Frequently Asked Questions - the Writer's Digest Novel Writing Conference


When is the Writer's Digest Novel Writing Conference?
Where is the conference taking place?
Who should attend the Writer's Digest Novel Writing Conference?
How much does the conference cost and what does it include?
How do I contact the Writer's Digest Novel Writing 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?
Is there a Pitch Slam?
What are boot camps?
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 the Writer's Digest Novel Writing Conference?
the Writer's Digest Novel Writing Conference takes place Friday, August 15 through Sunday, August 17, 2014. Please refer to the Schedule page on our website for specific session dates/times.

Where is the conference taking place?
the Writer's Digest Novel Writing Conference is being held at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza.  Please see our Travel & Hotel page for additional lodging information.
Hyatt Regency Century Plaza
2025 Avenue of the Stars
Los Angeles, CA 90067

Who should attend the Writer's Digest Novel Writing Conference?
the Writer's Digest Novel Writing 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 Published, unpublished or self-published—there is a lot offered here to help you master your craft and become a successful novel writer!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 Novel Writing Conference staff?
Please feel free to contact the Writer's Digest Novel Writing Conference Staff with questions at 877-436-7764, option 3 or writersdigestconference@fwmedia.com.

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 3 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:

the Writer's Digest Novel Writing Conference
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, August 1, 2014. 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 15, 2014. 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.
the Writer's Digest Novel Writing 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.

I am a student, is there a student rate?
We are not offering a student rate for this conference.

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 $100 from our regular conference prices.

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 3. 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: writersdigestconference@fwmedia.com. 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.

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: writersdigestconference@fwmedia.com. Please include your name, email address, or confirmation number in your email request.

Is there a pitch slam?
No, we are not having a pitch slam at our Novel Writing Conference.  This conference will focus on the art of crafting a well-written and saleable novel as well as growing your writing network.

What are boot camps?
Our boot camps are specialized three hour sessions that take place on Friday, August 15 before the main conference begins. We are offering boot camps at 9:00 am and 12:30 pm on Friday, August 15. Please refer to our Boot Camp page for additional information on the boot camps and pricing.

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 writersdigestconference@fwmedia.com 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 writersdigestconference@fwmedia.com. 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 25, 2014. 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 writersdigestconference@fwmedia.com by July 14, 2014. Your registration fee will be refunded less a $100 processing fee. No refunds will be made after this date for any reason.