SBWC Writing Contest Winners Announced

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SBWC 2016: June 5-10, Hyatt Santa Barbara
Dear Writers,Thank you to those of you who entered our Annual Writing Contest. 

After reviewing more than 250 entries from all over the United States, we’d like to congratulate our 3 winners and 2 runners-up.

The following individuals won a full or partial tuition scholarship to this year’s conference, June 5-10. You can read their winning entries on our SBWC blog in a few days.

Winners: Full Scholarships to SBWC 2016

Melanie Howard
Wanda Maureen Miller
Sharon Brown 

Honorable Mentions: Partial Scholarships to SBWC 2016

Sophie Berti
Anita Perez Ferguson

We appreciate every writer who took a chance and submitted their writing to be considered. We know that is a small act of bravery.

There were many excellent entries, but the above writers were the ones who this time around rose to the top.

Congratulations, all.

10-minute Pitch Sessions with Agents and Editors

One perk of this year’s conference is the 10-minute pitch sessions. Many writers who didn’t have a polished five pages to send into agents for Advanced Submission can still get a chance to meet with an agent or editor to pitch their book or project.

Registered attendees can sign up to meet with as many agents/editors as desired depending on availability. Don’t wait too long since spots are filling up fast.

Sign up here for only $25 once you are registered for the full conference. Check out the agents’ bios here.

The 44th Annual Santa Barbara Writers Conference will be kicking off in almost two weeks and we are looking forward to another wonderful year.

If you haven’t yet registered, visit our website: www.sbwriters.com.

Our 44th Year!

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“A most stimulating time—a glorious week!”
— Eudora Welty

“The best in the nation.”
— James A. Michener

“An important and wonderful week.”
— Elmore Leonard

“SBWC offers aspiring talents opportunities to have their work seen by professionals who can help them reach publication.”
— Los Angeles Times

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Grace Rachow and Erin Munsch“All you have to do is write one true sentence. Write the truest sentence that you know.” — Ernest Hemingway

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SBWC 2016 Writing Contest Winners Named

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Thank you to those of you who entered our SBWC Annual Writing Contest.

After reviewing more than 250 entries from all over the United States, we’d like to congratulate our 3 winners and 2 runners-up.

The following individuals won a full or partial tuition scholarship to this year’s conference, June 5-10. You can read their winning entries on our SBWC blog in a few days.

Winners: Full Tuition Scholarships to SBWC 2016

Melanie Howard

Wanda Maureen Miller

Sharon Brown

Honorable Mentions: Partial Tuition Scholarships to SBWC 2016

Sophie Berti

Anita Perez Ferguson

We appreciate every writer who took a chance and submitted their writing to be considered. We know that is a small act of bravery.

There were many excellent entries, but the above writers were the ones who this time around rose to the top.

Congratulations, all.

An e-newsletter will follow with this information and more.

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THE HISTORY OF THE SANTA BARBARA WRITERS CONFERENCE — 1989

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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

On Thursday night at the 1989 SBWC, Charles Champlin, The Movies Grow Up—1940-80 and Back There Where the Past Was, long time editor at the Los Angeles Times and beloved SBWC workshop leader was billed as the featured speaker in the SBWC mailings, but decided to share the stage with Joseph Wambaugh, author of The Onion Field, The New Centurians, Echoes in the Darkness, etc., a late addition to the Conference.

Barnaby said in his introduction, Chuck Champlin coined the phrase “I love this conference. Its become the punctuation of my life.” Champlin himself endorsed the phrase when he spoke, talking about the aloneness of writing. He said his endorsement of the SBWC was heartfelt because at this stage of his life, he valued the authenticity and craft of writing, and the opportunity to rub shoulders with fellow spirits.

Champlin spoke in a homespun singsong voice reminiscent of Garrison Keillor and A Prairie Home Companion, bringing alive a time when telephone numbers were WJ5, and bicycles were the main form of transportation around town.

He finished his remarks saying, “I wish you ongoing success with your compulsions, which I share.”

