Best Opening Contest: Thanks & Congratulations!

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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 the recipient of the full tuition scholarship to this year’s conference, June 7-12. Here is her winning entry:

Chute picked up the bullwhip. One crack and the snake was dead. The children stared from the stranger to the dead rattlesnake and dropped one by one from the apple tree to inspect the remains.

We’d also like to congratulate two honorable mentions: Cat Robson and Sarah Nickerson will both be receiving partial scholarships to the 2015 conference.

 We appreciate every writer who took a chance and submitted their writing to be considered. We know that an opening line is important, but also difficult to write. Stephen King says an opening line “should invite the reader to begin the story. It should say: Listen. Come in here. You want to know about this.” Quite a task for any writer!

Opening night is nearly two weeks away, and we are looking forward to another fabulous year. If you haven’t already registered, now is the time!

www.sbwriters.com

Write On!
SBWC Team

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Marla Miller SBWC 2015 Workshop Guest Leaders

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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 & enhance/build the presenter’s platform. For the past five years or so, my workshops have also included guest speakers, mostly authors carving their way thru Indie’s publishing maze.  In this session, I devote two afternoon workshops, TH & FR, to Indie publishing.

Several years of watching/following/editorializing about Indie and traditional publishing lead me here: In my humble opinion, Indie’s major role will be delivering good writers’ published works into traditional publishing’s arms. For this reason, I only follow Indie leaders and am very pleased that two will lead my workshops: Carla King on Thursday, 6/11/15 and David Wogahn on Friday, 6/12/15.  

Carla King is an Indie publishing leader and bestselling travel writer. Her workshop, a mix of editorial and marketing strategies, is aimed at the Indie author. The road to success (assuming you have writing chops) is very confusing and why I think it’s best to only follow the leaders. Carla King is one. She loves interacting so bring your ideas and pick her brain. In addition to travel writing for major brands and publishing all over the world, Carla heads up the San Francisco Writers Conference’s Indie publishing arm that includes moderating a panel of leaders who are the Who’s Who in Indie publishing.

On SBWC’s last day, I’m pleased that David Wogahn, a pioneer designer of ebook platforms and C.E.O. of Sellbooks, will run the afternoon workshop with me as assistant. I love ebooks and have published several. David is producing a three-ebook series for one of my clients, Alicia Marie. There’s so much to know and ebooks are so worth learning about, even if a writer only uses them as business and/or marketing tool. David likes the give & take of work shopping so bring your ideas, openings, proposal Overviews and questions. As long as queries relates to ebooks, (fiction & nonfiction) he’s glad to get ‘specific’ with one writer’s project believing, as I do, that what helps one of us helps us all. That’s why we workshop, isn’t it?

 

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Last Scholarship Opportunity for 2015 SBWC: Enter our annual BEST OPENING contest!

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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 tuition scholarship and two partial scholarships to the authors of the best openings. 

Here’s how to enter:

  • Email all entries to: sbwcBestOpening@gmail.com
  • Please include contact information: name, phone number, email address, & mailing address
  • Paste your entry and contact information into the body of the email
  • Word Count: Up to 50
  • All genres welcome
  • This must be your original work, published or unpublished
  • One winner will receive a full tuition scholarship, and two honorable mentions will receive partial scholarships to the 43rd Annual Santa Barbara Writers Conference, June 7 to 12, 2015**
  • No entry fee
  • Open: Today!
  • Deadline: Tuesday, May 26, at 3 PM (PST)
  • Winner Announced: Wednesday, May 27

Please share this opportunity with writers you know.

Write On!
SBWC Team

“I think your opening is enormously important. You’ve got to write a first line that will haunt you. It’s got to be magic.” – Dorothy Allison, author of Bastard Out of Carolina, and keynote speaker at SBWC 2012

**In the event that any of the winners cannot attend the 2015 SBWC, June 7 to 12, the scholarship and award will go to the contestant next in line.

