July 28-31, 2022

New York City


Story Trumps Structure: How to Write Unforgettable Fiction by Breaking the Rules

This exclusive pre-conference event kicks off the 2018 Writer’s Digest Annual Conference weekend, when more than 1,000 writers will gather in New York City—August 10 –12—to learn, network, and move closer to their publication day.

If you’re serious about your writing career, Story Trumps Structure will cover the things working writers need to know to tighten their manuscript and keep those readers turning pages: the essence of the story, writing yourself out of corners, the secrets to organic writing, and the plot twists your readers won’t see coming.


 Thursday Schedule 

9:00 – 10:15 AM  The Essence of Story  1:45 – 2:00 PM Break
10:15 – 10:30 AM Break 2:00 – 3:15 PM Plot Twists and Pulling the Rug Out
10:30 – 11:45 AM How to Write Yourself Out of a Corner 3:15 – 3:30 PM  Break
11:45 – 12:45 PM Lunch on your own 3:30 – 4:45 PM Troubleshooting Your Novel 
12:45 – 1:45 PM Secrets to Organic Writing 4:45 – 5:00 PM Closing Remarks 





Register for Steven’s Thursday session as a standalone ticket for $199, or add it to your conference registration for just $149. The important thing is simply that you register. Story Trumps Structure will sell out.


About Steven James

Steven James is the critically acclaimed author of thirteen novels. He serves as a contributing editor to Writer’s Digest magazine, hosts the biweekly podcast The Story Blender, and has a master’s degree in storytelling. Publishers Weekly calls him “[a] master storyteller at the peak of his game.” Steven’s groundbreaking book Story Trumps Structure: How to Write Unforgettable Fiction by Breaking the Rules won a Storytelling World award as one of the best resources for storytellers in 2015. When he’s not working on his next novel, Steven teaches Novel Writing Intensive retreats across the country with New York Times Bestselling author Robert Dugoni.