Marin Writers Conference — April 22

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Join us April 22 for a daylong conference covering fiction and nonfiction writing, with former agent and keynote speaker Michael Larsen, two-hour live-editing workshop on First Pages with Mary Rakow, a Self-Publishing panel, and an Agent Panel and five literary agents available for pitches, including Jennifer March Soloway of the Andrea Brown Agency, Carlisle Webber of Fuse Literary Agency, Kimberly Cameron and Dorian Maffie of Kimberly Cameron and Associates, and Peter Beren of Peter Beren Agency.


Morning coffee and bagels are included, along with a bag lunch, in the registration. Vegetarian and gluten-free options are available.

For a chance to have your first pages workshopped, please submit First Pages by April 15th to If time allows Mary Rakow is open to live editing more works on the spot, provided that you bring enough copies for attendees to view.

To pitch to an agent, please read their bios below and submit your request to First come, first serve.

Attendees will also have the opportunity to join us for a no-host dinner at Il Fornaio with Michael Larsen afterwards (sign up is first come first serve at the Conference, with 1 free meal door prize at Il Forniao for one lucky attendee)!!


To register, you must complete the registration form and provide the payment.  You may fill out the form below and mail with a check (payable to CWC-Marin) to: Mary Krefting, 38 Estates Court, San Rafael, CA 94901. You may also pay by credit card or PayPal via the PayPal button. (Cancellation policy: Requests for refunds must be made 14 days before the conference.)

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Presenter Biographies

michael larsen

MICHAEL LARSEN is an author coach who loves helping writers. In 1972, he co-founded Michael Larsen-Elizabeth Pomada Literary Agents, which sold hundreds of books to more than a hundred publishers and imprints, before it stopped taking on new clients.

Mike’s books, How to Write a Book Proposal, has sold more than 100,000 copies and is now in its fifth edition, co-authored by Jody Rein. Mike also wrote How to Get a Literary Agent and co-authored Guerrilla Marketing for Writers. Elizabeth and Mike co-authored the six books in the Painted Ladies series, which sold more than 500,000 copies. Publishers Weekly chose the second book in the series, Daughters of Painted ladies, as one of the best books of the year.

Mike is co-founder of the San Francisco Writers Conference, which takes place in February at the Hyatt Regency, and the San Francisco Writing for Change Conference, which will take place on September 8th.

Microsoft Word - Mary Rakow Headshot for SFWC.docx MARY RAKOW, Ph.D. comes to fiction with advanced degrees in theology from Harvard Divinity School and Boston College.  Her latest novel, This is Why I Came , has been described as “miraculous,” a “Blakean tour de force,” “rapturously beautiful, tender, complex,” receiving outstanding reviews in The Atlantic, Washington Post, Boston Globe, Ploughshare, Commonweal, and Christian Century. Selected by O Magazine as one of “16 Books to Start 2016 off Right.”

She lives in San Francisco where she mentors writers and edits fiction, memoir, nonfiction, YA, sci-fi, poetry and academic work. Please visit and “Mary is a legendary editor,”  says Ilya Kaminsky, winner of The Tupelo Prize.

As a Book Midwife, RUTH SCHWARTZ helps authors get clear about the steps needed to turn out a professional book that looks as good as anything coming from a traditional publisher.  Ruth helps you get past the stuck places, getting through the decision-making and design process quickly, birthing your book with ease.

She works with you to turn your finished manuscript into a finished book, complete with professional cover design, interior layout, and ebook editions,—all up online and available for sale.

Ruth brings over 40 years of book publishing, design and printing industry experience to every author’s project and has worked on over 100 independently published books since 2012 when print on demand technology enabled the current indie publishing revolution.

Kimberly CameronKIMBERLY CAMERON has ben a literary agent for 25 years. She recently sold Senator Barbara Boxer’s Memoir, The Art of Tough to Hachette, and has started the careers of many debut authors.  She co-founded Knightsbridge Publishing Company with offices in New York and Los Angeles. In 1993 she became partners with Dorris Halsey of The Reece Halsey Agency, founded in 1957. Among its clients have been Aldous Huxley, William Faulkner, Upton Sinclair, and Henry Miller. She opened Reece Halsey North in 1995 and 2009 the agency became Kimberley Cameron & Associates. She now has several agents working with her agency. She resides and works from Tiburon, California, and France, with many visits to New York to make the rounds of editorial offices.

She is interested in writing that makes a reader feel something, whether it be fiction or nonfiction.  Some of the genres she particularly enjoys are mystery and crime, thriller, science fiction, women’s fiction, horror and literary fiction. Non-fiction genres are health, science, biography, memoir and history.

DORIAN MAFFEI began at Kimberley Cameron & Associates as an intern in 2013. She has since become a literary agent and is now looking to build a client list of her own in both YA and adult fiction. She is interested in magical realism, upmarket women’s fiction, literary science fiction, unique voices, and innovative storytelling that provokes a deep-rooted connection after the last page and explores the peculiar within the mundane. She is always open to submissions with diverse experiences and characters, and welcomes underrepresented and marginalized voices.

Jennifer March SolowayJENNIFER MARCH SOLOWAY is an associate agent with the Andrea Brown Literary Agency. Although she specializes in children’s literature, Jennifer also represents some adult fiction, both literary and commercial, particularly crime, suspense and psychological horror. Regardless of genre, she is actively seeking new voices and fresh perspectives underrepresented in literature. Jennifer is actively building her client list and welcomes queries to To learn more about Jennifer, follow her on Twitter, @marchsoloway, and find her full wish list at

Editorial agent CARLISLE WEBBER holds a Professional Certificate in Editing from University of California, Berkeley, belongs to the American Copy Editors Society and Bay Area Editors’ Forum. When editing, she aims to make a book the best possible version of itself, shaping it in a way so it can best use its unique voice to appeal to a wide audience. Carlisle is looking for high-concept commercial fiction in middle grade, young adult, and adult. If your book is fresh and exciting, tackles difficult topics, reads like a Shonda Rhimes show, or makes readers stay up late turning pages, she’s the agent for you.

Diverse authors are encouraged to submit their fiction. Within the genres she represents, Carlisle is especially interested in stories by and about people of color; with both visible and invisible disabilities and illnesses; who are economically disadvantaged; who are gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, or queer; or who are members of religious minorities. Take a look at her manuscript wish list


berenPETER BEREN is a former Publisher of Sierra Club Books, VIA Books; V.P. for Publishing at the Palace Press Group; an Acquisition Editor for Jeremy Tarcher; a literary agent at The Peter Beren Agency, and a publishing consultant with more than 40 years experience in Book Publishing.

A member of AAR, his is also the author of seven published works, including The Writers Legal Companion (with Brad Bunnin) and California the Beautiful (with the late photographer, Galen Rowell). His best-known Agency clients include photographer Art Wolfe (The Earth Is My Witness), graphic novelist Jack Katz (The First Kingdom), and Chakra expert Anodea Judith (Eastern Body, Western Mind). A founding staff member of The Boston Phoenix, he has published articles for a variety of magazines including Mother Jones, Berkeley Monthly and Tufts Magazine.