October 21-24, 2021
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, 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! To submit a session proposal, click here!


Pre-Conference Workshop – Thursday, October 21

Making a Scene: Step-by-Step Scene Construction for Masterful Storytelling

Friday, October 22

Opening Keynote: Attica Locke

Saturday, October 23

Central Keynote: Taylor Jenkins Reid


How to Finish Your Novel When the Whole World Is Falling Apart | Kristin Rockaway

Writing Place as a Character | Barbara O’Neal

The First 100 Pages of Your Novel | Barbara O’Neal

The Complexities of Heroes and Villains in Mystery | Rachel Howzell Hall

How to Evoke Emotion in Every Scene | Jordan Rosenfeld

The Art of Opposing Forces: Writing with Tension | Jordan Rosenfeld

The Art of Villainy: Creating Compelling Evildoers | David Corbett

Backstory Is Behavior: Generating Habits of Conduct From Moments of Helplessness | David Corbett

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