October 26-28, 2018 | Pasadena, CA

Writer’s Digest Novel Writing Conference Schedule

Customize your experience by mixing and matching options from the following instructional tracks: Craft, Character, Genre, and Beyond. Four sessions will be offered in every time slot!

We’re putting the finishing touches on what we expect to be our best program yet. Check back often, and be sure to sign up for the Writer’s Digest Novel Writing Conference e-newsletter for session and speaker updates!

 

Craft

Craft

Honing your craft should be a lifelong pursuit for every writer. Work on the fundamentals, or learn new techniques to keep your writing fresh.
Character

Character

Populate your novel with characters your readers can connect with, and keep those pages turning.
Genre

Genre

Sharpen your skills in exciting sessions geared exclusively toward writers of genre fiction. Hook fans of romance, science fiction, fantasy, historical fiction, and more, and they’ll be among your most loyal readers.
Beyond

Beyond

What happens once your novel is ready for readers? This track takes you step-by-step from revision to publication to promotion and more.

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 25, 2018

         
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM Registration
9:00 AM – 5:00 PM Mastering Suspense, Structure, & Plot Jane K. Cleland

 

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 26, 2018

  Craft Character Genre Beyond
8:00 AM – 6:00 PM Registration & Exhibits
9:00 AM – 10:00 AM        
10:15 AM – 11:15 AM       Self-Publishing 101: The Ultimate Guide on Turning Your Manuscript Into a Published Success
Justine Bylo
11:30 AM – 12:30 PM        
12:30 PM – 1:45 PM Lunch on your own
1:45 PM – 2:45 PM     Women’s Fiction Panel  
3:15 PM – 4:15 PM     Stranger Than Fiction: How to apply the rules of memoir to novels and short stories
Bill Kenower 
Agent Secrets
Fuse Literary partner Laurie McLean
4:15 – 5:15 PM Opening Keynote: Robert Crais
5:30 – 6:30 PM Book Signing

 

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 27, 2018

  Craft Character Genre Beyond
8:00 AM – 6:00 PM Registration & Exhibits
9:00 – 10:00 AM The Secret of Mission-Critical Storytelling
Larry Brooks
Mary Sues and Marty Stus Need Not Apply
Rachel Howzell Hall
   
10:15 – 11:15 AM     Science-Fiction/Fantasy Panel
Laurie McLean
Finally – Make Revision FUN
Rachael Herron
11:30 AM – 12:30 PM     Mystery/Thriller Panel
Rachel Howzell Hall, James Scott Bell
 
12:30 PM – 1:45 PM Lunch on your own / Exhibits
1:45 PM – 2:45 PM     Why YA? What Young Adult Is, Isn’t, and Why You Should Write It (or not)
Gabrielle Prendergast
Debut Author Panel
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM Write Your Novel From The Middle James Scott Bell     What to Expect When You’re Expecting…a Publishing Career
Barbara Poelle
4:15 PM – 5:15 PM        
5:30 – 6:30 PM Central Keynote: Curtis Sittenfeld
6:30 – 8:00 PM Halloween Themed Reception and Book Signing

 

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 28, 2018

  Craft Character Genre Beyond
8:00 AM – 1:00 PM Registration & Exhibits
9:00 – 10:00 AM A Structural Perspective on Story Development
Larry Brooks
    Marketing For Authors Who Hate To Market
Bill Kenower
10:15 – 11:15 AM        
11:30 AM – 12:30 PM Closing Keynote
12:30 PM – 1:30 PM Book Signing

 

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