Register to attend the 2017 S.B. Writers Conference

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Find the distinctive voices of your characters and then allow them the freedom to lead you through your story.

- Walter Dallenbach

Opening night will be Sunday, June 18 2017. 

Workshop leader updates for 2017 are still in development.
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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


Daily reading and specific critique of original poems by participants aimed at revision and the next draft of the poem. What is working, what is not? The process is focused toward a publishable draft of the poem.

Workshop Leader

Laure-Anne Bosselaar

I'm the author of The Hour Between Dog and Wolf, and of Small Gods of Grief which was awarded the Isabella Gardner Prize for Poetry in 2001. My third poetry collection, A New Hunger, was selected as an ALA Notable Book in 2008, and my next book will be published by Four Way Books in January of 2019.

I'm the recipient of a Pushcart Prize and my work has been widely anthologized. Garrison Keillor read four of my poems on N.P.R's The Writer's Almanach. I edited four anthologies: Night Out: Poems about Hotels, Motels, Restaurants and Bars, Outsiders: Poems about Rebels, Exiles and Renegades, Urban Nature: Poems about Wildlife in the Cities, and Never Before: Poems About First Experiences.

I have led poetry workshops at many Writers' Conferences, such as The Frost Place, the Aspen Writers' Conference, The Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, MA, and the Palm Beach Poetry Festival in Florid[More]