Writers of all experience levels and of all genres - from novels and short stories to memoirs, journals and poetry - will seek fellowship, comfort, advice, and even tough love from one another this weekend at the 60th Annual Philadelphia Writers' Conference.

The conference is today through Sunday at the Holiday Inn, Fourth and Arch Streets in Center City.

The event, which typically draws 150 to 200 participants, will feature workshops on various topics, such as "Breaking Writer's Block" and "Romance Novel," led by an array of established area authors including poets William Kulik and Barbara Daniels

;

Shadowbridge

author Gregory Frost; Bill Kent, author of

Street Money

; romance novel composer Susan Meier; memoirist Oana Nechita; journalist Ellie Slott Fisher; and children's book author Ferida Wolff.

Inquirer Currents columnist Mark Bowden, author of

Blackhawk Down

, will deliver this year's keynote speech at 8 p.m. Saturday. Bowden also will be presented with the Diamond Quill award.

Registration is $205. For information and a schedule of each day's events, visit

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or e-mail

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Contact staff writer Tirdad Derakhshani at 215-854-2736 or tirdad@phillynews.com

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