Philadelphia Writers Conference Presents

Larry Atkins on Op-Eds and personal essays - a lawyer, a freelance writer, and a member of the American Society of Journalists and Authors. He has written over 170 Op-Eds, articles, and essays for many publications, including the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Baltimore Sun, B'nai B'rith International Jewish Monthly, Chicago Tribune, Christian Science Monitor, Cleveland Plain Dealer, Dallas Morning News, Detroit News, Indianapolis Star, Jewish Exponent, Kansas City Star, Los Angeles Daily News, NCAA News, National Public Radio (Commentaries for the national versions of Morning Edition and Only a Game), Newsday, Philadelphia Inquirer and Inquirer Sunday Magazine, and San Francisco Chronicle.

Jonathan Maberry on nonfiction book writing - Since 1979 Jonathan has sold 550-plus articles (on martial arts, self-defense, music, mixology, dating, business, etc.), as well as several nonfiction books, some poetry and short stories. He is the author of several books, including The Martial Arts Student Logbook, Ultimate Jujutsu Principles and Practices, and Ultimate Sparring (all by Strider Nolan Publishing, Inc.) In 2003 three more of his books will be published, Ultimate Self-Defense for Women (with Jolie Bookspan, Ph.D. and Chris Borofsky, M.A.), The Vampire Slayers Field Guide to the Undead, and Ultimate Judo (with Art Bourgeau). He is also editing three trivia quiz books (Music, Science Fiction, and TV Sitcoms), the first of which will be published this Fall by Strider Nolan. Jonathan is a Board Member of the Philadelphia Writer's Conference and a member of the Writer's Room of Bucks County. Jonathan is also a 7th degree black belt jujutsu instructor who has been practicing and teaching martial arts and safety awareness for 35 years. He taught martial arts history and women's self-defense for 14 years at Temple University, and is the former Expert Witness for the Philadelphia District Attorney's office for murder cases involving martial arts.

Marilyn Tyner on fiction book writing - author of six romance novels that have been praised for their genuine, unforgettable characters. All of her novels have garnered outstanding reviews. Ms. Tynerís novels illustrate some of the problems involved in all relationships, not just romantic relationships. Her next novel, Love Is Not Enough, will be released in December 2003. As in her first novel, Step By Step, the heroine is full-figured. Ms. Tyner has conducted a number of writing workshops at various libraries, conferences and bookstores. Her workshops include general instructions for writing novels and are not limited to the specific requirements for writing romance novels.

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