These are some of the free events and stand alone classes we will offer at the
2018 San Francisco Writers Conference.

Come check them out. 
We know you will be back for more!

Click HERE To Download the Flyer for these events



These Master Classes aren’t free, but they are remarkably inexpensive! If you can’t commit to the entire 4-day San Francisco Writers Conference, you can still register for San Francisco Writers Foundation MASTER CLASSES at the Mark Hopkins. These classes are taught by some of our favorite presenters (Adam Cushman, Connie Hale, Anne Perry, Rusty Shelton, Penny Warner, Victoria Zackheim, Linda Lee) and focus on key topics for writers (Writing a Book Proposal, Building an Author Website, Crafting Your Pitch, Using Video to Promote Books, etc.).  Classes range from $59 to $119 (most are $99).    CLICK HERE for details and registration.

Free and Open-to-the Public Sessions at the 2018 San Francisco Writers Conference
These events will be at the Mark Hopkins Hotel  (California at Mason) during the San Francisco Writers Conference.

VISIT THE SFWC EXHIBIT HALL and ONSITE BOOKSTORE!  Everyone is welcome to visit the SFWC Exhibitors and listen to a full schedule of EXHIBITOR TALKS on Friday, Saturday and Sunday (Feb. 16-18). SEE SCHEDULE ON NEXT PAGE.  There will be ongoing book signings in the bookstore on Friday and Saturday, too. 

Go to the to download this Free Events Schedule and Exhibit Talk Schedule


6:00-8:00 p.m.     JOINING THE WRITING COMMUNITY: Connecting with Other Writers                    California Room

Here is a way to start networking with the writing and publishing industry. Meet members of local and national writer’s organizations who will bring literature and talk about their organization.  Many SFWC event exhibitors and presenters will be dropping in to mingle.


7:30 p.m.              AN EVENING OF POETRY & JAZZ                                              Peacock Ballroom

Join us for an open mic with Diane Frank, Brad Henderson, Andy Jones, Richard Loranger, Mary Mackey, Susie Meserve, Lissa Provost, Melissa Stein, Matthew Zapruder. Get up and share your writing (poems and very short stories), too.  No-host bar and live music!

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 17                                                                                                          

10:00-10:45 a.m.             THE MAGIC CARPET OF PLACE: A workshop for young writers in 5th grade and up!

Taught by Mitali Perkins, 2017 National Book Award Finalist for You Bring the Distant Near, and author of teen and younger reader favorites, Rickshaw Girl, Monsoon Summer and Secret Keeper. At 10:45 a Q&A and signing will follow in the California Room. Admission is FREE, but for the general public you must RSVP on the SFWC Website—look on the right hand side or simply CLICK HERE!

2:00-2:45 p.m.                  CREATIVITY WALK                                                                      Meet in the Lobby

Inspiration is all around you. Writer and conference photographer Melanie E. Rijkers will lead a walking photography workshop near the hotel. Learn how to see without judgment. Find inspiration by taking a fresh look at the world around you. Bring a smartphone or camera…or take mind pictures!

7:30-9:30 p.m.        WRITING THE RESISTANCE: Authors as Activists and Agents of Change          Garden Room
Speakers: Aya de Leon, Sonya Renee Taylor, Lyzette Wanzer Georgia Hughes (New World Library), Brenda Knight (Mango Press), Reiko Redmonde (Revolution Books). Moderator: Mike Larsen

2018 San Francisco Writers Conference

EXHIBITOR TALKS in the Exhibit Hall are FREE and open to the public.
Drop in for one or more in the California Room of the Mark Hopkins Hotel

FRIDAY Feb. 16, 2018   Exhibits open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

9.00 a.m.   Is There Really a Blockchain for Books? 
Publica CEO Josef Marc  Publica is a worldwide instant-pay distribution channel for books.

10.00 a.m.       Likes to Loves: Algorithms for sustainable income as a writer
Lulu Press; Lulu Marketing Team Chelsea Bennett and Lali Szumowski

11.00 a.m.       Opening the Gates of Book Publishing: Self-Publishing 101
Gatekeeper Press; GP President Rob Price

2.00 p.m.    How to Write a Bullshit-free Memoir that Publishers Will Love
Carly Gelsinger Creative Services, LLC; owner Carly Gelsinger

3.45 p.m.    Where do writers get story ideas?
WNBA     Brenda Knight/ Marylee MacDonald/ Mary Volmer

4.45 p.m.    Everything You Need to Know About Audiobooks (for Authors).
Verity Audio Productions; Cory Verner

SATURDAY Feb. 17            Exhibits open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

9 a.m. Leaving the ‘Writer-Lonlies’ Behind
California Writers Club: longtime member Tim Jollymore

10.00 a.m.   The Mysterious and Wonderful World of Ingram
IngramSpark; Director of IngramSpark Robin Cutler

11.00 a.m.   The Business of Books: Understanding Your Publishing Options
IBPA-Independent Book Publishers Association; IBPA CEO Angela Bole

2:00 p.m. BINC   What is BINC and what does it do?
BINC is the nonprofit beneficiary of a portion of the SFWF AUCTION.

3.00 p.m.      Distribution for Self-Published Authors: Getting your book into independent bookstores
DartFrog Books; DartFrog founder Gordon McClellan

4.00 p.m.    Build a stronger fanbase: Leverage community-building tactics to deeply engage with your readers.  
BetaBooks; BetaBook’s Paul Kilpatrick

SUNDAY Feb. 18   Exhibits open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

10.00 a.m.       Three Ways Romance Writers of America Can Change Your (Writing)
Romance Writers of America   Stacy Finz, Chole Adler, R.L. Merrill

11.00 a.m.        Make it Memorable! Five Secrets to Being on the Keeper Shelf
Jen Graybeal Editing Services     Jen Graybeal


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