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DO I REALLY NEED TO WEAR MY BADGE?
YES! You MUST wear your badge. You will not be allowed into any of the sessions or meals without it.
WHAT IF I HAVE A QUESTION?
Ask a volunteer or go to the Registration Desk. They can help you with almost any question. If you still need help, ask Registration Director Praveena Ramen, who is also in the registration area.
LOST & FOUND?
We will keep items found in meeting rooms during sessions at the registration desk. At the end of the day, items go to the hotel lost and found.
WHERE IS THE ONSITE BOOKSTORE?
On the Ground Level in the Grand Ballroom Foyer! BookShop West Portal has once again created an onsite store featuring a wide array of books written by our SFWC presenters and lots of other books just for writers.
HOW CAN I GO TO TWO SESSIONS AT ONCE?
All sessions are being video recorded and you will have online access to all sessions for a period of one year as part of your SFWC registration fee.
If you plan to change sessions in the middle, please find a place in the back and exit quietly to avoid distracting the speaker.
WHAT’S HAPPENING IN THE EVENING?
Dine with your fellow writers…and SFWC Advisor Harvey Pawl. He organizes fun, no-host dinners Thursday and Friday nights of the conference so attendees and presenters can keep the energy (and ideas) flowing. Details are on the pink sheet in your bag.
On Thursday, you can meet new people during No Host, No Pitch Nightcaps in the Eclipse Bar in the Hyatt Atrium, on Friday, we have a keynote in the ballroom with cookies and coffee/tea to settle you in, and on Saturday, we have our big annual Gala followed by the Poetry Reading in the Hyatt Atrium. On Sunday, we end things with a late lunch with Harvey at 2:00 and let you choose to have fun in the city or take a Master Class in the afternoon.
CAN YOU HELP ME FIND SOMEONE I MET AT THE CONFERENCE?
We don’t share your contact information with anyone, but you can join our Discord Group by downloading the Discord app and the San Francisco Writers Conference server or head over to our Facebook Group SFWC Community to connect with other attendees.
WHAT’S THE WIFI PASSWORD?
With the majority of attendees having robust cellular data plans, wifi is no longer economically sensible for the conference. Cell signal is available throughout the hotel and conference rooms.
Hotel guests get free wifi with their room that extends into the Atrium but not to the conference room levels.
Wifi on the conference room levels can be purchased from the hotel by clicking on the Guest Wifi link in your device settings and paying $25/day/device with your credit card.
WHAT IS THE GALA?
Presenters, attendees, and volunteers are invited to this gathering at 6:00 p.m. on Saturday. Enjoy live music and let the networking begin! You will receive a drink ticket good for one drink of your choice and there will be heavy hors d’voures. Dress is business casual. This is a great place to make plans to go to dinner with new friends.
HOW DO I SIGN UP FOR MEETINGS WITH AGENTS AND EDITORS?
We’re working furiously on the schedule to see where agents and editors will have time to make consultation appointments with attendees. There will be plenty of opportunities to connect with them, and we will update all registered attendees about them and how to sign up for them as soon as we get it all put together and the scheduling app live. This won’t be before the first of the year, so you have some time to look at our presenter list online as it grows and see who you want to connect with. Every attendee will get one free 8-minute agent meeting. Additional meetings will be $50. Editor, PR, and Coach meetings are free, but advance scheduling will be limited to one of each. Onsite scheduling for those opens up until all appointments are filled
DO I HAVE TO WEAR A MASK?
Yes, we are continuing with the indoor mask mandate. Our agents and editors, the people you want to meet, travel to many conferences throughout the year where people coming from diverse places gather in an indoor space. Even before Covid, flu horror stories abound. Many have immune vulnerabilities or vulnerable family members at home, and even with Covid mandates easing and most attendees vaccinated, have elevated concerns given the additional risk factors inherent in the structure of a conference and the double whammy of the bad flu and RSV season this year. We had no reports of covid or any viral infection from the 2022 event, and we would like to continue that streak because it makes them comfortable coming to our conference. By this point, most of us have our favorite type of mask and bring it with us, but there will be an additional supply of masks available at the registration desk if you need one.
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