- Conference Overview
- How does the conference work?
- When is the conference?
- What is the cost of the conference?
- Where is the conference held?
- General Questions
- When can I check in?
- Can I register at the conference?
- Is there a program for the conference?
- What if I want to go to two sessions and they meet at the same time?
- What should I wear?
- May I bring my children?
- Registration & Fees
- What are Consultation Appointments?
- What happens in a Consultation Appointment?
- What are Advance Reading Appointments?
- What is the difference between the Consultation Appointment and Advance Reading Appointment?
- How are Consultation and Advance Reading Appointments scheduled?
- Will appointment scheduling take place during the conference?
- Will appointments take place on Thursday night or during the receptions or lunches?
- Will there be opportunities to meet with the editors and agents other than during the Consultation and Advance Reading Appointments?
- When will I receive my appointment schedule?
- Where is the conference held?
- Does my conference registration act as a hotel reservation?
How does the conference work?
The conference begins on Thursday morning with registration and check-in, preconference workshops begin Thursday morning and opening session with speaker, breakout sessions in the afternoon. Thursday evening culminates with a Networking Reception, a time to mix and mingle with your fellow attendees. On Friday, 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 as well as one-on-one appointments with editors and agents. 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. Friday evening there is an all-conference reception. Saturday the conference begins with a continental breakfast, the Conference Choice Awards, and the keynote speaker, then workshops and lectures and one-on-one appointments with editors and agents continue to run until the closing and farewell. See Program Schedule & Speakers for details.
When is the conference?
Jan. 30-Feb. 2, 2019. View the full Program Schedule & Speakers.
What is the cost of the conference?
Information on fees can be found at Registration & Fees below.
Where is the conference held?
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel San Diego — Mission Valley. See Accommodations below for details.
When can I check in?
Participants may check in on Thursday, 9 am-5 pm, and Friday, 7:30 am-5 pm.
Can I register at the conference?
Yes, if space is available. See Program Schedule & Speakers for times.
Is there a program for the conference?
Programs will be provided upon check-in.
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.
What should I wear?
Temperatures vary from room to room. We suggest you dress in layers. Business casual attire is recommended.
May I bring my children?
For the benefit of other participants, please do not bring children to the conference.
Conference registration for the 2019 SDSU Writers’ Conference will be coming soon.
Early Bird: $639, through Jan. 2, 2019
Regular Registration: $679, Jan. 3–28, 2019
At the Door: $699, if space allows
Advance Reading: $50 each, through Jan. 2, 2019
Consultation: $40, each, through Jan. 28, 2019
At the Door: $50, if space allows (Consultation only. See Appointment & Faculty Information for more information.)
Conference registration fee includes admission to all concurrent and general sessions and the activities below:
Thursday: Conference welcome and opening speaker, and reception
Friday: Continental breakfast and keynote speaker, networking lunch and reception
Saturday: Continental breakfast, Conference Choice Awards, and closing from keynote speaker
Please note: The SDSU Writers’ Conference fee does not include the cost of accommodation. See Hotel Information to receive our preferred group rate.
Writers’ Conference Registration
College of Extended Studies
5250 Campanile Drive
San Diego, CA 92182-1920
Register in Person
Register at SDSU’s College of Extended Studies, 8 am–5 pm, Monday–Friday. Registration window is located on Hardy Avenue.
Conference Refund Policy
Through Jan. 24, total fee minus $21 refunded.
Jan. 25–29, 65% of total fee minus $21 refunded.
After Jan. 29, 2019 NO REFUNDS.
The DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel San Diego — Mission Valley has separate refund policies. For more information, please contact them directly at (619) 297-5466.
What are Consultation Appointments?
Consultations are meetings during the conference with editors and agents. Consultations must be scheduled by the deadline. See Appointment & Faculty Information 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. Please note, Advance Reading Appointments will not be scheduled until manuscript has been received by conference staff 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.
How are Consultation and Advance Reading Appointments scheduled?
Appointments are scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis (See Appointment & Faculty Information 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 Thursday afternoon and Friday morning. Consultation appointments are scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis. No additional Advanced Reading Appointments will be available.
Will appointments take place on Thursday 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 Friday evening is the perfect opportunity to talk with them.
When will I receive my appointment schedule?
Participants will receive their appointment schedule when they check in at the conference.
Where is the conference held?
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel San Diego — Mission Valley. Participants must identify themselves as SDSU Writers’ Conference participants to receive the discounted room rate. Discounted parking rates for attendees of the SDSU Writers’ Conference are: $12 per car, per night for overnight parking; and $8 per car, per day for daily parking. See Hotel Information for more details.
Does my conference registration act as a hotel reservation?
No. Participants are responsible for all of their travel plans and reservations.