Weeknight Writers

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Weeknight Writers is a social enterprise dedicated to creating accessible educational resources and events for fiction authors, run by the Business for Authors team. The time and energy the Business for Authors team puts into this endeavor is paid for by contributions on Ko-fi and purchases from the merch store.

#WeeknightWriters Twitter chat

The Weeknight Writers group began as a Twitter chat on Thursday nights at 7PM EST. The chat happens almost every single week (exceptions are made for certain holidays) and provides an opportunity for writers to come together and share their struggles. To join us, search for the #WeeknightWriters hashtag at 7PM EST on a Thursday night.

Storycrafting Sessions

Storycrafting Sessions are one-day virtual conferences with panels exploring a specific aspect of writing, such as worldbuilding or story structure. These events are 100% free to attend.

To be informed about future Storycrafting Sessions & other events, sign up below:

Upcoming events

Writing Alternative Relationships: Polyam, Queer-Platonic Partners and More

Date: June 10th, 1-3PM EST

Writing Alternative Relationships: Polyamory, Queer-Platonic Life Partners & More: an in-depth discussion about writing queer relationships. This is the first in what we’re hoping will be a series of Writing Roundtables where we facilitate in-depth conversations about important writing topics that don’t fit into our regular Storycrafting Sessions.

See the details at https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/617234885157

Previous Events

Storycrafting Sessions: Drafting

Storycrafting Sessions: Drafting

Date: March 25th, 2023

Time: 11AM – 7PM EST

This FREE one-day virtual conference will feature five panels discussing various aspects of the drafting process. Topics covered will include building a writing habit, story planning, writing large group scenes, and writing satisfying endings.

See the full schedule: https://ko-fi.com/post/Storycrafting-Sessions-Drafting-Tickets-Available-W7W2IVJ9P

Storycrafting Sessions: Horror

Date: October 8, 2022

Time: 11AM – 7PM EST

This FREE one-day virtual conference will feature five panels discussing various aspects of the horror genre. Topics covered will include creating atmospheric settings, writing about spirits and ghosts, and building social critique into your horror.

Storycrafting Sessions: Science Fiction

Storycrafting Sessions: Science Fiction banner

Date: March 19, 2022

Time: 11AM – 6:30PM

This one-day virtual conference will feature five Zoom panels exploring different aspects of writing science fiction + a Discord server where people can chat between panels & enjoy a stellar afterparty.

Storycrafting Sessions: Character Development

This event featured five panels about character development, with topics like writing inclusive casts and building effective character relationships.

Storycrafting Session: Exploring Story Structure

Exploring Story Structure

Event date: July 3

Event hours: 11AM EST – 6PM EST

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Big thank you to Renaissance Press for sponsoring this event!

The Exploring Story Structure event featured five panels on topics ranging from balancing action and emotion to exploring alternatives to the hero’s journey, plus an extra-special Editors Talk panel about how to self-assess your story structure before sending your work off to an editor.

Storycrafting Session: Worldbuilding Deep Dive

Banner for Worldbuilding Deep Dive Event

Held on February 20th, 2021, the Worldbuilding Deep Dive event heralded the beginning of the Storycrafting Sessions. This one-day conference featured panel discussions about things like magic systems and developing conlangs. You can view more information about this event, including recordings of all the panels, on the Worldbuilding Deep Dive page.

Weeknight Writers Virtual Conference

Hosted on September 26th and 27th of 2020, the Weeknight Writers Virtual Conference was the first Weeknight Writers event open to the public. This two-day conference explored numerous topics related to the craft of writing and the business of publishing.

Help us create jobs for writers AND keep our events free

So far, Weeknight Writers events have relied on the effort of several enthusiastic volunteers. The next step is to turn some of those volunteers into paid employees, but there’s a catch: we want to keep our Storycrafting Sessions free. This might sound outrageous, but I believe we can pull it off if our amazing community comes together.

There are a couple of ways you can help us achieve these big goals:

Every contribution helps!