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Do You Attend Online Writer’s Events?

Do you ever attend online writer's events? How are they different from the offline events of pre-pandemic times?

I have no clue how we’re in April already, but we are. I thought this writer’s panel was a lifetime away, but it is this Sunday in the USA and on Monday morning in Singapore.

It is at an impossible timing for those in European and Asian time-zones, but if you’re in the USA, you could check it out.

The panel is with all these wonderful authors, and yep, yours truly.

Julie Carrick Dalton grew up in Maryland and on a military base in Germany. As an adult, she bounced around from Seattle to Dallas to Virginia, before finding her true home in Boston, where she has lived for more than twenty years. Her writing has appeared in The Boston Globe, BusinessWeek, The Hollywood Reporter, Electric Literature, and other publications. She contributes to The Chicago Review of Books, Dead Darlings, and The Writer Unboxed.

Tin House alum and graduate of GrubStreet’s Novel Incubator, Julie holds a Master’s in Literature and Creative Writing from Harvard Extension School. She is a frequent speaker on the topic of writing fiction in the age of climate crisis. Mom to four kids and two dogs, Julie is a passionate skier, hiker, and kayaker. She also owns and operates an organic farm. Please excuse her dirty fingernails.

Visit her website at

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author J.T. Ellison writes standalone domestic noir and psychological thriller series, the latter starring Nashville Homicide Lt. Taylor Jackson and medical examiner Dr. Samantha Owens, and co-authored the international thriller series “A Brit in the FBI” with #1 New York Times bestselling author Catherine Coulter. J.T. is also the EMMY® Award-winning co-host of the television series A Word on Words.

With millions of books in print, J.T.’s work has been published in 27 countries and 15 languages. Her novel The Cold Room won the ITW Thriller Award for Best Paperback Original. Her novels Field of Graves and Where All the Dead Lie were each a RITA® nominee for Best Romantic Suspense. She is also the author of multiple short stories. Visit her at for more information.

Riley Sager is the pseudonym of a former journalist, editor and graphic designer.

 Now a full-time writer, Riley is the author of Final Girls, an international bestseller that’s been published in 25 languages, and the New York Times bestsellers The Last Time I Lied and Lock Every Door. His latest book, HOME BEFORE DARK, is available now.

 A native of Pennsylvania, he now lives in Princeton, New Jersey.

Visit his website at

Hosting all of this will be Hank Philippi Ryan, who has appeared before on Daily (w)rite.

Hank Phillippi Ryan is the USA Today bestselling author of thirteen novels of suspense.  She has won five Agathas, four Anthonys, two Macavitys, the Daphne, and the coveted Mary Higgins Clark award. National reviews have called her a “master at crafting suspenseful mysteries” and “a superb and gifted storyteller.” Her 2019 book The Murder List won the Anthony Award for Best Novel of the year. Her 2020 book is The First to Lie, of which the Publishers Weekly starred review said, “Stellar. Ryan could win a sixth Agatha with this one.” It is now a nominee for the Mary Higgins Clark Award.

Hank is also an award-winning investigative reporter at Boston’s WHDH-TV. In addition to 37 EMMYs and 14 Edward R. Murrow awards, Hank’s won dozens of other honors for her ground-breaking journalism. Hank is a founding teacher at Mystery Writers of America University and served as past president of national Sisters in Crime. Her upcoming novel, Her Perfect Life, will be published September 14, 2021. Learn more at

As you can see, I’m quite the newbie in this illustrious group, and would be very appreciative of friendly faces. If you do attend zoom events, it would be a pleasure to see you!

The registration link is HERE--the event is free but requires registration.

Do you ever attend online writer’s events? How are they different from the offline events of pre-pandemic times?

Are you part of nay online or offline book groups? Founded any? What is the experience like? Do you think online book groups are similar to those offline?My debut literary crime novel,”You Beneath Your Skin,” published by the fab team at Simon and Schuster IN is optioned to be a TV series by Endemol Shine.

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Damyanti Biswas

Damyanti Biswas is the author of You Beneath Your Skin and numerous short stories that have been published in magazines and anthologies in the US, the UK, and Asia. She has been shortlisted for Best Small Fictions and Bath Novel Awards and is co-editor of the Forge Literary Magazine. Her next literary crime thriller, The Blue Bar, is represented by Lucienne Diver from The Knight Agency, and was published by Thomas & Mercer on January 1, 2023.

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  • There is a popular one in San Francisco I used to attend and found them mostly supportive, but it got pretty expensive so I quit. Likewise the local Book Festival got huge and a bit commercial so why bother Zooming?

  • Jemima Pett says:

    I hope it went well, Damyanti. You rock!

  • I have attended quite a few online writers’ events in the past 14 months. They save travelling to live events, but it isn’t always possible to speak with the people of one’s choice. In some ways they are better and in other ways worse that live events. They are more inclusive. I hope your event goes well, Damyanti.

    • Damyanti Biswas says:

      Yes, online writer events are becoming the norm.

      In this particular event each author would be having a conversation with all the participants in turn–so it is a bit of a new thing for me. Thanks for your kind wishes!

  • Joy Smith says:

    I have done a couple with Hay House in the past year.

  • alexjcavanaugh says:

    Bummer, we have friends coming over tomorrow night or I would!
    Haven’t attended many writing conferences but I am tuning in to an online comic con this weekend.

    • Damyanti Biswas says:

      Thanks, Alex. Would have been cool to have you. Have a lovely night with friends—we haven’t had friends over in forever!

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