July 22-24, 2021


The Writer’s Digest Annual Conference offers a balanced program covering the fundamentals of craft—delving into specific genres and techniques—along with the business of being a writer, from traditional and self-publishing paths, promotion and marketing strategies, and managing a sustainable career.

Our program is complete for our virtual conference! All times are in EST.

THURSDAY, July 22, 2021 

Pre-Conference Workshop: The Ultimate Self-Publishing Workshop | Michael La Ronn – 9:00 am EST

Pre-Conference Workshop: Everyone Has What It Takes | William Kenower – 12:00 pm EST


Wooing Your Muse | Katrina Kittle

You’ve Got a Book in You: A Stress-Free Session on Writing the Book of Your Dreams | Elizabeth Sims

Level Up Your Writing Life: Ten Tips for Sharpening Your Writer’s Mindset | Sharon Short

FRIDAY, July 23, 2021

EST Fiction Publishing Business
10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Holding Up a Microscope to Your Fiction: Microfiction and the 100-Word Story
Ran Walker

From Social Media to Goodreads: The Ins and Outs of Author Platforms and Branding
Andrea DeWerd
11:30 AM – 12:30 PM

Elevate Your Fiction—In Any Genre
Sharon Short

Creative Cartography: Drawing the Map to a Successful Writing Business
Whitney Hill
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
How to Save a Character From a Drowning Story
Nicole Blades

The Filthy Topic of Coin: Financial Considerations for Writers
Jeff Somers

3:30 PM – 4:30 PM Writing Catchy Dialogue That Rings True
Sadeqa Johnson
10 Tips for a Winning Nonfiction Book Proposal
Ryan G. Van Cleave

SATURDAY, July 24, 2021

  Fiction Publishing Business
10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Revision Inspiration
Katrina Kittle

How to Crowd-Fund Your Book and Connect It to a Cause
Christopher Stollar

11:30 AM – 12:30 PM

Picking the Right Fight for Your Character
Carla Hoch

The First Impression: Building a Magnetic Personal Author Brand
Michael La Ronn
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM Secrets of Plotting Success
Larry Brooks

Mastering the Query Letter
Eric Smith

3:30 PM – 4:30 PM

In for the Long Haul: The Craft of Writing a Series/Trilogy
Donna Russo Morin

Fearless Marketing
William Kenower
5:00 – 6:00 PM Keynote: Chris Bohjalian