The Japan Writers Conference is a free, annual, English-language event at which writers in a variety of genres and fields share ideas on the art, craft and business of writing.
The organizers are now seeking writers to give presentations at the 12th annual conference, on the weekend of Oct. 13-14 at Otaru University of Commerce in Otaru, Hokkaido.
Past presenters have included Australian poet David Gibley, “Slumdog Millionaire” novelist Vikas Swarup, “Cash Crash Jubilee” novelist Eli K.P. William, young-adult author Margi Preus, horror author Thersa Matsuura, anthologist Suzanne Kamata and memoirist Leza Lowitz. The 2017 edition of “The Best American Mystery Stories,” edited by John Sandford, features a story by Karen McGee, who hosted the 2017 event in Tokyo. The host of this year’s event will be travel writer and textbook author Shawn Clankie.
The conference is held at a different Japanese university each year, with past venues in Tokyo, Kyoto, Kobe, Tokushima, Iwate and Okinawa. Hokkaido is a new frontier for the annual gathering.
Run entirely by volunteers, the Japan Writers Conference is a free event open to all. Details on this year’s event can be found at http://www.japanwritersconference.org.
Writers interested in making a presentation at the 2018 Japan Writers Conference are asked to contact organizer John Gribble at firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline for presentation proposals is June 1.
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