2016 San Francisco Writers Conference
Independent Editor Consults

Want personal attention for your writing at this year’s San Francisco Writers Conference?

Simply sign up for a complimentary consultation with an Independent Editor.

Frequently Asked Questions About Independent Editor Consultations

  1. How much does it cost to speak with an editor?

Consultations are free for attendees

  1. Where and when are consultations held?        

The Independent Editor consultations are held in the Garden Room (adjacent to Café Ferlinghetti; a few are in the cafe).

Fri:    AM:  9–11:50 a.m.  (Lunch 12-2)   PM:  2 p.m.–5:50 p.m.        

         Sat:   AM:  9–11:50 a.m.   (Lunch 12-2)   PM:  2 p.m. – 4:50 p.m.

  1. When can I register for a consultation?

The consultations registration desk will be open immediately after the Independent Editor panel on Thursday afternoon (4:45-5:45 p.m.) and at 8:30 a.m. on Friday morning and 8:30 a.m. on Saturday morning as well as during consultation hours in front of the Garden Room.

  1. How do I know which editor to speak with?

When you check in at the conference, look at the program to see who is a good fit for your work. Even better, the freelance editors providing free consults will also be listed on the website prior to the event.

  1. How long are consultations?

A consultation is eight minutes.

  1. May I bring pages for the editor to review?

You may bring the beginning of a work for the editor to read. Because you only have eight minutes, please allow time for discussion as well as reading.

  1. May I sign up for more than one consultation?

Registration is on a first-come first-served basis. You may register for one consultation on Friday and another on Saturday.

  1. Is a consultation useful, if my work isn’t finished?

That may be the best time for a consultation. Take advantage of speaking with an editor to help you finish your work. Bring your questions and challenges and get professional advice.

  1. Will I be able to find an editor for my genre?

We strive to have editors in different areas. If you can’t find the right editor for your work, please see if Independent Editor Coordinator Mary E. Knippel can offer suggestions.


Contact: Mary E. Knippel

            2016 SFWC Independent Editor Coordinator