“Find the distinctive voices of your characters and then allow them the freedom to lead you through your story.”- Walter Dallenbach
From Our Blog
Thursday May 28, 2015[+]
Dear Writers, Thank you to those of you who entered our Annual Best Opening Contest. After reviewing over 200 entries from all over the United States, we’d like to congratulate our winner and two runner-ups. Louisa Lucie-Smith from Santa Barbara was our winner and … Continue reading
Saturday May 23, 2015[+]
Marketing the Muse 1-3:30pm, 6/8/15-6/12/15 by Marla Miller My afternoon workshops remain the same—a combination of read/critique (openings only), fiction & nonfiction. We will also listen with an ear for organic social media strategies that may flow from story & … Continue reading
Sunday May 17, 2015[+]
Dear Writers, Enter to win a scholarship to the 43rd Annual Santa Barbara Writers Conference! Send us your BEST OPENING, up to 50 words — a beginning most likely to compel a reader to turn the page. We will award one full … Continue reading
Meet our Director
Nicole first attended SBWC fresh out of UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business with her first YA novel. Her interests finally aligned when she returned in 2011 as SBWC Director. This will be her fifth year coordinating this special week and she can’t wait for you to enjoy it.
We are also excited to introduce Erin Munsch as co-director for this year's conference.
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)
- children’s literature
- 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.