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Marla Miller’s 2015 SBWC Workshop Schedule

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2015 SBWC Workshops

1–3:30 pm, Monday through Friday, 6/8 – 6/12, 2015

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 & enhance/build the presenter’s platform. For the past five years or so, my workshops have also included guest speakers, mostly authors carving their way thru Indie’s publishing maze. In this session, I devote two afternoon workshops, TH & FR, to Indie publishing. Several years of watching/following/editorializing about Indie and traditional publishing lead me here: In my humble, Indie’s major role will be delivering good writers’ published works into traditional publishing’s arms. For this reason, I only follow Indie leaders and am very pleased that two will lead my workshops, Carla King on Thursday, 6/11/15 and David Wogahn on Friday, 6/12/15.

Carla King is an Indie publishing leader and bestselling travel writer. Her workshop, a mix of editorial and marketing strategies, is aimed at the Indie author. The road to success (assuming you have writing chops) is very confusing and why I think it’s best to only follow the leaders. Carla King is one. She loves interacting so bring your ideas and pick her brain. In addition to travel writing for major brands and publishing all over the world, Carla heads up the San Francisco Writers Conference’s Indie publishing arm that includes moderating a panel of leaders who are the Who’s Who in Indie publishing.

On SBWC’s last day, I’m pleased that David Wogahn, a pioneer designer of ebook platforms and C.E.O. of Sellbooks, will run the afternoon workshop with me as assistant. I love ebooks and have published several. David is producing a three-ebook series for one of my clients, Alicia Marie. There’s so much to know and ebooks are so worth learning about, even if a writer only uses them as business and/or marketing tool. David likes the give & take of work shopping so bring your ideas, openings, proposal Overviews and questions. As long as queries relates to ebooks, (fiction & nonfiction) he’s glad to get ‘specific’ with one writer’s project believing, as I do, that what helps one of us helps us all. That’s why we workshop, isn’t it?

SBWC Platform Building Panel, 6/12/15, 4 pm

I once again am honored to moderate SBWC Platform Building Panel that will include Carla King, David Wogahn and long-time SBWC devotee and newly published author, Ara Grigorian, who is also a Scrivener wizard. Brief introductions followed by a lively Q/A so bring your questions and ask!

SBWC/News/UPDATE: Carla King will be available for 15 minute free consultations from WED afternoon @ 2 pm thru FRI morning.  ‘How/Where To Sign Up’ details will be announced @ conference.

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Congratulations Joanell Serra! Winner of SBWC’s 2015 Mother’s Day Scholarship Contest

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Tasty Prose

by Joanell Serra

My mother chose words like gems, plucked from piles of baubles and trinkets. She never settled for the first, lazy, easily discovered, word. Her hands, crippled over time by a relentless disease, would move gently through the air as she searched for the right descriptive.

He was recalcitrant. She might say, in describing her grandfather. She was infatuated when she met my father, at seventeen. And he, the handsome man who walked up and down the aisles of her high school typing class dictating, was dapper. Even debonair.

As a writer, I long for her expertise, years after her death.  Curled up on a chilly afternoon with a cup of lukewarm tea, I muse over the page I’ve just written, then eye the shadows in the corners for a presence, hoping for a mellifluous whisper from beyond.

I’m searching for her kind of words – words that will make my reader’s heartbeats accelerate. Words that are as sweet as the nectar of honeysuckle flowers, that pull one sentence to another, like the taffy pulled in the summer time at the Jersey Shore. Words that stretch, or poke, or even pinch, like a feisty Aunt. Words that awaken all the possibilities of prose. Words that shift the lens from blurry to startlingly clear.

I say to my ghost mother, who is as real to me as my characters, gathered in my mind, “Here is my struggling scene, still embryonic:

My character is not just old but . . very, very old?  The beer he drinks is too warm. He neglected to drink it, caught in the web of an old man’s thoughts. The cane, dragged across a room, makes that scratchy noise. What is that sound? And the first star, appearing in the twilight sky early and unexpected, awakens in the old man a sliver of hope, a feeling so unusual it pains his slowing heart. But not hope, that is too mundane, too pedestrian, an overused word altogether.”

And my mother reaches across time and space, from death to life, from the Elysian Islands to San Francisco, and teases the words out of my unconsciousness, onto the page. As she once guided my steps as I wobbled across the wet grass, my hand as she taught me to write letters with long, gentle strokes.