Joe Wambaugh and Chick Champlin

Joe Wambaugh and Chuck Champlin

In his introduction of Joseph Wambaugh, Barnaby Conrad said Wambaugh was quoted as saying “All my wrinkles are on the inside,” in response to a lady’s flattery, and why not, as he was a veteran of fourteen years on the Los Angeles police force.

A special treat for the audience, Wambaugh’s “lecture” took the form of being interviewed by Barnaby Conrad and questions from the audience. For his part, Barny asked how and why Wambaugh wrote alternately fiction and non-fiction.

“Because I can’t always come up with a fiction idea,” he said, Wambaugh sometimes wrote “true crime” stories. Another benefit of writing non-fiction was his comfort level with stumping for those works.

“I was able to publicize The Blooding: The True Story of the Narborough Village Murders,” he said, “because it was a true story, and I wasn’t promoting my own idea.” It was the first time one of his books had been publicized in years.

“When I write a novel, a lot of things change, I go back and forth with my editor,” he continued. Not so much with non-fiction.

Regarding the movies made from his works, he said, “the only one I didn’t like was The Choir Boys. It was a rotten, lousy, sleazy, disgusting movie.” Perhaps it was this kind of attitude that contributed to his reputation among some in Hollywood, but he said he was a much more mature and sober man these days.

Writing for Wambaugh was a means to express a creative energy that plagued him in his adult life. He began with short stories sent to magazines that would pay a penny a word. One story he even sent off to Playboy twice over the space of a year.

“And some cruel bastard at Playboy sent it back, writing, ‘Its no better this time than it was the last!’”

He said that writing while working as a policeman was something he never talked about at work, “and my short stories never sold, to this day!” He also said he believes his first novels were clumsy and somewhat amateurish, perhaps because he first wrote novels as a moonlighting cop—in his mind. Instead of as a writer should write.

He couldn’t say enough about his editor, someone who he’s worked with since The Onion Field. “If you are lucky enough to have an editor, never let her go.” He credits his editor as half the reason for his success in writing subsequent novels.

The other half of his success he attributes to leaving the LAPD.

Barnaby Conrad and Joseph Wambaugh

Barnaby Conrad and Joseph Wambaugh

 

 

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SBWC Events Open to the Public — Tickets $10 at the Door

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Aline Ohanesian at SBWC June 8 @ 7:30 PM, $10 at the door

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OhanesianAline creditRaffi Hadidian

Aline Ohanesian is the author of the critically acclaimed novel Orhan’s Inheritance, which was long listed for the Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize, a Summer 2015 Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers selection, a April 2014 Indie Next pick. The novel was also a finalist for the PEN/Bellwether Award for Socially Engaged Fiction.

Aline was born in Kuwait and immigrated to Southern California at the age of three. After getting her MA in History, she abandoned her PhD studies when she realized her heart belonged to the novel. She is an alumna of the Bread Loaf and Squaw Valley writers conferences. She lives and writes in San Juan Capistrano, California, with her husband and two young sons.

Photography credit: Raffia Hadidian

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Location, Location, Location!

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Hyatt with ocean-2I am not saying that we writers at the Santa Barbara Writers Conference are on the roof of the Santa Barbara Hyatt that often, but if we were, this is what we would see. We spend the week of the conference right at the edge of the Pacific viewing palm trees and sailboats–a perfect place for inspiration. For more information or to register: sbwriters.com

 

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10-Minute Pitch Sessions with Agents June 7, 2016

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_DSC0599We are about to sell out appointments with Annie Hwang and Corinna Barsan. If you want an appointment with one of these two agents, register on line today.

https://www.sbwriters.com/advpitch.php

Get more information at the above link as well. 

What is a pitch session?

This is a 10-minute personal meeting with an agent or an editor in which you “pitch” your book project. For nonfiction writers, a pitch session is an oral proposal in which you lay out the basic idea of your project and its structure in the hopes of piquing the agent’s interest. If you write fiction, you will pitch the idea of your novel to an agent with the goal of interesting the agent to see your manuscript.

