#9: Top Ten Reasons to Attend the 2010 Pennwriters Conference

#9… Dinner with a Bestselling Author

Registration for the 2010 Pennwriters Conference, May 14 – 16 in Lancaster, PA, opened January 11, 2010, and with apologies to a certain late night host, we’d like to present the top ten reasons to attend this year’s conference – in reverse order, of course.

The #9 reason to attend the 2010 Pennwriters Conference: Dinner with a Bestselling Author.

We’re pleased to welcome James Rollins – bestselling author of science-adventure thrillers, a movie novelization, and a newly launched series of young adult thrillers – as our dinner keynote on May 13. Jim’s first novel, Subterranean, was published in 1999 by Harper and will be rereleased in 2010. To date, he has six individual thrillers, six books in the Sigma Force series, a movie novelization of Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, and a thriller for young adults to his name.

Jim’s presentation Friday night will focus on his 10 years in the publishing industry and the changes he’s seen. Visit his website at www.jamesrollins.com or stop by Jonathan Maberry’s big scary blog to see why we think he’ll be a fantastic keynote for the 2010 conference. If you’re on Twitter, definitely sign on to follow Jim and follow Jonathan. Not only does Jim tweet about his writing, he also forwards lots of interesting articles and web sites that catch his writer’s imagination.

We’ve reserved the hotel’s courtyard for the evening and dinner entrees include a choice of New York strip steak, chicken Chardonnay, or a vegetarian Chef’s choice, plus appetizer, salad, and dessert. Jim’s presentation will be followed by a Q&A and book signing. Tickets for the dinner are not included in the base price of the conference (but we’re happy to be able to offer the same member price that we had in 2009): $49 members, $65 nonmembers.

In Addition…
Barbara Lalicki, senior vice president and editorial director at HarperCollins Children’s Books, edits James Rollins’ young adult books and will be attending the 2010 conference. (She has also worked with children’s authors Beverly Cleary and Dan Gutman.) Barbara plans to lead a workshop, hear pitches, and take part in our Friday night read and critiques.

To learn more, visit www.pennwriters.com, follow us on Twitter, or become our fan on Facebook.

Stay tuned for #8……


2010 Pennwriters Conference – The Writer’s Craft
May 14 – 16, 2010
Eden Resort, Lancaster, PA
Ayleen Stellhorn, Pennwriters 2010 Conference Coordinator
ayleen [at] embarqmail [dot] com


2 responses to “#9: Top Ten Reasons to Attend the 2010 Pennwriters Conference

  1. I find the pen conference very useful for our organizational setting up.My concern is we are very new and located in Philippines;how could we possibly attend the conference?How much would we be spending?in case we can find somebody to sponsor our travel.

  2. Hi Yolanda,

    Thanks for your interest! I understand your concerns about the cost of travel. I’ll be flying to Pennsylvania from Seattle, Washington, and tickets are expensive.

    You can learn about the pricing for the Pennwriters Conference here: http://tinyurl.com/6bs7pp

    You can learn about the Eden Resort Hotel (where we will hold the conference) here:

    Just let us know if you have other questions!


    Jade Blackwater

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