March 22 - 23, 2013 - Allentown, PA



Conference at a Glance

2013 Write Stuff Conference is now OPEN

General registration begins January 20th.
(Member registration begins January 15th.)

Registration cut-off date is March 9, 2013
or until hotel's maximum capacity has been filled,
whichever is reached first

See conference and pre-conference schedule BELOW.
Get a 2013 room map

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Pre-Conference Workshops:
Thursday and Friday, March 21 – 22
Friday evening and Saturday, March 22 – 23  

Days Hotel (formerly the Four Points Sheraton) in Allentown, PA


Conference fees includes Friday night sessions and Welcome Reception; Saturday sessions, continental breakfast and lunch on Saturday. (Preconference workshops require an additional fee.)

  Up to February 22nd (Early Bird Registration)

·         Conference – Members and Students: $110

·         Conference – Non-members: $130

·         Conference with membership renewal:  $140

·         Conference with new membership:  $150

  After February 22nd

·         Conference – Members, Students and  Non-members: $145

·         Conference with membership renewal:  $165

·         Conference with new membership:  $175

Pre-Conference Workshops

·         Thursday: full-day Character Intensive with Juilene Osborne McKnight:  $100
(includes morning coffee/tea, box lunch with beverage)

·         Friday morning: The Traditional Publishing Path with Jane Friedman:  $40
(includes morning coffee/tea, box lunch with beverage)

·         Friday afternoon: The Basics of Independent E-Book Publishing with Jane Friedman:  $30 

·         Friday afternoon: Mastering the Art of Self-Editing with Ramona DeFelice-Long:  $30 


Directions to the Conference

Staying overnight?
Reservations: 610-266-1000.
If you call before February 20th, mention you are attending The Write Stuff to receive a discounted room rate of $85. Other nearby lodging.

How to register
Before registering please read and understand. Conference Registration Policies.)
Members will receive registration forms by mail. Download separate conference and pre-conference registration forms by clicking on "Join Us" on the left menu. You may pay by Paypal, or by mailing the forms with checks in the appropriate amounts to: 

Write Stuff 2013 Registration
P.O. Box 454
Pipersville, PA 18947 

Tip: Some conference events—including the Friday night Page Cuts sessions, the Saturday “Hard Truths” double-session, and individual appointment with agents and editors—have limited enrollment. Register early to reserve a place

Conference & Pre-Conference Schedule
Where to find Your Session:
Room Map and Schedule 

THURSDAY  MARCH 21 - Pre-Conference
8:30 a.m. to
5:00 p.m.

Character Intensive
Full Day Workshop
Juilene Osborne-McKnight

You yourself are a character, an archetype embodied in the story you are telling yourself.   Humans seem to come wired for story and most human interactions include a component of story.  So why, if story is natural, do we seem to have such  difficulty in allowing our characters to tell their own stories.

This character intensive will  use a series of techniques to allow us to "see" our characters in action, "hear" their dialogue, and most importantly, understand their archetypes and allow them to achieve or transcend those archetypes.  We will use published examples, prompts and exercises throughout the workshop.

Students who wish to are also asked to bring with them four copies of a scene from a current piece of their own fiction (short or long)  that they consider pivotal to character development.

(Includes morning coffee/tea and box lunch)


This workshop is NOT included in the Write Stuff conference price. A separate $100 fee is required for this workshop. Workshops and conference require separate registration forms, or you may sign up for both using PayPal. See conference registration page for details.

GLVWG reserves the right to cancel advance registration workshops that do not fill. In the event of cancellation, your check will be returned.


The Writer’s Café, Conference Edition
Moderator: Bart Palamaro
(Salon C)

Typically an informal gathering held the second Wednesday of the month at Wegmans in Bethlehem, all conference attendees are invited to this special conference edition of the Writer's Cafe to network, ask questions, and share tips. Feel free to bring your pitch for extra practice.
FRIDAY MARCH 22 - Pre Conference continued
8:30 a.m. to
12:30 noon


The Traditional Publishing Path
Jane Friedman

Get all the basics on how to get your book traditionally published, including how to research markets, write query letters, and contact agents. Learn what it takes to capture the attention of a New York publisher, plus what expectations you should have when dealing with anyone inside the publishing industry. Topics discussed include:

Understanding the Industry. Learn the landscape of the commercial publishing industry and what makes a project commercially viable for a Big Six New York publisher. If you don't have a commercially viable work, other options will be discussed, including small presses and university presses.