The man is not just old, he is archaic. The beer is tepid. His cane rasps across the rotting wooden floor. And the hope he feels, as the first star appears? Just a sliver of expectation, a breath of anticipation. Perhaps a shiver, in recognition of his previous sanguinity?

Yes. That’s it. A recognition of previous sanguinity.

My mother instilled in me a hunger for delicious prose, and then fed words to me with each meal. Words that stretched like my grilled Swiss cheese sandwiches, words as tart as her apricot and plum pie, words that dripped, like honey dripping from the spoon, words that wafted like the steam from my fresh cup of tea.

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Mother’s Day Writing Contest: Win a Scholarship to the 2015 SBWC, June 7-12

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Dear Writers,

Mother’s Day is just around the corner and we want to hear your stories!

We are awarding one full tuition scholarship and two partial scholarships to the upcoming SBWC to the authors of the best stories. Entries will be judged on originality, use of language, and story. The word count is limited to five hundred and all genres are welcome.

  • Theme: Things My Mother Taught Me
  • Word Count: Up to 500
  • All genres welcome
  • This must be your original work, published or unpublished
  • No entry fee
  • Paste your entry into the body of the email and send to: SBWC.Mother@gmail.com
  • Please include contact information: name, phone number, email address, & mailing address
  • One winner will receive a tuition scholarship, and two honorable mentions will receive partial scholarships to the 43rd Annual Santa Barbara Writers Conference, June 7- June 12, 2015
  • Contest Begins: Today!
  • Deadline: Saturday, May 9, 3 p.m. (PST)
  • Winners will be announced on Sunday, May 10

* In the event that the winner or either of the honorable mentions cannot attend the 2015 SBWC, the scholarship will go to the contestant next in line.

The Santa Barbara Writers Conference begins in just over a month! For more on our schedule, including workshops, speakers and agents, please visit our website: www.sbwriters.com.

Write on!

SBWC Team

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2 New Agents Added!

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Dear Writers,

There have been a few changes to our list of attending agents. Michael Larsen and Elizabeth Pomada of Larsen-Pomada Literary Agents are no longer able to attend this year’s conference. 

However, we have two new agents who will be participating in Advance Submission, as well as on the Agent/Editor Panels: Kristyn Keene of ICM Partners and Margaret Bail from Inklings Literary Agency. Their full bios are on the website.

If you have not already registered for Advance Submission, this is a great opportunity to get one-on-one feedback from a publishing insider. The deadline for Advance Submission manuscripts to be received is May 2. Visit www.sbwriters.com  for more information and registration.

Finally, we’re excited to profile the panelists on this year’s First Book PanelWe have THREE SBWC alumni on the panel this year! Read their full bios below.

Don’t forget to register!

Write On!
SBWC Team
 
“Every secret of a writer’s soul, every experience of his life, every quality of his mind, is written large in his works.”?—Virginia Woolf
 
If you haven’t booked a hotel room yet, there are still available rooms at the Hyatt. Call 888-421-1442, or visit the reservation link to book your room. The last day for the SBWC group rate is May 6.

For alternative places to stay, visit: http://www.sbwriters.com/resources.html.

Be sure to “like” our official Facebook page, which is the best place for conference updates. You can also join our new Facebook group for fun postings from SBWC workshop leaders and students.

 

First Book Panelists:

 Ara Grigorian is a technology executive in the entertainment industry. He earned his Masters in Business Administration from University of Southern California where he specialized in marketing and entrepreneurship. Ara writes about choices, relationships, and second chances. Always a sucker for a hopeful ending, he writes contemporary romance stories targeted to adult and new adult readers. His debut novel, Game of Love, will be published in May by Curiosity Quills Press.

Trey Dowell brought the first twenty pages of a sci-fi/thriller novel called Aphrodite Way to the SBWC in 2011. A year later, he brought the completed manuscript to SBWC and won a prize in the fiction category. The following year, Simon & Schuster bought that manuscript to be part of a new imprint: Simon451—a speculative fiction imprint named in honor of Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451. Dowell’s debut novel, retitled The Protectors, was one of four titles that officially launched the Simon451 line in October of 2014. 

