When is the conference?
January 23-25, 2015. View the full conference schedule.
What is the cost of the conference?
Information on fees can be found at Registration and Fees. Conference registration fees include admission to all concurrent and general sessions, Friday reception, Saturday continental breakfast, networking lunch and reception, Sunday continental breakfast, Conference Choice Awards and closing from keynote speaker.
Where is the conference held?
San Diego Marriott Mission Valley. Participants must identify themselves as SDSU Writers' Conference participants to receive the conference rates. To register for a room, contact the San Diego Marriott Mission Valley directly at (619) 692-3800. There is a charge for parking.
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 from 1-7 pm, Saturday beginning at 7:30 am and continuing throughout the conference.
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?
Room temperatures vary from room to room. We suggest you dress in layers. Business casual attire is recommended.
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. Appointments begin after the opening session on Friday afternoon.
How does the conference work?
The conference begins on Friday afternoon with registration and check-in, breakout sessions and appointments and a no-host mixer. On Saturday, registration and check in re-opens and the conference begins with brief introductions and a speaker, continuing with one-hour tracks of breakout workshops and lectures. Approximately (6) six 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 workshops and appointments running until the closing and farewell. See the full conference schedule for details.
What are consultation appointments?
Consultations are meetings during the conference weekend with editors and agents. Consultations do not require pages submitted in advance of the meeting and must be scheduled by the deadline. See Making Appointments for a complete list of rules and fees.
What happens in a consultation appointment?
The participant should bring to the meeting the opening pages of their manuscript, synopsis, or simply an idea to discuss. The editor or agent may read the material presented during the meeting and discuss it (or their idea) with them. These meetings are ten (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.
What is the difference between the consultation appointment and advance reading appointment?
There are two differences:
- Advance Reading Appointment material must be submitted in advance by submission deadlines, and are best suited for advanced writers.
- Consultation Appointments are ten minute question-and-answer discussions with a publishing professional – no materials will 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 in advance, and there is a limit of two (2) advance reading appointments per participant. Once at the conference, you may schedule as many consultation appointments as you like, depending on availability.
How do the consultation and advance reading appointments work?
Appointments are scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis (See Making Appointments for a complete list of rules). 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 if requesting an advance reading as soon as possible.
Will appointment scheduling take place during the conference?
If consultation appointments are available, there will be the opportunity to 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 people who already have five (5) appointments may take advantage of the openings and schedule additional appointments. No advanced reading appointments will be scheduled after the deadline.
Will appointments take place on Friday night or during the receptions or lunches?
No. Appointments are scheduled during the workshops on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Appointment times are closely monitored and run on schedule. You should 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.
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