Register to attend the 2017 S.B. Writers Conference

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Opening night will be Sunday, June 17 2018. 

Workshop leader updates for 2018 are still in development.

Swirl2018 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

Dramatic Fiction

This workshop will emphasize how to build your your script so that it has smooth continuity, great characters, and tension-filled conflict. Assignments are given each day, and works-in-progress will be read and critiqued.

Workshop Leader

Carmen Madden

I am the Founder of CLM FILMS, a feature film studio located in Oakland, California, and am the Producer/Director/Writer of the award winning suspense film Everyday Black Man. Everyday Black Man won several awards including Best Feature Film during its run at the film festivals and can currently be seen on BET and Showtime. In addition to my film career, I am an Associate Professor of English at Ohlone College and also write short stories and novels. My short stories have been published in literary magazines, and I am currently working on a detective novel, Queen of King Street, and a non-fiction book. I will be shooting my next feature film Shadow Fight this summer. [More]