October 26-28, 2018 | Pasadena, CA

The Essential Conference Packing List

Whether you’re preparing for the Writer’s Digest Novel Writing Conference or getting ready to head to a different event, you need to make sure you’re properly prepared. Of course, this means having the elevator pitch for your novel ready in case you find yourself in a conversation with a potentially interested agent or editor, printing a copy (or two) of the customizable schedule with your must-attend sessions highlighted, and packing chargers and backup chargers.

But it also means taking care of all the little things. It’s easy to remember the big items, but it’s often the details we forget as we’re jamming our suitcase with conference essentials. And that doesn’t just mean toothpaste and deodorant!

Halloween-Themed Cocktail Reception

Are you worried about missing out on all the great Halloween parties while you’re at the Writer’s Digest Novel Writing Conference? Do not fear! You’ve been invited to our Halloween-Themed Cocktail Reception, and it’s primed to be a bewitchingly-good time!



Taking the leap from writer to published author is the end goal majority of writers have for their work. We all write for different reasons, are motivated by myriad factors, experiences, characters, and pursue various genres and plotlines, but once the writing is finished, we generally all want the same thing: to share our work with others. So if you’re considering publication for your writing, here are a few things to keep in mind.

You Have Questions. Past Attendees Have Answers!



There’s no getting around it. Committing to a writing conference takes guts. And a little bit of time and an investment of money. So we understand when people might be hesitant to pull the trigger on a ticket. Everyone has questions and concerns and everyone has different writing goals. So we thought the best way to address them about the upcoming Writer’s Digest Novel Writing Conference would be to share some of the most common questions we hear and, instead of having us blather on, share what past attendees have had to say about the subject.

Read on! (Oh, and if you decide to register, try to do so before July 24 when you can get an entire extended weekend full of targeted, novel-focused instruction for less than $300.)