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Friday May 6, 2016[+]
An excerpt from the upcoming book by Armando Nieto, Mary Conrad, and Matt Pallamary: The Santa Barbara Writers Conference Scrapbook — Words of Wisdom from Thirty Years of Literary Excellence 1973 – 2003 In 1987 the country was transfixed by the … Continue reading
Sunday May 1, 2016[+]
sbwriters.com Gayle Lynds Gayle Lynds will be on stage at the Santa Barbara Hyatt on Monday, June 6, 7:30 PM. She has the generous spirit one would expect of her Midwestern roots, but the page-turning espionage thrillers she writes reflect a wide canvas of world … Continue reading
Saturday April 30, 2016[+]
sbwriters.com Ross Macdonald On opening night, June 5, 2016, Santa Barbara Writers Conference will host the presentation of the Ross Macdonald Literary Award. In past years the award has been given to Ray Bradbury, Dean Koontz, Sue Grafton, Mark … Continue reading
Meet our Directorial Team 2016
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.