Liz Maccie has had two movies produced, The Thirst and Black and Blue. She went on to work at The Disney Channel until she found a home as a writer at the ABC Family show Make it or Break itLessons is Maccie’s debut novel. She currently splits time between the east and west coasts with her husband, Stephen Chbosky, author of Perks of Being a Wallflower.

Sameer Pandya was born in India and came to California when he was eight. His fiction has appeared, among other places, in NarrativeOther Voices, and Faultline. His first collection, The Blind Writer: Stories and a Novella, follows the lives of first-and second-generation Indian Americans living in contemporary California. The characters share a similar sensibility: a sense that immigration is a distant memory, yet an experience that continues to shape the decisions they make in subtle and surprising ways as they go about the complicated business of everyday living. Pandya currently teaches literature and creative writing in the Department of Asian American Studies at UC Santa Barbara.

News, Announcements & Happenings from SBWC Workshop Leaders, Students & Speakers

 T.C. Boyle will be signing copies of his newest novel The Harder They Come at Chaucer’s Books on April 27 at 7pm.

Denise Duhamel and poet/activist Paul Fericano will read their poetry to wrap up the 6thseason of the Mission Poetry Series on Saturday, April 18 at 1pm at Antioch University. Chaucer’s Books will offer works by each poet. Long-time SBWC attendee/volunteer and author Melinda Palacio is curating the series. 

Selections of Svetlana Meritt’s new travelogue, Meet Me in the Underworld: How 77 Sacred Sites, 770 Cappuccinos, and 26,000 Miles Led Me to My Soul was featured in Moon Magazine. Meritt will be reading her travel stories at Chaucer’s Books on April 9 at 7pm. 

Joseph Suste’s first book, Sharp Obsidian, was recently published by Joshua Tree Publishing/Centaur Books, Chicago.

***If you would like your news to be included in the next SBWC e-Newsletter, please send in an email to info@sbwriters.com with the subject line NEWSLETTER.***

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SBWC March Newsletter: 2015 Participating Agents & Editors

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Dear Writers,

Our 2015 Advance Submission Program is now OPEN!

SBWC’s Advance Submission program is a great opportunity for conference attendees to meet agents and editors, and receive individual feedback on their writing.
 
This year’s participating agents and two New York editors include (see their bios below):
 
Laura Chasen — St. Martin’s Press
Erin L. Cox — Rob Weisbach Creative Management
Paul Fedorko — N.S. Bienstock, Inc.
Lucas Hunt — Orchard Literary
Michael Larsen — Larsen Pomada Literary Agents
Toni Lopopolo — Toni Lopopolo Literary Management
Eric Meyers — HarperCollins
Elizabeth Pomada — Larsen Pomada Literary Agents
Adriann Ranta—Wolf Literary Services
Angela Rinaldi — The Angela Rinaldi Literary Agency

How it works:

1) Register and choose your readers either online by credit card, or by mail.

2) Mail the first 5 pages of your manuscript. Be sure to allow for transit time, as the deadline for pages to be received is May 2.

3) Once at the conference, we will give you the details of the meeting. This is a one-on-one for 10 minutes, a chance for you to get personal feedback from an agent or editor.

Only registered attendees may participate in Advance Submission. As in the past, we expect many of these agents to fill their spots quickly, so sign-up early to ensure you get your first choice reader.  

For more information about Advance Submission, visit our website.

There are only a few weeks left until the early registration price goes up to $650. Register now until March 15 for only $575.
 
Write On!
SBWC Team
 
“For some reason or another I had a kind of religious feeling about the idea of books and literature. I still do.” —Tom McGuane, author of Driving on the Rim and speaker at SBWC 2013

2015 Important Dates:

  • January 1­­- March 15: Register for the early rate of $575
  • March 1: Advance Submission opens (sign up to meet with an agent or editor)
  • March 15: Last day for early registration price of $575
  • March 16: Regular registration begins — $650
  • May 2: Last day to submit manuscripts for Advance Submission
  • May 6: Last day to take advantage of our group rate at the Hyatt Santa Barbara
  • June 7 – 12: SBWC at the Hyatt Santa Barbara!

