BETHLEHEM — The Penn Jersey Women Writers Guild is hosting the Light Your Fuse Creative Retreat on Sept. 12 at Hyatt Place hotel in downtown Bethlehem.
The Penn Jersey Women Writers Guild was founded by a group of disbanded Romance Writers of America authors at the beginning of this year when the RWA changed its bylaws and the criteria for membership. The group is made up of members who write in romance and a variety of other genres, including science fiction, women’s fiction and paranormal fiction.
Registration and check-in for the Light Your Fuse Creative Retreat begins at 8 a.m. at Hyatt Place and the event starts at 9 a.m. Sessions will run hourly until 4:50 p.m. and will feature speakers such as New York Times Bestselling authors Em Garner (“Writing Fast, Writing Furious” at 9 a.m.) and Stephanie Julian (“Building Your World” at 11:20 a.m.). Another New York Times Bestselling author, A.C. James, will speak about serialized fiction at the retreat, but she’s excited about Keynote Speaker Chuck Wendig, whom she referred to as “phenomenal.”
“He’s a novelist, a screen writer and a game designer,” James said. “He talks a lot about writing and food and pop culture on his blog, Terribleminds.com, and in addition to writing science fiction he also has written a variety of how-to books on writing. He has lots of really good things to say about it.”
After the afternoon keynote, attendees will break for dinner before returning to Hyatt Place for a tandem writing session.
Seating at Light Your Fuse is limited. Registration is $65 for the day and can be completed online at pjwwg.org. The fee includes a 7 a.m. breakfast, lunch and snacks.
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