 Pitch Session Fees:

The cost for each 10-minute pitch session is $25 dollars. There is no manuscript involved, but you may bring a 1-page query letter or synopsis that you could leave with the agent upon the agent’s request.  https://www.sbwriters.com/advpitch.php

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THE HISTORY OF THE SANTA BARBARA WRITERS CONFERENCE — 1988

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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 1988 Michael Dell launched the Dell Computer company and Microsoft released Windows 2.1. and the SBWC had some great speakers, among them, Fannie Flagg.

1988 Pic 3Fannie Flagg 1988 

In his introduction Barnaby Conrad recalled some of the SBWC alumns, including Spencer Johnson, The One Minute Manager, and Kitty Kelley, His Way, but said he was most proud of Fannie Flagg. Already a household name as a writer and co-host of Alan Funt’s television show Candid Camera and other television appearances, she came to the SBWC a novice in writing outside of television.

“I’m absolutely thrilled to be here,” Fanny said of her first speaking appearance at the conference.

“I came here twelve years ago and heard Ray Bradbury and was inspired as I assume you were.” Flagg came to believe she could write, and eventually came to write Coming Attractions: Daisy Fay and the Miracle Man. It started as the short story Daisy Fay that won a competition at the SBWC in 1978.

“Barnaby Conrad came up to me and said, “Don’t you think you ought to do something with that?” She sent it off to a publisher and they said it was a nice story, but they wanted a novel.

“So I went out and bought 400 sheets of paper, and started writing. When I finished those 400 pages it weighed four pounds and seven ounces, and the novel ended.”

Between the first and second novel Flagg lost her parents. She returned to her home town, searching for something. Maybe her childhood. She needed an idea for another book because Barny had told her, “One book does not an author make!”

Her lecture was very much a homecoming, and she began to tell the story of her journey along the way in a soft voice, as if in confidence to a dear friend. By the time she began reading from Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Café she’d transitioned seamlessly into a narrator’s voice, still imparting a confidence, but also through the dialogue recreating characters from her hometown of Irondale that you just wanted to meet and learn more about. The narrator, Ninny Threadgoode was a talker, and Flagg had to invent Evelyn Couch so Threadgoode had someone to talk to.

“So I had Evelyn walk down the hall with a candy bar in her hand so she’d have something to do while she listened,” Teri Sforza captured Fanny’s words in a Santa Barbara News-Press interview.  “And Evelyn went berserk on me! She decided to have a life of her own.”

Once she got going it seemed Fanny hardly stopped to breathe. The audience stared at the little redhead who kept glancing up to make sure you were paying attention, blue eyes darting back and forth between her notes and attendees, a little confab between close friends.

1988 was also the first year that veteran Phantastic Fiction Workshop leader Matt Pallamary attended the SBWC as a student and had the good fortune to find himself in Sid Stebel’s workshop and subsequently on a televised writing workshop with him. The videos of this television show can be viewed on YouTube beginning here:

Another historic SBWC moment came that year when Margaret Millar, one of the best known mystery writers of the 20th century and widow of Ken Millar aka the legendary Ross Macdonald received a lifetime achievement award.

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Writing Contest Open—Win a Scholarship to SBWC 2016

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SwirlSBWC 2016: June 5-10, Hyatt Santa Barbara
Dear Writers,

Enter to win a scholarship to the 44th Annual Santa Barbara Writers Conference.

There are three categories to this contest. You may enter one, two or all three.
You are welcome to enter multiple times, but please only one entry per email.

Categories:

1) Best opening sentence: Limit 50 words
2) Prose: This can be a short essay, a short story, or the opening to your novel or nonfiction project. Limit 500 words
3) Poem: Limit 44 lines

The judges will look for excellence appropriate to each category.

