FAQ “From Pen to Published”

Conference 2014 logoFrequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Download a single page schedule here.

Registration closes April 24th!

Conference Questions

Q: Can I pay for the Conference by check instead of credit card? A: Yes, you may mail a check to Redwood Writers after filling out the online form; both options are included in the form. This year everyone must register online here.

Q: When is the last day I can register for the Conference? A: April 12th. The final head count is being submitted to SRJC.

Q: What if I register and then need to cancel? A: Requests for refunds postmarked prior to April 12, 2013 at fee paid less $50. Requests postmarked after April 12, 2013 will not receive a refund. Mail requests for refunds to: Redwood Writers, P.O. Box 4687, Santa Rosa, CA 95402. 

Q: What if I change my mind about the sessions I have signed up to attend, may I switch to another? A: Yes. We don’t usually check people in at the door of each session. However, if a room is filled to capacity, we will redirect you to another session.

Q: Can I pay for just one or two sessions that are of interest to me? A: Sorry, that option is not available.

Q: May I record a speaker or breakout session presenter? A: If you have a hearing or other issue, please ask the presenter’s permission.

Q: May I bring my service dog to the conference? A: If you are in training mode with the dog, no. If your dog is actively in service to aid you, yes.

Q: Can I just attend the Conference for the keynote addresses? A: Sorry, this is not an available option.

Q: I can only attend the morning sessions of the conference. Is there any chance of a discounted admission price? A: Sorry, this is not an available option.

Q: Can I just pay for the one or two sessions of immediate interest to me? A: Sorry, this is not an available option. We don’t have fees established for partial attendance/sessions or for single workshop sessions. An alternative is to keep an eye on our website and attend the individual workshops we conduct year round.

Q: I’d like to volunteer to work at the conference. Must I register? A: Yes, you must be a registered attendee to volunteer. Indicate on the form that you’d like to volunteer. Your assignment will be made at a later date. Thank you for thinking of volunteering. For more information please email: [email protected]

Q: How can I sign up for 1-on-1 editing session? A: We will not be having special sessions with agents and editors this year. We are offering for the first time a session entitled: “Your First Page: How Can I Get It Out of the Slush Pile?” If you are interested, please bring the first page of a novel, short story, memoir, or other non-fiction piece you are working on, double-spaced, no name. Agents will randomly select submissions and critique them on the spot before the attendees. Yours may or may not be selected.

Q: I’m interested in having a headshot taken by your photographer. How does that work? A: The photographer will be available during the day for 20-30 minute sessions, for a nominal fee to be paid at the time of the shoot. It’s first come, first served. Sign up in the morning after you check in.

Q: Will the presenters’ have their books for sale? A: Yes, most of them will, though it’s voluntary. Be sure to look for Copperfield’s Book Sales and Redwood Writers merchandise tables, open during breaks and before and after the conference.

Q: If I want to purchase books written by speakers or other authors, how will I be able to pay? A: We will accept cash or checks, and we also expect to be set up to accept MasterCard or Visa. Individual Redwood Writers authors may or may not be able to accept credit cards.

Q: If I have published a book but have not registered for the conference, may I still sell my books at the conference? A: No, only authors who are Redwood Writers and are registered for the conference may sell their books. Being a member provides that benefit.

Q: Does Santa Rosa Junior College have WiFi for the conference? A: Yes, and it’s free.

Q: Where do I park and what does parking cost? A: Park in the Emeritus lot on north side of Elliott St. across from the Bertolini Student Center or in the parking structure on Mendocino Ave. (map) The parking cost is included in the registration. You can download the parking pass from the Registration page.

Q: How do I qualify for a free conference pass? A: There are no free conference passes available.

Q: Are there any scholarships available? A: We may have limited funds available. Please contact: [email protected]

Conference Food

 Q: It’s an all day conference, what food is included in the fee? A: We will offer coffee, tea and juice, plus pastries before the conference begins; a buffet lunch and break snacks; during the wrap-up networking session at the end, we’ll have non-alcoholic beverages and assorted cheeses and crackers and vegetables. Be sure to join us before your trip home!


8-9 a.m. Continental Breakfast: Assortment of mini pastries, bagels & cream cheese, jams, seasonal fruit; coffee, decaf, hot tea

10:30-10:50 Break Coffee, decaf, tea, etc. (available all day)

12-1:20 p.m. Lunch – Chinese Buffet: Broccoli Beef, Kung Pao Chicken (mild), Vegetable Chow Mein, steamed rice, orange slices & fortune cookies

2:30-2:50 p.m. Break: Coffee, decaf, tea, etc., lemonade, iced tea; assorted lemon bars, brownies, cheese cake bites

5-5:30 p.m. Wrap-up & Awards General Session: Beverages, fruit platter, cheese & cracker platter, cookies

Menu is suitable for vegetarians, vegans, gluten & MSG-sensitive.

Q: Is there food at the post-Conference networking event? A: Yes. Assorted cheese and crackers, vegetables and dip and juices are available.  Be sure to join us for some food, drink, and fun with fellow writers, agents, and editors. 

Download a single page schedule here.

If you have additional questions, email: [email protected]

Learn more about the “From Pen to Published” Conference in the Special Conference Edition of our Newsletter
(soon to be available).