October 20 – 23, 2022

Pasadena, CA

The Writer’s Digest Novel Writing Conference offers a balanced program covering the fundamentals of craft—delving into specific genres and techniques—along with the business of being a writer, from traditional and self-publishing paths, promotion and marketing strategies, and managing a sustainable career.

We’re in the process of selecting speakers for what should be our best program yet so check back often, and be sure to sign up for our email newsletter to receive session and speaker updates as they’re announced!

Featured Events

Pre-Conference Workshops (10/20)

How to Succeed in Publishing Once You are Done Writing (even if you hate the business side of publishing)| Amy Collins

Unforgettable: Threading Conflict Into Every Aspect of Storytelling to Create Stories They’ll Remember Forever| Sonali Dev

Sessions Schedule

FRIDAY, October 21, 2022

  General Craft Crafting Characters Publishing Business
9:00 AM – 10:00 AM

Get Your Story Moving Past Middle-of-the-Book Sag
Tiffany Yates Martin

How to Evoke Emotion in Every Scene
Jordan Rosenfeld


How Authors Go From Fingers on Their Keyboard to Dollars in Their Bank Accounts: Four Ways Book Authors Make Money From Publishers
Paul S. Levine
10:15 AM – 11:15 AM

Editing: What to Worry About (and What to Let Slide)
Nathan Makaryk

Character Through Backstory: Why Backstory Is the Spine of Your Story and How to Use It to Make Your Story Stand Tall
Sonali Dev
Step One: Writing a Pitch vs. Step Two: Writing a Synopsis (the Differences and the Rules)
Amy Collins
11:30 AM – 12:30 PM
How to Write an Opening That Pulls the Reader in
Wanda Morris

Writing Fearless Characters
Vanessa Riley

The Five Ways to Publish Your Book and Find Your Audience
Jennifer S. Wilkov

12:30 PM – 1:45 PM Lunch on your own
  General Craft Creativity/Inspiration Publishing Business
1:45 PM – 2:45 PM

Pointers on Point of View
Laura DiSilverio

Everyone Has What It Takes: Writing Fearlessly and Ending Self-Doubt
William Kenower

Demystifying Scrivener: Make Your Writing Software Work for You
April Dávila

3:00 PM – 4:00 PM

The Art of Opposing Forces: Writing with Tension
Jordan Rosenfeld

Failure To Launch
William Kenower

What to Expect When Working With a Literary Agent
Amy Collins, Dana Newman

4:15 – 5:15 PM Opening Keynote: Attica Locke

SATURDAY, October 22, 2022

  General Craft Genre Publishing Business
9:00 AM – 10:00 AM

A Crash Course in Planning Your NaNoWriMo Novel—or Any Novel!
Grant Faulkner

Facing Your Fears: Writing Scary Stories for Younger Readers
K.R. Alexander

Query Review Workshop
Nathan Makaryk

10:15 – 11:15 AM

World Building – Building a Series One Story at a Time
John Peragine

Stepping Into Research for Writing Historical Novels
Vanessa Riley

Mirror, Mirror: “How Beautiful Is a Writer’s Life?”
Laura DiSilverio

11:30 AM – 12:30 PM

Five Foolproof Steps to an Airtight Plot
Tiffany Yates Martin

Demystifying the Adaptation Process
Jeanne Veillette Bowerman

The Dreaded Comp Titles: A Necessary Evil That Can Launch Your Career
Amy Collins

12:30 PM – 1:45 PM Lunch on your own / Exhibits
  General Craft Genre Publishing Business
1:45 PM – 2:45 PM

What It Takes to Finish a Book
Grant Faulkner

How To Write a Thriller That Delivers
Wanda Morris

You Finished Book One – Now What?
John Peragine

3:00 PM – 4:00 PM What’s it Like to Traditionally Publish?
Wanda Morris, Vanessa Riley, K.R. Alexander, and Amy Jones (Moderator)

Romance Genre Structure and Learning to Dance Within Its Boundaries
Sonali Dev

The Legal Side of Authorship: What You Need to Know About Copyright, Contracts, and Avoiding Claims
Dana Newman

4:15 – 5:15 PM

Central Keynote: Taylor Jenkins Reid

5:15 – 6:45 PM Networking, costume party 

Sunday, October 23, 2022

8:45 – 9:30 AM Breakfast
9:30 – 11:30 AM Improv for Writers
Jorjeana Marie