Register to attend the 2017 S.B. Writers Conference

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Hook with curiosity, hold with suspense. And, rewrite, rewrite, rewrite.

- Yvonne Nelson Perry

Opening night will be Sunday, June 17 2018. 

Workshop leader updates for 2018 are still in development.

Swirl2018 Conference Schedule: Writer Workshops


June 19 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm
June 20 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm
June 21 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm
June 22 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm
June 23 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm


Marla ’s workshop combines editorial read & critique with social media strategies and discussion. Aimed at all levels, fiction & non-fiction, this workshop cross-pollinates editorial with marketing, aka social media strategies to expand author platforms. We need both in our 21st century publishing reality. Workshop attendees, please bring openings, 5-7 pages (fiction or narrative nonfiction), a book proposal - Overview, Introduction and sample chapter.

In all sessions, we listen for reader hook ability and social media rooted platform building ideas/strategies. Query letters for critiquing also welcomed. For those writers in need of query letter guidance, Marla has about 200 query letter video critiques: A special guest author/publishing panel offered in one workshop -Details posted soon.

Workshop Leader

Marla Miller

For 16 years, Marla Miller wrote for the OC Register magazine before becoming founding editor-in-chief of an O.C. lifestyle magazine. Her first book debuted in 1999. Simon and Schuster published All American Girls, the authorized biography of the World Cup/Gold Medal winning U.S Women’s National Soccer Team. Until 2003, her sports columns appeared in In 2003, Marla’s experience in traditional publishing inspired her to launch MarketingtheMuse Workshops at SBWC. Though indie publishing wasn’t much of a thought back then, association with a big house taught her that many traditionally published authors receive very little help from marketing departments.

She works with writers on the road to publication. Marla’s experience in the entrepreneurial (indie) author movement includes several co-author and/or with author books, an e-novel and an e-short story. In April 2016, a small New York press will publish one of Marla’s clients, a writer she met in her 2013 SBWC [More]