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 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 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


I love teaching memoir because we don't have to work at being creative, rather we work at remembering what is important to us, and those memories can transform themselves into compelling narratives.

Workshop Leader

Jervey Tervalon

Jervey Tervalon was born in New Orleans and raised in the Jefferson Park neighborhood of Los Angeles. He received his MFA in Creative Writing from UC Irvine and was a Disney Screen-Writing fellow and a Shanghai Writers Association Fellow. He is the Executive Director of Literature for Life/Locavore Lit.Los Angeles literary magazine and educational advocacy organization. He is cofounder and Literary Director of Pasadena LitFest and teaches fiction writing at the College of Creative Studies at UC Santa Barbara. His Latest novel is Monster's Chef, published by Amistad/HarperCollins.[More]