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The Writer’s Digest Conference program is designed to give you a balanced education in both the craft and the business of being a writer. You’ll learn to create characters that ring true and plots that rivet your audience. You’ll hear editors and agents speak frankly on what they really look for in submissions. You’ll find out how more e-books and fewer brick-and-mortar bookstores are affecting the publishing industry. You’ll get the inside line on successfully pitching your work—and the opportunity to try out what you’ve learned, one on one, with receptive literary agents.
 
We’re still putting the finishing touches on this year’s program. Check back often, and be sure to sign up for the Writer’s Digest Conference e-newsletter for updates!
Friday, September 27, 2013
9:00 am - 12:00 pmBoot Camp: Writing a Novel They Can't Put Down (Additional Fee Required) [More Info]Boot Camp - Public Speaking for Writers: How to Turn Your Reading into Book Sales (Additional Fee Required) [More Info]
12:30 pm - 3:30 pmBoot Camp: Build Your Own "Plot Perfect" (Additional Fee Required) [More Info]Boot Camp: The Pitch Witch Boot Camp (Additional Fee Required) [More Info]
4:00 pm - 4:50 pmMain Program - Opening Keynote - Potholes and Mirages: Finding the Real Reasons to Write [More Info]
5:00 pm - 5:50 pmThe First 10 Pages [More Info]
6:00 pm - 6:50 pmPitch Perfect [More Info]

Saturday, September 28, 2013
9:00 am - 9:50 amPlatform & PromotionGetting Published Craft
From Blog to Agent to Book Deal: What All Writers Need to Know About Blogging [More Info]Ghostwriting for Fun and Profit [More Info]Telling Extraordinary Stories with Fact-Based Fiction [More Info]
10:00 am - 10:50 amTop Ten Errors Writers Make that Editors Hate [More Info]Panel: Ask the Agent [More Info]I’m Like…No Way!: How Writing Down to Young Adults Can End Your Career [More Info]
11:00 am - 12:30 pmPitch Slam Session #1 - Click More Info to View all the Confirmed Agents Participating in the Pitch Slam [More Info]
11:00 am - 12:30 pmExtended Session: The Era of Options: Self-Publishing Versus Traditional Publishing [More Info]Extended Session: Writing Fantasy & Science Fiction with New York Times Best-selling Author Philip Athans [More Info]
12:30 pm - 1:30 pmLunch on your own and Exhibits [More Info]
1:30 pm - 3:00 pmPitch Slam Session #2 - Click More Info to View all the Confirmed Agents Participating in the Pitch Slam [More Info]
1:30 pm - 3:00 pmExtended Session: Dazzling Dialogue: The Powerhouse Way to Improve Your Manuscript [More Info]Extended Session: Amazon for Authors [More Info]
3:10 pm - 4:00 pmYour Book’s Business Plan: How to Prepare Yourself and Your Book Idea for Publishing Success [More Info]Expand Your Brand: 10 Secrets that Every Self-Published Author Must Know [More Info]How to Write a Dynamite Mystery or Thriller that SELLS [More Info]
4:10 pm - 5:00 pmCentral Keynote: How a Few Lines in a 1981 Writers’ Digest Led Me to Become a Full-time Professional Writer [More Info]
5:30 pm - 7:00 pmCocktail Reception [More Info]

Sunday, September 29, 2013
9:00 am - 9:50 amPlatform & PromotionGetting Published Craft
How to Blog a Book [More Info]The Writer's Compass: Using Story Maps to Build Better Fiction [More Info]Write Your Novel in 20 Minutes [More Info]
10:00 am - 10:50 amCritical New Legal Issues for Writers [More Info]Dirty Little Secrets: Learn How the Publishing Industry Really Works to Become a More Successful Author [More Info]Pacing Your Story: How to Keep the Action Going [More Info]
10:50 am - 11:10 amExhibit Break
11:10 pm - 12:00 pmWhat Your Reader's Brain Really Craves: How to Hook 'Em From Page One [More Info]Quit Your Day Job - Seriously! [More Info]Storytelling Excellence Through the Avoidance of Mediocrity [More Info]
12:10 pm - 1:00 pmClosing Keynote: Persistence, Persistence, Persistence, and a Little Bit of Luck [More Info]