Frequently Asked Questions

 

When is Writer's Digest Annual Conference?
Where is the conference taking place?
Who should attend the Writer's Digest Annual Conference?
How much does the conference cost and what does it include?
How do I contact the Writer's Digest Annual Conference Staff?
What payment options are available?
Why isn't my discount code working?
I am a student, is there a student rate?
Can I register on-site?
May I register over the phone?
How do I obtain a print-out of my schedule?
Do I have to attend the session I pre-selected?
How do I change my session selections?
How do I sign up for agents/editors?
Can I change my pitch slam time?
How will I know what agents/editors will attend the pitch slam and what they are looking for?
Do you accommodate special needs?
I registered online but now I can't attend, can I transfer my registration to another person?
What is your cancellation policy?
 

When is Writer's Digest Annual Conference?

Writer's Digest Annual Conference will take place on Friday, August 18 through Sunday, August 20, 2017. 

Where is the conference taking place?
Writer's Digest Annual Conference is being held at the New York Hilton Midtown. This is a new location and we're very excited about the new opportunities this new location provides!  Please see our Travel & Hotel page for additional lodging information.

New York Hilton Midtown
1335 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10019
 
Who should attend the Writer's Digest Annual Conference?
Writer’s Digest Annual Conference is for literary writers of all experience levels. Published, unpublished or self-published—there is a lot offered here to help you master your craft and become a successful writer!

How much does the conference cost and what does it include?
Please refer to our Register page for additional information regarding registration levels and pricing.

How do I contact the Writer's Digest Annual Conference?
Please feel free to contact the Writer's Digest Annual Conference Staff with any questions at 877-436-7764, option 2 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

What payment options are available?
You may pay online by credit card during your registration or you can choose pay by check to give yourself a more flexible payment option.  If you select pay by credit card your entire conference registration fee will be collected at the time of registration.  If you select pay by check you are able to lock in your registration rate without making the entire payment up front.  Within the pay by check option you have the option to send a check(s) in at a later date (you are welcome to send multiple installment checks if needed), choose to use a credit card online at a later date or you may also elect to call 877-436-7764, option 2 and pay by credit card over the phone.  This method will allow for multiple installments by using a credit card.  Payment in full must be received before the conference begins.
 
Please make your check payable to: Writer's Digest and mail to:
 
Writer's Digest Annual Conference
Attn: Lyn Menke/Registration Department
10151 Carver Rd, Ste 200
Blue Ash, OH 45242
 
Payment by check or money order must be received within 2 weeks of registration. 
Payment by check or money order must be in U.S. funds drawn on a U.S. bank.
Purchase orders not accepted.
Checks cannot be accepted after Friday, July 21, 2017.  Anyone wanting to pay by check after that date will need to pay onsite at the registration desk.
All payments must be made on or before Friday, August 18, 2017.  Attendees will not be admitted unless their registration is paid in full.
Please include the name(s)/confirmation number of each attendee whose registration is being paid so that payment will be properly applied.
Writer's Digest Annual Conference is not responsible for payments misplaced or lost in the mail and not received in our office.

Why isn't my discount code working?
Discount codes are applicable to specific registration options.  Check the discount offer closely to determine if the code you have is applicable to the registration option you are selecting. Still having difficulty? Email us at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


I am a student, is there a student rate?
We no longer have a student rate, however the Basic Conference registration option is now being offered at a lower rate and includes all the sessions starting at 10:00 am on Friday.  This option does not include the pitch slam.
 
Can I register on-site?
Yes, you are welcome to register on-site.  Please come to the registration desk during our posted registration hours.  Please note: On-site registration prices will increase by $50 from our regular conference prices. Last year the conference sold out in advance so we highly recommend registering in advance

May I register over the phone?
Yes, if you do not have access to a computer or would rather speak with conference personnel before registering, please feel free to call 877-436-7764, option 2.  If our conference personnel is unavailable, please leave a message with your name, phone number and reason for calling and someone will get back to you as soon as possible.
 
How do I obtain a print out of my conference schedule?
Please refer to your initial confirmation email to login to your account to retrieve your registration record.  If you do not have your confirmation email you may request another copy to be sent by emailing: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  Please include your name, email address, or confirmation number in your email request.
 
Do I have to attend the session I pre-selected?
No, you do not have to attend the sessions you pre-selected as part of your registration.  You are welcome to attend any of the sessions that are included in your registration level space permitting
 
How do I change my session selections?
Please refer to your initial confirmation email for instructions on modifying your registration.  If you do not have your confirmation email you may request another copy to be sent by emailing: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  Please include your name, email address, or confirmation number in your email request.
 
How do I sign up for agents/editors?
You do not need to sign up for specific agents/editors for the pitch slam.  We do suggest you reference our Agents & Editors page and make a prioritized list of the agents/editors you would like to see.  Lines will form in front of each agent/editor.  You will not be scheduled for a specific time with each Agent/Editor during the pitch slam. You will select a specific pitch slam time slot for the slam as a whole.
 
Can I change my pitch slam time?
Yes, you are welcome to change your pitch slam time (subject to availability) by sending an email to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with your name, confirmation number, and new pitch slam time.  Changes can be made up until Friday, July 28, 2017.  Any changes after that date will need to be completed on-site at the registration desk.  All changes are subject to availability.
 
How will I know what agents/editors will attend the pitch slam and what they are looking for?
Please refer to our Agents & Editors page to view a full list of our confirmed Agents & Editors with a brief biography of what type of work they are looking for. We also have a new search tool this year where you can sort the agents/editors by genre.
 
Do you accommodate special needs?
Definitely! We make sure our facility has total accessibility, and we do whatever is needed to make attending Writer's Digest Annual Conference as convenient as possible for all attendees. If you have a special need, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. after you have registered and we'll make special arrangements, if necessary.
 
I registered online but now I can't attend, can I transfer my registration to another person?
Yes! There is no charge to transfer a registration from one person to another. Send the name, title, phone number, address and email address for the substitute to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  The transfer will be made from the back end and the new registrant will be sent a confirmation email as well as instructions regarding how to change session selections, etc.  Transfers should be made by Friday, July 28, 2017.  Any transfers after that date should be completed on-site at the registration desk.
 
What is your cancellation policy?
If you must cancel for any reason, please notify us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by June 30, 2017. Your registration fee will be refunded less a $100 processing fee. No refunds will be made after this date for any reason.