San Francisco Writers’ Conference

SF Writers' Conference logoMark Hopkins Hotel
February 15 – 18, 2018

Join us and help us promote WNBA at the Intercontinental Mark Hopkins Hotel on Nob Hill at the 2018 San Francisco Writers Conference (SFWC).
This will be the 15th Celebration of Craft, Commerce, and Community for all writers. Attendees will join with 100+ presenters and fellow writers from across the country and around the world at this year’s event. The SFWC events are consistently rated among the top writer’s conferences anywhere.

Presenters this year will include bestselling authors, literary agents, editors, and publishers from major publishing houses. There will be experts on self-publishing, book promotion, platform building, social media, and author websites. SFWC has one of the largest faculties of any writer’s conference.

The four day event is packed with 100+ sessions for writers–from the craft of writing to the business of publishing. There is copious networking with the very people who can advance your writing career; an opening gala; two keynote luncheons and breakfasts; lots of social interaction with other writers; and evening Open Mic readings and pitch sessions. There will be exhibitors with services and tools for writers, too.

If you are working on your book, getting ready to publish it, or looking for ways to promote an already published book, this is the event you need to attend. TO REGISTER for the 2018 San Francisco Writers Conference, CLICK HERE!

The San Francisco Writers Conference starts on Thursday with orientation classes in the afternoon and several optional Open Enrollment Classes in the evening. Then the conference runs–pretty much non-stop–through late afternoon on Sunday. If you can stay longer, there is a no-host dinner where you can keep the networking going with SFWC presenters, staff, and volunteers. On Monday there will be several post-event Open Enrollment classes, too. That’s the entire Presidents’ Day weekend..and then some!

Brenda Knight, president of WNBA-SF, will be on a featured panel – Writers Lunch ‘Authors as Activists’ – with Mike Larsen, Reiko Remonde, Lyzette Wanzer, and Charlotte Ashcock. 

In fact, we are proud that so many of our WNBA members will be presenters at this conference including: Nina Amir, Linda Lee, Mary E. Knippel, Martha Conway, Kate Farrell, Betsy Graziani Fasbinder, Mary Mackey, Barbara Santos, Helen Sedwick, Mary Volmer, Marylee MacDonald.

SFWC Keynote speakers include:

sheldon siegel Sheldon Siegel
New York Times best-selling author of the critically acclaimed legal thriller series featuring San Francisco criminal defense attorneys Mike Daley and Rosie Fernandez, two of the most beloved characters in contemporary crime fiction.

Dana Gioia
California Poet Laureate. Former Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts. Internationally acclaimed and award-winning poet.

Shanthi Sekaran teaches creative writing at California College of the Arts and is a member of the Portuguese Artists Colony and the San Francisco Writers’ Grotto. Shanthi’s newest work Lucky Boy, published by G.P. Putnam and Sons debuted earlier this year. Her first novel, The Prayer Room, was published by MacAdam Cage.

Young Writers Session Presenter: Mitali Perkins, author of ten novels for young readers, including Rickshaw Girl. RSVP for the 2018 San Francisco Writers Conference FREE Open-to-the Public Live Event!

The Magic Carpet of Place : A Workshop for All Young Writers
Saturday, February 17, 2018 at the Mark Hopkins Hotel, 1 Nob Hill, San Francisco 94109 
Event starts promptly at 10 a.m. Book signing to follow at 10:45 am in the onsite bookstore.

WNBA-SF current members are welcome to volunteer at our exhibit table during the regular conference program. First come, first signed up. Volunteers will be able to attend some free sessions with the exhibitor’s badge. Contact: Jan Schmuckler, jan AT janconsults DOT com, if you are interested in this great opportunity. The exhibit table space is small and we will display ONLY information about WNBA. You may want to volunteer for 2 hours or 4 hours; either is fine. We will assign two volunteers for each slot. We hope to see you there!


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