Register to attend the 2017 S.B. Writers Conference

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How much does the conference cost?

The conference fee is $650.  The fee includes all workshops, lectures, panels, speakers, as well as the opening and closing dinners. It does not include lodging or other meals.

How do I register?

Fill out the secure form on our Web site or send in a check with the registration form, which can be downloaded from the Web site.

When is the deadline for registration?

You may register for the conference at any time, though space is limited to 200 attendees. We accept registration on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Does my registration payment get me into all of the events?

All conference events – workshops, panels, speakers, opening reception, closing dinner and awards – are included; however, lodging is not included. Meetings with the agents and editors are also not included. Registration for Agent/Editor Meetings will open March 1. 

How can I confirm my registration was received and processed?

After we receive and process your registration, we will send confirmation by email.

I registered for the Writers Conference but am no longer able to attend. Can I get a refund?

Requests for refunds must be made in writing by email. A $75 administrative fee will be charged for all refunds. No refunds will be given after May 15, 2018.

I can’t attend the whole Writers Conference, is there a day rate?

Please contact us at to let us know your special circumstances. All afternoon speakers and panels are open to the for  $10 at the door.

How do I sign up for Advance Submission?

Registered attendees may sign up for Advanced Summission of Mss. to agents. Registration for agent appointments opens March 1. 

I am attending the Writers Conference and want to bring a friend to hear a speaker. Can I?

Tickets for individual public may be purchased at the door for $10.

What are the important deadlines I need to know about?

January 15, 2016: Official opening for registration begins. You may register for the entire conference for $650 or you may reserve your space for $100. Balance of $550 is due by May 15, 2018.

March 1, 2018: Registration for Advance Submission Begins - Don't forget to mail your pages

May 19, 2018: Last day to register for Advance Submission and have your pages recieved. After this date, remaining agent appointment slots may be purchased without advanced submission of manuscripts. 

May 18, 2018: Last day to make reservations at Hyatt Santa Barbara for the SBWC group rate

May 15, 2018: Last day to request a conference refund

June 17-22, 2018: Santa Barbara Writers Conference at the Hyatt Santa Barbara!

I’m from out of town and will attend the conference. Where should I stay?

The Hyatt Santa Barbara, where the conference is held, offers a special rate for SBWC students Space is limited, and the cut off date for these rates is May 18th. Reservations must be made with the hotel: call (888) 421-1442, or visit this reservation link:

A number of other hotels/motels along Cabrillo Boulevard are just a short electric shuttle ride away. We recommend making hotel reservations as soon as you can. It is normal during summer in Santa Barbara for every hotel in town to be booked. Don't delay!

I’m not from California, how far away are the other towns mentioned in the hotel list?

Driving, Goleta is about 15 minutes north of the Hyatt Santa Barbara, and Carpinteria is about 15 minutes south. For reference, the University of California – Santa Barbara is north, near Goleta.

Is there transportation to the Hyatt Santa Barbara from the airport?

No. The hotel is about 15 minutes from the airport and easily accessible by Uber and rental car.

Directions from Santa Barbara Municipal Airport (SBA): From the airport, head east from Fowler Road. Bear left at Fairview Avenue and proceed for one mile. Turn right via an entry ramp onto the US-101 South for 9.5 miles. Take Exit 96. Bear right at Milpas Street. Continue to drive down Milpas until it dead-ends at Cabrillo Boulevard. Turn left onto East Cabrillo Boulevard and continue for 0.2 miles. The hotel will appear on your left. Make a left onto Corona del Mar.

Should I fly into Santa Barbara or Los Angeles?

Flying into Santa Barbara is recommended. If you decide to fly into LAX, there are a few options to get up to Santa Barbara. The Santa Barbara Airbus provides a nice bus that picks up you and your luggage right from the LA terminal and has several drop-off locations in the Santa Barbara area, including one at the Hyatt Santa Barbara. There is also a train from LA to SB, but you must get on the metro/“subway” to get to Union Station and this takes over an hour and would be uncomfortable with luggage, especially if you are unfamiliar with the LA area. Renting a car from LA, if shared with a few other people, would be a reasonable idea, but flying into SBA is the ideal situation. The airport is only 15 minutes from the Hyatt Santa Barbara.

I'm driving. How do I get to the Hyatt Santa Barbara?

From the South: Take Highway 101 North to Santa Barbara. Take Cabrillo Boulevard exit (left exit). Turn left at the stop sign and proceed along Cabrillo Boulevard. Continue around the windy road, pass the Bird Refuge and proceed to the first traffic light. The hotel stands to the right of the traffic light.

From the North: Take Highway 101 South to Santa Barbara. Take the Hot Springs / Coast Village Rd. exit (left exit). Turn right and proceed along Cabrillo Boulevard. Continue around the windy road, pass the Bird Refuge and drive to the first traffic light. The hotel stands to the right of the traffic light.

Where can I park during the Writers Conference?

Parking at the Hyatt Santa Barbara is $28 for overnight parking for attendees staying at the hotel. Attendees not staying overnight will be charged $10 for daytime or event valet parking. Valet parking is free for anyone with a Handicapped signt. Free parking is available along the sidestreets next to the hotel, but be sure to watch for the streetsweeping signs! There are also several nearby parking lots that charge a lower rate than the hotel.

Will there be food provided?

The Opening Night Dinner on Sunday night, the Cocktail Party on Tuesday night, and the Friday night Closing Dinner are included with the conference fee. Participants are responsible for all other meals. There is a restaurant on site at the Hyatt Santa Barbara, Bistro 1111, at which SBWC attendees are treated to a 20% discount for lunch and dinner. There are many other nearby options.

Will there be book-signings?

Immediately following every speaker, authors will be available to sign their books.

Will I be able to buy books at the Writers Conference?

Santa Barbara’s independent bookstore, Chaucer’s Bookstore, will be providing the onsite bookstore, which will be open every day of the conference from 11 a.m. to approximately 10 p.m. (except the final Thursday).

Where can one make copies and/or print manuscripts? What about Internet access at the hotel?

High-speed wireless internet access is available throughout the hotel lobby (free) and in the guest rooms. A photocopier will be available at the conference. 


Do I need to sign up in advance for the workshops?

No, you may make your decisions day by day. Most of the workshops range from 12-15 people. Some of the more popular workshops attract larger numbers, but they are limited to the size of the rooms. The culture of the conference has always been one of people feeling free to try out workshops, and move from one to the other at will until you find one you really feel comfortable in. Most new students check out a number of workshops in the first couple of days of the conference, and then settle down in one morning and one afternoon workshop the rest of the week.

Who teaches workshops?

Experienced, practicing writers and teachers, all highly regarded in their respective fields. Details on each workshop leader are available on the faculty page.

What do I need to bring to workshops?

Enthusiasm, an open mind, a pen, paper, and laptop, if you prefer. We also recommend bringing copies of any stories, poems, manuscripts, to share in workshops.


What will the weather be like?

In June, Santa Barbara usually experiences morning fog which burns off about noon to beautiful sunny days. Most people dress in “layers,” so they can peel off a sweatshirt or sweater when the day warms up. 

What should I bring to wear?

The dress at the conference is decidedly casual. Many students wear shorts or jeans to workshops. Evening wear is also casual, with khakis, capris and/or summer dresses common.