Writer’s Digest Annual Conference, Aug. 12 – 14 in N.Y.C., Gathers Best-Selling, Award-Winning Authors to Share Strategies for Success
Authors Kwame Alexander, David Baldacci, Emily St. John Mandel and Many Others to Present Insights on the Craft and Business of Writing
NEW YORK (June 13, 2016) – The Writer’s Digest Annual Conference (#WDC16 – @WritersDigest), designed to empower aspiring and established authors, takes place August 12 – 14, 2016 at the New York Hilton Midtown in N.Y.C. The conference offers more than 70 sessions from 90 successful authors, agents, editors and thought-leaders. The event also features numerous best-selling and award-winning authors, including keynote presenters Kwame Alexander, David Baldacci and Emily St. John Mandel. Registration and program details are available at writersdigestconference.com (the advance registration rate expires Aug. 11; space is limited).
“Writer’s Digest has helped authors write better, get published and build their network for more than 90 years,” says Phil Sexton, publisher of Writer’s Digest and vice president and group publisher, F+W, a Content and eCommerce Company. “The annual conference leverages that experience and brings together the most knowledgeable, inspiring and helpful authors and experts to teach writers how to navigate both the craft and business of writing.”
At the Writer’s Digest Annual Conference, attendees glean everything they need to know to advance creatively and professionally as a writer — no matter the stage of their career — all in an encouraging, inspiring environment. Attendees can customize their conference experience by mixing and matching sessions among core tracks, including: Craft, Getting Published, The Business of Being an Author, Platform & Promotion, and Genre Studies. They can also hear from distinguished authors in three keynote presentations.
Opening keynote presenter Kwame Alexander (KwameAlexander.com – @kwamealexander) is a poet, educator and New York Times Bestselling author of 21 books, including The Crossover, which received the 2015 John Newbery Medal for the Most Distinguished Contribution to American literature for Children, the Coretta Scott King Author Award Honor, The NCTE Charlotte Huck Honor, the Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Award, and the Pasaic Poetry Prize. Alexander’s address — “Saying Yes to the Writerly Life” from 4:45 – 5:15 p.m. on Aug. 12 with a book-signing afterwards — is a bit of conversation, a dash of storytelling, and a splash of performance as he offers educational insights and shares from his recent books.
Day two’s keynote presenter is David Baldacci (DavidBaldacci.com – @davidbaldacci), the global No. 1 best-selling author and one of the world’s favorite storytellers, who has more than 110 million copies in print in more than 45 languages in 80+ countries. Baldacci, whose work has been adapted for both feature film and television, is co-founder, along with his wife, of the Wish You Well Foundation (WishYouWellFoundation.org), a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting literacy efforts across America. His keynote takes place Aug. 13 from 5 – 6 p.m. with a cocktail reception and book signing afterwards.
Closing keynote Emily St. John Mandel (EmilyMandel.com – @EmilyMandel) is the author of four novels, most recently Station Eleven, which was a finalist for a National Book Award and the PEN/Faulkner Award, and won the 2015 Arthur C. Clarke Award, the Toronto Book Award, and the Morning News Tournament of Books; it’s also been translated into 27 languages. A previous novel, The Singer’s Gun, was the 2014 winner of the Prix Mystere de la Critique in France. Mandel’s short fiction and essays have been anthologized in numerous collections, including Best American Mystery Stories 2013. She’s also a staff writer for The Millions. The closing keynote presentation takes place Aug. 14 from 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. with a book signing.
Some of the key themes and hot topics of this year’s Writer’s Digest Annual Conference include: New Opportunities for Writers; The Changing Face of Publishing; The New Necessity of Being a Hybrid Author; Cooperative Publishing; Self-Publishing; How to Write Unforgettable Fiction by Breaking the Rules; The Craft and Business of Women’s Fiction; Three Ways to Build a Successful Author Platform; Breaking into the Screenwriters Room; How to Craft a Beginning That Hooks Agents, Editors and Readers; The State of YA Fiction; Marketing Strategies for Authors; Creating Book Buzz; How the Publishing Industry Really Works; and An Agent’s Secrets to Writing Stories That Sell, among others.
Additional highlights of the 2016 Writer’s Digest Annual Conference include:
Pitch Slam – where attendees meet one-on-one with their preferred literary agents and editors (who are all actively looking for new writers to sign) in the one-hour time slot. Each pitch meeting lasts three minutes, including 90 seconds to pitch and 90 seconds for agent/editor feedback and discussion.
DIY MFA Insiders Program with Gabriela Pereira – a valuable add-on program to help attendees get the most out of the event — with insider tips and guidance through all aspects of the conference (before, during and after). The program also features the Storytelling Superpower Master Class and The Hour with the Agents Pre-Cocktail Social.
Cocktail Networking Reception and Book Signing – on Saturday, March 13, 6 – 7:30 p.m., attendees will gather and get acquainted, build their network and take part in a massive book-signing with all of the authors who are featured in the conference program.
For event details and to register, visit writersdigestconference.com (the advance registration rate expires Aug. 11; space is limited).
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