THE SAN FRANCISCO WRITERS FOUNDATION
The San Francisco Writers Foundation is a division of the 501c3 nonprofit San Francisco Writers Conference that supports the written arts both regionally and nationwide. By supporting the San Francisco Writers Foundation, you support creativity, community-building, and writers and authors everywhere while simultaneously reaching a diverse and vibrant community.
In addition to our premier event—the San Francisco Writers Conference—the San Francisco Writers Foundation also solicits donations through our charity auctions, Patreon, direct donations, scholarships, and sponsorships ranging from small individual amounts to large corporate and foundation donations.
The San Francisco Writers Conference (“SFWC”) enjoys a rich literary culture. Over the course of four days in mid-February, more than 500 attendees and renowned keynote authors, presenters, editors, and agents attend SFWC, combining the best of both the traditional publishing industry and the latest technology to empower authors to publish anywhere. Situated just north of Silicon Valley, the SFWC is truly a one-of-a-kind celebration of craft, commerce, and community.
Patreon is an easy way to become an ongoing supporter of the SFWF. Patrons have access to our full video library of conference presentations starting from 2022 and other benefits that will help grow you into the author career you want to have. Potential patrons can CLICK HERE for more info.
Sponsorships are sought from companies large and small in the publishing industry. Past sponsors have included: Author Accelerator, BookBaby, Book Expo, California Writers Club, Smashwords, John Wiley & Sons, Women’s National Book Association, Writers Digest, The Writer, and many others. Potential sponsors can CLICK HERE for more info.
Every year generous donors create unique and desirable scholarships to our events given to deserving individuals ranging from high school students to adults. The scholarships have no fees, and all have a simple submission process. All offer a full registration for the event. It’s a wonderful way to remember a loved one or start a scholarship in your name with your own guidelines. Potential donors can CLICK HERE for more info.
CHARITY AUCTIONS AND EVENTS
Thanks to the generous donations from bestselling authors, top literary agents, Big 5 publishers, PR professionals, and myriad others, we are holding a series of fundraisers throughout the year, in addition to those onsite at our physical events. You can get the latest info on what is available by following @SFWC on X (formerly Twitter) and by joining our email list using the form at the bottom of the homepage.
Past donations to the auction include:
– Manuscript evaluation by an acquisitions editor
– Lunch with a literary agent
– One-on-one career planning with an author coach
– Fight scene coaching with a professional battle choreographer
– Training with a social media consultant
– Book tour package with a PR company
– Writing retreat passes
– Query letter and book proposal critiques
– Bundles of books, gift cards, bottles of wine, and even dinner at San Francisco’s famous restaurants!
After helping libraries by raising money for EveryLibrary, we have helped independent booksellers via BINC Foundation and young writers via a partnership with 826 National. And following that it was Lambda Literary, a needed resource for LGBTQIA+ writers. For our 2023/24 fiscal year, we’re raising money for Kidquake, a branch of Litquake providing author interactions and books to children in San Francisco schools.