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SwirlJoin us June 17-22, 2018!

Dear Writers,
Every June since 1972, writers from around the world have gathered at the Santa Barbara Writers Conference to rub elbows with fellow writers, well-known authors, and publishing professionals.

You’ll participate in a magical week of intensive work focused on craft, marketing, and networking. 
The full conference June 17-22, 2018 includes:
• 5 full days (and nights) of workshops led by 30 talented teachers 
• One-on-one manuscript consultations
• Afternoon speakers and panels
• Opportunity to register for agent appointments 
• 5 evening keynotes by well-known experts and authors
• Book signings and chances to meet author-speakers
• Opening night banquet on Sunday, June 17
• Poolside Cocktail Reception, Tuesday evening, June 19
• Awards banquet on Friday evening, June 22
• A week of networking, support and genuine camaraderie
SBWC likes to brag about our many successful alumni —Fannie Flagg, Spencer Johnson, Gayle Lynds, Monte Schulz, Gillian Roberts, Catherine Ryan Hyde, and Christopher Moore, to name just a few.
Join us this summer for our 46th anniversary, June 17-22, 2018, and become a part of this ongoing literary legacy.

See you in June,
Grace Rachow
SBWC Director

2018 SBWC agents with their agencies.

Appointments will be on June 19, 2018. 

Registration for agent appointments will open February 27. 

Annie Bomke             Annie Bomke Agency in San Diego

Amy Cloughley          Kimberly Cameron & Associates

Paul Fedorko             Paul Fedorko Agency

Toni Lopopolo            Toni Lopopolo Literary Agency

Jill Marr                      Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency

Eric Myers                  Eric Myers Agency

Sarah Phair                Trident Literary Agency

Angela Rinaldi           Angela Rinaldi Literary Agency

BJ Robbins                 BJ Robbins Literary Angency, LA

Ken Sherman             Ken Sherman & Associates, LA

 

Workshop Leaders
& Manuscript Consultants
A partial list

Lorelei Armstrong – Pirate Workshop

Laure-Anne Bosselaar – Poetry

Susan Chiavelli – Manuscript Consultant

Walter Halsey Davis – Screenwriting

Trey Dowell – The Art of the Query

Jerry Camarillo Dunn – Travel Writing & Nonfiction

Susan Miles Gulbransen – Nonfiction with a Fiction Twist

Gar Anthony Haywood – The 7 Deadly Sins of Novel Writing

Melodie Johnson Howe – Discovering Your Inner Editor

Catherine Ann Jones – Memoir & The Way of Story

Fred Klein – Manuscript Consultant

Nancy Klann – From the Beginning

Michael Larsen – Writing a Book Proposal

Perie Longo – Poetry

Toni Lopopolo – Writing a Novel that Sells

Carmen Madden – Dramatic Fiction

Marla Miller – Hooking Readers

Melinda Palacio & Lida Sideris – Writing Through the Fears

Matt Pallamary – Phantastic Fiction

Yvonne Nelson Perry – Crafting Short Stories

Diana Raab – Memoir

John Reed – The Pirates

Monte Schulz – Voice and Style

Dale Griffiths Stamos – Story Structure

S. L. (Sid) Stebel & Karen Ford – Finding Your Secret Story

Benjamin Sutherland – Harnessing the Narrative

Mac (Max) Talley – Submitting Short Stories

Jervey Tervalon – Creative Nonfiction

Janis Thomas & Ara Grigorian – Plot vs. Character in Fiction

Duane Unkefer – Manuscript Consultant

Stephen Vessels – Manuscript Consultant

Ernie Witham – Humor Writing

Marilee Zdenek – Right Brain Experience

 

Daily Schedule for SBWC 2018

Sunday, June 17

12:00  noon            Credentials in La Cantina        

3:00 - 4:30 pm       Orientation, Welcome

4:30 - 5:30 pm       No Host Bar      

5:30 - 7:15 pm       Opening Night Banquet             

7:30 - 8:00 pm       Ross Macdonald Award: Pico Iyer

8:00 - 9:00 pm       Guest Speaker: TBA     

9:30 pm. –              Pirate Workshops          

Monday, June 18

8:00 am –               Info Desk             

9:00 - 11:30 am     Morning Workshops

11:30 - 1:00 pm     Lunch Break    

1:00 - 3:30 pm       Afternoon Workshops

4:00 - 5:00 pm       Panel: TBA

5:00 - 7:30 pm       Evening Break                 

8:00 - 9:00 pm       Speaker: Eric Puchner             

9:30 pm. –              Pirate Workshops

Tuesday, June 19

8:00 am –                 Info Desk             

9:00 - 11:30 am       Morning Workshops

11:30 - 1:00 pm       Lunch Break    

1:00 - 3:30 pm         Afternoon Workshops

4:00 - 5:00 pm         Agent Panels 1 & 2        

5:00 - 6:30 pm         Cocktail Party

8:00 - 9:00 pm         Speaker: Simon Van Booy   

9:30 pm –                 Pirate Workshops

Wednesday, June 20

8:00 am –                  Info Desk             

9:00 - 11:30 am        Morning Workshops

11:30 - 1:00 pm        Lunch Break

12:00 - 12:45 pm     Open Mic Poetry Reading 

1:00 - 3:30 pm         Afternoon Workshops

4:00 - 5:00 pm          Panel: New Book             

5:00 - 7:30 pm          Evening Break                 

8:00 - 9:00 pm          Speaker: Janet Fitch

9:30 p.m. –                Pirate Workshops

Thursday, June 21

8:00 am –                    Info Desk             

9:00 - 11:30 am          Morning Workshops

11:30 - 1:00 pm          Lunch Break

12:00 - 12:45 pm        Open Mic Poetry Reading 

1:00 - 3:30 pm            Afternoon Workshops

4:00 - 5:00 pm            Panel: 4 Genres               

5:00 - 7:30 pm            Evening Break                 

8:00 - 9:00 pm            Speaker: Steven J. Ross           

9:30 p.m. –                  Pirate Workshops

Friday, June 22

8:00 am –                   Info Desk             

9:00 - 11:30 am         Morning Workshops

11:30 - 1:00 pm         Lunch Break    

1:00 - 3:30 pm           Afternoon Workshops

4:00 - 5:00 pm           Panel: Marketing

6:00 - 8:00 pm           Awards Banquet             

9:00 p.m –                  SBWC Talent Show

9:30 p.m. –                 Pirate Workshops

 

Inspiring, Connecting, and Believing in Writers since 1972

"There's no such thing as an aspiring writer. If you're writing, you're a writer."

~Stephen Chbosky, author of The Perks of Being a Wallflower, speaking at SBWC 2013

"You can't imagine what this conference meant to me. If it had not been for this conference, I'd probably still be sitting on a rerun of The Dating Game somewhere."

~Fannie Flagg, author of Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Café, speaking at SBWC 2012

 
 
 

Special Thanks to Our Sponsor

 The Writer Magazine, official Sponsor of the Santa Barbara Writers Conference