July 22-25, 2021
New York City

 

#WDC21 and COVID-19

26 March 2021

A lot of progress has been made in the last two months in the fight against COVID-19. Cases are decreasing or have plateaued and vaccination rates increase every day. Writer’s Digest Annual Conference is STILL hopeful we will be able to meet in-person this July. However, there is still a lot of COVID-related uncertainty in 2021 and WD wants to take the proper steps to ensure all of our speakers, attendees, exhibitors, and staff are as safe as possible. In addition to planning a virtual back-up event, we will extend the same flexible cancellation policy for 2021 as we did in 2020, allowing attendees to cancel, if needed, once they’ve registered for a full refund. We are monitoring vaccination rates and state/federal travel guidelines very closely and will post updates on our website and via email. 

Here’s a short list of how we are planning and what we are doing to ensure the safety of our speakers, attendees, exhibitors, vendors, and staff.  

  • Flexible cancellation policy 
  • Monitoring vaccination rates 
  • Adhering to state/federal regulations and adjusting to changes as they come 
  • Working closely with the venue on updated/increased cleaning procedures and technologies
  • Adding social distancing signage in public venue areas as well as in the event space
  • Updated meeting room sets to accommodate for increased distancing 
  • Working with vendors on safety regulations and cleaning procedures 
  • Gauging interest and comfort levels from speakers for in-person and virtual session options  

There will certainly be updates and additions to this list as things progress. Please be on the lookout for updates on our website, social media, accounts, and via email. We hope everyone is staying healthy and don’t forget to keep writing! #WDC21

 

28 January 2021

Writer’s Digest Annual Conference is hopeful we will be able to meet in-person this July. There is still a lot of COVID-related uncertainty in 2021 and WD wants to take the proper steps to ensure all of our speakers, attendees, exhibitors, and staff are as safe as possible. In addition to planning a virtual back-up event, we will extend the same flexible cancellation policy for 2021 as we did in 2020, allowing attendees to cancel, if needed, once they’ve registered for a full refund. We are monitoring vaccination rates and state/federal travel guidelines very closely and will post updates on our website and via email. 

Here’s a short list of how we are planning and what we are doing to ensure the safety of our speakers, attendees, exhibitors, vendors, and staff.  

  • Flexible cancellation policy 
  • Monitoring vaccination rates 
  • Adhering to state/federal regulations and adjusting to changes as they come 
  • Working closely with the venue on updated cleaning procedures and distancing 
  • Working with vendors on safety regulations and cleaning procedures 
  • Gauging interest and comfort levels from speakers for in-person and virtual session options  

There will certainly be updates and additions to this list as things progress. Please be on the lookout for updates on our website, social media, accounts, and via email. We hope everyone is staying healthy and don’t forget to keep writing! #WDC21

 

25 June 2020

Writer’s Digest Annual Conference 2020 is going VIRTUAL!

New Dates: November 5 –7, 2020

The Writer’s Digest Annual Conference—NEW DATES: November 5-7, 2020—is going virtual for the safety of our attendees, speakers, staff, exhibitors, and partners. We did not come to this decision lightly but feel it is the best course of action for all parties involved.

Now, on to the fun part! What can you expect from the virtual #WDC20? The best writing instruction, inspiration, and publishing advice possible all from the comfort of your own home with flexibility to view sessions when it works for you! We’ve done a lot of research and have partnered with an exciting virtual event platform called Intrado. While the platform is easy to use, it will not be your run-of-the-mill Zoom or GoToWebinar virtual experience.

Registration is now open and we’re working on some exciting surprises. We’ll be providing more information on what to expect, the new platform, and everything #WDC20 in the coming weeks. Be on the lookout for announcements on our website www.writersdigestconference.com and on Twitter and Facebook. In the meantime, keep writing and stay healthy!

– The WD Team

 

12 May 2020 

Dear #WDC20 Attendees, 

We are now about three months away from the Writer’s Digest Annual Conference. The situation surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic is changing rapidly with new and different regulations state to state. Our thoughts are with everyone affected by the virus, especially those who are considered essential to keeping us safe, healthy, and well-fed.  

We’re still working on our go-forward plan for the conference but we’re getting closer and expect to have an official update for you in a few weeks. We continue to work on an awesome program and will start sending out programming announcements once we have an official update.  

Keep checking this page and rest assured we will email you when we have concrete information to share. 

Stay well and be safe. 

-The WD Team 

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27 March 2020

Dear #WDC20 Attendees,

We are now about four and a half months away from the Writer’s Digest Annual Conference. The situation surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic has changed dramatically in recent weeks and our thoughts are with everyone affected by the virus, especially those who are considered essential to keeping us safe, healthy, and well-fed. 

Because we’re a hopeful group, we still believe we’ll be able to safely gather together in August to celebrate writing and writers. That said, we are considering alternatives should the situation dictate such a response. But, because we don’t anticipate having enough information to make those decisions for several weeks yet, we will be taking a hiatus from sending event emails. We don’t feel it’s appropriate to announce new programming or keynotes at this time, and we don’t want to clog your inboxes with the same COVID-19 message each week. 

Keep checking this page and rest assured we will email you when we have concrete information to share.

Stay well and be safe.

-The WD Team

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13 March 2020

Dear #WDC20 Attendees,

Although our Annual Conference in New York City is still more than 5 months away, we know concerns about COVID-19 are growing and we want to reassure you that we are closely monitoring the situation.

Many places in the U.S. now encourage social distancing and the minimization of large gatherings over the next several weeks in order to reduce the spread of the novel coronavirus. We remain hopeful that these measures will work and that our conference will go on as planned.

We’re still looking forward to offering you the best writing instruction, inspiration, and publishing advice on August 13-16, 2020 at the Hilton Midtown in New York City, but we’ll also be developing contingency plans over the next several weeks should the situation necessitate an alternative approach.

If necessary, you’ll be able to cancel your reservation without penalty by June 30, 2020 by which time we’ll all have a much better sense of what’s happening.

For the most current updates, keep an eye out for future emails, follow @WritersDigest on Twitter, and bookmark this page which we’ll be updating regularly.

– The WD Team

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