• Pennsylvania Resources for Writers

    Here you’ll find a collection of resources for writers in Pennsylvania, from conferences to local critique groups to literary magazines. If you live in Pennsylvania, these are some organizations you might want to check out:



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    American Poetry Review

    Dedicated to reaching a worldwide audience with a diverse array of the best contemporary poetry and literary prose. Also aims to expand the audience interested in poetry and literature, and to provide authors, especially poets, with a far-reaching forum in which to present their work.


    Bethlehem Writers Group

    Founded in 2006, this community of fiction and nonfiction writers meets regularly for critique, runs an annual short story contest, and publishes a literary magazine and an anthology series.


    Brilliant Corners

    The only national journal to focus on jazz-related literature.


    Bucks County Writers Workshop

    Members meet twice a month at St. Paul’s Church in Doylestown to critique each other’s fiction, nonfiction, and memoir.


    Central PA Writers Workshop

    A critique group that meets regularly in Mechanicsburg, Camp Hill, Harrisburg, and Dillsburg to help polish each other’s work and chat about writing and publication.


    Community Education and Training at Delaware County Community College

    Continuing education writing classes, with locations all across the state.


    The Creative Nonfiction Foundation

    Dedicated to promoting the genre of literary nonfiction, this Pittsburgh-based nonprofit organization publishes magazines and books as well as offering readings and other events.


    Fourth River

    The literary journal of Chatham University’s MFA Programs, published annually in print and monthly online. Welcomes submissions of creative writing that explore the relationship between humans and their environments, both natural and built, urban, rural or wild.


    Gettysburg Review

    One of the country’s premier journals, this one publishes short stories, poetry and nonfiction, and hosts an annual writers conference.


    Gist Street Reading Series

    Readings are held monthly and feature local and national poets and writers. The series focuses on emerging writers publishing their first or second books.


    Greater Lehigh Valley Writers Group

    Provides its members with a network of support and resources in the field of writing. Meets monthly. Also holds an annual conference which brings in over 100 writers from Pennsylvania and beyond.


    International Women’s Writing Guild’s Summer Writing Conference

    Held in Allentown, this annual (40+ years) week-long conference offers more than two dozen workshops in an abundance of genres, as well as critique sessions, readings, a book fair, and more.


    Painted Bride Quarterly

    Established in Philadelphia in 1973, this is one of the country’s longest running literary magazines. PBQ is a community-based, independent, nonprofit literary magazine published quarterly online and annually in print.


    Pennsylvania Outdoor Writers Association

    The largest state outdoor writers’ organization in the country, with well over 400 members. Goals center around craft improvement: becoming better, more knowledgeable, more highly skilled communicators.


    Pennsylvania Writers Conference

    An annual event at Wilkes University in Wilkes-Barre, the PWC features keynote speakers, discussion panels, workshops, readings, contests and more.



    Pennwriters members meet regularly across the state at professionally run conferences, workshops and critique sessions. Many of the guest speakers at these events are Pennwriters’ own published members who receive additional promotion for their works in exchange for helping aspiring members.


    Philadelphia Writers’ Conference

    The oldest writing conference with open registration in the country. Three days’ worth of workshops, readings and master classes.


    Stadler Poetry Center

    A professional literary center offering a wide range of programs and residencies for emerging and established poets and writers. It is also the seat of the Bucknell English Department’s creative writing program and the home of West Branch, a well-known journal.


    The Watershed Journal

    Accepts poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and photography from writers and artists in and around Central Pennsylvania, specifically “Brookville, DuBois, Clarion, Punxsutawney and surrounding areas.” The magazine is published by the Writers’ Block Party, a group of writers that meets monthly in that same area. Find and join on Facebook.


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