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The San Francisco Writing for Change Conference

Saturday, August 16, 2008
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Event Type:
Elizabeth Pomada
Location Details:
Hotel Kabuki
1625 Post Street
San Francisco, CA 94115

The second San Francisco Writing for Change Conference is for activists, and new or published writers who want to write a book that will help change the world. M*A*S*H star Mike "B.J." Farrell, author of Just Call Me Mike: A Journey to Actor and Activist, and Gay Hendricks, author of the bestseller Conscious Loving, will be keynoters.

Registration includes two breakfasts, two lunches, the keynote talks, more than 35 breakout sessions, and social events. Writers can register online and learn more at

Attendees will:

* Learn how to make agents and publishers say yes
* Find out how to get free time and space online and off to promote their book
* Why proposals have to be bullet-proof and how to do it
* Get feedback on their idea and their writing
* Have the chance to pitch their book to agents and editors
* Network with authors, editors, and agents from both coasts
* Meet freelance editors and learn how they can speed up the process

The topics speakers will discuss include activism, the environment, the future of cities, criminal justice, food, health, the law, personal development, politics, social change, spirituality, and the workplace.

Other speakers include Chris Carlsson (Nowtopia), Susan Griffin (Wrestling with the Angel of Democracy), and Allan Hamilton, M.D. (The Scalpel and the Soul), Marisa Handler (Loyal to the Sky: Notes from an Activist), Wes 'Scoop' Nisker (Crazy Wisdom Saves the World Again).

According to conference cofounder and literary agent Mike Larsen, "Books will be essential tools for meeting the challenges we face. The right books will change the world, and books that change America change the world, because America is leading the world into the future. The conference hopes to inspire and empower writers to become change agents and write those books."

Larsen is also cofounder of the San Francisco Writer's Conference that takes place in February (
Added to the calendar on Tue, Aug 5, 2008 8:16PM
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