Japan Writers Conference in Kobe October 24-25

Susan Rogers Chikuba
Writer
10 October 2015

The ninth annual Japan Writers Conference is just two weeks away, October 24 and 25. This year it will be held at the Suma Campus of Kobe Women's University, and the program looks to be one of the strongest ever--40 presenters over the course of the two days.

It's all free of charge. See the website here: www.japanwritersconference.org

Rob Goss
Writer
11 October 2015

Thanks for sharing that, Susan.

For the umpteenth year in a row I can't make it, but some of the presentations look like they would be very interesting. Nice variety of topics, too. I wonder if any of them will end up online afterwards or be streamed live?

Susan Rogers Chikuba
Writer
12 October 2015

Hi Rob. I asked John Gribble, the JWC organizer, to comment. Here's his response:
The Japan Writers Conference started in Tokyo in 2007 and has taken place annually at various locations throughout Japan. Aside from food, it is 100% free and almost 100% open to anyone who wants to attend (Some workshops require signing up in advance). Other than for food, there is no registration.

It is a zero-budget affair. We pass a can to finance the webpage and that's it. The site is donated and the organizers and presenters are all volunteer. As a result, the event has become an annual egalitarian gathering of creatives involved with the written and published word.

To my knowledge there is no plan to record, post, or stream any of the presentations. Tom Baker has made some fun little videos about the conference in the past. They can be accessed from the JWC website.

So if you're in, near, or can get to Kobe on Oct 24-25, come on by. You'd be welcome.

John Gribble
Co-organizer,
Japan Writers Conference

Rob Goss
Writer
12 October 2015

Thanks for checking, Susan!

Susan Rogers Chikuba
Writer
12 October 2015

Sounds like there's an opp'ty for tech-savvy attendees (aspiring filmmakers, documentarists?!) to wow us here at Canvas with reports from Kobe.

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