Writer’s Digest/BEA Writers Conference, Here I Come!

2008 BookExpo America - Writers ConferenceYou can still register for next week’s 2008 BookExpo America/Writer’s Digest Books Writers Conference. This is the country’s leading writing conference featuring a keynote by Jacquelyn Mitchard, motivating workshops and the largest gathering of agents and editors of any conference who want to help you GET PUBLISHED!

When: Wednesday, May 28, 2008
Where: The Los Angeles Convention Center, 1201 S Figueroa Street, Los Angeles, CA 90015.

The conference is an all-day affair, with workshops and panels throughout the morning and afternoon. Here are a few highlights:

  • The keynote speaker: best-selling author Jacquelyn Mitchard.
  • Guests include: superstar agent Donald Maass, The editors of Writer’s Digest Books, Writer’s Digest magazine and Writer’s Market
  • Plus dozens of agents taking part in our famous Pitch Slam session

Register Now!

For up-to-the-minute information, and a list of attending agents, visit www.writersdigest.com/bea.

Admission to this all-day conference is $199, which includes a copy of the 2008 edition of Writer’s Market!

8:30 a.m. Keynote by Jacquelyn Mitchard
Keynote address by New York Times best-selling author Jacquelyn Mitchard

9:30 Morning Breakout Sessions

  • Fire in Fiction (literary agent Donald Maass)
  • Putting Thrills in Your Mystery Novel (author Hallie Ephron)
  • Book in a Month (author Victoria Schmidt)
  • Finding a Home for Your Personal Essay (author Victoria Zackheim)
  • Get Known While You Sleep—A Platform Primer (author Christina Katz)
  • Screenwriting: Exploring Genres (screenwriter-author John Truby)
  • Getting Started in Writing for Television (Richard Hatem)

10:30 Mid-Morning Breakout Sessions

  • Plotting a Novel They Can’t Put Down (author James Scott Bell)
  • Fictional Seeds (author Lisa Lenard-Cook)
  • Panel: Creating and Contributing to Anthologies (Victoria Zackheim, Jane Ganahl, Aimee Liu, Aviva Layton)
  • Effective Use of the Internet for Authors (author Bill O’Hanlon)
  • Panel: Ask the Editors: A publishing Q&A with WD experts
  • Panel: Meet the Script Agents and Managers


Speaker: Blake Snyder, screenwriter, producer, and best-selling author of two books on screenwriting (Save the Cat!)
1:30 Afternoon Breakout Sessions

  • Revising a Novel They Can’t Put Down (author James Scott Bell)
  • Panel: Ask the Literary Agents (moderated by GLA’s Chuck Sambuchino)
  • The Times They Are A-Changin’: Being a Successful Author Amidst Transformational Change in Book Publishing  (WDB Editorial Director Jane Friedman)
  • Panel: From Book to Film/TV: How Your Work Comes Alive
  • Practice Your Pitch (WD’s Lauren Mosko, attendance limited to room capacity)

Pitch Slam Session
The BEA/Writer’s Digest Books Writers Conference once again presents the original Pitch Slam session, featuring the largest gathering of agents and editors who want to hear your story ideas and give you immediate feedback!


2 Responses to “Writer’s Digest/BEA Writers Conference, Here I Come!”

  1. 1 anniegirl1138 May 25, 2008 at 6:21 pm

    Writer conferences never come anywhere near me. It’s like Northern Alberta doesn’t exist. It’s all about Montreal or Toronto or Vancouver.

  2. 2 Stephanie May 26, 2008 at 10:01 pm

    I’m looking forward to it! I’m anticipating that I’ll learn a lot and walk away with some fantastic information about the publishing world.

    Can’t wait to meet you!

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