Q: Must I pre-register?
A: Registration is now closed.
Q: I’ve pre-registered for a lower tier May I upgrade my registration?
A: Yes. You may upgrade to another tier. Go to the Account Manager on our registration website. Claim your account, give the email address you used to register, then you will be sent an email with a link to the account manager. After you select a password, you will be taken to the account manager page. Click Registration in the top menu to view and edit your registration information. You may change tiers and/or sign up for an Added Bonus (additional fee).
Discounts, Scholarships, and Refunds
Q: Are there any scholarship opportunities available for volunteers?
A: Yes! There are many volunteer opportunities available in exchange for various conference scholarships. Find more information here. Although many positions have been filled for this year, it is never too early to inquire for next year. Also, there are many onsite volunteer opportunities available. These positions don’t offer scholarships but may offer some free recordings of conference sessions.
Q: If I pre-register for the conference, but can’t attend, can I get my money back?
A: Unfortunately, no. Due to logistics and our commitments to the facility, we are unable to give refunds. If you are unsure of your availability, please consider taking advantage of our option to register at the door.
Q: Do you offer group discounts on conference registration?
A: Yes! Groups of ten or more get $50 of each person’s conference fees. For full details, please contact us.
Continuing Sessions and Workshops
Q: Where can I find a complete conference schedule?
Q: I’m not sure which classes I want to take. Do I have to select these ahead of time?
A: No. You are free to choose whichever continuing sessions and workshops you want to take once the conference begins. Any session that may have size limits are clearly indicated in the description.
Q: Do I have to attend the same Continuing Education session for all three days?
A: Each of these three-part sessions is designed to create one cohesive course. Sticking with the same continuing session is encouraged, though not required. You will likely get the most value out of whichever course you decide upon by committing to attend all three sessions. If you are unable to attend all three days, you may participate in any of the Continuing Education Sessions you like. Information presented on Day 2 will build on Day 1, and Day 3 will build on the previous two days, and instructors will not be able to take time during class to catch you up if you missed those earlier sessions.
Critiques and Appointments
Q: Are there pre-conference critique opportunities?
A: Yes! For full details visit https://socalcwc.com/program/added-bonuses/
Q: Can I schedule appointments with members of the faculty?
A: Meet-The-Professional appointments are available on a first come, first served basis for Tiers 3 and 4.
Q: How should I decide which faculty members to meet with?
A: Think about your needs as a writer, then familiarize yourself with the faculty by reading their bios and looking at what topics are covered in their courses. We can’t guarantee you will get appointments with your top two choices, so think about your first, second, third and fourth choices.
Q: May I include my books to sell in the bookstore?
A: No. Even in a virtual bookstore there are space considerations, the conference bookstore will only stock and sell books written by faculty members.
Q: Are teen writers welcome at this conference?
A: Yes! We even offer all students 20% off of their conference registration fees (coupon code STUDENT).