Resources & Research.
Find out the best resources—both free and paid—for researching agents and publishers, as well as industry professionals. Learn how to spot scams and evaluate new resources and services that are frequently offered to writers in their quest to publish.

The Query, Pitch, and Proposal Process.
If you've written your query like a pro, then you should be getting requests for your manuscript (or proposal) at least 50% of the time. Learn the 5 key elements of every query, how to build a compelling novel hook, and how to avoid the problems that plague (and sabotage) queries as well as live pitches. Book proposal packages (for novels, memoir, and nonfiction) will also be covered.

Working With Editors, Agents, and Publishers. How do you know if you have a good agent? How do you know if you have a good contract? How do you know if you have a good publisher? Industry standards and expectations will be outlined, as well as how not only to be an excellent first-time author, but a strong career author. Critical commercial aspects of the business will also be covered: marketing & promotion plans, author responsibilities for online marketing, hiring freelance editors or publicists, and more. Knowing what to expect in advance will make you smarter and savvier when heading into first-book deal territory.

(Includes coffee/tea and box lunch)

This workshop is NOT included in the Write Stuff conference price. A separate $40 fee is required for this workshop. Workshops and conference require separate registration forms, or you may sign up for both using PayPal. See conference registration page for details.
1:30 p.m. to
4:30 p.m.

 Mastering the Art of Self-Editing
with Ramona DeFelice-Long

This workshop is for novelists and short story artists seeking how to view, and review, their work with a sharp and critical eye. A hands-on approach will share revision skills and strategies to strengthen craft, style, and technique in a completed draft or work in progress. Specific topics will include a range of macro and micro areas such as active vs. passive writing; characters and consistency; scene goals and evaluation; backstory; effective word choices; recognizing writerly habits; and common style and syntax errors. The workshop goal is to learn how to create clean, economical, submission-ready copy. Participants should bring a chapter or 10 pages of a work in progress for exercises.

This workshop is NOT included in the Write Stuff conference price. A separate $30 fee is required for this workshop. Workshops and conference require separate registration forms, or you may sign up for both using PayPal. See conference registration page for details.
2:00 p.m. to
5:00 p.m.

The Basics of Independent E-Book Publishing
Jane Friedman

There are more options than ever to distribute your work and make it available to readers, without assistance or approval from a publisher. New online services offer one-click publishing capabilities, at no cost to you, and sophisticated paid packages are also available. Get an unbiased, insider look at the e-book publishing scene, when you should do it, and—if you do—how to be effective in your efforts, without damaging your credibility or investing more money than you should. Learn what services are available to distribute your e-book, plus what you can expect from these services, and how they turn a profit.

This workshop is NOT included in the Write Stuff conference price. A separate $30 fee is required for this workshop. Workshops and conference require separate registration forms, or you may sign up for both using PayPal. See conference registration page for details.
6:00 p.m. Registration for the Conference Begins.
Pick up your registration materials at the table outside Salon A.
6:30 to
8:30 p.m

Page Cuts 

Advance registration necessary; sessions fill quickly. Page Cuts critique sessions are optional and included in the conference price. Participants will be assigned to a room headed by a team of publishing professionals who have been asked to provide off-the-cuff feedback. Your work will be read aloud by a room moderator and commented upon by our panelists.  No names will be used. Opinions of workshop panelists are theirs alone and do not represent the opinions of GLVWG.

Limited to 36 readings. Participants who have been informed of their successful enrollment should bring to their session four copies of the first page of a longer work (fiction, creative nonfiction, or memoir) along with four copies of a 100-word overview of the entire work. Copies must be formatted. Double-spaced, 12 pt. “Times” font, 1-inch margins, Title & Genre at top of page. No names please. Print to start at the top of the page.

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7:00 to
8:00 p.m.

