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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Explore Literary Los Angeles!

 If you haven’t yet booked your trip, now is the time! Your best registration price is available until October 27 and you can book your discounted room at the conference hotel through September 29!

Writer’s Digest is excited for a rare trip west next month—to the WD Novel Writing Conference in Los Angeles. And while the city may be known primarily for the sun and the silver screen, its literary roots run deep.

Take a quick virtual tour of some of the City of Angels’ most noted literary landmarks with us—and then start daydreaming about your literary getaway next month!

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NaNoWriMo: 30 Days to a More Inspired, Creative Writing Life—and Just Maybe a Novel

What if you’ve always known you had a story to tell—that it’s been in there all along waiting for the moment you felt ready to tell it? Or maybe your situation is different; maybe you’ve already started a novel but can’t quite get the momentum to make much progress.

What if you had the opportunity to finally make it happen? But here’s the catch (and the best part, really): you only get one month.

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The New York Times Bestseller List Heads West!

Thanks to its more than 90-year relationship with the writing world and reading public, Writer’s Digest is able to bring some of the biggest names and most respected authors directly to you. This October’s Writer’s Digest Novel Writing Conference is no different.

Take a look at the cheat sheet below to see which of this fall’s speakers have received which accolades. And be sure to click on the author’s name—it’ll take you directly to the session they’re leading or a bit more about them.

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