 
Be sure to “like” our official Facebook page, which is the best place for conference updates. You can also join our new Facebook group for fun postings from SBWC workshop leaders and students.

 

2015 Agents and Editors:

Laura Chasen – St. Martin’s Press
 
Laura Chasen has worked as an editor at St. Martin’s Press since 2010, and is constantly on the hunt for stories that leave readers with a desire to share and converse. At St. Martin’s Laura has had the pleasure of working on a wide range of fiction and narrative nonfiction. She looks for literary and reading group novels, realistic young adult, upmarket commercial women’s fiction (the kind with real heart and nuanced characters), historical fiction, narrative nonfiction, current affairs, and memoir. She’s particularly drawn to international and immigrant stories, issue-driven novels, coming-of-age stories, good family dramas, school environments, and anything set in the dance world. 
 
**You do not need to have an agent to meet with Laura.**
 
Erin L. Cox – Rob Weisbach Creative Management
 
Erin L. Cox develops and represents writers for Rob Weisbach Creative Management, focusing on literary fiction and narrative nonfiction in the areas of memoir, history, pop culture, fashion, and psychology. Erin began her career in book publishing in 1999 in the publicity department at Scribner, where she worked with New York Times bestselling authors Frank McCourt, Linda Fairstein, Kathy Reichs, and Al Roker, and critically-acclaimed writers Colm Toibin, Meg Wolitzer, Maile Meloy, and Adrian Nicole LeBlanc. In 2005, Erin was named associate director of publicity at HarperCollins, where she worked on bestsellers by Lisa Scottoline, Janet Evanovich, and Tony Hillerman, among others.
 
Paul Fedorko – N.S. Bienstock, Inc.
 
Prior to joining Bienstock, Paul Fedorko had been a literary agent at Trident Media Group for more than five years, ran The Paul Fedorko Agency, and spent more than 20 years as a publishing and marketing executive at Bantam Doubleday Dell, Simon & Schuster, and William Morrow working with many brand names as well as first-time authors. In general, Paul is looking for fiction ranging from World War II thrillers and British-type mysteries to contemporary mysteries featuring a female PI, plus any fiction set in New York in the ‘40s or ‘50s. He would also like to see YA and adult contemporary fiction, and is always looking for little-known true stories, except true crime.
 
Lucas Hunt – Orchard Literary
 
Before Lucas Hunt became agency director at Orchard Literary, he was a rights manager and agent at the Philip Spitzer Literary Agency. He cultivated the careers of best-selling authors Michael Connelly, James Lee Burke, Andre Dubus III, and Simon Van Booy. Hunt actively sought and closed major deals in print, audio, digital and foreign markets. He is interested in literary and international fiction, travel memoir, music and spirituality, along with creative and authoritative works of nonfiction.
 
Michael Larsen – Larsen Pomada Literary Agents
 
Michael Larsen, born and educated in New York City, worked in promotion for Bantam, William Morrow, and Pyramid (later assimilated into Berkley). He and his wife, Elizabeth Pomada, started Larsen–Pomada Literary Agents in San Francisco in 1972. They are members of AAR and have sold books to more than 100 publishers. Michael is eager to find nonfiction books that will excite big and midsize houses: how-to’s, self-help, business, personal finance, popular culture, biography, current affairs, history, health, medicine, spirituality, inspirational books, trends, technology, the future, and other books with practical, social, or literary value.
 
Toni Lopopolo – Toni Lopopolo Literary Management
 
Literary agent Toni Lopopolo has a book-publishing resume that began in 1970 in the publicity department of Bantam Books where she publicized authors Philip Roth, Barbara Cartland, and Louis L’Amour. When Macmillan offered Toni the title of executive editor, she published Judy Mazel’s Beverly Hills Diet, and Elvis 56 by Al Wertheimer among many other hits. Next, Toni became executive editor for St. Martin’s Press from 1981 to 1990. In 1991, Toni opened Toni Lopopolo Literary Management. Toni scouts novels in Latina fiction, noir thrillers, young adult, and new adult, as well as speculative and steam-punk fiction. In the nonfiction category, she looks for personal journey, health, and business. Toni will bring with her to the conference her assistant agent, Theo Tiffney, who specializes in speculative literature and YA.
 
