As you've likely heard by now, the Writer's Digest Annual Conference is scheduled for July 31 – August 2 in New York. It'll be here sooner than you think, so I wanted to take a moment to share some exciting program updates—and remind you that when you register by April 1, you'll get it all at the Early-Bird discounted rate.
We'll have five tracks of education, each with a distinct focus. Tracks include Getting Published, Platform & Promotion, The Business of Being a Writer, Craft, and—for the first time—Genre Studies. Confirmed sessions include:
Writing a Mystery: A Crash Course, with New York Times bestselling mystery novelist Hallie Ephron
From Me-More to Memoir, taught by award-winning poet and essayist Rebecca McClanahan
The Glorious World of Steampunk—an exciting panel discussion with award-winning novelists Pip Ballantine, Tee Morris, and Steven Harper Piziks
Crafting Crime Fiction, with award-winning author Jane Cleland
Additional sessions will likely be devoted to horror, romance, non-western historical fiction, YA, and more. Look for their addition to the schedule in the near future.
Sessions in other tracks that I'm pleased to highlight include:
Buzz Your Book with New York Times bestseller M.J. Rose
Getting Discovered: Putting Your Books on Libraries' eShelves with journalist Porter Anderson
How to Become a Regular Contributor to Any Publication with WD Editor Jessica Strawser
Breaking into the Best Online Publications with award-winning author Susan Shapiro
Self-Publishing on a Shoestring with Amazon bestselling author G.P. Ching
That's a sampling of what's to come. I'll be providing updates over the next few months as more speakers and sessions are added. And don't forget to check out our massive, high-energy Pitch Slam, which gives you a forum in which to pitch your work to agents and editors, along with a number of other exclusive benefits.
Remember: you'll save $100 when you commit by April 1. Seats are going quickly. Make your plans today.