1 friends. Whenever I need a boost to keep me going, they are a meeting, email, or Facebook Post away. I attended the WRT the past two years and can't say enough about how well-organized, valuable, and interesting this mini-conference is. I am going to be a published author of a novella (a Rosette) due to pitching my story to Melanie Billings, the editor at this [past] year's conference. She has helped me so much in this publishing process, which is brand new to me. I owe a lot of my courage to even put my work out there to Area 1 writers and the Fellowship of the Quill. This is the first that I'm sharing this news with anyone besides my family members and a few friends; I wanted to go through the motions before announcing. It's a small step into the publishing world, but one I never would have tried if not for this group and Pennwriters as a whole. I have grown so much as a writer since attending my first conference in Pittsburgh in 2013. Not only am I a member of this great organization, but I am also a superfan! Go Pennwriters!" ~Donna Snyder-Lucas|
|"In 2012, Area 1 launched the very first one-day mini-conference, under the expert and determined guidance of Todd Main. The event is called A Writer's Road Trip, and it continues to get bigger and better heading into its fifth year. Todd and his team of volunteers hope to inspire similar events across all Pennwriters Areas, so members can get an idea, locally and at an affordable cost, of what to expect from attending the Annual 3-Day Conference. I was lucky enough to attend A Writer's Roadtrip in October of 2017, it was well worth the trip.." ~Hilary Hauck, Pennwriters President
|"At the Pennwriters Road Trip one-day conference, I took Deborah Riley-Magnus workshop. She talked about joining Facebook groups and posting on them to gain followers for your book. I joined several groups and started posting regularly. The head of one of the groups contacted me to write for his web page. He was so impressed with my writing he asked me to write a piece for his book and gave me access to his social media pages to post inspirational quotes. Deborah's advice helped build my platform and promote my writing." ~ Aimee Eddy Gross
If you’re ready, you can sign up using the button below (registration takes place on the main, Pennwriters, Inc. website). Or click the More button to continue learning more about the Writer's Road Trip.