Sponsored by Pennwriters, Inc., October 10, 2020

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TinyBurst--- Writer's Road Trip Is Going Virtual for 2020 --- 

After much deliberation, watching the COVID-19 numbers, and believing the Governor’s ban limiting inside activities to 25 attendees will stay in effect past our function’s date, we have decided to “shift gears” and go virtual for our mini-conference. We did not come to this decision lightly but feel it is the best course of action for the safety of our attendees, speakers, and our Team members and in keeping with the Governor’s regulations.

“A harbor, even if it is a little harbor, is a good thing, since adventurers come into it as well as go out, and the life in it grows strong, because it takes something from the world, and has something to give in return.” Sarah Orne Jewett, poet and novelist (3 Sep 1849-1909)

Technical Support smallThis mini-conference has really been a “roundabout.” BUT DO NOT WORRY. You will still receive some of the best craft instruction, inspiration, and publishing advice you have come to expect from the previous seven Writers Road Trips. However, this year you’ll have the added flexibility and ease-of-mind of watching from the safety and comfort of your own home.

We know the excitement and warm fuzzies of being present in a group with similar dreams, aspirations, and goals experienced in the past will be missing, but your and our presenter’s safety and well-being is our top priority.

We hope to return to an “in person” event next year for WRT#9 on October 9th, 2021, but in the meantime, stay healthy and Keep Writing!

Register for A Writer’s Road Trip by clicking any of the REGISTER buttons on this site. To learn more, follow us on Facebook.

If you have a question about the Road Trip, you can also email Area 1 Rep, Todd Main at toddmain (AT) neo.rr.com.


Here Are This Year's Offerings:

(Virtual Zoom Event / All times are Eastern Time)


On Ramp (join Zoom Meeting)

8:00 - 8:10

 Inspiration - Dave Szymanowski  

8:10 - 8:20

 Pennwriters: Delivering Roadside Services to all Genre and Non-Fiction - Sue Gourley, President PW  

8:25 - 8:30

 Laugh Track On - Tuning into the Comedy Station -- Holly Jacobs {Comedy…Writing it isn't a Laughing Matter} Wake up to exploring all sides of comedy writing: comedic characters, situations, and how comedic timing can be used in dramatic material.  

8:30 - 9:20


Car Talk -- Liana Laverentz {How to Make Your Dialogue Sparkle (and Get an Editor’s Attention)} Tune up your dialogue and get the attention of editors: writing relatable and realistic dialogue.


9:25 - 10:15


Carpool -- Deanna Adams {Creating Credible Characters in Fiction} Who are you picking up for a ride in your novel and why: creating characters that make the reader care.

10:20 - 11:10

Dead Man’s Curve -- Barbara Lockwood {Writing Habits That Drive Editors to Drink} Slow down and learn the most common mistakes of novice writers: editing and polishing tips to master before submission.

11:15 - 12:05


Roadside Dinor - Enjoy time to yourself or eat your lunch while joining Holly and Susan during “Lunchin’ With Holly and Susan.”


12:05 - 1:00

Checking Under the Hood -- Patricia Thrushart {Elements of Poetry} Oil the pistons of fine writing by greasing the wheel of poetry: hone your prose by enhancing your poetic skills.


1:05 - 1:55

Alternative Route -- Carol Silvis {Writing as a Nonfiction Expert} Map out a plan to write for various niche markets: the rules of textbook, journal and newsletter writing, just to name a few.

2:00 - 2:50


Nail in the Tire -- Hilary Hauck {All is Lost} How to strand your protagonist at the side of the road: writing your character in and out of their rock bottom moment.


2:55 - 3:45

Set the Flares -- Susan Gable {Enticing Them to Buy} Bring attention to your completed book: marketing strategies once your book is live on Amazon.

 3:50 - 4:40

KEEP ON TRUCKING! Hospitality Suite (Closing Remarks and Hang Around and discuss writing with Presenters and Attendees)


4:45 - 5:30

 Click the Workshop Menu tab for details on each workshop.

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TinyBurst--- Why Attend the Writer's Road Trip? --- 

BookLoveWhy Attend? You attend because you have talent. (Of course, you do!) You’ve spent your whole life working and this time is for you. You want your writing to shine. You want your characters to strike a chord in people.

Orson Scott Card said, “I learned to separate the story from the writing, probably the most important thing that any storyteller has to learn—that there are a thousand right ways to tell a story and ten million wrong ones, and you’re a lot more likely to find one of the latter than the former your first time through the tale.”

A thousand right ways and ten million wrong. Revision. Separating the story, poem, or article from the writing.

This is why writers attend conferences: to seek those of like minds; to learn from one another; to find support and know we are not alone on this journey; to take that kernel of an idea and create something that can transport our readers to another place; or simply touch their hearts. It’s a gift from ourselves to our readers.

That’s why the Area 1 Pennwriters put together an enjoyable writing experience titled A Writers’ Road Trip. Our goal is to introduce you to the “Keys to Great Writing” and give you the opportunity to master the elements of composition, revision, publishing, and marketing. Sadly, but with your safety in mind, we made the difficult decision to go virtual this year. 



Are You Tired of Going It Alone?

Are You Ready to Get the Info You Need to Succeed?


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TinyBurst--- What Makes A Writer's Road Trip Unique? --- 

• We offer industry experts, published authors, and other specialists in their field.

• Our conference is small enough to allow you one-on-one interaction with speakers and time to get your writing, publishing, and marketing questions answered.

• A variety of workshops for all genres and all levels of writing skill, from beginner to published, and everything in between.

BusyGal photoRing"I am so grateful for my Area 1 friends. Whenever I need a boost to keep me going, they are a meeting, email, or Facebook post away. I attended the WRT the past two years and can't say enough about how well-organized, valuable, and interesting this mini-conference is. I am going to be a published author of a novella (a Rosette) due to pitching my story to Melanie Billings, the editor at this [past] year's conference. She has helped me so much in this publishing process, which is brand new to me. I owe a lot of my courage to even put my work out there to Area 1 writers and the Fellowship of the Quill. This is the first that I'm sharing this news with anyone besides my family members and a few friends; I wanted to go through the motions before announcing. It's a small step into the publishing world, but one I never would have tried if not for this group and Pennwriters as a whole. I have grown so much as a writer since attending my first conference in Pittsburgh in 2013. Not only am I a member of this great organization, but I am also a superfan! Go Pennwriters!" ~Donna Snyder-Lucas


BusyGal photoRing"In 2012, Area 1 launched the very first one-day mini-conference, under the expert and determined guidance of Todd Main. The event is called A Writer's Road Trip, and it continues to get bigger and better heading into its fifth year. Todd and his team of volunteers hope to inspire similar events across all Pennwriters Areas, so members can get an idea, locally and at an affordable cost, of what to expect from attending the Annual 3-Day Conference. I was lucky enough to attend A Writer's Roadtrip in October of 2017, it was well worth the trip.." ~Hilary Hauck, Pennwriters President


BusyGal photoRing"At the Pennwriters Road Trip one-day conference, I took Deborah Riley-Magnus workshop. She talked about joining Facebook groups and posting on them to gain followers for your book. I joined several groups and started posting regularly. The head of one of the groups contacted me to write for his web page. He was so impressed with my writing he asked me to write a piece for his book and gave me access to his social media pages to post inspirational quotes. Deborah's advice helped build my platform and promote my writing." ~ Aimee Eddy Gross



If you’re ready, you can sign up using the button below (registration takes place on the main, Pennwriters, Inc. website). Or click the More button to continue learning more about the Writer's Road Trip.


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