Speakers

Here is our growing list of authors, agents, editors, publishing professionals and other presenters who will be speaking at the 2019 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.  
Please scroll down to see all of them.

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS:

CATHERINE COULTER has written over 80 books, almost all New York Times bestsellers. Her wildly popular FBI series now includes Paradox, the 22nd thriller. Coulter also co-writes with J.T. Ellison in her new Brit in the FBI series. The Last Second — the 6th book in this “phenomenally thrilling series” – will hit the shelves in March 2019.

JANE FRIEDMAN has 20 years of experience in the publishing industry, with expertise in business strategy for authors and publishers. Jane’s newest book is The Business of Being a Writer (University of Chicago Press); Publishers Weekly said that it is “destined to become a staple reference book for writers and those interested in publishing careers.”  Also, in collaboration with The Authors Guild, she wrote The Authors Guild Guide to E-Publishing.

 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 and culture organization that fights injustice and anti-immigrant hate through the power of storytelling. His memoir, Dear America: Notes of an Undocumented Citizen (HarperCollins), will be released September 2018.

2019 SFWC PRESENTERS:
Rick Acker
, author
Nina Amir
, author and writing coach
Kathleen Antrim, author, Co-President of International Thriller Writers
Rachelle Ayala, author
Jim Azevedo
, marketing director at Smashwords
Beth Barany, creativity coaching for writers
Jordan Bernal, author and past president of CWC Tri-Valley Branch
Chaya Bhuvaneswar, author
Gail Carriger, bestselling author
Stephanie Chandler
, is an author and CEO of the NonfictionAuthors Association
Paula Chinick, author and  past president of California Writers Club Tri-Valley Branch
Mark Coker
, author and founder of major eBook publisher Smashwords
Christine Conradt, screenwriter, director, producer, author
EJ DeBrun, animator, author and TV/film professional
Eric Elfman, award winning author/writing coach
Kate Farrell
, author, librarian, storyteller
George Fong, author
Joey Garcia, columnist and talk show host
Cali Gilbert, author, photographer, filmmaker
Alessandra Harris, author
Sam Horn, founder and CEO of the Intrigue Agency
Anne Janzer, author, writing coach and consultant
Carla King
, author and self publishing expert, founder of Self-Publishing Boot Camp
Mary E. Knippel, Independent editor, writing mentor and author
C.S. Lakin, author, copy editor and writing coach
Kristen Lamb, author, blogger and social media Jedi
Linda Lee
, web site designer and WordPress expert 
Kerry Lonsdale, author of Everything We Give
Richard Loranger, poet and performance artist
Karl W. Palachuk, author, speaker and blogger
Lissa Provost
, poet and author
Douglas Rees, author
Jordan Rosenfeld, author, editor and coach
Barbara Santos
, author of Practice Aloha and two cookbooks…and Marketing Director for SFWC
Nina Schuyler, author
Rusty Shelton,  founder and CEO of Zilker Media
Ransom Stephens, physicist, author, award winning technologist, speaker
Maggie Tokuda-Hall, award winning author
Alex White, author

AGENTS:
Lisa Abellera
, Kimberley Cameron & Assoc. 
Peter Beren, Peter Beren Agency
Andrea Brown, Andrea Brown Literary Agency, Inc. 
Dawn Frederick
Red Sofa Literary
Annie Hwang, Folio Literary Management
Taylor Martindale Kean
, Full Circle Literary
Jennie Kendrick, Red Fox Literary
Laurie McLean
, Fuse Literary
Patrick Miller, Fearless Books and Literary Services
Kristen Moeller, Waterside Productions
Patricia Nelson
, Marsal Lyon Literary Agency
Monica Odom
, Liza Dawson Associates 
Gabrielle Piraino, DeFiore and Company
Nicki Richesin, Wendy Sherman Associates, Inc.
Andy Ross
, Andy Ross Agency
Jennifer March Soloway
, Andrea Brown Literary Agency
Jennifer Chen Tran, Bradford Literary
Gordon Warnock
, Fuse Literary
Carlisle Webber
, Fuse Literary

EDITORS:
Brenda Knight, Author, President of the Women’s National Book Association, San Francisco Chapter
Tyler Moss,  Editor-in-Chief of Writer’s Digest magazine 
Daniela Rapp, Senior Editor at St. Martins Press
Mekisha Telfer, Roaring Book Press, Macmillan

INDEPENDENT EDITORS:
Pamela Feinsilber, Editorial and Writing Services
Mary Rakow, Indie Editor and novelist
Monica Wesolowska, Author, teacher,and independent editor