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Friday, November 8

6:00pm EST

Intro to NaNoWriMo & Flash Fiction Challenge
National Novel Writing Month is an annual event designed to push both original fiction and fanfic writers past their doubts and all the way to a goal of 50,000 words in 30 days. Learn how to tackle the dreaded writer's block and try your hand at some wacky writing prompts to get your imagination going!

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Katrina S. Forest

Author/Panelist, Forest Fanfics
Katrina S. Forest is a Clarion West alumna and a member of SFWA. She runs the recently re-launched Urban Fantasy Magazine and released her first middle grade book, My Best Friend Runs Venus, this June. You can learn more about her work at KatrinaSForest.com.

Friday November 8, 2019 6:00pm - 7:00pm EST
Plaza III Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

10:00pm EST

Workshop: Plot Planning with StoryForge and Tarot Cards ~ 90 Minutes
How do you go from story idea to outline? What motivates your characters? Who are their antagonists? Discover how to use StoryForge cards and classic Tarot layouts to build a bridge from vague concept to finished narrative.


D.L. Carter

D.L. Carter was decanted from her incubation pod in the outback of Australia many decades ago. This terrifying event was closely followed by shrieks of "there, there it goes. Hit it with a brick!" These valiant attempts to correct the existence of D.L. were, unfortunately, unsuccessful... Read More →

Friday November 8, 2019 10:00pm - 11:30pm EST
Plaza IV Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002
Saturday, November 9

10:00am EST

Workshop: Performing a Reading
You may write the best dialogue, descriptions, or sentences ever to see print, but the art of presenting your work orally presents a different set of challenges. Let's go over what they are, and how to overcome them.

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Gordon Linzner

Gordon Linzner is the author of three published novels and dozens of short stories, former publisher and editor in chief of the oldest extant small press science fiction magazine, SPACE AND TIME. He is also a copy editor, New York City tour guide, story teller, sound technician, and... Read More →

Saturday November 9, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am EST
Plaza V Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

10:00am EST

Writer's Workshop
Feedback sessions for those who submitted work for critique by our panel of pros. Missed this year's deadline? Visit Philcon.org for information about submitting next year!

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Ty Drago

Editor, Publisher, Allegory
Since 1998, Ty has served as publisher and managing editor of ALLEGORY, an e-zine publishing quality science fiction, fantasy, and horror from new and established authors worldwide. He is also the author of nine published novels, has appeared in two anthologies, and has sold numerous... Read More →
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Oz Drummond

Oz Drummond writes linked short stories in science fiction and fantasy universes. She has been in Analog and reprinted in Russian by IF. She's also the Comptroller for the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA).

Gregory Frost

GREGORY FROST is the award-winning author of eight novels (including SHADOWBRIDGE, LORD TOPHET, FITCHER'S BRIDES) and sixty-plus short works of the fantastic, including dark thrillers, historical fantasy and science fiction. His Asimov's collaboration, with Philadelphia author Michael... Read More →

Dina Leacock

Diane Arrelle, the pen name of South Jersey writer Dina Leacock, has sold more than 250 short stories and has three published books including Just A Drop In The Cup, a collection of short-short stories and her newest collection of horror stories, Seasons On The Dark Side, . She... Read More →

Darrell Schweitzer

Darrell Schweitzer's books include three novels, THE WHITE ISLE, THE SHATTERED GODDESS, THE MASK OF THE SORCERER, and THE DRAGON HOUSE, plus nine short-story collections, the most recent of which is a volume of Lovecraftian stories, AWAITING STRANGE GODS, published by Fedogan & Bremer... Read More →

Saturday November 9, 2019 10:00am - 12:00pm EST
Executive Suite 623 Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

7:00pm EST

Workshop: Getting Real About Fantasy Writing
Bring your stories! This workshop will focus on writers reading from their work, and getting feedback about what elements are strong and how others might be improved.

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Charles Barouch

Author and Publisher, HDWP Books
Charles Barouch has been writing professionally as a journalist since the late 80's. He's also a fiction writer, a technologist, and a professional editor. You can find his available works at: http://hdwp.com/r/cdb/

Ann Stolinsky

Partner, Gemini Wordsmiths
Ann Stolinsky is a Pennsylvania-based word and game expert. She is the founder and owner of Gontza Games, an independent board and card game company. Two of her children's card games are currently in the marketplace: “Pass the Grogger!”; and “Christmas Cards.” Her website... Read More →

Saturday November 9, 2019 7:00pm - 9:00pm EST
Executive Suite 623 Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002
Sunday, November 10

10:00am EST

Workshop: How To Give an Interview
Once you've reached a certain level of success as a writer, editor or expert in a field, you ought to be prepared for journalist interviews. After all, the better you can present yourself and your work, the more likely you are to receive future publicity!

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Randee Dawn

Writer, Armchair News
Entertainment journalist and author Randee Dawn is based in Brooklyn, but has never said “fugghedaboudit.” Her articles can be found in Variety, The Los Angeles Times and Emmy Magazine. Her darker, sometimes funnier fiction has been published in anthologies including Children... Read More →

Sunday November 10, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am EST
Plaza IV Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002