Transform your author career

Author alchemy summit

Make friends, learn from industry experts, and together we’ll explore the question:

“How can we forge our own success path?”

The Author Alchemy Summit

The entire structure of the Author Alchemy Summit is designed to emphasize both community and education. The goal is for people to walk away with a plethora of new ideas to grow their author business by connecting with readers — as well as with lifelong friends and colleagues.

The summit’s narrow focus (and small size) is extremely deliberate.

If you’ve ever been to one of the big writing conferences, you might have felt overwhelmed.

Whether it was AWP, 20Books, or a more genre-focused conference like World Fantasy or StokerCon, you probably came home feeling inspired — and overwhelmed.

Big conferences really excel at inundating you with knowledge — but they’re less good at helping you apply all this new knowledge to your own path.

The Author Alchemy Summit is…

More of a mastermind than a conference.

Because of the small size, you won’t get lost in the crowd. Attendees at AAS will be able to chat one-on-one with industry experts and other authors to get ideas that are personally relevant.

Events throughout the conference will focus on network building. Social events, genre meetups, catered breakfast and lunch, karaoke — you’ll find plenty of opportunities to connect and make lifelong friends, collaborators, and champions. (Even if you’re an introvert like me!)

A curated course rather than a firehose of information.

There are times to drink from the firehose of information — and there are times when you want a gorgeously curated chef’s menu tailored specifically to your needs.

Because of the singular focus, we’ll all be diving deep on the question of connecting with readers rather than skimming the surface of a hundred topics — and because you won’t have to rush off to hit session after session, the conversations and aha moments can just keep on coming.

An incredible value for the depth of education you’ll get

Most conferences don’t have the time to go in depth on topics — which means I often end up spending $$$ on a speaker’s book, course, or hour of consulting in order to figure out how their knowledge can apply to my specific situation.

Of course, private consulting can run $150+ an hour. Some of those courses are $495+ — almost the cost of a conference ticket itself.

They’re super value-packed, obviously! But the goal of the Author Alchemy Summit is to give you much more valuable information and insight than most conferences have time to deliver.

Plus, the smaller size means that your questions can get answered during the conference itself, and leave with an actionable plan rather than an online cart full of courses.

We can’t wait to see you here!

February 14-16, 2025

Register now to save off the door price!


The Author Alchemy Summit is: 

  • Two full days of programming designed to give you a custom road map for your author career
  • Social events and networking events to help you connect with your tribe — tailored for introverts and extroverts alike
  • Get personal advice from industry experts and bestselling authors in breakout sessions!
  • Genre meetups give you a chance to meet other authors in your field
  • Delicious breakfast and lunch included both conference days (GF, vegan, and other options available)
What’s included in the ticket:
  • Conference attendance for all days
  • Welcome happy hour party
  • Breakfast and lunch for two days
  • Breakout sessions with the experts of your choice
  • A ticket to the mastermind hot seats
  • Genre meetups, bookstore tours, and other fun optional events
  • Plus an assortment of swag: ebooks, digital courses, physical goodies, etc.
  • Karaoke party!

What Past Attendees Are Saying...

Thank You to Our 2024 Sponsors!

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2024 Speakers

2025 Speakers have not yet been announced. Are you interested in presenting or being a panelist? Get in touch! info at

Hotel: The Jupiter

Welcome to the fabulous Jupiter Hotel, in Portland’s artsy Burnside neighborhood. Just across the river from downtown, you’ll find dozens of epic restaurants, breweries, coffee houses, and shops within a few minutes’ walk. And with our room block, you can get a screaming deal on this exceptional hotel. 

Learn more about the Jupiter.

Lobby of the Jupiter NEXT, with long low velvet couches, floor-to-ceiling windows, and concrete chic interior.
Jupiter hotel bedroom: black accent wall and desk, a tidy bed with gold accent pillow, and a view of downtown Portland
The Arium ballroom — an open, airy space with doors open to a patio with chairs and shrubbery
Hey love restaurant — a hip restaurant with tables and a bar, and plants hanging from the ceiling
Exterior of the Jupiter hotel from across the street. The 6-story new hotel with off-angled windows on the left, the remodeled historic motel on the right.

2025 Schedule

Note: The schedule is still a work in progress! Depending on interest and who’s in town, we plan to organize field trips for people who want to explore Portland’s bookstores, breweries, and other landmarks. Stay tuned for more. 

Day 1 (Friday)

Welcome, orientation, and networking. 

Pick up your welcome packet, meet your fellow attendees, and join us for a happy hour mixer in the Jupiter’s Flex Lounge.

Day 2 (Saturday)

  • 7-9am – catered breakfast in the Atrium Ballroom and packet pickup
  • 9-12:30pm – morning programming
  • 12:30-2pm – catered lunch and networking
  • 2-5pm afternoon programming
  • Evening: genre meetups and other networking opportunities.

Day 3 (Sunday)

  • 7-9am – catered breakfast in the Atrium Ballroom 
  • 9-12:30pm – morning programming
  • 12:30-2pm – catered lunch and networking
  • 2-5pm afternoon programming
  • Evening: karaoke party!

Day 4 (Monday; President's day, optional)

Wrap-up and goodbyes. 

Optional Portland field trips! Visit Powell’s City of Books, the Peculiarium, and other Portland literary landmarks. 

About the Organizer

Jessie Kwak is a writer living in Portland, Oregon. When she’s not writing novels for herself or helping clients write bestselling business books, she can be found sewing, mountain biking, or organizing the Author Alchemy Summit. She is the author of a supernatural thriller, two series of space pirate and space mafia sci-fi crime novels, and nonfiction including From Chaos to Creativity and From Dream to Reality: How to Make a Living a Freelance Writer.

Jessie Kwak