October 20, 2021- Writers Connect Convention

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UPDATE AND SOME GREAT NEWS: 📣

We've heard from many of you that while you'd love to attend the full convention, including the live panel sessions, the cost to attend is a barrier. We want as many writers as possible to take advantage of this amazing convention and all the planned sessions, so we're making the all-access pass FREE for everyone! 🎉 

Any tickets already purchased will be 100% refunded before the convention, and anyone who registered for a free expo booth ticket will automatically have their ticket converted into an all-access pass. See you on November 5th and 6th! 

Hi Wattpad writers👋,

We know you love writing on Wattpad, and a huge part of that is connecting with other writers just like you. As the title sponsor, we're so excited to share that Wattpad will be helping host the Writers Connect Convention happening virtually on November 5th and 6th, from 9am EST until late. Join for as many sessions as you can!

So, what does the conference have in store? By attending you'll get to:

- Learn the ins-and-outs of the industry from your favorite Wattpad Stars.

- Meet with other writers on the same journey.

- Hear from rising writers during genre-specific panels.

- Get the industry inside scoop during fireside chats.

- Leave with the confidence and inspiration to take the next step in your writing journey.

- Enjoy a front-row digital seat to learn about future updates happening on Wattpad applicable to writers like you.

- Plus, you'll have the opportunity to meet tons of Wattpad Stars and even some Wattpad staff during the virtual meet and greets.

We're planning tons of great sessions you won't want to miss, including:

From Wattpad to the Big Screen: 

In a burgeoning landscape of endless streaming services and media platforms, the need for content seems larger than ever. And with built-in audiences, TV/Film adaptations have emerged as a more than viable option to fill that content gap. But how does that process work? What does it mean for your story to have a "shopping agreement?" Hear from Amber Chen , Beth Reeks, and Kate Marchant as they demystify that process and share their own experiences in the entertainment landscape. The panel will be moderated by Lindsey Ramey, Head of Global Film at Wattpad WEBTOON Studios.

Room For Everyone: Diversity and Inclusion in our Stories: 

As the publishing industry evolves into becoming a much more diverse and inclusive place for writers and stories, it can often feel like fighting an uphill battle. And yet, the conversations around inclusivity, the authors who promote it, and the stories that exemplify it cannot be understated. While these discussions can be difficult, they are important. Join us for a talk around inclusivity, how to include it in your own stories without falling into problematic pratfalls, and in general, the importance of continuing the fight for it.  It will be moderated by Brittany Chung Campbell, book coach and ethical storytelling consultant, and will feature Sondi WarnerMarianna Leal , Romi Moondi, and Evelyn Yang

The Power of Genre: How Romance Challenges Our Perspective on Art: 

From teen love stories to Muslim romances, paranormal LGBTQIAP+ affairs, and everything in between, there's a love-laden story for everyone on Wattpad. Join us for an intimate virtual conversation with successful romance writers who've had hit stories on Wattpad: How they did it, what they learned, and tips and tricks for success. It will be moderated by Tamara Lush and feature Alix & Nick Hicks, Amber D. Samuel and Avery Keelan

Bonus Session- A Peek Behind the Wattpad Curtain: 

You'll get a sneak peek into what's coming down the pipeline at Wattpad as well as some exciting changes you can expect on the platform in the near future! Tune in to hear from:

- Seema Lakhani, Wattpad's Chief Product Officer & General Manager of Wattpad Labs who will speak to the future of the Wattpad product and changes coming to the app.

- Abby Yew, Interim Head of Marketing who will speak to the future of writer growth at Wattpad.

- Dani Zacarias, Head of Content and Creator Development who will speak to the future of writer programs at Wattpad.

You'll leave the conference with more friends, knowledge, and insights into the world of digital publishing, straight from the mouths of the writers you adore. We really missed seeing you at WattCon this year, and we just couldn't go another year without something spectacular to help you connect, learn, and grow.

Register now (for FREE!) and you'll get full access to the entire two days, special invites to networking sessions with fellow writers, and meet-and-greet sessions with Wattpad Stars. You'll also receive on-demand access to all the recorded sessions, so you can revisit your favorite panel or attend any you missed.

Find out more and grab your ticket for Writers Connect today here!

- Wattpad HQ

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