Pennwriters Online Course

Our next online class starts October 1, 2014

Characters, Clues & Creativity

Instructor: Catherine E. McLean



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Welcome to Pennwriters

The Mission of Pennwriters Inc. is to help writers of all levels,

from the novice to the award-winning and multi-published, improve and succeed in their craft.

Pennwriters is a sharing family of hundreds of authors, editors, and
booksellers. Originally started in Pennsylvania, its membership now
spans the United States and around the world. Our members come from
all walks of life and write in all genres and forms. Pennwriters mission
is to help writers of all levels--from the novice to the award-winning
and multi-published--improve and succeed in their craft.

How does Pennwriters provide this service?
Through critique groups, local area workshops and meetings, online courses,
list servs, social networking groups, and of course, our annual conference.
Explore our site to learn more.

New Website Coming!  We are currently in the process of redesigning the
look, feel, and functionality of our site.  Please check back often for updates.

Area 1 Mini Conference

Saturday, Oct. 18,  2014

Tom Environmnetal Center

301 Peninsula Dr. #1, Erie, PA 16505


Get motivated and supported. Begin a new chapter for yourself.

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Next Pennwriters Online Class October 1-31, 2014

Instructor: Catherine E. McLean


Characters make a story but getting to know them isn't easy. This enlightening, hands-on workshop will teach novice and intermediate writers how to look for, understand, and utilize clues given by the creative imagination. Decoding and unencrypting those clues leads to "story people" that readers will delight in.






The 2015 conference "Building Bridges" will be held at the Pittsburgh Airport Marriott on Friday, May 15, through Sunday, May 17, with Thursday pre-conference intensives on May 14.


The Friday keynote is Ridley Pearson, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of more than 48 novels, divided almost equally between adult suspense and young adult adventure. Over the years, his work has been published in two dozen languages and has been adapted by network television and for the Broadway stage. Right now he is set to tour for his latest YA final Kingdom Keepers novel – The Insider. He also has a Risk Agent Novel coming out in June called the Red Room. His website is

The Saturday luncheon speaker is Don Helin, a Pennwriter for ten years and the author of Thy Kingdom Come, Devil’s Den, and Secret Assault.

Thursday intensive speakers include Jessica Morrell, Hank Phillipi Ryan, and Pennwriters Bobbi Carducci and Susan Meier.



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