Speakers

Here is our growing list of authors, agents, editors, publishing professionals and other presenters who will be speaking at the 2020 San Francisco Writers Conference. To find out more about each of them, click on the underlined name.

The presenters are in categories: Presenters (including authors), Agents, and Editors.
Please scroll down to see all of them.

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS:

Walter Mosley has written more than 30 books, including 11 previous Easy Rawlins titles. He is also the recipient of the O. Henry Award, a Grammy and PEN America’s Lifetime Achievement Award. He’ll be receiving a Lifetime Achievement Award at our conference!

Brooke Warner is an author of several books: Green-light Your Book, What’s Your Book?, and three books on memoir. She is a sought after teacher at her company, Warner Consulting, Inc.  Brooke is the founder and publisher of She Writes Press. 

 

 


Jonathan Maberry is a multiple Bram Stoker Award winning author.  He is a multi-talented writer of both fiction and nonfiction.  He even writes for comic books (Captain America; Marvel Zombies Return).   An advocate for writers, his Writers Coffeehouse is a free three-hour open-agenda networking and discussion session for writers of all genres and levels of skill in multiple locations around the country each month.


2020 SFWC PRESENTERS:
Nina Amir
, author and writing coach

Kathleen Antrim, author, copresident of International Thriller Writers
Jim Azevedo
, marketing director at Smashwords

Armand Baltazar, author/illustrator ***KID’S EVENT PRESENTER***
Jordan Bernal, author and past president of CWC Tri-Valley Branch
Cara Black, bestselling mystery novelist

Carole Bumpus, travel/food writer
Stephen E. Browne, online editor and marketing pro
Stephanie Chandler
, author and CEO of the Nonfiction Authors Association
Paula Chinick, author and past president of California Writers Club Tri-Valley Branch
Amanda Clay, novelist
Mark Coker
, author and founder of major ebook distributor Smashwords

Christine Conradt, screenwriter, author, director and producer
E.J. DeBrun, animator and storyteller
Aya de Leon, author, activist, teacher
Laurie Ann Doyle, author, essayist, writing teacher
Taryn Edwards, Strategic Partnerships Manager and Historian, Mechanics’ Institute of San Francisco

Kate Farrell
, author, librarian, storyteller

Grant Faulkner, author, Executive Director of NaNoWriMo, Co-founder of 100 Word Story
Joey Garcia, author, journalist, love expert
Cali Gilbert, author, screenwriter, filmmaker
Sarah Granger, author, playwright and screenwriter
Seth Greenwald, author, speaker, creativity coach
Connie Hale, author, journalist
Barbara Hall, TV producer, screenwriter and author
Dorothy Hearst, author
Rebecca Hunter, author
Meredith Jaeger
, author

Dr. Andy Jones, poet & Pub Quiz Host
Elizabeth Kauffman, indie editor and social media guru
Carla King, author and self-publishing expert, founder of Self-Publishing Boot Camp
Mary E. Knippel, independent editor, writing mentor, and author
C. S. Lakin, author, copy-editor, and writing coach

Rocky Lang, author, producer, director, screenwriter
Linda Lee, website designer and WordPress expert, SFWC Volunteer Director

Richard Loranger, poet, performance artist,
Jill Lublin, marketing guru
Louise Marley, novelist

Claire McKinney, PR professional
Brian D. Meeks, nonfiction author, fantasy novelist
Kira Ming, author, indie editor
Gina Mulligan,  author, novelist

Anne Perry, NYT bestselling novelist
Lissa Provost, poet, author and SFWC Operations Manager
Melanie Rijkers, internationally known photographer and author
Jordan Rosenfeld, author, editor, and coach

Bob Saenz, screenwriter
Barbara Santos, author of Practice Aloha and two cookbooks, and Marketing Director for SFWC

Maw Shein Win, poet
Kevin Smokler, author, performer, and public speaker
Suzette Standring, author, TV host, syndicated columnist, national speaker
Alex Tillson, novelist, attorney
Kevin Tumlinson, Director of Marketing for Draft2Digital and host of Wordslinger Podcast

Monica Wesolowska, author, independent editor, teacher
Victoria Zackheim, author

Paul Zeidman, screenwriter and actor


AGENTS:
Karly Caserza
, Fuse Literary
Michele Crim, Miller, Bowers, Griffin
Andrea Brown, Andrea Brown Literary Agency
Karyn Fischer, Bookstop Literary
Rachelle Gardner, Books & Such Literary
Liz Kracht, Kimberley Cameron & Assoc.
Rachel Letofsky, Cooke Literary
Jennie Kendrick, Red Fox Literary
Dorian Maffei, Kimberley Cameron & Assoc.
Jill Marr, Sandra Dykstra
Laurie McLean
, Fuse Literary and Director of SFWC

Mary C. Moore, Kimberley Cameron & Assoc.
Andy Ross
, Andy Ross Agency

Katharine Sands, Sarah Jane Freymann Literary Agency
Emma Sector, Prospect Agency
Alec Shane, Writer’s House
Eric Smith, P.S. Literary
Jennifer March Soloway
, Andrea Brown Literary Agency
Gordon Warnock
, Fuse Literary

 

EDITORS/INDEPENDENT EDITORS
Sylvan Creekmore
, Wednesday Books/Macmillan

Rachel Diebel, St. Martins/Macmillan
Diane Frank, poet and publisher of Blue Light Press
Georgia Hughes, New World Library
Bunmi Ishola, Sourcebooks
Joyce Jenkins, poet and publisher of Poetry Flash
Jennifer Joseph, Manic D Press
Brenda Knight, Mango Press
Laura Mazer, Seal Press/Hachette
Michelle Millet, Indie editor
Taylor Norman, Chronicle Children’s Books
Amber Oliver, Perennial/HarperCollins
Jill Roberts, Tachyon Publications
Jacob Weisman, Tachyon Publications