To enter:

  • Email all entries to info@sbwriters.com
  • Put the category of your entry in the subject line
  • This must be your original work, published or not.
  • Paste your writing entry and contact information into the body of the email. No attachments, please.

Contact information should include:

  • Name
  • Phone number where you can be reached if you are a winner
  • Email address
  • Mailing address
  1. For each category there will be a full tuition scholarship ($650 value) for the 2016 Santa Barbara Writers Conference June 5-10
  2. Scholarship recipients must be able to attend the conference this year
  3. If not, the full scholarship will be awarded to the runner up
  4. No entry fee
  5. Contest opens:  Today, Wednesday May 11, 2016
  6. Submission period closes NOON, Wednesday May 18
  7.  Winners will be announced on Saturday, May 21

Our 44th Year!

Snoopy

“A most stimulating time—a glorious week!”
— Eudora Welty

“The best in the nation.”
— James A. Michener

“An important and wonderful week.”
— Elmore Leonard

“SBWC offers aspiring talents opportunities to have their work seen by professionals who can help them reach publication.”
— Los Angeles Times

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If you haven’t booked your hotel room yet, check out the amazing and cheap accommodation options on Air Bnb Santa BarbaraYou can rent a single room with private bath close to downtown for only $65 a night. Now that’s a steal. Don’t let pricey accommodations deter you from joining us at SBWC this June. 

See you in a few weeks.

Write On!
Grace Rachow and Erin Munsch

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SBWC: 10-Minute Pitch Sessions with Agents

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SwirlSBWC 2016: June 5-10, Hyatt Santa Barbara
Dear Writers,

Agents get hundreds of written proposals and query letters on a daily basis. Most go straight to the bottom of the pile. A face-to-face conversation with an agent might help your project get better attention.

You’re in luckEven though the Advanced Submission deadline has passed, it’s not too late to meet with an agent or editor. Sign up for our new 10-minute pitch sessions here. No manuscript needed. 

This is speed dating for writers. Plan ahead what you want to say so that you put forth an image that reflects the quality of your project.How it works:

  • Subject to availability of time slots, you may sign up to pitch your idea to as many agents or editors as you choose. Once you are a registered attendee of the conference, you may pick agents from the list below and use our secure online registration to sign up for a 10-minute pitch session. There is no manuscript involved.
  • Please make your selections carefully. Once purchased there will be no changes or refunds given for any reason, so please consider your choices carefully.
  • Your schedule of pitch sessions will be given to you along with your SBWC conference badge when you check-in at registration on June 5.

Pitch Session Fees:

The cost for each 10-minute pitch session is $25 dollars. There is no manuscript involved, but you may bring a 1-page query letter or synopsis that you could leave with the agent upon the agent’s request.

We have ten participating agents/editors who represent a variety of genres including fiction, nonfiction and memoir. 

Find out more about our confirmed agents/editors by clicking on their names below: 
Corinna Barsan —Senior Editor, Grove Atlantic
Paul Fedorko— N.S. Bienstock, Inc.
Lucas Hunt — Orchard Literary
Jennifer March Soloway —Andrea Brown Literary Agency
Toni Lopopolo — Toni Lopopolo Literary Management
Jill Marr — Sandra Djikstra Agency
Angela Rinaldi — The Angela Rinaldi Literary Agency
Erin L. Cox—Rob Weisbach Creative Management
Annie Hwang —Folio Literary Management
Eric Myers —Dystel and Goderich Literary Management

If you haven’t already registered, sign up at sbwriters.com

We hope you’ll join us for another amazing and inspirational year.

Our 44th Year!

Snoopy

“A most stimulating time—a glorious week!”
— Eudora Welty

“The best in the nation.”
— James A. Michener

“An important and wonderful week.”
— Elmore Leonard

“SBWC offers aspiring talents opportunities to have their work seen by professionals who can help them reach publication.”
— Los Angeles Times

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10-minute pitch sessions will be available up until Agents Day, June 7 or when all slots are filled. 
 
Write On!
Grace Rachow and Erin Munsch
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