We recently came across a timely article, written by Writer’s Digest Conference speaker Susan Shapiro. In it, Shapiro (who’s also a writing professor at the New School and the author of Unhooked), discusses why some writers are coming out of writing programs well-versed in the craft of writing, but struggling with how exactly to get published. Not all of us will make a full-time career of writing, but publication still remains a very viable path to success for many writers.
But how do you get there? A trip to the Writer’s Digest Conference in New York is one very tangible step you can take to get closer to your publication goals. It’s the chance to be around people who can speak your language. You don’t have to explain to anyone there why you want to write—it’s simply understood.
And you don’t have to be shy about your ambitions. At last year’s event, a woman introduced herself to me at the registration desk by telling me her name and that she would be the next New York Times bestselling author coming out of this conference. That’s an affirmation we can get behind! Ambition is not a dirty word here. Yes, we are a craft-intensive conference—we want you to write well—but we’re also here to help you meet your goals, with publication-focused sessions, networking events and, of course, the Pitch Slam.
It’s the New Year. Take a moment for yourself to consider where you want to be a year from now. Is your bestseller waiting to be introduced to the world? Is something holding you back? We’re at the ready with practical answers and on standby with encouragement. Publication is not a dream—it’s possible. But first you have to get here. Register by February 14 to lock in your best rate all year.