Cahn to deliver keynote address at conference

Lu­Ann Cahn, award-win­ning tele­vi­sion journ­al­ist, au­thor and breast can­cer sur­viv­or, will de­liv­er the key­note speech at the 66th an­nu­al Phil­adelphia Writers’ Con­fer­ence. The event will be held from June 6 to 8 at the Wyndham Hotel, Fourth and Arch streets.

Cahn wrote the in­spir­a­tion­al mem­oir I Dare Me, which grew out of her blog One Year of Firsts chron­ic­ling the vet­er­an journ­al­ist, moth­er and can­cer sur­viv­or’s ad­ven­tures as she pushed her­self to try something new every day for a year. She em­barked on this ad­ven­ture while con­tinu­ing to work full time.

In ad­di­tion, the open­ing ses­sion speak­er will be au­thor Wil­li­am Lasher, cre­at­or of the New York Times best­selling mys­tery nov­els fea­tur­ing the com­pel­ling char­ac­ter Vic­tor Carl. Un­der the pen name Tyler Knox, Lasher has also writ­ten the ac­claimed nov­el Kock­roach and nu­mer­ous book re­views for Wash­ing­ton Post Book World. 

The con­fer­ence fea­tures sev­er­al three-day work­shops with top­ics in­clud­ing po­etry, mem­oir, nov­el, journ­al­ism, hu­mor, screen­writ­ing, short story and non­fic­tion, along with nu­mer­ous ad­di­tion­al sem­inars presen­ted by lead­ing fig­ures in the in­dustry. Par­ti­cipants will have the op­por­tun­ity to meet book agents and ed­it­ors, and take part in a “so­cial me­dia boot camp.” There will be manuscript raps, new manuscript con­tests, a writers re­source table, book fair, awards ban­quet and buf­fet din­ner.

The con­fer­ence typ­ic­ally draws 150 to 200 par­ti­cipants from the Phil­adelphia area and across the coun­try. Be­gin­ners and ex­per­i­enced writers are equally wel­come. The cost is $240, not in­clud­ing the op­tion­al Fri­day buf­fet and Sat­urday ban­quet. In­tens­ive two-day mas­ter classes are avail­able for an ad­di­tion­al $50 fee. To re­gister, vis­it­ or email to info@pw­ Those without web ac­cess may write to re­gis­trar Jim Knipp at 624 Hunter St., Gloucester City, NJ 08030. ••

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