By John Ostapkovich
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The 64th edition of the Philadelphia Writers’ Conference is this weekend at the Holdiay Inn, 4th and Arch.
The conference is a mix of old and new, according to board member Larry Atkins. As usual, there are sessions with editors and agents, seminars on novel-writing and non-fiction books, but also new items on the expanding field of flash fiction for the web. There will also be an opportunity to hear from successful wordsmiths.
“This year we have Sonia Sanchez who was recently named as the first poet laureate of Philadelphia,” Atkins said. “She’s a very esteemed poet. She’s written many books on poetry and other topics, and also Jonathan Mayberry who has been dubbed the next Steven King.”
Atkins says one of the main advantages of the conference in writer-to-writer, everything from experienced ones mentoring newbies to breaking writers block with someone else as a sounding board.
Online registration is closed and the deadline for by-mail is Wednesday, but Atkins says it’s easy to get the job done as a walk-in.