“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
Hyatt Santa Barbara
The conference is held at the beautiful Hyatt Santa Barbara that looks out onto a stunning oceanfront. The hotel offers:
- beautiful ocean and mountain views
- luxurious air conditioned rooms with refrigerators, microwaves, and in-room coffee makers
- wifi and data ports for online access
- heated outdoor swimming pool and Jacuzzi
- fitness center
- spa and massage
- restaurant and bar
Across the street is the East Beach Grill, the Pacific Ocean and the 22-mile Cabrillo Beach walkway for runners, walkers and cyclists. Downtown Santa Barbara is within walking distance, as are Stearns Wharf and the Harbor, for more shops and restaurants.
The Hyatt Santa Barbara's special room rate for those attending the Santa Barbara Writers Conference is $169 per night plus tax Sunday through Thursday night and $219 per night plus tax on Friday night. Reservations must be made with the hotel: call (888) 421-1442, or visit this reservation link: Santa Barbara Hyatt.
Last year the Hyatt sold out, so be sure to book your reservation early. The deadline for the SBWC group rate is May 6, 2015.
A number of other hotels and motels along Cabrillo Boulevard are just a short electric shuttle ride away.