Pennwriters Area 5 June News

Announcing the next Pennwriters Online class!

Camera Angle Matters: Using Point of View and Indirect Characterization to Develop Your Writing.

Next Pennwriters Online Class
June 9th through June 30th, 2014
With instructor:
Val Muller

In this class, participants will examine how point of view can help shape a reader’s reaction to scenes and characters. They will examine techniques in indirect characterization and incorporate the techniques into their own writing. Participants can use a work in progress or create new characters and scenes for this workshop. All participants will receive a free one-chapter critique at the end of the class.

Week 1: Point of View

Week 2:  Indirect Characterization using your main character and first person POV

Week 3:  Indirect Characterization using other characters and third person POV

Week 4:  Putting it all together: using POV and indirect characterization to make your scenes work harder

Cost: $79.00
Register at


Membership Dues

Within the next few weeks, membership renewal notices will be sent out. Dues are due by June 30. Please contact Jess Williams at if you have questions or concerns.


Critique Groups

There are three critique groups listed for our area 5 members. If you are willing to start one in your area, please inform me so that we can provide information to our members.


Pennwriters Conference Wrap-up

I hope everyone had a successful conference. To be in the company of so many gifted writers is truly an honor. I don’t remember the last time I laughed so hard as I did during Saturday night’s impromptu comedic event. It was great seeing old friends and meeting new ones.

Next year’s conference will be held at the Pittsburgh Airport Marriott on May 15 – 17, 2015.  Ridley Pearson, New York Times bestselling author, will be the Friday night keynote speaker, and Don Helin, Author of THY KINGDOM COME, DEVIL’S DEN and SECRET ASSAULT will be the Saturday afternoon keynote speaker.  Save the date.

Here are some highlights from the conference:

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Enjoy Yolanda Renee’s new book trailer, Murder, Madness and Love:


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