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Agents at the San Francisco Writers Conference February 12 to 16th

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At the San Francisco Writers Conference on Saturday, February 14th, 8 a.m. to noon, is the Speed Dating with Agents: A Pitch-and-Learn Session.

Here is a list of the agents that will be at the conference.



Margaret Bail, Inklings Literary Agency, FL
Peter Beren, Peter Beren Agency, CA
Regina Brooks
, Serendipity Literary Agency, NY
Elise Capron, Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency, CA
Amy Cloughey, Kimberely Cameron & Associates, CA
Sorche Elizabeth Fairbank
, Fairbank Literary Representation, NY
Anna Ghosh
, Ghosh Literary, CA
Irene Goodman
, Irene Goodman Literary Agency, NY
Michael Larsen, Larsen Pomada Literary Agents, SF
Sarah Levitt, Zoe Pagnamenta Agency, NYC
Chelsea Lindman, Sanford J. Greenburger Assoc.
Laurie McLean, Fuse Literary, CA
Mary C. Moore, Kimberely Cameron & Associates, CA
Dana Newman, Dana Newman Literary Agency, CA
Elizabeth Pomada, Larsen Pomada Literary Agents, SF
Andy Ross, Andy Ross Literary Agency
Ken Sherman, Ken Sherman & Associates, CA
Nephele Tempest, The Knight Agency, CA
Gordon Warnock, Fuse Literary, CA
Carlie Webber, CK Webber Associates, CA
Ted Weinstein, Ted Weinstein Literary Management, CA

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Speakers at the San Francisco Writers Conference


Join us Presidents’ Day Weekend for the 2015 SFWC February 12-15, 2015–at the Mark Hopkins Hotel.

Here is the growing list of authors and other presenters who will be speaking at the 2015 San Francisco Writers Conference. To find out more about each of them, click on the underlined name.

Judith Curr,
president/publisher of Atria at Simon & Schuster
John Lescroart, bestselling author of The Keeper
Yiyun Li – author of Kinder than Solitude

Bharti Kirchner
, award winning author of five novels and four cookbooks
Michelle Richmond – author of  Golden State and winner of a Catherine Doctorow Innovative Fiction Prize
Kirk Russell, author of Die-Off, fifth book in the John Marquez eco-crime thriller series
Brooke Warner, founder of Warner Coaching Inc., publisher and author of What’s Your Book
Helene Wecker – author of The Golem and the Jinni

