Japan Writers Conference


The 2018 (12th Annual) Japan Writers Conference

The 2018 Japan Writers Conference will be Saturday, October 13th and Sunday, October 14th, 2018 at Otaru University of Commerce in Otaru, Hokkaido, Japan. Shawn Clankie will be our host. Otaru is a port city northeast of Sapporo and easily accessed by train from Sapporo. For those concerned about the weather, it will be cool, cold at night, but no snow. Shawn promised.


Otaru is an interesting city, with much architecture of the Meiji and Taisho eras surviving, street and building signs in Russian, shopping opportunities, really fresh sushi, and views of the ocean to the north.


Our host Shawn Clankie is an organizer, someone who loves to put events together. He came down to Tokyo for the 2017 Conference. He’s excited by what he saw, understands our needs, and is already actively engaged in the legwork. We are in good hands.


So please make a note of the dates and plan to join us. As in the past, the Conference will be free and open to all who wish to attend.


The call for proposals is now closed. Thank you all for your submissions.


To promote this event, please download the 2018 conference post and share it widely. Download here.


For some background information on the Japan Writers Conference, see the following:


Follow Twitter updates about this year's JWC here.


Voices from the 6th Japan Writers Conference, see Tokyo Tom Baker here.


For a Japan Times article featuring JWC organizer John Gribble, click here.


A Sept. 27, 2013 article by Stephen Mansfield about Hans Brinckmann entitled, "Dutch banker turned writer finds a home and inspiration in Japan" is here.


For questions or to receive more information, email gribblej"at" (change to "@")gol.com


John Gribble

Karen McGee

Co Co-ordinators,

Japan Writers Conference


See photos from past conferences here.


For a Japan Times article about the conference written by Eric Johnston in 2008, click here.


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