3rd Annual Wilmington Writers Conference: Exploring Place

July 27, 2019 @ 8:30 am – 4:00 pm
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
$30 general public | $20 senior citizens and Museum Members | $15 students with ID | $15 optional boxed lunch | $15 optional WWC Tote Bag

Online registration are closed. Walk up registrations will be accepted on the day of the conference.

Join us for the 3rd annual Wilmington Writers Conference at the Delaware Art Museum. Drawing on the Museum’s place-centric summer exhibitions, this full-day conference will include a keynote presentation and craft talk by playwright and educator Erlina Ortiz, breakout sessions taught by area writers, networking, and a panel on how to maintain a writing life. The conference is open to individuals of all ages and experience levels—from first-time writers to published authors. Check back for more information, including detailed descriptions of the sessions. Registration opens May 28.

Writers Gathering & Open Mic: Friday, July 26, 2019 | 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Ticketed Conference: Saturday, July 27,  2019 | 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.


Event Location
8:30 – 9:15 Registration and complimentary coffee provided by The Happy Self-Publisher Fusco Main Hall
9:30 – 10:15 Keynote address by Erlina Ortiz DuPont Auditorium
10:30 – 12:00 Morning Sessions Check Listings
12:00 – 1:00 Lunch

Meet and Greet with Erlina Ortiz

Thronson Café /East Court

Museum Store

1:15 – 2:45 Afternoon sessions Check Listings
3:00 – 3:45 Panel: Writing While Working DuPont Auditorium
4:00 – 5:00 Networking Happy Hour East Court

Writers Gathering & Open Mic

All writers regardless of conference attendance are invited to the Museum on Friday July 26 from 6 – 8 p.m. to network and mingle with other local writers and conference attendees. Hang out at the conversation tables to chat about your latest project or bring a short work to read at the mini open mic. Registration encouraged but not required. Cash bar and light fare available for purchase.

Conference Sessions

Erlina Ortiz—Keynote Session: The Power of Community and Using Your Powers for Good
JoAnn Balingit—Watershed: Personal Landmarks in Public Conversation for Poetry & Prose
Saliym Cooper —Out of My Mind, Just in Time
Tara Elliott—More than Meets the Eye: Developing Imagery through Brain Studies
Lois Hoffman—Building Your Writing Platform
Gemelle John—Unsafe Journeys: Internalizing the Exquisite Corpse
Carrie Knowles—When Place Becomes a Character How Do You Give it a Voice?
Maureen McVeigh—Where Have You Been All Your Life: A Travel Writing Workshop
Devon Miller-Duggan—Stepping Over the Frame: Ekphrasis as Journey into Edward Loper’s Paintings
Ann Quinn—Artifact as Muse: Using the Things We Share to Bring Nonfiction and Poetry to Life
Kim Roberts & Dan Vera—Claiming History: Writing Cliophrastic Poems
Nancy Sakaduski—The Local Connection: Using Sense of Place to Attract Readers, Agents, and Publishers

Click here to download presenter bios and session descriptions.


Writing While Working

Three writers, who have all balanced various aspects of adult-life (working full time, being a parent, cobbling together part-time gigs, etc.), will engage in frank discussion about the pitfalls and peaks of achieving your writing goals while navigating life.  Panelists include David P. Kozinski, Chet’la Sebree, and Mara Gorman. Moderator: Molly Giordano.


This year, by popular demand, we are offering branded totes for attendees! Consider adding a logo tote to your order when you register. There will be a limited number available for purchase on the day of the conference—pre-order highly recommended.


Sponsored by Rosemont College MFA and The Happy Self-Publisher.