November 5-7, 2020

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A Virtual Conference Like No Other!

We’ve already provided you with the top five reasons to attend a virtual event and now we want to explain what you can except for WD’s virtual conferences. Our dates have changed to November 5-7 and we’re offering both the Writer’s Digest Annual Conference and Writer’s Digest Novel Writing Conference over the same weekend. We can’t wait to help you take your writing to the next level!

Innovative Virtual Platform – You won’t find a series of Zoom calls or pre-recorded webinars here. We’ve partnered with Intrado, a secure and robust virtual event platform to bring you the best possible experience. Live video that connects you from any device. There’s no way to replace an in-person event, but this will be the next best thing!

Invaluable Education – You’ll learn from and engage with speakers in real-time in more than 50 unique sessions between both conference (WD Annual and WD Novel Writing Conferences). Don’t forget we’re also offering two workshops on Thursday, November 5 that dive deep on their respective topics: personal essays and characters.

Unique Networking Opportunities – Connect with peers, speakers, staff, and exhibitors in our topical lounge areas. Exchange ideas, ask questions, and learn from others who write in the same genre.

Virtual Expo Hall – Looking for a service provider to make your self-publishing dreams come true or a writing coach to help take your writing to the next level? You’ll find them here and you’ll be able to view their virtual booths and their latest offerings at your leisure!

Join us at the writing community’s must-attend conferences and load up on enough inspiration to fuel your writing the rest of the year and beyond. Register for just Annual or Novel, or sign up for our all new All-Access pass which includes 50+ sessions! Register today!

Top 5 reasons to attend the virtual #WDC20!

Gain invaluable tips to improve your craft, explore different publishing options, and learn how to establish a sustainable writing career—all while being inspired by successful authors and publishing experts—at Writer’s Digest Annual Conference. Need a few more reasons why you should attend the virtual event?  

Comfort – Access the whole event from the comfort and safety of your own home or anywhere with an internet connection! Wear comfortable clothes without worrying about the freezing hotel conference rooms.  

Cost – Has the cost of travel, hotel accommodations, and food, all of which can break the bankrestricted you from attending a past Writer’s Digest Conference? Virtual conferences let you skip extraneous expenses and pay only the conference fee. 

Education – You’ll learn from all the same industry experts as in the past plus additional experts that have not been able to make the trip to NYC. 

Time – Have a work or family commitment during a session you want to see? Or, are two great sessions happening at once? Watch the on-demand recording when you’re able! Most sessions and materials will be available on-demand for three months after the event. Plus, you can use the time typically spent traveling to and from the event to write! 

Connect – Use the conference Facebook Group to connect before, during, and after the event. You’ll also have opportunities at the attendee lounges within the event platform to connect and engage with other attendees, speakers, partners, and staff. If finding like-minded writers in-person has been overwhelming, a virtual event is your answer! Chatting is just a click away! 

Join us at the writing community’s must-attend annual conference and load up on enough inspiration to fuel your writing the rest of the year and beyond. Register today! 

Virtual Exhibit Hall

Interested in engaging with hundreds of writers over one exciting weekend in November, plus tens of thousands more across Writer’s Digest’s multi-platform community?

When you become a sponsor or exhibitor at Writer’s Digest Annual Conference, you’ll not only enjoy invaluable virtual face-time with our attendees and speakers, you’ll be able to promote your products and services to our full audience through the unparalleled  reach of Writer’s Digest magazine,, and our email and social media programs. Your options are endless. 

Want to learn more? Contact Jill Ruesch by email, or call 715.350.7086.

View examples of our virtual booth as part of a robust virtual event platform with Intrado.

Virtual Exhibit Hall Sample


Virtual Booth Sample

Book Publishing Trends in 2020: What Writers Need to Know

It’s been a transformative year for all businesses and creative people, and that includes even the slow-moving and stable business of book publishing. While book sales are known for resiliency during recession, and social justice issues have led to increased sales this year, it’s not possible or desirable for book publishing to proceed business as usual. No one will go unaffected—not authors, editors or agents, not booksellers, librarians or reviewers. Two industry veterans discuss the big-picture changes still unfolding, the questions raised for writers, and what to watch for in the months ahead.

Query Letter Basics

Writing a query letter and querying agents can be a frustrating experience for writers, but it’s actually a very simple process. In this session, Jess Regel will demystify the query letter. You will learn the basics of how to write a query letter and how to get the best results from agents. Using her 10+ years of agenting experience, Jess will give you real-life examples of queries she’s received that have resulted in an offer of representation. Jess will also give examples of what not to do in your query and she’ll explain why. She will walk you through the thought process that agents go through when they are reading their submissions folders and explain how you can get more requests from your query. Writing a query is the first step toward getting an agent and getting published. Learn how to do it right to make your submission stand out!