August 22-25, 2019 | New York City

Why do writers love Writer’s Digest Annual Conference?

Last summer, nearly 1,000 writers joined us in New York City for WDC18—an unforgettable weekend of inspiration, education and building community—and 2019 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…

Karin Slaughter—WDC19’s Central Keynote

Writer’s Digest is thrilled to announce this year’s central keynote—best-selling crime novelist and library advocate, Karin Slaughter

One of the world’s most popular and acclaimed storytellers, Slaughter has been published in 120 countries with more than 35 million copies sold. Her eighteen novels include the Grant County and Will Trent books, as well as the Edgar-nominated Cop Town and the instant New York Times bestselling novels Pretty Girls and The Good Daughter. She’s also the founder of the Save the Libraries project—a nonprofit organization established to support libraries and library programming.

5 Reasons You Should Attend WDC19

WDC19 Featured Keynotes

The Writer’s Digest Annual Conference—August 23–25 in New York City—offers everything you need to advance your writing career creatively and professionally, and here are 5 reasons you should join us.

1. Get mentored & inspired by the best

You’re ready to take your writing to the next level, right? This year’s roster of speakers is rich with successful authors and industry insiders to help improve your craft, explore publishing options and learn how to establish a sustainable career—including an opening keynote from N.K. Jemisin, and the closing keynote from Min Jin Lee.

2. Connect with fellow writers

Min Jin Lee Announced as WDC19 Closing Keynote | New Sessions And Speakers

Join Us in New York City for #WDC19!

We are excited to announce award-winning novelist and New York Times Bestseller Min Jin Lee as our closing keynote for the Writer’s Digest Annual Conference, returning to New York City from August 23-25, 2019.

A recipient of fellowships in Fiction from the Guggenheim Foundation (2018) and the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard (2018-2019). Her novel Pachinko (2017) was a finalist for the National Book Award for Fiction, a runner-up for the Dayton Literary Peace Prize, winner of the Medici Book Club Prize, and a New York Times 10 Best Books of 2017, and her debut novel Free Food for Millionaires (2007) was a Top 10 Books of the Year for The Times of London, NPR’s Fresh Air, USA Today, and a national bestseller. Her writings have appeared in The New Yorker, NPR’s Selected ShortsOne StoryThe New York Review of Books, The New York Times MagazineThe New York Times Book ReviewThe Times Literary SupplementThe GuardianConde Nast TravelerThe Times of Londonand Wall Street Journal

Jump Start Your WDC19 Experience!

A lot of magical moments happened at the Writer’s Digest Annual Conference: Writers discovered new talents, accomplished goals and shared laughs—all thanks to their collective passion for writing. But no one can explain the WDC experience better than our attendees. Listen to what they have to say!