Martha Alderson
, author of The Plot Whisperer series and writing consultant
Nina Amir
, author of Inspiration-to-Creation and writing coach
Marilyn R. Atlas, film producer and personal manager, Marilyn R. Atlas Management
Jim Azevedo
, Smashwords marketing manager
Maryjean Ballner
, author, writing for the animal market
Natalie Baszile
, author of Queen Sugar
Cara Black
, author of Murder in Pigalle
Catharine Bramkamp, author and writing coach
Barbara Rose Brooker, author of The Rise and Fall of a Jewish American Princess
Lewis Buzbee, author of the Blackboard, a personal history of the classroom
Frances Caballo, social media expert
Zoe FitzGerald Carter
, author of Imperfect Endings: A Daughter’s Story of Love, Loss, and Letting Go
Stephanie Chandler, author, speaker and publisher
Vikram Chandra
, author and creative writing professor at UC Berkeley
Gennifer Choldenko
, author of Al Capone Does My Homework
Mark Coker
, founder of Smashwords, Inc.
Robin Cutler
, Manager of Content Acquisition at Ingram Content Group
Gabrielle de Cuir
, senior producer/marketing director at Skyboat Media
Randy Dotinga
, president of the American Society of Journalists and Authors
Selden Edwards
, author of The Lost Prince
Eric Elfman
, author of Tesla’s Attic – Book One of the Accelerati Trilogy
Grant Faulkner
, Executive Director of National Novel Writing Month
Amy Packard Ferro
, publicity manager
Tina Folsom
, author of Cain’s Identity, book 9 in the Scanguards Vampire series
Lee Foster
, travel and literary writer/photographer
Joel Friedlander
, award-winning book designer and blogger
Joan Gelfand
, author and poet
Tanya Egan Gibson, author of How To Buy a Love of Reading, freelance editor
Joyce Goldstein
, chef, culinary consultant and author of Inside the California Food Revolution
Connie Hale, author of Sin and Syntax
Brad Henderson
, professor of engineering and science writing at UC Davis
Sam Horn, author – speaker – executive coach
Stuart Horwitz
, author – founder and principal of Book Architecture
Victoria Hudson
, author, poet and photographer
Andy Jones, mentor and teacher at UC Davis
Carla King
, adventure travel writer and self-publishing expert
Laurie R. King
, author of Dreaming Spies, to be released in February
Adair Lara
, writer, teacher and writing coach
Linda Lee
, web site designer and WordPress expert
Aya de Leon
, poet, writer and performer
Donna Levin
, author/writing teacher
Teresa LeYung-Ryan, coach, blogger, author of Build Your Writer’s Platform & Fanbase In 22 Days
Kirk Lumpkin
, poet/ performer
Mary Mackey
, Novelist, Poet, Screenwriter
Ivory Madison
,  author, editor and founder and CEO of Red Room Omnimedia Corporation
Marissa Moss, children’s author and illustrator
Alejandro Murguía, San Francisco Poet Laureate
Stefan Rudnicki. producer, director and Grammy award winner and publisher at Skyboat Media
Penny Sansevieri, President of Author Marketing Experts, Inc. and author
Barbara Santos, author and Marketing Director for SFWC
Betty Kelly Sargent, founder of
Monte Schulz, author of Naughty
Kemble Scott, author of So-Ma and the sower
Helen Sedwick, author of Self-Publisher’s Legal Handbook
Ann Seymour, author of I’ve Always Loved You
Rusty Shelton, founder and CEO of Shelton Interactive
Sheldon Siegel, author of The Terrorist Next Door
Lucy Silag, Book Country community manager
Kevin Smokler, writer, performer and public speaker
Ransom Stephens, novelist, science writer, technologist
Luisah Teish, author of Jambalaya, artist and Yoruba Priestess
Wendy Tokunaga, novelist, manuscript consultant and teacher
Penny Warner, author of over 50 books including The Code Buster Club series
Hallie Warshaw, publisher and creative director at Zest Books

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Gennifer Choldenko at the San Francisco Writers Conference

Al capone does my homework with author pictureOn Saturday, February 14, 2015, at the San Francisco Writers Conference, Gennifer Choldenko will speak at the special event that is free and open to the public. The conference is held at the Mark Hopkins Hotel and the event is at 3:00 to 3:45. Seating is limited so reservations are required. The session is geared to students in the 5th to 8th grade, but all of Gennifer’s fans are encouraged to attend. Children must be accompanied by a parent or adult, or one adult may accompany up to 10 children. There will be book-signing and selfies with Gennifer after the session. Kate Farrell, president of Women’s National Book Association, is the Youth Event Coordinator.

Choldenko is the author of the bestselling middle-grade Al Capone trilogy. She will discuss life on The Rock and her books: Al Capone Does My Shirts, Al Capone Shines My Shoes, and Al Capone Does My Homework. She got the idea for the first book in the series, Al Capone Does My Shirts, when she read an article in the newspaper about kids who grew up on Alcatraz. The children were sons and daughters of the guards who worked in the cell house where some of the most notorious criminals were held. She signed up to work as a docent on Alcatraz. She roamed the island imagining how it would feel to grow up there. She interviewed Alcatraz previous residents and researched books before and during the writing of the book.

Al Capone’s first job on Alcatraz was working the mangle in the laundry facility. Choldenko imagined a kid living on Alcatraz telling his friends “Al Capone does my shirts.” When I was tutoring students from Indonesia, we read Choldenko’s first book together and I enjoyed the characters, the humor, and the setting. I’m looking forward to meeting her at the conference and reading her other two books in the series. Al Capone does my shirtsSFWC_Logo_Square_400x400

You can read an interview with Gennifer on her website:

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