The Japan Writers Conference is an English-language event held in a different part of Japan every year. There are usually about 30 presentations by writers in different fields on a variety of topics.
At the sixth annual conference, last fall in Kyoto, I did some quick micro-interviews with a few of the presenters. I asked them what they had spoken about, what other presentations they had enjoyed, and what advice they might have for anyone thinking about going next time. You can see some of their answers in the video above.
The seventh annual conference is coming up in November in Okinawa. You can find details on the official website here. More information will be added as the event comes closer.
By the way, I once gave a presentation at the Japan Writers Conference myself. It was about how to interview creative subjects for feature articles, and you can see highlights of it here. You can also read my descriptions of some other writers’ past presentations here and here.
One person who does not appear in this video is John Gribble, the main organizer of the event. But you can read a recent Japan Times article about him by Kris Kosaka here.