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:

Walter Mosley has written more than 30 books, including 11 previous Easy Rawlins titles. He is also the recipient of the O. Henry Award, a Grammy and PEN America’s Lifetime Achievement Award.

Brooke Warner is an author of several books: Green-light Your Book, What’s Your Book?, and three books on memoir. She is a sought afterteacher at her company, Warner Consulting, Inc.  Brooke is the founder and publisher of She Writes Press. 

Jonathan Maberry is a multiple Bram Stoker Award winning author.  He is a multi-talented writer of both fiction and nonfiction.  He even writes for comic books (Captain America; Marvel Zombies Return).   An advocate for writers, his Writers Coffeehouse is a free three-hour open-agenda networking and discussion session for writers of all genres and levels of skill in multiple locations around the country each month.


2020 SFWC PRESENTERS:
Nina Amir
, author and writing coach

Kathleen Antrim, author, copresident 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
Gail Carriger, best-selling author
Stephanie Chandler
, author and CEO of the Nonfiction Authors Association
Paula Chinick, author and past president of California Writers Club Tri-Valley Branch
Mark Coker
, author and founder of major ebook distributor Smashwords

Christine Conradt, screenwriter, director, producer, author
EJ DeBrun, animator, author, and TV/film professional
Taryn Edwards, Strategic Partnerships Manager and Historian, Mechanics’ Institute of San Francisco

Eric Elfman, award-winning author/writing coach
Kate Farrell
, author, librarian, storyteller

George Fong, author
Diane Frank , poet & novelist, chief editor at Blue Light Press
Joey Garcia, columnist and talk show host

Cali Gilbert, author, photographer, filmmaker
Alessandra Harris, author
Jim Horan, author and CEO of The One Page Business Plan Company
Anne Janzer, author, writing coach, and consultant
Kinga Jentetics, CEO PublishDrive
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, copyeditor, and writing coach
Kristen Lamb, author, blogger, and social media Jedi
Linda Lee
, website designer and WordPress expert
Kerry Lonsdale, author of Everything We Give
Richard Loranger, poet and performance artist

Kathy Meis, Bublish
Kristina Meister, author

Linda Joy Myers, author and founder of the National Association of Memoir Writers
Brigid O’Farrell, author and scholar
Tracy Oliver, founder of Skycastle Media
Karl W. Palachuk, author, speaker, and blogger
Victoria Piontek, author and literary associate for Andrea Brown Agency
Jess Ponce, author, certified media coach, and branding expert
Lissa Provost
, poet and author
Douglas Rees, author
Randy Ribay, author and educator
Melanie Rijkers, internationally known photographer and author
Jordan Rosenfeld, author, editor, and coach
Penny Sansevieri, founder and CEO Author Marketing Experts
Barbara Santos
, author of Practice Aloha and two cookbooks, and marketing director for SFWC
Nina Schuyler, author
Helen Sedwick, author and lawyer
Rusty Shelton, founder and CEO of Zilker Media
Kevin Smokler, author, performer, and public speaker
Sandy Stark-McGinnis, middle-grade author
Ransom Stephens, physicist, author, award-winning technologist, speaker
Maggie Tokuda-Hall, award-winning author
Diana Toledano, author and children’s book illustrator
Kevin Tumlinson, Director of Marketing for Draft2Digital and host of Wordslinger Podcast
Penny Warner, author and Agatha Award winner
Monica Wesolowska, author, teacher,and independent editor
Alex White, author
Paul Zeidman, screenwriter and actor

AGENTS:
Lisa Abellera
, Kimberley Cameron & Assoc.
Amelia Appel, Triada US
Peter Beren, Peter Beren Agency
Andrea Brown, Andrea Brown Literary Agency
Dawn Frederick
,
Red Sofa Literary
Annie Hwang, Folio Literary Management
Dorian Maffei, Kimberley Cameron & Assoc.
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
Andy Ross
, Andy Ross Agency
Jennifer March Soloway
, Andrea Brown Literary Agency
Paul Stevens, Donald Maass Agency
Jennifer Chen Tran, Bradford Literary
Gordon Warnock
, Fuse Literary
Carlisle Webber
, Fuse Literary

EDITORS/INDEPENDENT EDITORS
Libby Edelson
, Senior Editor at HarperOne
Pamela Feinsilber, Editorial and Writing Services
Jason Gardner, Executive Editor at New World Library

Nikki GarciaAssociate Editor for Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Tanya Egan Gibson, Freelance Editor and author
Gini Grossenbacher, Indie Editor
Tory Hartmann, Sand Hill Review Press
Brenda Knight, Acquisitions Editor, Mango Media

Elisabeth Kauffman, independent editor and book coach
David Landau, Indie Editor
Heather Lazare, Indie Editor
Danielle Marshall, Editorial Director at Lake Union Publishing
Jane Ormerod, Editor-in-chief of great weather for MEDIA
Mary Rakow, Indie Editor and novelist
Daniela Rapp, Senior Editor at St. Martins Press
Steve Saffel, Senior Acquisitions Editor at Titan Books
Suzanne Sherman, published author, book editor, and writing/publishing coach and consultant
Meghan Stevenson, Freelance Editor
Mekisha Telfer, Roaring Book Press, Macmillan
Ricky Weisbroth, Freelance Editor and writing coach
Monica Wesolowska, Author, teacher,and independent editor