The inaugural San Francisco Writers Conference was held February 15-16, 2004, at the Sir Francis Drake Hotel in San Francisco. The 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th conferences have been held at the InterContinental Mark Hopkins Hotel.
The conference is held each President’s Day weekend in mid-February.
The conference co-founders/co-directors are Elizabeth Pomada and Michael Larsen. Elizabeth and Michael are the co-founders of Michael Larsen-Elizabeth Pomada Literary Agents: Northern California’s oldest literary agency, founded in 1972.
Attendance is limited to 300 people.
There are 80-100 speakers, editors and agents who participate each year.
There are 50-60 volunteers.
The San Francisco Writers Conference is a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation that donates money and services to charities that support writing. SFWC donations have gone to the Children’s Book Project, Litquake, WNBA, Books & Booze, Project Homeless Connect, high school scholarship recipients and other organizations. SFWC management team members donate their time on many projects and can often be seen giving pro-bono speeches at writers conferences and other venues.
The theme of the conference is A Celebration of Craft, Commerce and Community, which reflects the heritage of San Francisco as well as the founders’ vision of helping writers get their work published by building bridges between them and publishers, editors, agents and other professionals.
Barbara Santos, co-creator of the Maui Writers Conference, is marketing director. Laurie McLean directs the San Francisco Writers Conference Writing Contest and manages conference registration and the www.sfwriters.org website.
Co-Founders: Elizabeth Pomada and Michael Larsen – 415.673.0939
Marketing Director/Newsletter Editor: Barbara Santos – 925.560.1403
Registration/Website Director: Richard Santos – 925.560.1403
Volunteer Coordinator: Linda Lee
San Francisco Writers Conference Advisory Board:
Kathleen Antrim, author and political commentator
Andrea Brown, author and literary agent
Kathi Kaman Goldmark, author and producer of ‘West Coast Live’
Hut Landon, Exec. Dir. of Northern Calif. Independent Booksellers Assn.
Alan Rinzler, vice president at Jossey-Bass
Elisa Southard, author and marketing consultant
Joyce Turley, author and NSA speaker
Peter Wiley, Chairman of John Wiley & Sons
San Francisco Writers Conference
1029 Jones Street San Francisco, CA 94109