Frequently Asked Questions

How much does it cost to attend JWC?

This conference is free to all.

How do I register to attend JWC?

This year, because of health concerns, you must register if you plan to attend JWC. Please click here to register and fill out a health monitoring form for one week before the conference. While the conference is still completely free, you must register by October 8.

The University will ask you to show your health form when you enter the campus. The school is asking us to help it fulfill its responsibility to its staff, students, and those taking part in Entrance Examinations on campus the same weekend. Remember, too, we are non-paying guests and this COVID thing is still with us. Presenters, staff, and those taking part in panels and workshops all need to register.

Even if you’re not sure you can attend, sign up. We must give the University the attendance list in advance. There is no downside to signing up. Your information will remain private.

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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