Frequently Asked Questions

How much does it cost to attend JWC?

This conference is free to all.

How do I register to attend JWC?

There is no registration required to attend the conference. You may attend one or both days and enjoy as many sessions as you like. However, there may be a few sessions that require pre-registration. Please see the conference schedule for more information.

Who is eligible to submit a proposal for JWC?

All published writers, translators, editors, agents and publishers are welcome to submit presentation proposals.  We especially encourage proposals from new submitters. One of our strengths has been variety, and the best way to foster variety is to have new presenters each year.  

Those who have presented at past conferences are (of course) welcome to submit new proposals. But please, in the words of Ezra Pound, “Make it new.”

Presentations on all genres and all aspects of writing and publishing are welcome. The deadline for presentation proposals is June 1.

Are any of the presentations in Japanese, or are they all in English? 

Most of the presentations at JWC are in English. However, sometimes there are also bilingual presentations. Please check the conference program for details.

Can I bring copies of my published books to sell at the conference?

Presenters and their publishers are free to bring copies of their books to sell at the conference. We will have a designated room with tables where they can display books, and this room is always popular with conference goers. Most simply leave their books on a table along with a price list and an envelope for money while they attend conference sessions. We have had no trouble with books going missing with this method. However, we cannot guarantee that people will pay. Also, we ask that people be sensitive to space limitations. 

I am interested in other events for writers in Japan. Do you have any recommendations?

Please check out the following: (there are several writers’ groups, including Tokyo Writers Workshop) (Society of Writers, Editors and Translators) (Society of Children’s Books Writers and Illustrators) (English-language authors working or living in Kyoto)

I want to attend JWC but I need help paying for transportation and lodging. Can you help?

We appreciate that travel and lodging can be expensive. However, because we are a free event, JWC does not have the resources to help with expenses.

Can you help me get a visa to come to Japan for the conference?

Sorry, we are unable to help with this.

Who do I talk to if I have other questions about my proposal or the conference?

Please contact the organizers directly at

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