Register to attend the 2017 S.B. Writers Conference

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Hook with curiosity, hold with suspense. And, rewrite, rewrite, rewrite.

- Yvonne Nelson Perry

SwirlJoin us June 17-22, 2018!

The 2018 Santa Barbara Writers Conference begins Sunday, June 17.  We look forward to meeting you and hope you have an exciting week.

If you are already registered for the conference: 

To do right away:

If you wish, you may still mail 10 pages of your manuscript (2 copies please) ASAP to be given to one of our manuscript consultants to read before your appointment. We will have appointments scheduled throughout the conference week, and you may also bring your manuscript to the conference and sign up there for an appointment with a manuscript consultant. We would like to receive your mailed manuscript by June 11 at the latest.

 Send to:


27 W Anapamu, Suite 305

Santa Barbara, CA 93101

(If you are in the Santa Barbara area, yes, you may drop a packet off at this location, which is a UPS Store where they know SBWC well.)

 You may also sign up for an appointment to speak with a manuscript consultant at the conference, with or without a manuscript. You might like to get some advice on a particular issue with your writing or want some ideas of how and where to submit your work and how to know if you manuscript is ready.

If your manuscript has been mailed ahead of time, you will receive your appointment time and place when you check into the conference.  If you sign up at the conference, you will pick your own appointment time. 

Since 1972, the Santa Barbara Writers Conference has been connecting writers with mentors, agents and editors. Every summer, writers in many genres from around the world gather to participate in a magical week of intensive work focused on story, voice, craft, marketing, and networking with fellow writers and publishing professionals.

The conference has hosted a legacy of America's best writers, including:

Ray Bradbury
Jane Smiley
William Styron
Eudora Welty
James Michener
Sue Grafton
Charles M. Schulz
Clive Cussler
Fannie Flagg
Elmore Leonard
T.C. Boyle

Join us this summer for our 46th anniversary, June 17-22, 2018, and become a part of this on-going literary legacy.

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