Eric Meyers – HarperCollins
 
Eric Meyers is an associate editor at HarperCollins. He acquires a wide range of fiction and nonfiction, especially in the political and business markets. Eric began his career under the guidance of Adrian Zackheim at Penguin. He is a graduate of Syracuse University, where he studied journalism.
 
**You do not need to have an agent to meet with Eric.**
 
Elizabeth Pomada – Larsen Pomada Literary Agents
 
Elizabeth Pomada worked at David McKay, Holt Rinehart & Winston, and the Dial Press in New York City before moving to San Francisco in 1970 with her partner and husband, Michael Larsen. Together, they started Larsen–Pomada Literary Agents in 1972. Since then, they have sold books from hundreds of authors to more than 100 publishers. She represents narrative nonfiction (memoir), adult commercial and literary fiction, women’s fiction, romance, thrillers, and mysteries. She loves to find promising new writers who are writing books that will interest New York publishers.
 
Adriann Ranta – Wolf Literary Services
 
Adriann Ranta is senior agent and vice president at Wolf Literary Services. After making the move to New York, Adriann spent two years at Anderson Literary Management before moving to Wolf Literary in 2009. She represents New York Times bestselling and award-winning authors, journalists, illustrators and graphic novelists, as well as actors, stuntwomen, makeup artists, and many other pioneering creative thinkers and leaders in their fields. She is actively acquiring all genres for all age groups with a penchant for edgy, dark, quirky voices, unique settings, and everyman stories told with a new spin. She loves gritty, realistic, true-to-life stories with conflicts based in the real world; women’s fiction and nonfiction; accessible, pop nonfiction in science, history, and craft; and smart, fresh, genre-bending works for children.
 
Angela Rinaldi – The Angela Rinaldi Literary Agency
 
Prior to starting her agency, Angela Rinaldi was executive editor at NAL and Bantam Books, senior editor at Pocket Books (Simon & Schuster), and started the book-publishing program for the Los Angeles Times. Angela represents the eight million-copy bestseller, Who Moved My Cheese? by Dr. Spencer Johnson (Putnam). Other titles on her list include Quirky, Yes — Hopeless, No by Dr. Cynthia Norall (St. Martin’s), Blood Orange and The Good Sister by Drusilla Campbell (Grand Central Publishing), Calling in the One by Katherine Woodward Thomas (Ballantine), and The Thyroid Solution by Dr. Ridha Arem (Ballantine). She is interested in commercial and literary fiction, upmarket contemporary women’s fiction, suspense, narrative nonfiction, food narratives, lifestyle, memoir, current affairs, psychology, health books that address specific issues, and business and career.  

News, Announcements & Happenings from SBWC Workshop Leaders, Students & Speakers:

Joye Emmens’ debut novel, She’s Gone, received a five-star editorial review from Readers’ Favorite. The book, released in January 2015, is available from Amazon.com and other online book sellers.
 
Michelle Robin La tells the true story of her husband growing up in the midst of the Vietnam War and his struggle to escape Communism in Catching Shrimp with Bare Hands: A Boy from the Mekong Delta, available in paperback and eBook at Amazon.com.
 
Suzanne Munshower’s thriller, Younger, was an Amazon Editor’s Pick for March. Check out her novel even before it’s released on Amazon. Suzanne will also be appearing on this year’s Mystery Panel.
 
Sameer Pandya’s first book, The Blind Writer: Stories and a Novella, follows the lives of first- and second-generation Indian Americans living in contemporary California. The book is available in hardcover and paperback through the University of Hawai’i Press. Sameer will also be appearing on this year’s First Book Panel.
 
Dale Griffiths Stamos’s short film Lost Music will be featured as part of the Los Angeles Women’s International Film Festival on March 22.
 
Matt Pallamarys book The Infinity Zone, which he co-wrote with Paul Mayberry was recently translated into Italian. Bravo!
 
Tracy Shawn wrote a piece for Noozhawk.com about inviting an author to your book club. 

