Top Five Resources for Writers in the Philadelphia Area:
- Philadelphia Regional National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). Hundreds of writers across the city have gather (in person and online) each November for National Novel Writing Month. This international event calls writers to dedicated themselves to the goal of writing 50,000 words of a novel during the 30 days of November. Founded in 1999 in the Bay Area, NaNoWriMo has been active in Philadelphia for over seven years. This event is great for writers not only to be productive and get the story down on paper (or laptop) but also is the largest convener of writers of all stripes in the Philadelphia area. Link to Philly regional Nanowrimo here, and their Facebook page (“Philly Wrimos”) here.
- The Philadelphia Free Writers Association. Yes, we’re listing ourselves for now, in a shameless plug of self promotion. We comb the internet and local periodicals for events of interest to writers and collate them in our community calendar. Additionally, we offer programming several times a year to answer the needs of the writing community, including the annual Fan Fiction Initiative, which has its dedicated resources page here. Have an idea for an event or talk? Let us know via email or stopping by one of our Town Hall Meetings.
- The Philadelphia Free Library System. With over fifty branches serving Philadelphia, the historical Free Library system not only offers books for aspiring writers, but also hosts literary groups (the Mad Poets Society,) job fairs, resume building workshops, and author book signings/readings. The Central Branch located on Vine street has the most space for programming and is the location of the most auspicious author events, but other branches have varied programming as well. Their website is located at www.freelibrary.org.
- The Kelly Writers House. The University of Pennsylvania’s well-funded yet intimate venue not only houses student writers but also hosts programming multiple times a week that is almost always free and open to the public. Want to rub elbows with Pulitzer Prize winning authors? Ask a question to the screen writer of an Emmy award winning television show? Do it for free at the KWH. Note: Some programs request an RSVP for headcount of post-event refreshments. Their website is here.
- Writers Circles. There are several that cycle in activity. The William Way Center has a monthly Queer Writers meet up. The Apiary regularly hosts literary events. Meetup.com also has writer’s groups that come and go. We try to pull regular events from as many writers groups as possible to put onto our community calendar.
More resources to come as we collect them.
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