Attending Writer’s Digest Conference 2015!


I’ve been ITCHING to share this with you for the past few months. However, I wanted to wait until everything was in order before I said anything. Now, all the necessary reservations have been made, and I’m thrilled to tell you that I’ll be in New York City this July and August for the 2015 Writer’s Digest Conference!

Sponsored by one of the most renowned writing resources on the planet, the Writer’s Digest Conference is designed to offer a balanced education in both the craft of writing and the business of being a writer, all in an encouraging, inspiring environment. In addition to a schedule chock full of sessions that range in topic from promotion and author platforms to genre studies, there will also be book signings, keynote addresses, and exhibit tables. And for an additional fee, attendees can participate in the Pitch Slam, where writers can pitch their stories to preferred agents or editors in person and receive feedback.

I’ve said before that I want to visit the literary conference circuit whenever I can now that I’m taking my novel-writing more seriously. Writer’s Digest seems like the perfect opportunity to branch out to events outside of my local area (Greater Boston) without traveling too far. Plus, look at the schedule! It’s almost impossible to not fill your entire day with sessions because of how promising they sound. I’m especially looking forward to the Breaking In panel, where first-time novels will share their experiences; Hallie Ephron’s “Setting: More Than Creating a Sense of Place”; Rebecca McClanahan’s “Word Painting: The Fine Art of Writing Descriptively”: and N.K. Jemisin’s “Growing Your Iceberg: Crafting a Secondary World That Feels Ancient.” Yes, N.K. Jemisin the fantasy writer. I haven’t read her novels yet, but so many people have recommended them to me that I CANNOT pass up this session. 😀

The other reason why I’m attending is to root on my DIY MFA bosses Gabriela Pereira and Bess Cozby, who will be presenting at Writer’s Digest this year. Which reminds me: If you’re considering going to this year’s conference, DIY MFA is offering a special coupon code that will give you $25 dollars off the registration. Anyone who uses this code will also be invited to a special meet-up that Gabriela is planning. (And yes, I hope to be there, too!) Click here to access the coupon code.

Anyone else planning to attend this year’s Writer’s Digest Conference? If you’ve attended it in years past, what did you think of it? Let me know by commenting on this post. I’d love to meet up with you if you’re going!

17 thoughts on “Attending Writer’s Digest Conference 2015!

    • It’s expensive, I agree. Buuuuuuuuuuut… if you wanted to go next year (if the conference still in NYC), you could sign up during Early Bird registration for under $300 for all three days. Something to think about it.

      Either way, I will definitely be in touch with you as the conference gets closer. Just waiting to find out what our DIY MFA get-together plans will be first. 😉

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  2. Oh congratulations! Going to cons is SUCH a great experience. Looking forward to hearing from you when you return and you have had a chance to distill your impressions and all the ideas and people you’ll have encountered:)).

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    • Thanks! I haven’t been this excited for a trip in a long time. 😀

      I’ll definitely share some of what I learn there. Not sure how I’ll cover it on the blog yet, since DIY MFA has asked me to cover it for their site, too. But I’ll figure it out when the time comes. 🙂


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  5. Hey,

    Saw you were attending the Writer’s Digest conference this year. I’ve been searching the Internet like crazy for other authors going to the NYC conference. Suprisingly, very few posts about attending this year’s conference showed up. Yours was the only one I could find.

    It’ll be nice to meet you there if I get the chance! Sucks not knowing anyone there.

    I’ll most likely be in the same panels as you, the ones on Craft. I see, you’re also a YA writer. Awesome! 🙂

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    • Nice! I’ll actually be dabbling in each “arena”: some Craft sessions, some Genre Studies, Business, Promotion / Platform, etc. But chances are we might run into each other there. Safe travels this week! 🙂


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