When is the conference?
Jan. 20-22, 2017. View the full conference schedule.
What is the cost of the conference?
Information on fees can be found at Registration and Fees. The Conference registration fee includes admission to all concurrent and general sessions and the activities below.
Friday: Conference welcome and opening speaker, reception, and dinner
Saturday: Continental breakfast and keynote speaker, networking lunch and reception
Sunday: Continental breakfast, Conference Choice Awards, and closing from keynote speaker
What are the deadlines and important dates for the conference?
Oct. 19 – Social Media Contest begins. Enter to win $50 off registration via
Oct. 25 – Social Media Contest ends
Oct. 26 – Social Media Contest drawing
Jan. 3 – Early-Bird Rate ends
Jan. 3 – Last day to register for an Advance Reading
Jan. 4 – Last day to book a hotel room at the reduced conference rate
Jan. 6 – Last day to complete a meal survey for special dietary needs
Jan. 17 – Last day to register for the conference and Consultation*
Jan. 20 – Conference officially opens at 1 pm
*Conference registration and Consultation Appointments may be available at the conference if space allows.
Where is the conference held?
San Diego Marriott Mission Valley. Participants must identify themselves as SDSU Writers' Conference participants to receive the discounted room rate. To register for a room, contact the hotel directly at (619) 692-3800. Parking is an additional $8 per day.
Does my conference registration act as a hotel reservation?
No. Participants are responsible for all of their travel plans and reservations.
Can I register at the conference?
Yes, if space is available. See conference schedule for times.
When can I check in?
Participants may check in on Friday, 11 am-5 pm, and Saturday, 7:30 am-5 pm.
What is the refund policy for the conference?
The conference refund policy can be found at Registration and Fees. The San Diego Marriott Mission Valley has separate refund policies. For more information, please contact them directly at (619) 692-3800.
What should I wear?
Temperatures vary from room to room. We suggest you dress in layers. Business casual attire is recommended.
What if I have dietary restrictions?
Requests for gluten-free, kosher, vegan, or vegetarian meals can be made by completing the Meal Survey provided in your registration confirmation email, by Jan. 6, 2017. Don't have the email? Please contact our Registration Office at (619) 594-5152 to have it resent.
Is there a program for the conference?
Programs will be provided upon check-in.
When will I receive my appointment schedule?
Participants will receive their appointment schedule when they check in at the conference.
How does the conference work?
The conference begins on Friday afternoon with registration and check-in, opening session with speaker, breakout sessions, and dinner. On Saturday, registration and check in re-opens and the conference begins with a continental breakfast and a keynote speaker, continuing with one-hour tracks of workshops and lectures. Approximately (4) four sessions run each hour. If participants do not like the session they have entered, they are free to leave and go to another. Saturday evening there is a reception. Sunday the conference begins with the Conference Choice Awards and the keynote speaker, then a panel and appointments run until the closing and farewell. See conference schedule for details.
What are Consultation Appointments?
Consultations are meetings during the conference weekend with editors and agents. Consultations must be scheduled by the deadline. See Making Appointments for details and fees.
What happens in a Consultation Appointment?
Bring the opening pages of your manuscript, a synopsis, or simply an idea to discuss. The editor or agent may read the material presented during the meeting and discuss it (or the idea). These one-on-one meetings are 10 minutes long.
What are Advance Reading Appointments?
Participating editors and agents will read the opening ten (10) pages of your manuscript (no synopsis, must be first pages) in advance of the meeting. Participant MUST submit the pages prior to the conference and no later than the deadline. These one-on-one meetings are 10 minutes long.
What is the difference between the Consultation Appointment and Advance Reading Appointment?
There are two differences:
- Advance Reading Appointments require material be submitted in advance by the deadline, and are best suited for advanced writers.
- Consultation Appointments are question-and-answer discussions with a publishing professional – materials will not be accepted in advance.
Is there a limit to how many meetings I can have during the conference?
Each participant is limited to five (5) appointments, and there is a limit of two (2) Advance Reading Appointments per participant. At the conference, you may schedule as many additional Consultation Appointments as you like, depending on availability.
How are Consultation and Advance Reading Appointments scheduled?
Appointments are scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis (See Making Appointments for a complete details). This is a tremendously popular aspect of our conference and we receive hundreds of requests for appointments. To avoid disappointment, please submit your Consultation and Advance Reading Appointment Request form as soon as possible.
Will appointment scheduling take place during the conference?
If consultation appointments are available, you may sign up for them on Friday afternoon and Saturday morning. Consultation appointments are scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis. Once the conference begins, even those who already have five (5) appointments may take advantage of the openings and schedule additional appointments. No additional Advanced Reading Appointments will be available.
Will appointments take place on Friday night or during the receptions or lunches?
No. Appointments are scheduled concurrently with the workshops. Appointment times are closely monitored and run on schedule. Plan to arrive for your appointment a few minutes early.
Will there be opportunities to meet with the editors and agents other than during the Consultation and Advance Reading Appointments?
Yes. The conference is structured to give the editors and agents free time to mingle with the participants. Also, the reception on Saturday evening is the perfect opportunity to talk with them.
What if I want to go to two sessions and they meet at the same time?
CDs of all sessions (except the individual editor/agent appointments) will be available for purchase at the conference.
I cannot attend all three days of the conference. Is there a reduced rate or a per day rate for the conference?
No. The conference fee is a flat fee, regardless of how many days you attend.