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TRAVEL INFO: Good site for people coming from the SFO Airport: : http://www.wikihow.com/Travel-from-the-San-Francisco-Airport-to-Downtown
GETTING AROUND TOWN: People around here swear by ride sharing companies like Uber and Lyft. Set it up in your smart phone now, and you will be all set to use it at the event. Now is the time to put the local taxi cab number in your phone. Yellow Cab is (415) 333-3333 and Desoto is (877) 691-2170.
The BART Embacadero station directly in front of the Hyatt regency Hotel. www.BART.gov
WHAT TO WEAR Attire at the conference is business casual with comfortable clothing for the late-night Open Mic events. Please wear comfortable shoes. Also bring a sweater and a rain coat plus an umbrella as it can get chilly and blustery outside in San Francisco this time of year. (In fact, bring a sweater for indoors too as it might be chilly in some of the meeting rooms.) WHAT TO BRING Make sure you bring a pen and notebook for taking notes during the sessions, and business cards to share with agents, editors, and attendees. You can bring your nonfiction proposal or as much of your manuscript as you’re ready to share, a sample chapter, synopsis, outline or even your entire manuscript. BUT..a well-crafted pitch is much preferred. Agents and editors don’t usually read an author’s work on the spot or at an interview, or take submissions home with them. But some might be willing to look at the first page of a proposal or novel. You will also have the chance to get feedback on your work from independent editors and perhaps other writers. And if an agent or editor gets excited enough about your work, he or she may want to read some of it immediately. Presenters don’t give writers feedback on their work at conferences, but there are other opportunities to get feedback, and you can share your work with other attendees, and the independent editors, and perhaps start a critique group with others you meet at the conference. WHAT TO EAT San Francisco is foody heaven. SFWC doesn’t want you to eat alone. So every night there will be a Dinner with Harvey. Harvey Pawl is an SFWC Board Member and attendees and presenters can go to a different restaurant for a true SF experience. Sign up at the event. SPECIAL THINGS TO SEE AND DO Stop by the Beat Museum on Broadway off Columbus. Check out this celebration of the Beat culture. Also visit the one-and-only City Lights Bookstore at Columbus and Broadway. And Cafe Puccini on Columbus off Vallejo is a wonderful place for coffee while listening to Mozart on the jukebox. Of course there is also Chinatown, North Beach, Coit Tower, the waterfront, and other places that help make San Francisco so special. TRAVEL DIRECTIONS TO THE HYATT REGENCY EMBARCADERO HOTEL It’s never been easier to get to our conference. You can drive or take a bus, ferry, BART, cable car, or taxi. You can even combine several modes of transportation. If you have any questions or get lost, please call the Hyatt Regency at: 415-788-1234. Driving: From the Bay Bridge / Highway #80 / Oakland Airport * Follow signs to San Francisco / Bay Bridge * Here is a link to driving directions from Oakland International Airport. From San Francisco Airport / The Peninsula * Here is link to driving directions from SFO By Airport Taxi Taxis are available from the lower level of each terminal at SFO. Travel time is generally 30 minutes. Cost is around $50.00. Cable car stop at Drum and Market Street. By Airport Bus Shared-ride shuttle vans are available from the upper level of each terminal at SFO. Transportation time is generally 30 to 45 minutes. Cost is $12.00 and up. By BART Take BART to the Embarcadero station, walk up the steps or take the escalator to the entrance to The Hyatt Regency Hotel. For schedules and station information, visit www.bart.gov. Prices vary, but for example a one-way ticket from the San Francisco International Airport to the Embarcadero Station is about $12. By Bus The nearest bus stop is on the 1 California line at Sacramento and Powell. From the stop, walk one block to California Street. Turn right and walk one block up the hill to Mason Street. For further information about schedules and fares visit http://www.sfmuni.com. By Ferry From the Ferry Building, walk across the Embarcadero, cross the street to the foot of Market Street to the Hyatt Hotel entrance. PARKING OPTIONS * The Hyatt Hotel garage is $34.00 for overnight self parking, $71 for Valet parking which includes In/Out privileges. *OTHER NEARBY GARAGES: 175 Drum St. about .1 miles away. 3 Embarcadero Center at 266 Davis St. also .1 miles away. 2 Embarcadero Center at 291 Davis St. *