Thanks to a generous outpouring of donations from bestselling authors, top literary agents, Big 5 publishers, PR professionals, and others, we are holding a series of online auctions throughout the year, in addition to those at our conferences. See what is currently available by visiting our Charity.eBay profile, and get the latest info about the items and contributors by following @SFWC on Twitter or by subscribing to the SFWC Newsletter above.

Donations to the auction have included:

 – A 30-day mentorship with a million-selling suspense author

 – Coffee meetings with literary agents and acquisitions editors

 – One-on-one career planning with author coaches

 – Memberships to international writers’ associations

 – Query letter and writing sample critiques by literary agents and best-selling authors

 – Beta reading support

 – Book-marketing master classes

 – Writers conference passes

 – Author income optimization coaching

 – Bundles of books, gift cards, bottles of wine, even dinner at San Francisco’s famous restaurants!


“Keep writing, keep working hard, and know that I’m thinking about you, and I’m proud of you.” ― Michelle Obama to the students of 826 National

After helping libraries by raising money for EveryLibrary and helping independent booksellers via BINC Foundation, we’re turning our efforts toward a cause that’s long been close to our hearts: young writers. This year’s co-beneficiary is 826 National.

Founded a year before us just three miles away on Valencia Street, 826 National has since become America’s largest youth writing network with almost 5,000 volunteers serving over 69,000 students. 826 National helps young people ages 6-18 to ignite and channel their creativity, explore identity, advocate for themselves and their community, and achieve academic and professional success through writing.

Each 826 chapter offers five core programs: After-School Tutoring, Field Trips, Workshops, Young Authors’ Book Project, and In-School Programs — all free of charge. Currently, 826 has chapters in eight major U.S. cities: Boston, Chicago, Detroit/Ann Arbor, Los Angeles, New Orleans, New York City, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C. There are an additional 33 domestic and 20 international 826-inspired organizations.

With our foundation’s history of offering scholarships to aspiring teen writers and writing workshops to the youth of San Francisco, this partnership was an instant and emphatic “Yes!” for us. We’ve long been fans of 826 National and are thrilled to contribute. 

Look for auctions online as early as February 1st as well as our annual silent auction at the San Francisco Writers Conference. 

Learn more about 826 National’s work and who they’ve helped at

To donate items or if you have questions, contact Gordon at