November 5-7, 2020
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Why do writers love Writer’s Digest Annual Conference?

Last summer, nearly 900 writers joined us in New York City for WDC19—an unforgettable weekend of inspiration, education and building community—and 2020 is on track to be our biggest conference yet.

What is it about the conference that writers love so much?

“The highlight for me was the Pitch Slam, where I had the chance to pitch my book to seven amazing agents. I had requests for a partial or full manuscript from all seven agents, which felt like a great success. Then came a Christmas surprise: an offer of representation from Stacy Testa of Writer’s House on December 25th! It was a great way to end the year, and she has been wonderful to work with at every step of the publishing process.”

SANDI WARD | WDC15 attendee & author of The Astonishing Thing (Kensington, 2017), Something Worth Saving (Kensington, 2018), What Holds Us Together (Kensington, 2020)

While not every attendee has a Pitch Slam success story to tell, there are plenty of other valuable takeaways from the experience…

Meet the Octavia Project, WD’s Inaugural Charity Partner

The Octavia Project is Writer’s Digest’s inaugural charity partner for our 2018 Annual Conference!

Like our conference, the Octavia Project also calls New York City home. Every year, the folks at this Brooklyn-based non-profit run a completely free month-long program called The Summer Institute, which welcomes young women and trans, gender non-conforming, or questioning youth from all over Brooklyn to come together under the banner of their namesake, legendary science fiction author Octavia Butler, to expand their world.

This year, we are proud to sponsor the full cost on one student’s attendance—$1,250—and we’re challenging our community to help us cover at least one more. This year’s conference goal is to raise a total of $2,500 to ensure two youths get to explore their love of science fiction next summer! You can help us meet that goal by donating here.

Ready to be inspired? Learn more about the Octavia Project and some of their success stories: Nia, Britney, and Aleiyah.