July 28-31, 2022

New York City


Everyone Has What It Takes: Writing Fearlessly, Ending Self-Doubt, Owning Your Confidence

This exclusive pre-conference workshop kicks off the 2021 Writer’s Digest Annual Conference weekend on Thursday, July 22 at 12:00 pm EST. Seats are limited, so register today!

It’s easy to believe that some writers have some mysterious quality called “talent” and some don’t. Some have “what it takes” to succeed, and some simply don’t. The worst thing a writer can do is face the blank page not to tell a story, but to determine whether or not they have “it”. In this day-long workshop William Kenower, author of Fearless Writing and Everyone Has What It Takes, guides students through the many emotional blocks that keep all of us, regardless of our experience level, from accessing our inherent genius, and telling our best stories. In addition to Kenower’s teachings, there will be a number of writing exercises where students both address the emotional challenges that stand in the way of their craft, as well as learn new techniques to free up their creativity.

There will also be a number of focused question and answer periods where the students’ unique experiences and concerns are addressed. These workshops are shaped as much by the attendees as the material.

You’ll Learn:

  • Why they don’t have to care what other people think of their work.
  • The only two questions a writer ever needs to ask.
  • How best to harness the creative power of our unique curiosity.
  • Why failure isn’t real.
  • How to get into and stay in the creative flow.
  • How to know when the Muse is speaking and when she isn’t.
  • How to market our work fearlessly.
  • And why writing a story can teach us how to live our most authentic lives.

Remember: It’s not a question of whether you have it, only whether you’re willing to use it.

Who Should Attend:

The class is usually for beginning and intermediate writers, though experienced writers have often benefitted from it. It is not genre-specific. Whether you write poetry, steampunk romance, or personal essays, this class is for you!



William Kenower is the author of Fearless Writing: How to Create Boldly and Write With Confidence, Write Within Yourself: An Author’s Companion, and the forthcoming Everyone Has What It Takes (June 2021), the Editor-in-Chief of Author magazine, and a sought-after speaker and teacher. In addition to his books he’s been published in The New York Times and Edible Seattle, Parent Map, Tiferet Journal, and has been a featured blogger for the Huffington Post. His video interviews with hundreds of writers from Nora Ephron, to Amy Tan, to William Gibson are widely considered the best of their kind on the Internet. He also hosts the online radio program Author2Author where every week he and a different guest discuss the books we write and the lives we lead.