Personalized Writing Retreats

At this retreat in Maine’s lake and mountain region, you’ll honor your creative process through interactive work with coach Joan Lee Hunter, and on your own.

10 Basic Ingredients of a Successful Thriller

At the 2008 Maui Writers Conference, bestselling thriller writer Gary Braver (Skin Deep) said that dread drives thrillers. You know who the good guys and bad guys are. Dull moments will lose an audience, and writers can't afford to lose an audience, even for one page. To captivate an audience (and...

WD Live: Lee Child

Bestselling novelist Lee Child, author of the Jack Reacher series, discusses the craft of writing with Writer's Digest editor Maria Schneider, including why he switches from one point of view to another in his books and what advice he has for writers.

WD Live: Emily Benedek

Journalist Emily Benedek explains why she jumped into fiction and how she leveraged her journalism skills to write her first novel, The Red Sea, which is based on true stories from an Israeli counter-terror expert.

WD Live: M.J. Rose

Writer and marketing expert M.J. Rose (The Reincarnationist) chats with Writer's Digest editor Maria Schneider about her early days of self-publishing and why she thinks you should consider hiring professionals to market your work.

WD Live: David Baldacci

Bestselling author David Baldacci (The Whole Truth) talks with Writer's Digest about his thriller novels, his favorite authors, his new children's series and why he doesn't write about things he knows and, instead, prefers to write about things he'd like to know.

WD Live: Steve Berry, James Rollins and Brad Thor

WritersDigest.tv Video Exclusive: Bestselling authors (and friends) Steve Berry, James Rollins and Brad Thor talk about how they quietly began writing each other's characters into their own books, and how quickly fans caught on—much to Berry, Rollins and Thor's surprise. 

WD Live: Sandra Brown

WritersDigest.tv Video Exclusive: Sandra Brown, author of 56 New York Times bestselling novels, sits down with Writer's Digest editor Maria Schneider and discusses quick turnaround times, writing cross-genre stories and offers up advice on how to start a writing career. Her new book, Smoke Screen, hits stores August 12.

Why Authors Must Be Marketers Too

I may never win a Pulitzer Prize for any of my novels but I wrote three sentences in 2004 that have garnered me a lot of ink: “Writing is an art. Publishing is a business. And an oft broken business at that.” And like it or not, these days authors are...

A Guiding Hand: Sandra Brown on Her Mentor

Sandra Brown talks about her mentor, Mary Lynn Baxter. Brown has published 65 suspense and romance novels, 54 of which have made The New York Times bestseller list. Baxter is a bestselling romance author with more than 13 million books in print.

Lee Child On How To Create Suspense

Lee Child, author of the uber-popular Jack Reacher series, says he firmly believes writers should write that they want to write: "Do what you want to do, not what you should do." And although he believes writing cannot be taught, he did share his thoughts about how to create suspense and...

Book Passage Travel Writers & Photographers Conference

At lunch on the first day of the Book Passage Travel Writers & Photographers Conference, a writer ends up sitting next to a guidebook publisher. The writer asks why there’s never been a guidebook to Europe for beginners, and the publisher replies, “That’s a good idea. What would you put in...