Wednesday, July 16, 2008

The Greater Philadelphia Christian Writers Conference

Since 2005, I've attended the Greater Philadelphia Christian Writers' Conference in Langhorne, Pennsylvania. The peaceful campus of Philadelphia Biblical University is the setting for this annual event. It's a golden opportunity to connect with other writers and industry professionals.

Marlene Bagnull, the Director, has a stellar line-up of agents, authors, and editors in celebration of the Conference's 25th anniversary, August 7-9, 2008. James Scott Bell, Lisa Samson, and James Watkins are scheduled to speak at the general meetings. Nine Continuing Sessions feature a range of subjects from marketing to writing a novel people cannot put down. In addition, a choice of individual workshops on the writing craft, marketing, blogging, and the publishing industry round out the class offerings. Editor and agent panels cover such topics as magazines and periodicals, books, writing helps, ask the agents, self-publishing, and will they read on.

As a Christian writer, I've not only found a nurturing community for my skills, but lifelong friendships. When my husband became ill, went to be with the Lord, and I suffered physical problems, they rallied around and supported me in prayer. I've seen the Body of Christ not only in word but in deed.

For more detailed information, visit Marlene's website,, and click on the Philadelphia Conference. If you decide to attend, let me know in the comments section. I'd enjoy meeting you in person.


Annie said...

I would be delighted to attend and to meet you. Sadly, I cannot. Perhaps another conference at another time. Regardless, I'm sure there will be time in heaven :)

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Hi Annie -

I have the same problem with conferences located on the West Coast - too expensive, and too much time off from work.

Thanks to the Internet, we can at least chat on a regular basis. We won't even need an introduction when we get to heaven. :)


Crystal Laine said...

Jim Watkins lives in my neck of the woods and is battling cancer. Do pray for him! He's a good teacher and a good writer and a good friend! God-willing he will be there.

I've heard such great things about Greater Philly--maybe someday.

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Hi Crystal -

We'll be praying for Jim. Thanks for letting me know about his situation.

BTW, I visited your website today. Delightful. I love your sense of humor.

Susan :)