November 5-7, 2020

Writer’s Digest is accepting proposals for speakers and sessions for our 2020 Annual Conference to be held at the Hilton Midtown in New York City from August 14-16, 2020. 

Diversity is important to us and we are looking to develop an inclusive program that represents all genres and publishing preferences, and invites participation from people of all races, ethnicities, genders, ages, abilities, religions, and sexual orientation. All are encouraged to submit proposals, and please feel free to share this opportunity within your own networks to help expand our reach. 

We cover travel costs and hotel stay during the conference for our presenters, as well as the opportunity to promote relevant books and services to attendees through a variety of channels, including an on-site bookstore. 


  • Engaging professionals who not only possess practical knowledge and experience in their proposed topic(s), but who are also passionate, confident, and generous instructors.  
  • New presenters! We’re always looking for new voices and we want to hear from you. 
  • Sessions that run the gamut from teaching the fundamentals of craft and getting published, to delving deep into advanced subject areas (WDC attendees are at various stages in their careers).  
  • Quality craft instruction is always at the core of our programming, but we are also looking for sessions covering the business of being a writer and managing a sustainable career, as well as instructional sessions about tools and services writers use (e.g., software, websites, email, self-publishing, etc.) 
  • All sessions are 60 minutes long and should include time for audience interaction via Q&A, during or at the end of the session. 

What we’re not looking for: 

  • Panel discussions 
  • Sales pitches from vendors & service providers; please contact Jill Ruesch for sponsorship information. 

Session Topics

CRAFT—FICTION: Practical instruction on the craft of writing novels, graphic novels, picture books, short stories, or poetry, focusing on specific genres or techniques, including (but not limited to) character development, conflict and suspense, description and setting, dialogue, plot and structure, voice and viewpoint, storytelling and worldbuilding. 

CRAFT—NONFICTION: Practical instruction on the craft of writing nonfiction, focusing on specific formats or styles, including (but not limited to) personal essays, creative nonfiction, journalism, copywriting, content marketing, and business writing. 

CRAFT—SCREENWRITING: Practical instruction on the craft of writing for film and TV, including (but not limited to) understanding 3-act structure, writing action and description, character and conflict, plot and subplot, dialogue, and revisions. 

CRAFT—MEMOIR: Practical instruction on the craft of writing memoir, including (but not limited to) researching and interviewing, voice and viewpoint, understanding story flow, and using tension and suspense. 

BUSINESS OF WRITING: Practical instruction on the business side of writing, including (but not limited to) finding a literary agent or publisher, understanding self-publishing, pitching and selling a script, pitching for freelance opportunities, negotiating contracts and fair rates, entering literary competitions, promotion and marketing strategies. 

INSPIRATION: Interactive, experiential sessions that help writers generate ideas, get motivated, and work through sticky spots in their writing. 

SURPRISE US: We’re always looking for unique approaches to traditional topics, as well as new and interesting topics that writers should be aware of. 

To submit your proposal:

  • Please fill out the proposal form linked below. 
  • If your proposal is selected for consideration, or we have more questions for you, we will be in touch within the next several weeks.