Looking Back at 2015, Looking Forward to 2016
Category : from the CAOs desk
We at the PFWA headquarters want to get a big Thank You to all who supported us throughout our second year. We continued our major initiatives and, in response to community desire, began to host writers social and networking events. 2015 began with our National Novel Editing Month event. This year, we scaled back due to an inclement wintery season. Despite the weather, writers still showed up in droves for our Editing Extravaganza event in February, in which the editor of a local micropress gave a morning informational session on editing and the tools to use, and followed it with an engaging afternoon workshop on refocusing manuscripts and preparing for revision.
In March we ran a trial writers networking event. It was successful, with discussion ranging from how to find an editor to the pros and cons of self-publishing. We will continue to host occasional writers’ mixers in 2016.
In April we had our second annual Fan Fiction Initiative, and this year we made leaps and bounds. The event kicked off with an informational session on “What is Fan Fiction and How it is Changing the World.” With our partnership with the regional Camp NaNoWriMo, we jointly hosted ten write-ins during the 30 days for local writers to come out and write.
We broke for the summer and rejoined with Philadelphia Regional National Novel Writing Month in the autumn. During the November of writing madness, we aided in hosting over half of the 50+ NaNoWriMo events in the region.
2015 was a banner year for our programming initiatives with great speakers and educational and stimulating content. In 2016 we will continue with our Big Three programming pushes (NaNoEdMo in the winter, Fan Fiction Initiative in the Spring, and NaNoWriMo in the fall,) and we will host occasional writers’ mixers due to the success of the pilot networking event. Also in the works is updating the resources page for local writers and continuing to add new writers groups to our community calendar.
We thank you all for your support and hope to make 2016 a great year for Philadelphia writers.
Our Most Sincere Gratitude,
Jean and Jesi