Coming to a Classroom Near You!

If you’re attending the Writer’s Digest Annual Conference this year (Not registered yet? Go do that NOW!), one of the selling points for you was likely the chance to learn from the who’s who of writing. We can say with all confidence that you are in great hands this year, and we’re incredibly proud to offer sessions led by bestselling authors, top agents and craft-specific experts.

You’ll be spending a lot of time in the classroom with your mentors, so we want to give you a chance to get to know a few them better.

See Who’s Speaking at WDC


 Jennifer De Chiara

Literary Agent

President at The Jennifer De Chiara Literary Agency

This New York City-based writer is no stranger to the world of Writer’s Digest. In fact, she often acts as a guest judge for our WOW! WOMEN ON WRITING, and That First Line writing contests!

Before starting her own agency, she worked in the editorial departments of Simon & Schuster, Random House, and she was a writing consultant for several major corporations. Jennifer will be bringing her 18+ years of experience in publishing to the classroom as she leads you through creating the perfect subplots, developing your voice, finding your perfect theme, establishing your setting, and everything else you could ever need to know about writing stand-out middle-grade and young-adult fiction.

Session: Secrets to Writing Middle-Grade and YA Fiction



Danny Gregory

Author of Shut Your Monkey, Art Before Breakfast, Everyday Matters & more!

He’s a renowned creative director-turned-bestselling author, and his books have inspired countless readers to embrace their inner creativity. Born in London, Danny lived in Pakistan, Australia, and Israel before graduating summa cum laude from Princeton University.

This year, Danny will be guiding you on how to hush that pesky voice in the back of your head. You know, the voice that always seems to stand between you and a brilliant idea.

Shut Your Monkey is an internationally bestselling book, a popular podcast, and is based on Danny’s 30 years of experience as a creative professional and the input of artists, authors, psychologists, coaches and hundreds of other people whose lives have been impacted by the voice in their heads.

Session: Shut Your Monkey! How to Control Your Inner Critic and Get More Writing Done



Carol Van Den Hende

Author, MBA, marketing, strategy and insights expert

If you want to master the art of marketing your work, Carol can help you out! For 20 years, Carol has led the positioning, branding and product development for multi-million to billion dollar brands, and she loves collaborating with best-in-class advertising, design and promotions agencies. Fun fact: she also shares a home with her husband, twins and Siberian cat!

In class, she’ll show you how crucial branding and consistency in branding can be for your career as an author.

Session: Applying Best Practices in Branding to Your Writing Career



Jennifer Probst

New York Times Bestselling Author

If it’s not impressive enough that Jennifer is a New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author, listen to this. She wrote her first book when she was twelve years old! The audience of her first book may have been her classmates, but her audience has expanded a bit since then.

Her book, The Marriage Bargain, was ranked #6 on Amazon's Best Books for 2012, and spent 26 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list. Her work has been translated in over a dozen countries, sold over a million copies, and was dubbed a “romance phenom” by Kirkus Reviews.

At the conference, you’ll have the chance to listen in on Jennifer’s romance novel expertise, and learn how to take your manuscript to the next level!

Session: Write Naked: A Bestseller’s Secrets to Writing Romance and Navigating the Path to Success



Ariel Courage

Editor-in-Chief of The Brooklyn Review

Since graduating from Barnard College in 2012, Ariel’s young career has skyrocketed. She’s currently a second-year student in Brooklyn College’s MFA Program, and serves as Editor-In-Chief of the program’s literary journal, which has been around for nearly 30 years.

Ariel is joining a lineup of impressive editors from highly-regarded journals, and they’re sharing tips on how to make your writing submissions stand out, and what mistakes you should avoid when pitching to literary publications.

Session: What Literary Magazine Editors Look For  

Now that you’ve gotten to know a few of your mentors at this year’s Writer’s Digest Annual Conference, we bet you’re even more jazzed up about joining us this August 18-20! Still need to register? Save a few extra bucks when you commit by August 17. We’ll see you in NYC!