SFWC Press Releases

2019 San Francisco Writers Conference
Celebration of Craft, Commerce and Community for Writers

15th Annual Event: February 14-17th, 2019
Public Master Classes: February 14 & 18, 2019


CONTACT:  Laurie McLean, Conference Director (650) 747-0796
                       Barbara Santos, Marketing Director (925) 420-6223   


Writers & Readers can enjoy 12+ free and open-to-the-public events during the 2018 San Francisco Writers Conference & Master Classes—Feb. 14-18, 2019

   San Francisco, January 26, 2018— If you want to become a successfully published author, there is an event for that. This year one of the best writers’ conferences in the country, the San Francisco Writers Conference, is inviting all writers to over a dozen free events as part of its outreach program during its perennially sold-out four-day event. (Note: The event is NOT yet sold out as of Feb. 1st, 2018.)

   The San Francisco Writers Conference is an annual gathering that draws 100+ bestselling authors, literary agents, publishers, editors, and publishing industry professionals to the Bay Area.  These presenters, from the West Coast, New York City, and beyond, come to the event looking for new talent, to share their expertise with the attendees, and do some quality networking themselves.  At the SFWC attendees rub shoulders with the very people who help build writing careers.

   The 2019 San Francisco Writers Conference will be held President’s Day Weekend, February 14th-17th at the Hyatt Regency Embarcadero. The conference has a mission to support writers and written communication of all kinds.  Event details–including the complete presenters list and online registration for the conference and classes—is available at: www.SFWriters.org


   On Thursday (Feb. 15 from 6-8 pm), there will be a Writing Community Networking event with representatives of local publishing groups and companies in the publishing industry.

   An Evening of Poetry and Jazz is on Friday (Feb. 16 beginning at 7:30 p.m.) features Diane Frank, Brad Henderson, Andy Jones, Richard Loranger, Mary Mackey, Susie Meserve, Lissa Provost, Melissa Stein, Matthew Zapruder. Anyone can share their poems and very short stories.

   On Saturday night (Feb. 17 at 7:30 pm) we are proud to present Writing the Resistance: Authors as Activists featuring authors Sonya Renee Taylor, Aya de Leon, and Lyzette Wanzer, as well as, Georgia Hughes (New World Library), Brenda Knight (Mango Press), Reiko Redmonde (Revolution Books). It will be moderated by Mike Larsen.   

    Also on Saturday at 10 am, New York Times bestselling children’s author Mitali Perkins will give a free open-to-the-public workshop for aspiring writers in 5th grade and up. RSVP and get details on the SFWC website. http://sfwriters.org/mitali-perkins-sfwc-childrens-event-2

   The SFWC Exhibit Hall—with a full schedule of Exhibitor Talks on publishing—features companies offering services and products for writers is open to the public during most of the conference hours.  For a list of ALL the free events and Exhibitor Talks during the SFWC, go to: http://sfwriters.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/2018-SFWC-Free-Events.pdf

SFWC MASTER CLASSES  These classes on February 15th and 19th are taught by SFWC presenters and designed for in-depth learning. Open to all writers, they range from $59 to $119. You do not have to be a conference attendee to attend these classes. http://sfwriters.org/master-classes

THE MAIN SFWC EVENT: Writing a great book is just the start of a writing career. Turning a manuscript into a bestseller takes determination, support, and knowledge of the publishing industry. The San Francisco Writers Conference offers a generous amount of information to help a writer succeed.

   Attendees have access to the 70+ information-packed concurrent sessions covering a wide-range of topics (craft, publishing business, book/author marketing, self-publishing); keynote lunches; on-site social events where they can mingle with presenters and fellow writers; and pitch sessions where they will get honest feedback on their work. The event is suitable for writers in any genre (fiction, nonfiction, poetry, self-publishing, marketing, etc.).

AUTHOR PRESENTERS: Keynoters at the 2018 San Francisco Writers Conference include NY Times bestselling author Sheldon Siegel, California Poet Laureate/former NEA Chairman Dana Gioia, and Shanthi Sekaran, author of Lucky Boy. Many other authors—Anne Perry, Matthew Zapruder, Martha Conrad, Mike Larsen, Naheed Senzai, Alex White—in genres from memoir to thrillers to historical fiction and poetry will be teaching during the event.

AGENTS: There will be 18 literary agents at the SFWC. For writers looking for representation, Speed Dating with Agents, allows attendees to pitch their work in hopes of connecting with their perfect literary agent. There are also optional 15-minute in-depth Conversations with Agents for maximum access. Links to the agent websites can be found on the SFWC website.

EDITORS & PUBLISHERS: Publishers and editors from top traditional publishing houses—Simon & Schuster, St. Martin’s Press, HarperCollins, Scholastic, New World Books, Chronicle Books, Writer’s Digest, and more—are always a highlight of the program.

TRADITIONAL and SELF-PUBLISHING are equally valuable options with benefits—and responsibilities—writers need to understand. The technology changes quickly so the SFWC self-publishing track helps attendees learn about current trends and possibilities with panels and sessions featuring self-publishing leaders including Carla King, PBS MediaShift; Mark Coker, founder of Smashwords, Angela Bole of IBPA, and Robin Cutler of Ingram Spark, plus many more.

For a complete 2018 San Francisco Writers Conference presenters list, go to: www.SFWriters.org


GENERAL: Attendance is limited to 350 attendees and there will be more than 100 presenters for optimal interaction.  REGISTRATION FEE: $895 while seats remain. (Please note: This event always sells out and seats may not be available at the door.) Register on-line at www.SFWriters.org

MASTER CLASSES: Writing Intensive Workshops are scheduled for Thursday, February 15th and Monday, February 19th. These classes, ranging in price from $59 to $119, feature SFWC presenters and are open to non-attendees. Registration and details on these sessions is available at www.SFWriters.org.

The San Francisco Writers Conference is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization. To learn about San Francisco Writers Conference programs and events, go to the website at www.SFWriters.org or call 925-420-6223.

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2018 SAN FRANCISCO WRITERS CONFERENCE & CLASSES.  A Celebration of Craft, Commerce and Community on February 15th-19th at the Mark Hopkins Hotel. Featuring keynotes by NY Times bestselling author Sheldon Siegel, California’s Poet Laureate Dana Gioia and Shanthi Sekaran, author of the critically acclaimed novels The Prayer Room and Lucky Boy. Quality interaction with 100+ literary agents, editors, publishers and bestselling authors at over 70 sessions.  Exhibit hall, bookstore, and special presentations will be open to the public. The SFWC Master Classes are open to non-attendees. Get details—including a full presenters list and online registration—and opt-in for the SFWC Newsletter at www.SFWriters.org.


Ingram Spark, Lulu, Gatekeeper Press, IBPA, Mechanic’s Institute,

Bestseller Sponsors: Smashwords—Self-Publishing Track sponsor,

Writer’s Digest—Speed Dating for Agents sponsor

Women’s National Book Association, California Writers Club and TriValley Writers. Harvey Pawl, Book Expo & BookShop West Portal (SFWC onsite bookstore).

Scholarship Benefactors: Joyce Turley, Dr. Ellen Taliaferro, Victoria Hudson, Ray Larsen.



  • Click here to download the 2017 SFWC Press Release