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Monday, June 17, 2024


Theater Director to speak at Writer’s Conference

By On Deck Staff

Dates for this year’s North Wildwood Beach Writers’ Conference are June 2-3 at the Wildwoods Convention Center, 4501 Boardwalk.
Co-chairs Carolyn Miller and Jacob Schaad created a schedule of lively sessions with 12 speakers who will discuss such topics as writing for magazines, writing for the Web, and First Amendment issues for writers.
Among the speakers is East Lynne Theater Company’s Artistic Director, Gayle Stahlhuth, who will talk about “Writing for the Stage” – from originals to adaptations. Stahlhuth received commissions from The Smithsonian Institution, Theatreworks/USA and The Illinois and Missouri Humanities Councils, and grants from The New Jersey Humanities Council.
Her plays have been performed at such places as the NYC International Fringe Festival, The Samuel French One-Act Festival, Manhattan Theatre Club, and Arvada Center in Denver.
Other presenters include: John Riddle, the founder of “I Love to Write Day;” John Harnish of Infinity Publishing; Charis Conn, contributing editor at Harper’s Magazine; Jim Vanore, author of “Beware the Leaven;” and Patricia MacDonald, whose latest work, of many, is “Stolen in the Night: A Novel.”
Attendees will receive goody-bags at registration, and door prizes will be awarded at the dinner. The Grand Prize–a publishing package valued at $700 from Infinity Publishing—will be awarded to the attendee whose book or project is ready (or close to ready) for publication.
The cost of the two-day conference is $75, which includes all presentations, a dinner and continental breakfast. Attendees may bring a guest to dinner for an additional $30. The deadline to register is May 22.
There is a deadline of May 8 for those who wish to be part of the Writing Contest in the two categories of Poetry and Essay/Article, which includes cash prizes, and the opportunity to have your work evaluated in a one-on-one 15-minute session for an additional $25 fee.
For further information, call 609-522-9406 or 609-889-2241 or e-mail Registration forms and information about the speakers and events may be found at

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