July 28-31, 2022

New York City


Personal Essay Essentials: How to Break Into Print with First-Person Writing

This exclusive pre-conference workshop kicks off the 2020 Writer’s Digest Annual Conference weekend on Thursday, November 5th. Seats are limited, so register today!

In this workshop, Windy Lynn Harris—founder of Market Coaching for Creative Writers and author of Writing & Selling Short Stories & Personal Essays: The Essential Guide to Getting Your Work Published—will teach you how to find publication success in the coveted literary magazine market by crafting and selling short personal essays. Packed with practical advice, this class includes:

  • Personal essay writing defined in detail.
  • A step-by-step guide to crafting personal essays.
  • A revision plan for short creative prose.
  • An overview of literary magazines and how they impact your career.
  • Finding the right magazine for each of your essays.
  • Submitting your work professionally.
  • Making authentic connections with literary magazine editors.
  • Essay chapbooks and full-length collections—other opportunities for your essays.
  • Copyright, contracts, and the rights you sell.

Bonus: Are you writing a memoir? Having essay bylines on your resume are impressive to literary agents, build your pre-publication platform, and can be an essential part of your marketing efforts once your book is in print. In this session, Windy will also cover how to take a chapter from your memoir and revise it into an essay while keeping the rights of the larger project intact. 

Who this session is for

  • Writers of all levels who want to explore essay writing
  • All memoir writers
  • Essayists who want to get published
  • Bloggers who want to expand into literary magazines


Windy Lynn Harris writes personal essays, short stories, flash, nonfiction, and novels from her desk in sunny Phoenix, Arizona. She is the author of Writing & Selling Short Stories & Personal Essays: The Essential Guide to Getting Your Work Published and a frequent speaker at literary events around the country. Her work has been published across the US and Canada in places like The Literary Review, 34th Parallel, Pithead Chapel, The Sunlight PressLiterary Mama, Sasee, and Chahoots, and many other journals. Learn more about Windy at her website:  www.windylynnharris.com