"Hook or Elevator Pitch:
Grabbing an Editor’s Attention in 10 Seconds or Less"

(Open Seating)

This session will also discuss the benefits of having a good elevator pitch even if you self-publish. This will be hands-on, so here is your opportunity to bring your best query hook/elevator pitch (25-100 words along to share. AND plan to work on a perfect pitch for your current WIP, fiction or non-fiction.

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8:30 to
10:00 p.m.

Welcome Reception (Open Seating)

Join us for hors d’oeuvres, cash bar, and the chance to network with agents, editors, presenters, and other conferees. Dress is business casual.

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7:30 to
8:30 a.m.

Registration (Outside Salon C) 
and Continental Breakfast (Ballroom)

8:30 to
8:40 a.m.

Welcome and Announcements

8:50 to
9:40 a.m.

Concurrent Workshops (Open Seating unless otherwise indicated)

The Villain’s Journey: Writing Compelling and Believable VillainsDon Helin

Villains have to be strong and unique, not just your round-of-the-mill bad guys.  And they have to be motivated to do what they do.  Learn how to make your villain catch your reader's imagination and keep it throughout your novel.

13 Things to Think About When Writing for YA/TweensJon Gibbs 

There’s more to writing for the middle grade/young adult market than just making your characters the appropriate age. What topics interest YA/Tween readers today? Should you write in first person or third? What level of vocabulary should you use? Which (if any) topics or situations are considered off-limits by traditional publishers? Join New Jersey author, Jon Gibbs, for a fun, informative presentation on what to keep in mind when writing for the YA/Tween market.

Agents Panel

Literary agents Julia Bannon (L. Perkins Agency), Emily Gref (Lowenstein Associates), Jita Fumich (Folio Literary Management), Emily Keyes (L. Perkins Agency), and Sara D'Emic (Talcott Notch Literary) will share insights, guidelines, and ideas for writers. These agents will meet with participants to hear pre-scheduled pitches throughout the day.

Hard TruthsRamona DeFelice Long

This session lasts until 10:40 and is limited to 15 people. Pre-registration is required.

Hard Truths will look at writing memoir and creative nonfiction pieces from real life experiences. This double workshop will examine the differences and similarities between these two popular and marketable genres. The memoir portion will focus on guidelines for writing with fairness and balance about your personal experiences. The creative non-fiction portion will examine how basic storytelling skills can be used to turn real events into essays and articles that both inspire and inform.

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9:50 to
10:40 a.m.

Concurrent Workshops (Open Seating unless otherwise indicated)

Reclaiming Poetry: The Art of Extreme ConcentrationLee Upton

At some time in their lives most writers have at least experimented with writing poetry. The fiction writer Cynthia Ozick argues that serious writers always have done field work in poetry:  “Writers who are artists either write poetry or have written poetry.”  In this session Lee Upton will introduce and discuss a set of exercises for both seasoned poets and those writers who are only now seeking to reclaim poetry for themselves.  What all the exercises have in common:  they sharpen two of a writer’s most important capacities:  the ability to concentrate intensively and to develop self-trust.

Snark & SuspenseBonnie Calhoun

Are you looking for your voice? Do you have a snappy wit or are you an introvert when it comes to engaging conversation? Are your characters an extension of you . . . or the ‘you’ that you would like to be? Come learn how to create that timing in conversation, and how to build that element in to a suspense situation to keep them coming back for more

Platform 101: A Definition and A Life Philosophy Jane Friedman

Writers are often scared or baffled by platform because it’s seen as a marketing and promotion mindset—antithetical to the artist mindset. However, there is a way to approach platform that isn’t about selling, but rather understanding human behavior (including your own!).

Hard Truths

Continuation of memoir and creative nonfiction double-session with Ramona DeFelice-Long. Limited to 15. Pre-registration required.

Concurrent agent and editor appointments

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10:40 to 11:00 a.m.


11:00 to
11:50 a.m.

Concurrent Workshops (Open Seating unless otherwise indicated)

How Fast Can a Novel Run: The Art of PacingDon Helin

Your novel should start fast and keep moving. In this interactive workshop, you'll find the secret of structuring a novel that will keep your readers awake at night and coming back for more.

CIA 101: Investigative Techniques from the TrenchesJeanette Windle

Learn the investigative techniques by which political/suspense novelist Jeanette Windle has created fiction realistic enough for government agencies to question whether she obtained classified information.

