Concierge Appointments are your VIP connection at the SFWC. Our concierges are well connected local experts in publishing and our conference. They talk to you about your goals and help you figure out what you need to learn and who you need to meet. The result is a personalized experience to get you moving in the right direction. They are dedicated to helping aspiring authors, so much so that they donate 100% of their concierge fees to SFWC scholarships. Help others while getting that extra help yourself to make this your best writing conference ever!
Register for these optional consultations online (or ask the helpful folks at the conference registration desk how to do it) and they will be conducted in the lobby outside the Seacliff classrooms.
Kevin Smokler, Nina Amir, and Diane Frank all offer unique perspectives on how to supercharge your author career. And all the money they raise goes to our nonprofit scholarship fund, so it’s a win-win!
Here is a bit more about each of them…
Author/speaker Kevin Smokler will help you navigate the conference to get the most out of your experience. He currently serves as Educator-in-Residence for the San Francisco Writers Conference. As an artistic advisor, he’s worked with authors, playwrights, magazines, musicians and filmmakers to reach their creative potential. Kevin (@weegee) is the author of the book “Brat Pack America: A Love Letter to 80s Teen Movies” and the editor of “Bookmark Now: Writing in Unreaderly Times,” His essays and cultural criticism has appeared in the LA Times, Salon, Fast Company, BuzzFeed, Vulture, The San Francisco Chronicle, The Decider and on National Public Radio. He is currently directing a feature-length documentary film on the contemporary renaissance of vinyl records in America.
Kevin speaks at events across North America including New York Comic Con, M.I.T, South by Southwest, The LA Times Festival of Books and the The Commonwealth Club of California. In 2013, he was BookRiot’s first ever Writer in Residence, a Creator in Residence for The Battery Private Club in San Francisco and as a member of the San Francisco Writers Grotto.
Kevin holds a bachelor’s degree in Writing Seminars from Johns Hopkins University and a Masters in American Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. A native of Ann Arbor, Michigan, he has lived for the last 20 years in his adopted home of San Francisco with his wife and far too many books and vinyl records.
Nina Amir is the “Inspiration to Creation Coach” who has experience with all facets of publishing. Nina is a 14X Amazon bestselling hybrid author of such books as How to Blog a Book, The Author Training Manual, and Creative Visualization for Writers. She also is a Blog, Book, and Author Coach, and one of 700 elite Certified High Performance Coaches worldwide—the only one working with writers. Additionally, she founded the Nonfiction Writers’ University, the Write Nonfiction in November Challenge and created a proprietary Author Training curriculum and Author Career Planning program. She helps writers fulfill their purpose and potential by showing them how to Achieve More Inspired Results. www.ninaamir.com
Diane Frank has coached hundreds of writers into publication, as a teacher, a mentor, and Chief Editor of Blue Light Press. She is a multi-genre author – seven books of poems, two novels, and a photo memoir of her 400-mile trek in the Nepal Himalayas. Blackberries in the Dream House, her first novel, won the Chelson Award for Fiction and was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. Canon for Bears and Ponderosa Pines received honors in the San Francisco Book Festival and a Pushcart nomination. Letters from a Sacred Mountain Place: A Journey through the Nepal Himalayas invites you into the magic of the mountains with stories, poems and 53 color photographs. Diane teaches at San Francisco State University and Dominican University, and she directs the Blue Light Press On-Line Poetry Workshop. She is editor of the bestselling anthology, River of Earth and Sky: Poems for the 21st Century. She also plays cello in the Golden Gate Symphony.