Here is our growing list of authors, agents, editors, publishing professionals and other presenters who will be speaking at the 2018 San Francisco Writers Conference. To find out more about each of them, click on the underlined name.

The presenters are in categories: Presenters (including authors), Agents, and Editors.  Scroll down to see all of them.


Sheldon Siegel
New York Times best-selling author of the critically acclaimed legal thriller series featuring San Francisco criminal defense attorneys Mike Daley and Rosie Fernandez, two of the most beloved characters in contemporary crime fiction.

Dana Gioia
California Poet Laureate. Former Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts. Internationally acclaimed and award-winning poet.

Shanthi Sekaran teaches creative writing at California College of the Arts, and is a member of the Portuguese Artists Colony and the San Francisco Writers’ Grotto. Shanthi’s newest work  Lucky Boy, published by G.P. Putnam and Sons debuted earlier this year. Her first novel, The Prayer Room, was published by MacAdam Cage.

 Young Writers Session Presenter:

Mitali Perkins, author of ten novels for young readers, including Rickshaw Girl (children’s workshop)

Nina Amir
, author and writing coach
Kathleen Antrim, author, Co-President, of International Thriller Writers
Marilyn R. Atlas
, film producer/personal manager
Jim Azevedo
, marketing director at Smashwords
Jordan Bernal, author and past president of CWC Tri-Valley Branch
Angela Bole, CEO of IBPA
Andrew Burleson
, BetaBooks
Stephanie Chandler
, is an author and CEO of the NonfictionAuthors Association
Paula Chinick, author and  past president of California Writers Club Tri-Valley Branch
Melissa Cistaro
, author, bookseller and event coordinator at Book Passage
Mark Coker
, author and founder of major eBook publisher Smashwords
Martha Conway
, author of The Underground River and Sugarland
Robin Cutler
, director of IngramSpark
Aya de Leon,
novelist, poet and theater artist.
Taryn Edwards, librarian and Member Relations and Marketing Specialist for the Mechanics’ Institute of San Francisco.
Eric Elfman,
author and writing coach
Betsy Graziani Fasbinder
, author, coach and speaker
Grant Faulkner,
executive director of National Novel Writing Month
Kate Farrell
, author, librarian, storyteller
Brian Felsen, poet, playwright, filmmaker and ebook pioneer
Diane Frank, author and poet
Joel Friedlander, is an award-winning book designer, blogger, and author
Constance Hale, journalist and author
Tanya Hall, CEO Greenleaf Books
Brad Henderson,  teaches engineering writing and science writing courses at UC Davis
Rachael Herron
, bestselling author of the novel The Ones Who Matter Most
Rebecca Hunter, award-winning writer, editor and translator
Andy Jones, author, poet, professor at UC Davis; “Dr. Andy’s Poetry and Technology Hour” 
Mike Jung, author of Geeks, Girls and Secret Identities
Carla King
, author and self publishing expert, founder of Self-Publishing Boot Camp
Bharti Kirchner, the prolific author of 11 books. her latest novel is Season of Sacrifice: A Maya Mallick Mystery is out in hardcover and as a Kindle edition.
Brenda Knight
, author and marketing expert
Mary E. Knippel, Independent editor, writing mentor and author
Adair Lara
, author, teacher and writing coach
Michael Larsen
, author, co-founder of the SFWC
Hilary Lawson, assistant editor at HarperCollins, San Francisco
Linda Lee
, web site designer and WordPress expert 
Donna Levin, author
Richard Loranger, poet and performance artist
Marylee MacDonald, author and writing coach
Mary Mackey, author
Tim McCanna
, children’s picture book author and Assistant Regional Advisor for SCBWI
Susie Meserve, writer and college professor
Isabella Michon, president/founder of ImMedia, a publicity company
Louise Nayer, author
Anne Perry, international bestselling historical novelist
Rob Price, founder of Gate Keeper Press
Lissa Provost
, poet and author
Bridget Quinn, writer, art history scholar, and educator
David Rasch
, lecturer with Stanford University’s Continuing Education program
Reiko Redmonde, curator and manager of Revolution Books, Berkeley
Olivia Rivers, award-winning YA novelist of Tone Deaf & movie-optioned In The Hope of Memories
Barbara Santos
, author of Practice Aloha and Marketing Director for SFWC
Penny Sansevieri, founder of Author Marketing Experts
Helen Sedwick, lawyer and author of Self-Publishers Legal Handbook
Naheed Senzai, author
Monte Schulz, author, owner of Santa Barbara Writers Conference
Rusty Shelton,  founder and CEO of Zilker Media
Evelyn Skye
, bestselling YA author of The Crown’s Game series 
Kaitlin Solimine, author
Ransom Stephens
, physicist, author, award winning technologist, speaker
Sonya Renee Taylor, author, poet, spoken word artist, speaker, humanitarian and social justice activist
Cathy Turney, author of Get 10,000 Twitter Followers Easily, Quickly, Ethically
Mary Volmer, author
Lyzette Wanzer, San Francisco writer, editor, and creative writing workshop instructor.
Penny Warner, award winning author
Alex White
, author of The Salvagers series (Orbit, 2018)
Victoria Zackheim, author, editor and screenwriter

Lisa Abellera
, Kimberley Cameron & Assoc. 
Peter Beren, Peter Beren Agency
Andrea Brown, Andrea Brown Literary Agency, Inc. 
Amy Cloughley, Kimberley Cameron & Assoc. 
Dawn Frederick
Red Sofa Literary
Taylor Martindale Kean
, Full Circle Literary
Laurie McLean
, Fuse Literary
D. Patrick Miller, Fearless Books and Literary Services
Mary C. Moore, Kimberley Cameron & Assoc. 
Patricia Nelson
, Marsal Lyon Literary Agency
Monica Odom
, Liza Dawson Associates 
Jody Rein
, Jody Rein Books 
Nicki Richesin, Wendy Sherman Associates, Inc.
Andy Ross
, Andy Ross Agency
Ken Sherman, Ken Sherman & Associates
Jennifer March Soloway
, Andrea Brown Literary Agency
Gordon Warnock
, Fuse Literary
Carlisle Webber
, Fuse Literary

Sarah Billingsley, Editor at Chronicle Books
Tory Hartmann, Sand Hill Review Press
Rachel Hiles, Editor at Chronicle Books
Georgia Hughes, Editorial Director at New World Library
Brenda Knight, Author, President of the Women’s National Book Association, San Francisco Chapter
Hilary Lawson, HarperCollins
Tyler Moss,  Editor-in-Chief of Writer’s Digest magazine 
Karla Olson, Editorial Director at Patagonia Books
Bridget Watson Payne, Author and Editor at Chronicle Books
Daniela Rapp, St. Martins Press
Weslie Turner, Arthur A. Levine Books, an imprint at Scholastic
Jennifer Ung, Simon Pulse, an imprint at Simon and Schuster
Brooke Warner, Publisher at She Writes Press

Amelia Beamer, Indie Editor/Author
Pamela Feinsilber, Editorial and Writing Services
Suzanne (C.S.) Lakin, Indie Editor
David Landau, Indie Editor
Heather Lazare, independent editor
Mary Rakow, Indie Editor and novelist
Suzanne Sherman, Writing Coach and Indie Editor
Meghan Stevenson, Independent Editor
Wendy Nelson Tokunaga, author and manuscript consultant
Annie Tucker, Writer, Editor and Publishing Expert
Ricky Weisbroth, Indie Editor
Monica Wesolowska, Indie Editor, Author, Speaker and Teacher
Hannah Wood, Independent Editor