Writer’s ToolboxCarol Wedeven

Discover how to write with power and punch—manuscripts which no reader or editor can resist. Edit out tongue twisters; choose high-power words; use poetic devices; write for picture; apply principles of art and elements of design; do this, not that; show, don’t tell; and explore your creativity. Come for fun, interaction, exercises and handouts.


Romancing the IRSJean C. Gordon

Is it deductible? That's generally the big question when it comes to income taxes. But there's more to income taxes and planning than deductions. Jean C. Gordon, Certified Financial Planner®, will give you the basic tax information all writers should know and answer questions you may have.

Concurrent agent and editor appointments

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12:00 to
1:30 p.m.

Lunch, Keynote
"The Future of Authorship"

Jane Friedman

 According to publishing futurists, we are now experiencing the late age of print. Publishers are beginning to see the print book as the last stage of author development, rather than the first step. A new model is emerging for stories and content distribution, with publishers and authors experimenting with mobile apps, podcasts and multimedia approaches. This talk discusses the changes underway, what innovations are coming, and how writers can adapt no matter what the future holds.

1:40 to
2:30 p.m.

Concurrent Workshops (Open Seating)

The Size and Shape of Short StoriesRamona DeFelice-Long

A person, a place, and a problem—these are the three key ingredients necessary to write short fiction. Whether you aim to write a novella, a traditional short story, a short short, a flash, or a micro piece, learning how to hone in on the three keys and fit it into the right size is the goal of this workshop. We’ll also look at the many print and online resources for selling short fiction.

Recognize and Embrace Your Narrative VoiceJon Gibbs

Writing stories is a bit like telling jokes, how well they’re received depends a lot on how you tell ‘em. Sure, characters do all the talking, but the biggest voice a reader ‘hears’ comes from the narrator. Join New Jersey author, Jon Gibbs, for a fun, informative workshop on how to recognize and embrace your narrative voice.  PLEASE NOTE: This is a 'hands on' session. Attendees need to bring the first ten pages of a finished manuscript or current WiP.

Platform 201: The Six Key ComponentsJane Friedman

No two author platforms are the same. They grow out of your strengths and the unique qualities of your personality and voice. However, it is useful to evaluate your platform by paying attention to 6 key components: your website (hub), your overall online presence (spokes), your writing or content, your relationships, your network of influence, ad your reach. Learn how publishers evaluate your ability to market and promote based on these components.

Through The Eyes of a ChildCarol Wedeven

Experience and understand your reader inside and out by seeing through her eyes, hearing through his ears, being in touch with their feelings, and walking in their Reeboks. Rediscover the child in you and aim at writing to give the your reader the ‘me too’ connection, identifying with you—from your heart to his. If you understand the heart of the child, you will write to that heart and hook your reader.

Concurrent agent and editor appointments

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2:40 to
3:30 p.m.

Concurrent Workshops (Open Seating)

What’s Next: A Dozen Ways to Keep Inspiration AliveLee Upton

How can we maintain and even heighten our momentum after the conference ends?  Lee Upton offers suggestions for ways to deepen our commitment to writing; to reject the sting of rejection; to sharpen our craft; and, finally, to honor—and possibly extend—the range of our imaginations.

Look Who's Talking NowBonnie Calhoun

Dialogue is nothing more than having a conversation. How hard can that be? Let’s discuss the seven common mistakes we usually make writing dialogue, and learn how to avoid them. And we’ll learn how to use dialogue to tighten or release scene tension at will and help in building characters.

Gone in 60 Minutes Synopsis Workshop Jean C. Gordon

A hands-on synopsis writing exercise that can turn your idea into a fully developed story. Bring paper and pen. We’re going to work!  (developed for romance novels, but can be used for other genre).

Concurrent agent and editor appointments

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3:30 to
5:00 p.m.


  • Refreshments

  • Book Fair**

  • Contest Winners

  • Door Prizes

  • Conference closes

**Published GLVWG members are eligible to participate in the book fair, but space is limited. Please contact book fair coordinator Jerry Waxler to reserve a spot by March 6, 2013.

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