San Francisco Writers Conference Upcoming Events


Year-round SFWC-MIL CLASSES  at Mechanics Institute Library!
Word Press 101: Build an Author Website March 10, 2018 with Linda Lee   INTRO  or BOOT CAMP 
 Workshop Your Villain with Cara Black on March 31st     CLICK HERE TO REGISTER 
The Character of Plot with David Corbett April 14, 2018. To register  CLICK HERE

Coming soon: Comics & Graphic Novels with Trina Robbins; Constance Hale, Victoria Zackheim, Jane Friedman, Sam Horn, Jess Ponce and more!

 2018 San Francisco Writers Conference
Presidents Day Weekend–Feb. 15-18
at the InterContinental Mark Hopkins Hotel on Nob Hill
Our 15th Celebration of Craft, Commerce & Community with:
California Poet Laureate/former NEA Chairman Dana Gioia  
   Bestselling legal thriller novelist Sheldon Siegel
 YA author Mitali Perkins will be a featured speaker AND
teach at
 the SFWC Young Writer’s Special Event.
Shanthi Sekaran author of the critically acclaimed novels, Lucky Boy and The Prayer Room.
It’s never too early to save your seat.  Take advantage of EARLY discounts, too.


  What is the 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. Our goal is to help writers become published authors as we help them become better at the craft and business of writing. The SFWC is also one of the friendliest conferences.
   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. The San Francisco Writers Conference has one of the largest faculties of any writer’s conference to ensure the best networking with the people who can help you get published.  
   All of our presenters are in person at the SFWC events and eager to share their expertise and love of writing. As presenters for 2018 are confirmed, they will be added to the SFWC Presenters page–with links to their websites. 
What happens at the SFWC?  The event spans four days…plus open enrollment Pre/Post Event Master Classes!
   The 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; a glorious 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.
The full 2018 SFWC Schedule will be available soon.
 Please subscribe to the free SFWC Newsletter to be notified.
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!

2017 Session with Robin Cutler of IngramSpark

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! 

Elegant keynote luncheons are included in the registration fee as is the Welcome Gala on Friday night. All attendees get a commemorative tote bag filled with writing goodies! No other writing conference offers so much social and one-on-one networking time with other writers and industry professionals. After-hours hosted open mics, poetry happenings, and pitch contests? You bet. Don’t want to eat dinner alone? There is a no-host dinner every night from Wednesday to Sunday at a different San Francisco restaurant. Our attendees tell us this friendly yet professional atmosphere is what makes SFWC the conference they choose to attend.

Click here to read about the Mark Hopkins Hotel and be sure to take advantage of the special $229 SFWC Rate available at the Mark Hopkins (based on availability).  You can book your room directly with the hotel by calling 415-392-3434.

From start to finish, the San Francisco Writers Conference is designed to help you become a better, more professional writer. 
READY TO REGISTER for the 2018 San Francisco Writers Conference?  CLICK HERE!

Top Ten Reasons for Writers to Attend the San Francisco Writers Conference

      • You want to launch your writing career–or take it to a more professional level.
      • You appreciate sessions that fit your specific writing needs and goals. At SFWC you can choose from a schedule of 100+ workshops and panels .
      • You need an agent! At Speed Dating for Agents pitch your book ideas one-on-one in a room full of literary agents ($75 option for registered attendees only). The literary agents at SFWC are on the lookout for new clients. You may find the perfect agent for you and your book.  
      • You are ready to learn about a wide range of publishing options from leaders in self-publishing and traditional publishing.
      • You are open to hearing FREE editorial feedback on your work from freelance book editors. Click HERE for the FAQ sheet!
      • You are building your personal writing community. At SFWC meet like-minded writers from all over the United States…and other countries, too.
      • You seek innovative writer-related services. Meet with the exhibitors at the conference to find out what’s new for writers.
      • You love books. Come browse our onsite bookstore (produced by BookShop West Portal) and get the books you purchase autographed by the presenters.
      • You have heard about SFWC’s over-the-top networking opportunities. SFWC attendees can jump into pitch contests, share their work at “Open Mic” readings, and socialize at our Gala Welcome party. This is just a sampling of  of what goes on during the event. 
      • You want to go to a conference that offers it all. You’ve just described the San Francisco Writers Conference–top quality information and excellent speakers, yet is extremely friendly to writers at all levels. 

The MAIN CONFERENCE registration fee includes four days of live sessions and events, a consult with an editor and publicist, unlimited networking with over 100 presenters and fellow writers, two keynote luncheons, a Welcome Gala on Friday evening, Practice Your Pitch event on Saturday evening,  an attendee bag filled with writer goodies and more!
Don’t forget about Speed Dating with Agents featuring 20+ literary agents. This opportunity to give face-to-face pitches is optional ($75) and can be added when you register or onsite.
Transportation, accommodations, and incidentals are not included in the registration fee.  

READY TO REGISTER for the 2018 San Francisco Writers Conference?  CLICK HERE!

We announce conference news, keep writers informed of Bay Area events, and share writing tips in the SFWC Newsletter.  Get your free SFWC Newsletter subscription by using the opt-in box at the top of the column on the right!

 ➡ Visit the amazing line up of EXHIBITORS at the 2018 SFWC.   CLICK HERE to be an exhibitor at the 2018 SFWC!
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