2014 San Francisco Writers Conference

SFWC logoI’m gearing up for this year’s San Francisco Writers Conference Feb. 13th-17th at the Mark Hopkins Hotel—and getting psyched! It’s the only writers conference I attend each year (besides BEA). It’s classy and conscientious. SFWC  includes esoteric stuff like poetry jams and panels on using writing to make the world a better place—along with great practical panels and big name presenters. I love that about it!

Here’s a PDF of the official conference flier: 2014 SFWC Flyer

The conference provides insight and guidance for traditional, self-published, and aspiring writers.

You can attend the conference as a whole (learn more here), or purchase one or more of the pre- and post-conference workshops separately, or both.

I’m teaching:

Thursday, Feb. 13

9am to noon
Pre-conference workshop for $99
“3 STEPS TO A WINNING BOOK PROPOSAL” with Mike Larsen
Attend if: You want to find a traditional publisher for your nonfiction book (whether original or self-published), or you want to craft a roadmap/business plan for your self-published work.

2:00 – 2:45 p.m
Moderator for: “PICKING THE BEST PUBLISHING OPTIONS FOR YOU AND YOUR BOOK”
Other panelists: Mark Coker, Lee Foster, Brian Felsen, Randy Kuckuck
Attend if: You would like an overview of the many ways to publish your book, from industry pioneers!

3:00-4:15
NONFICTION PITCHATHON
Nina Amir, Jody Rein, Ann Seymour, Terry Whalin. Moderator: Michael Larsen
Attend if: You would like professional feedback on your nonfiction concept.

4:30-5:15
“TO SELF (PUBLISH) OR NOT TO SELF: HOW TO DECIDE ” (my baby!)
Jody Rein
Attend if: You feel torn and confused about whether to self-publish your book, or try to find an agent and publish traditionally.

Friday, February 14th 

10:45-11:45
MEET THE NONFICTION AGENTS
Peter Beren, Regina Brooks, Sorche Fairbank, Jody Rein, Katharine Sands, Stefanie von Borstel, Ted Weinstein, Gordon Warnock. Moderator: Michael Larsen

2:00 – 5:51 p.m.
“SPEED DATING WITH AGENTS: A PITCH AND LEARN SESSION”

3:00-3:45 p.m.
Moderator for: “THE HOW TO OF HOW-TOS: WRITING PRACTICAL NONFICTION”
Other panelists: Jacqueline Harmon Butler, Bonnie Lee, Shasta Nelson, Ciji Ware.

Saturday, February 15th

11:00-11:45
Moderator for: “HOW TO FIND AND WORK WITH AN AGENT”
Other panelists: Sorche Fairbank, Peter Beren, Ken Sherman.

2:00-2:45
“3 STEPS TO A WINNING PROPOSAL: WHAT EVERY AUTHOR NEEDS TO KNOW ABOUT  SELLING OR PUBLISHING A NONFICTION BOOK” (A condensed version of Thursday’s class) Michael Larsen, Jody Rein

 

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