Keynote speakers at the 18th San Francisco Writers’ Conference


San Francisco Writers’ Conference 2022

18th Annual Event: February 17-20, 2022 Hyatt Regency San Francisco

CONTACT: Laurie McLean, SFWC Executive Director (650) 747-0796, Elisabeth Kauffman, Marketing Director (310) 367-6215, Barbara Santos, Partnerships Director (925) 420-6223


Speakers of the 18e San Francisco Writers’ Conference

San Francisco, November 16, 2021 — The San Francisco Writers’ Conference is pleased to announce that after taking a year off due to the pandemic in 2021, it will be producing its 18th annual LIVE AND IN PERSON event at the Hyatt Regency San Francisco on February 17-20, 2022. Authors, agents, editors, and publishing professionals from the West Coast of New York City and beyond who embody the principles of Conference: Learn are a part of the lineup of the San Francisco Writers Conference speakers for 2022. Relier. Publish.

We are delighted to announce our keynote speakers for the 2022 event: Charlie Jane Anders, Annalee Newitz and Lysley Tenorio.

Charlie Jane Anders is the author of Victories Greater Than Death, the first book in a new trilogy for young adults, released in April 2021. Next step: Never say you can’t survive, a book on how to use creative writing to get through tough times; and a collection of short stories entitled Even more serious mistakes. His other books include The city in the middle of the night and All the birds of the sky. Her fiction and journalism have appeared in The New York Times, Washington Post, Slate, McSweeney’s, Mother Jones, Boston Review,, Tin House, Teen Vogue, Conjunctions, Wired Magazine and other places. His TED talk, “Go Ahead, Dream About the Future” got 700,000 views in its first week. With Annalee Newitz, she co-hosts the Our Opinions Are Correct podcast.

Annalee Newitz writes science fiction and non-fiction. They are the author of the book Four Lost Cities: A Secret History of the Urban Era, and the novels The future of another timeline, and Autonomous, which won the Lambda Literary Prize. As a science journalist, they are writers for the New York Times and elsewhere, and have a monthly column in New Scientist. They have published in The Washington Post, Slate, Popular Science, Ars Technica, The New Yorker, and The Atlantic, among others. They are also co-host of the award-winning Hugo podcast Our opinions are correct. Previously, they were the founders of io9 and were the editors of Gizmodo.

Lysley Tenorio is the author of the novel The son of good fortune and the collection of stories Monster, which was named Book of the Year by the San Francisco Chronicle. He is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, a Whiting Award, a Stegner Fellowship, the Edmund White Award and the Rome Prize from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, as well as residencies at the MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, and the Bogliasco Foundation. Her stories have appeared in The Atlantic, Zoetrope: All-Story and Plowshares, and have been adapted for the stage by the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco and the Ma-Yi Theater in New York. Born in the Philippines, he lives in San Francisco and is a professor at Saint Mary’s College of California. He is a 2021-2022 Radcliffe Fellow at Harvard University, where he is working on a novel.

The San Francisco Writers Conference / San Francisco Writers Foundation is a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit. Details of the event are updated regularly and are available at:

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The San Francisco Writers’ Conference is an annual gathering that draws over 600 attendees to the Bay Area, including bestselling authors, literary agents, publishers, publishers (from traditional publishing houses and publishers independent) and professionals from the traditional and independent publishing industry. Presenters from the West Coast, New York and beyond come to the event in search of new talent, to share their expertise with attendees and build a quality network themselves. For more information on the San Francisco 2022 Writers’ Conference, visit:



The 18th Annual SFWC will be held February 17-20, 2022 at the Hyatt Regency San Francisco, with keynote speakers Charlie Jane Anders, Annalee Newitz and Lysley Tenorio. For more information on the San Francisco Writers Conference, visit:

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The San Francisco Writers’ Conference and the San Francisco Writing for Change Conference are both produced by the San Francisco Writers’ Conference and the San Francisco Writers’ Foundation, a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit. The director of the SFWC is Laurie McLean. For assistance with registration, contact Richard Santos at [email protected] For SFWC sponsorship opportunities, contact Barbara Santos at [email protected]
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