2019 San Francisco Writers Conference

Presidents Day Weekend–Feb. 14-17, 2019

NOTE: The 2019 conference will be at the Hyatt Regency Embarcadero hotel across from the Ferry Building, next to the Embarcadero BART station!
The SFWC room rate is $259 if you reserve now!
Plan to join us at our 16th Celebration of Craft, Commerce & Community with:

Catherine Coulter Keynote Speaker 2019 San Franscisco Writers ConferenceCatherine Coulter has written over 80 books, almost all New York Times bestsellers. Her wildly popular FBI series now includes Paradox,the 22nd thriller…and it was also on the NYT bestsellers list. How does she do it? She is a master of romantic suspense thrillers and historical romances.

Jane Friedman, is the author of The Business of Being a Writer, a columnist with Publishers Weekly, the co-founder of The Hot Sheetand the former editor/publisher of Writer’s Digest. Jane maintains an award-winning blog for writers at JaneFriedman.com and her expertise has been featured by NPR, PBS, CBS, The Washington Post, the National Press Club, and many other outlets.

Jose Antonio Vargas is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, Emmy-nominated filmmaker, and founder/CEO of Define American, the nation’s leading non-profit media & culture organization that fights injustice and anti-immigrant hate through the power of storytelling. He is also the author of Dear America: Notes of an Undocumented Citizen.


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REGISTER NOW for the 2019 SFWC to get the rate of $850 until January 31. 

What is the SFWC?
This will be the 16th 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, audio books, podcasting, 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 optional Pre/Post Event Master Classes!

The event is packed with nearly 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 gala; keynotes and continental breakfasts; lots of social interaction with other writers; a Friday evening Open Mic reading and two pitch practice 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 2019 San Francisco Writers Conference  CLICK HERE!

What to expect at the SFWC?

The San Francisco Writers Conference starts on Thursday with orientation classes in the afternoon, and several optional Master Classes in the evening. Then the conference runs–pretty much non-stop–through early afternoon on Sunday. If you can stay longer, there is a no-host Chinese banquet lunch at 2 pm where you can keep the networking going with SFWC presenters, staff, and volunteers. On Monday there will be several post-event Master Classes, too.  That’s the entire Presidents’ Day weekend..and then some!

All attendees get a commemorative tote bag filled with writing goodies! The SFWC 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.

NOTE! We are moving to the Hyatt Regency Embarcadero this year. Located a short stroll from the Ferry Building, the hotel is directly in front of the Embarcadero BART station and especially convenient for those of you flying in to San Francisco. So be sure to take advantage of the special $259 SFWC Rate (our hotel room block is filling up fast, so reserve yours now). 

You can book your room directly with the hotel by calling 415-788-1234 and use our discount code WR19

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 2019 San Francisco Writers Conference?  CLICK HERE!

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

      • You appreciate sessions that fit your specific writing needs and goals. At SFWC you can choose from a full schedule of workshops and panels.

      • You want to launch your writing career–or take it to a more professional level. As in any business, it’s ‘who you know’.  Meet industry leaders and learn how to play the publishing game. The information at SFWC covers the latest trends and technology to help you get more writing done…and successfully sell what you write.

      • You want 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 with great books they can represent.

      • 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 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 practices, share their work at “Open Mic” readings, and socialize at our Gala Party and Poetry and Jazz events. 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, keynotes and events from Thursday through Sunday. Plus a consult with an editor and publicist, unlimited networking with over 100 presenters (and fellow writers!), a Networking Gala, the Poetry and Jazz party, morning continental breakfasts, the popular Practice Your Pitch event, an attendee bag filled with writer goodies, and more!

Optional Add-Ons include:

Speed Dating with Agents featuring more than 20 literary agents. This opportunity for attendees to give face-to-face pitches to agents is $75. It can be added when you register or onsite. 
Agent Consults will also be available to attendees this year. Once you register you will be eligible to sign up for the specific agent or agents you wish to meet with for 15 minutes of one-on-one time. The cost is $100 for each consult.
READY TO REGISTER for the 2019 San Francisco Writers Conference?

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Visit the amazing line up of EXHIBITORS that joined us at the 2018 SFWC.  
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