Register to attend the 2017 S.B. Writers Conference

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Start clean and simple. Don’t try to write pretty or noble or big. Try to say just what you mean. This is hard because you have to find out what you mean, and that’s work, real work. (Gertrude Stein)

- Rebecca Robins

Opening night will be Sunday, June 18 2017. 

Workshop leader updates for 2017 are still in development.
Check the print PDF for a more current version. 

Swirl2017 Conference Schedule: Writer Workshops


June 19 9:00 am - 11:30 am
June 20 9:00 am - 11:30 am
June 21 9:00 am - 11:30 am
June 22 9:00 am - 11:30 am
June 23 9:00 am - 11:30 am

Finding Your Secret Story - Fiction Workshop

Those attending read their own work aloud for positive feedback moderated by me.

Workshop Leader

S.L. (Sid) Stebel & Karen Ford

Sid Stebel is a five times published novelist, produced screenwriter & playwright; twenty years teaching grad students at USC.

Karen Ford is a novelist and short story writer, a contributing editor to American Salon magazine and a 16-year veteran of the SBWC.

Recent publication credits include Ginosko Literary Journal, Ginosko Anthology 2, bosque (the magazine) where I was the winner of the 2015 Fiction Prize and Narrative Magazine, where I was the winner of their 2013 Winter Fiction contest.[More]