The San Francisco Writers Foundation presents

The 10th San Francisco Writing for Change Conference:
Writing to Make a Difference
For Fiction, Nonfiction and Children’s Book Writers
Saturday, September 8, 2018      8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Unitarian Universalist Center 1187 Franklin at Geary

8:00 a.m.         CHECK-IN / Coffee, tea & pastries
Snacks, coffee, and tea available throughout the day.

8:30-8:50         WELCOME: Laurie McLean
                            Freelance editors Pamela Feinsilber, Melissa Kirk, Mary Rakow, and Jordan Rosenfeld; Advisory Board member Harvey Pawl

                           Nina Amir, The Author Training Manual

                            Many thanks for understanding that consultations, especially with speakers, are limited.

Please sign up at the registration table.

                          Pamela Feinsilber, Melissa Kirk, Jordan Rosenfeld or Mary Rakow

Bring copies of the beginning of your book to share with other attendees and an editor.

                           Mitali Perkins, You Bring the Distant Near
                           Mary Rakow, This is Why I Came ?

                          Picking the Right Option for You and Your Book
                         Nina Amir, How to Blog Your Book
                         Jim Azevedo, Smashwords
                         Brenda Knight, Author/Publishing Consultant at Mango Media
Literary Agent (to be announced)

11:45-12:30     BOX LUNCH ($15) or eat at outside restaurants (map provided)
                               Details on meal selection will be sent to registered attendees in September.

12:30-1:00       KEYNOTE:
                         Daniel Ellsberg,
                           author of The Doomsday Machine: Confessions of a Nuclear War Planner
                           Dr. Ellsberg will be interviewed by David Landau

Followed by a Q&A and booksigning

1:30-3:00         SHARING YOUR PASSION FOR YOUR BOOK: Helping Readers Find You
                          Nina Amir, How to Blog Your Book
                          Jim Azevedo, Smashwords
                          Cristina Deptula, Authors Large and Small
                          Brenda Knight, Author/Publishing Consultant at Mango Media
                          Laurie McLean, Fuse Literary

3:00-3:30         HELP START A WRITER’S GROUP

3:30-5:00         SPEED DATING WITH THE PROS: A Pitch-and-Learn Session
You may ask questions or pitch your book for three minutes to Nina Amir, Jim Azevedo, Peter Beren, Cristina Deptula, Brenda Knight, David Landau, Ted Weinstein and Laurie McLean


If you wish to keep the spirit of community going, please join us for a host-free Chinese banquet at a restaurant four blocks away. Volunteers and speakers will be guests of Advisory Board member Harvey Pawl. You are welcome to join us for $20 in cash that includes food, tea, tax, and tip. Many thanks for signing up at registration by 2:00.


  • A FREE EDITORIAL CONSULTATION—Your consultation may focus on your work, advice about getting published, or feedback on your pitch. Please sign up at registration for Pamela Feinsilber, Melissa Kirk, Jordan Rosenfeld, or Mary Rakow. One consult per attendee. (As editors’ schedule permits.)
  • HANDOUTS–We encourage presenters to prepare handouts about their talks which will be available for attendees on our website at this link. We hope you’ll review the more than 100 pages of handouts before the event. You can also print them out and bring them with you to help follow the speakers and ask questions.
  • BOOKSTORE—Bookshop West Portal will sell books. You’re welcome to bring three copies of your self- or traditionally published book on consignment for the store to sell. Be sure to settle up by 5.
  • RESOURCE TABLE—Presenters and nonprofits will have literature available on the resource table. Items of interest to writers welcome. Please ask at registration before adding items to the table.
  • PARKING–The closest garage (to be announced)


The Conference Team

Director Laurie McLean
Registration Director Richard Santos     Marketing Director Barbara Santos
Volunteer Director Jane Glendinning    Onsite Coordination: Lissa Provost
Hospitality Coordination: tc  AV Manager: Aaron Provost
Dinner Impresario: Harvey Pawl   Onsite Bookstore: BookShop West Portal


Thank you for attending the Writing for Change Conference.

Please join us at the

16th San Francisco Writers Conference:
A Celebration of Craft, Commerce and Community
February 14-17, 2019 at the Hyatt Regency Embarcadero
Details and registration are at


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