Writers in Pittsburgh are going to be busy this fall. There are tons of events for writers in this city! There are new books releases, new bookstores opening, at least two conferences with agents, and of course NaNoWriMo 2016!
Let’s start with an announcement that Kate Dopirak‘s first book You’re My Boo hit shelves this week. This book is perfect for parents of little ones who keep it interesting! Writers in Pittsburgh could take a lesson from the amazing book launch parties Kate put together.
Kate is one of the coordinators for the annual Western PA SCBWI Conference happening November 11-12 at the Hyatt Regency Pittsburgh International Airport. There are still spaces, so register now. I’ve attended this conference for several years and even won recognition as a’Promising Writer’ last year. This conference is such a boost for writers in Pittsburgh who create for children and offers excellent programming for illustrators, too.
If you aren’t writing for children or miss the registration deadline for the SCBWI conference, then sign up for the Pitch. Publish. Promote. Conference happening at Hotel Monaco also on November 12. I’m bummed that this conference is the same day as the SCBWI conference. If you attend, I’d love to hear feedback.
Writers in Pittsburgh stay connected with the literary scene in Pittsburgh by following the news from Littsburgh. Check out their review of the new Nine Stories Bookstore. I’m excited to visit because they love science fiction and fantasy. (I say science fiction not ‘sci-fi’ ever since Jane Yolen told me science fiction writers loath the phrase ‘sci-fi.’)
Spooky Short Story
Halloween is closing in and writers in Pittsburgh are hopefully working on their ghost stories. I know I’ve got two that need some tweaking. If you prefer to read a seasonal story instead of write one, check out Extractions by Pittsburgh writer and blogger Melissa M. Firman.
Things are still going great at our Little Free Library. Check out these thank you notes:
Happy reading and writing Pittsburgh!