Are you ready? Here’s your countdown checklist to LA!

In just about three weeks, Writer’s Digest touches down on the west coast to kick off the Novel Writing Conference at the Westin Bonaventure in downtown Los Angeles. And if you’re coming along for the ride (you’ve registered, right?), this is likely when you start wondering what it’s going to be like, who you’ll meet and whether fall in LA means packing a sweater.

Read on for some sound advice from experts and crowd-sourced wisdom alike. And start getting excited, because it’s almost time to spend a long weekend focused solely on your passion.

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“You don’t have to be put in a box.” | A Conversation on Craft with Catherine McKenzie

Catherine McKenzie is one busy woman. Not only does she practice law as a career, she’s also carved out time to write multiple bestselling novels. Her latest, Fractured, will be released October 4. I spoke with her this week about the opportunities you’ll have to work alongside her at the upcoming Writer’s Digest Novel Writing Conference and how she’s honed her unique voice over the course of six novels:

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