Charles Darwin wrote that it’s not the strongest or smartest species that survive, it’s the most adaptable. Humanity is going to have to adapt more in this century than any other.
Changes in climate, resources, technology, business, and relations between countries will force us to change how we live, work and think, and our relationships with people and the planet.
Writers will be essential catalysts in bringing about the changes we need. More than ever, we need writers to help us understand the challenges and opportunities ahead of us and inspire and empower us to do what we can to help bring about change.
Technology enables writers to reach readers, and build audiences for their work and constituencies for their ideas faster and more easily than ever. It also provides more ways for them to get their books published than ever. The goal of the Writing for Change Conference is to help writers to write about change, get their work published, and make it succeed.
In 2020, Writing for Change: Worldwide transformed from an in-person conference to a series of online events held to promote how writing can change the world in a variety of ways from the personal to the planetary. The event has three components:
- First is a 5-night series of Writing for Change: Worldwide Evening Inspiration Conversations with author-activists that runs virtually on Crowdcast from Monday, September 7, 2020 through Friday, September 11, 2020, from 6:00 to 7:30 pm Pacific Time. Event recordings will be available for subsequent viewing immediately after each session.
- Then from September 7th through the end of September, is the Writing for Change: Worldwide Agent Pitch-A-Thon where authors can virtually pitch their work to the agent of their choice for 10-minutes. Details to come.
- Finally, on Saturday and Sunday, September 12 & 13, the Writing for Change: Worldwide Craft Conference will be held, focusing on the craft of writing for change, and it will also be recorded for later viewing.
The Writing for Change conference is funded by the San Francisco Writers Foundation, part of the 501c3 nonprofit San Francisco Writers Conference. In its 18th year of operation, the San Francisco Writers Conference is committed to improving literacy and supporting reading and writing throughout the country through online and onsite charity auctions, donations, free and fee classes, workshops, conferences, guest lectures, webinars, and more. sfwriters.org/foundation.