“Writing equals ass in chair”- Matthew Pallamary
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Friday April 28, 2017[+]
An excerpt from the Santa Barbara Writers Conference Scrapbook by Armando Nieto, Mary Conrad, and Matt Pallamary: By the fifth year of the Santa Barbara Writers conference the cadre of workshop leaders continued to evolve. Gwen Davis (Kingdome Come, … Continue reading
Thursday April 27, 2017[+]
As an agent, Eric Myers has a strong affinity for young adult and middle grade fiction, as well as adult nonfiction, especially in the areas of history, biography, psychology, health and wellness, true crime, performing arts, and pop culture. He … Continue reading
Wednesday April 26, 2017[+]
BJ Robbins Literary Agency represents quality fiction, both literary and commercial and general nonfiction — mystery, suspense/thriller, biography, history, health, travel, sports, African-American, science, pop culture and memoir. She currently represents more nonfiction than fiction, but is open to any … Continue reading
Meet our Directorial Team 2017
We are proud of our many successful alumni — like Fannie Flagg, Dr. Spencer Johnson, Gayle Lynds, Monte Schulz, Gillian Roberts, Catherine Ryan Hyde, Jean Harfenist, Karin Finell and Christopher Moore, to name just a few.
Here’s how the conference works. We offer more than 20 different instructional workshops each day on:
- fiction (all genres)
- nonfiction (biography, memoir and travel writing)
- young adult
You can wander from one to another to sample them all, or you can settle down in a couple of particular workshops each day. We encourage (but never require) writers to bring their current work to read aloud in the workshops, where they will get feedback from workshop leaders and class participants.
In the late afternoons we hold a special event — either a speaker or a panel, and every evening we have a major author speaker. We have an Agent/Editor Day in which you can schedule yourself for one-on-one meetings with the agent or editor of your choice to discuss your work and pitch your idea, screenplay, short story, novel. This program is optional and registration for Agent/Editor Day will open in early March.
After the last speaker of the evening, we keep going! We offer "pirate" workshops for those stalwart souls who want to get some really in-depth critiquing. They start at 9 p.m. and have been known to go into the wee hours.