July 22-25, 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.

We’re in the process of selecting speakers for what should be our best program yet so check back often, and be sure to sign up for our email newsletter to receive session and speaker updates as they’re announced! Interested in submitting a session proposal? Click here!


Central Keynote: Chris Bohjalian

Pre-Conference Workshop: The Ultimate Self-Publishing Workshop | Michael La Ronn

Pre-Conference Workshop: Everyone Has What It Takes | William Kenower


Revision Inspiration | Katrina Little NEW!

Wooing Your Muse | Katrina Kittle NEW!

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

Perils and Payoffs: The Risky Business of Researching for Fiction | Elizabeth Sims NEW!

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

How to Build a Strategic Marketing and Public Relations Plan for Your Book | Christopher Stollar NEW!

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

Putting the History into the Historical | Donna Russo Morin NEW!

Creative Cartography: Drawing the Map to a Successful Writing Business | Whitney Hill NEW!

All About the Pitch | Estelle Erasmus NEW!

The Powerful Personal Essay Pivot | Estelle Erasmus NEW!

Forget WhoDunIt. Elevate Your Mystery, Suspense or Thriller to Page-Turning Success with This Question: WhyDunIt? | Sharon Short

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

From Social Media to Goodreads: The Ins and Outs of Author Platforms and Branding | Andrea DeWerd

Picking the Right Fight for Your Character | Carla Hoch

Writing a Fight: From Practical to Tactical | Carla Hoch

Keep It in Scene: Making Your Memoir Come Alive | William Kenower

Fearless Marketing | William Kenower

Learn Scrivener in 60 Minutes | Michael La Ronn

The First Impression: Building a Magnetic Personal Author Brand | Michael La Ronn

More programming announcements coming soon!