Welcome to the summit directory

Do you want to get an intense, focused learning experience on the craft of writing?

We host three online summit a year: each is dedicated to one aspect of writing, such as plot, style, or building an audience. 

These summits attract thousands of attendees and many people have participated enthusiastically in every single one.

You can log in to your summits here, or you can purchase access to the replays of any you have missed.

Our Previous summits

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This collection of interviews and lectures is your comprehensive guide to the craft, habits, and marketing of fiction. Hand-selected from the first two years of DDW's summits, these talks will guide you through detailed, in-depth, pivotal topics in the art of storytelling and novel-making. It's like a complete education in fiction writing, delivered by working writers and award-winning teachers: all in one place.

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Expert writers show you a clear, simple steps to master style and create an unforgettable voice on the page.

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Expert writers show you a clear, simple steps to master style and create an unforgettable voice on the page.

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Escape the Plot Forest 2021 is your expert training program, your four-day creative writing "degree."

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This is an online summit for finding and growing your audience while you are still writing your book -- and how to build your network after you finish it.

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Escape the Plot Forest is your expert training program, your four-day creative writing "degree."

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This is a workshop for people who have written something, and want to make it better, but who are not yet ready to hand it over to an editor.

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Happy Attendees from the previous summits

Lynne “The 3 sessions on the character first novel were so timely for me and really helped me with a new story.”

Kayla M. "It has already enhanced my WIP for NaNoWriMo"

Adele S. “You covered everything. From how to write a novel to how to publish it. Great context. Very well organized. ”

Leah S. “The conference provided a wealth of useful and inspiring information. It was fantastic!”

Charles S. “The memories were pleasantly surprising and inspiring because it was explained from different perspectives.”

Charlie K. “ All the resources were really useful and everyone was so warm and welcoming.”

Mary M. "I appreciated the hour or two breaks between the presentations because most of us are multi-tasking. I did miss one morning so have to catch up. The Plot Pass made that worry free.”

Patrick M. "It feels great! Lots of different ideas!"

“ All the resources were really useful and everyone was so warm and welcoming.”

“The 3 sessions on the character first novel were so timely for me and really helped me with a new story.”

 -Lynne

“The Character First session, where we talked about Orientation burst open such an AHA! moment for me. It's already transforming my writing, and I am eternally grateful." - Paige T.

“The memories were pleasantly surprising and inspiring because it was explained from different perspectives.”

"It has already enhanced my WIP for NaNoWriMo"

"This was a highly instructive summit and did not simply regurgitate the same topics we've been fed over and over. There were topics I didn't even know were topics and speakers I'd never heard of and I loved that so much.” - Frances P.

"It feels great! Lots of different ideas!"

“The conference provided a wealth of useful and inspiring information. It was fantastic!”

"The 7 essential tips lecture was inspiring and helpful, the talk about plot payoff was incredibly organized and taught me a great deal, the lecture series organized by Daniel offered very easily digested ideas that simplified the conceptual side of creating a story. ” - Julia F.

"I appreciated the hour or two breaks between the presentations because most of us are multi-tasking. I did miss one morning so have to catch up. The Plot Pass made that worry free.”

“You covered everything. From how to write a novel to how to publish it. Great context. Very well organized. ”

“Hearing such a wide range of speakers talk about their craft with such passion. Listening to them gave me the enthusiasm and determination to keep going with the story I have lodged in my head.” - Zoe J.

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