Event Schedule

Workshops Time

Poetry Writing Workshop

Prepare to surprise yourself. This one-hour workshop will lead you through a process to help you get out of your own way and take you to what you didn’t know you knew. Bring notebook or paper and pen or pencil, and get ready to focus in, leave behind certainties, and let your poem begin. 

10 - 11 A.M.

Publishing with Literary Journals & Small Presses 

Publishing is a goal of most writers. But the competition to get into the better literary journals is keen, and the odds of landing a book deal are slimmer still. During this hour, we’ll discuss the joys and pitfalls of small-press publishing—along with strategies for navigating the sometimes quirky and continually evolving literary landscape. Curtis Smith will briefly share his experiences, then open the floor and dedicate the majority of the hour to discussing the audience’s questions. The hour will start with a short reading of Smith's latest story collection, Beasts and Men, just released from Press 53. 

11 A.M. - 12 P.M.

Kidlims with Philadelphia Stories, Jr. 

There once were some kids from PA,
Whose mom said one morning in May,
“There’s a workshop at noon.
Go write! Have fun! Go soon!”
So they went and they rhymed—hurray!

Discover how much fun limericks can be—and submit your best work for possible publication in Philadelphia Stories Jr!

12 - 1 P.M.  
Hoot Literary Review  2 - 3 P.M.
Panel Discussions (Sponsored by Children's Book World) Time 
Young Adult Panel 11 A.M. - 12 P.M. 
"Why Poetry?" Panel (sponsored by Philadelphia Stories). The panelists will discuss how both the poetry adverse and those who love poetry can better engage with this often enigmatic medium. Moderated by Rosemont MFA faculty member Anne Kaier, with Liz Abrams-Morley (Rosemont MFA faculty), Courtney Bambrick (Rosemont MFA alumna and Philadelphia Stories poetry editor) and Marshall Warfield (Drexel University) 11 A.M. - 12 P.M.
Picture Book Panel  1 - 2 P.M. 
Adult Panel  2:30 - 3:30 P.M. 
Readings Time
Carol Fragale Brill 12 - 12:20 P.M. 
Carol Kasser  12:30 - 12:50 P.M.
Susan Lehman 1 - 1:20 P.M.
Jonathan Callahan (Tentative) 1:30 - 1:50 P.M.
Joan Hanna 2 - 2:20 P.M.
Jeff Markovitz (Tentative)  2:30 - 2:50 P.M. 
Nicole Monaghan 3 - 3:30 P.M. 
Melissa & Sara McDemott   3:30 - 3:50 P.M.