***If you would like your news to be included in the next SBWC e-Newsletter, please send in an email to info@sbwriters.com with the subject line NEWSLETTER.***

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2015 SBWC Registration is LIVE!

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Dear Writers,

Registration for the 2015 Santa Barbara Writers Conference is open!

The 43rd Annual SBWC will take place June 7 -12, 2015. Why the same dates as last year? This year’s conference will follow the same six-day format as before, but begin on a Sunday and end on a Friday. Be sure to note your calendars.

Like going back to our favorite summer camp, we’ll return to the Hyatt Santa Barbara armed with our manuscripts, laptops, and fresh ideas. For newbies, get ready to rub elbows with talented writers and workshop leaders, hear famous authors talk about their process, and feel the energy of the writing muse. And don’t forget to bring your super-sized travel mug to sip coffee into the wee hours during the pirate workshops.  

This year’s evening speakers will include Mona Simpson (Casebook), Anthony Breznican (Brutal Youth), Meg Gardiner (The Dirty Secrets Club), and Tawni O’Dell (Back Roads).
 
The early rate is available until March 15, and registration is limited to the first 200 students.

For those of you hoping to schedule a private meeting with an editor or agent this year, Advance Submission will open for registration March 1. You must be a registered student to take part in Advance Submission. More about the program can be found here.
 
We hope you’ll join us for our fabulous 43rd year!
 
Write On!
SBWC Team
 
“All you have to do is write one true sentence. Write the truest sentence that you know.” — Ernest Hemingway

2015 Important Dates:

  • January 1­­- March 15: Register for the early rate of $575
  • March 1: Advance Submission opens (sign up to meet with an agent or editor)
  • March 15: Last day for early registration price of $575
  • March 16: Regular registration begins — $650
  • May 3: Last day to submit manuscripts for Advance Submission
  • May 6: Last day to take advantage of our group rate at the Hyatt Santa Barbara
  • June 7 – 12: SBWC at the Hyatt Santa Barbara!

Be sure to “like” our official Facebook page, which is the best place for conference updates. You can also join our new Facebook group for fun postings from SBWC workshop leaders and students.

News, Anouncements & Happenings from SBWC Workshop Leaders, Students & Speakers

T.C. Boyle’s 25th novel, The Harder They Come, will be released March 31. The Washington Post called it one of the ten most anticipated novels of 2015.

Lisa Lenard-Cook’s first novel, Dissonance, was reissued last September by the Santa Fe Writers Project. It was selected as book of the year by several national public libraries in 2003 when it was first published.

Walter Halsey Davis’s play Panhandle, a musical drama about the Dust Bowl, recently ran at the Live Oak Theatre in Berkeley.

Matthew Pallamary delves into the magical world of shamanism once again in his new novel Eye of the Predator. The book was released in paperback in august and can be found on Amazon.com or at local bookstores.

Diana Raab will teach “Writing Lust” on Saturday, February 21, 4-5:30 PM at The Sacred Space in Summerland.

Tracy Shawn wrote a short opinion piece for Noozhawk.com about aging gracefully.

Jane Smiley’s recent novel, Some Luck, was longlisted for the National Book Award.

Dale Griffiths Stamos’s newest short film, Lost Music, which she wrote and associate produced, was selected for the Sedona International Film Festival.

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2014 SBWC Award Banquet Congratulations!

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Every year, we hear wonderful pieces throughout the five days of workshops and late nights of pirate. We were honored to recognize a few writers at the closing night award banquet for the work that they shared at this year’s SBWC.

Fiction

First Place: Cat Robson 

Honorable Mention: Hector Javkin 

 

Nonfiction

First Place: Mari Larangeira 

Honorable Mention: Erin Dougherty

Honorable Mention: Tom Huth 

 

Poetry

First Place: Kaya Fried

Honorable Mention: Robin Burrows

Honorable Mention: Mike VanBlaricum

 

Finally, in the tradition of Barnaby Conrad, congratulations to the winners of Worst First Sentence, which is always a hilarious highlight of our closing night awards banquet!

Worst First Sentence

First Place: Margaux Hession

Honorable Mention: Mike Takeuchi

 

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