Register to attend the 2017 S.B. Writers Conference

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Be regular & orderly in your life…so that you may be violent & original in your work. – Gustave Flaubert

- Lisa Lenard-Cook

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

Basic Fiction

This workshop is designed as a primer — often called “nuts and bolts” — for fiction writers, covering the basic elements of fiction. This is a lecture class; no homework or read-aloud. Topics include: Books for Writers, Writing the Synopsis, Developing Your Plot, Structure in the Novel &Short Story, Point of View, Writing Effective Dialogue, Creating Memorable Characters, and Voice (there will be hand-outs on these topics).

Workshop Leader

Duane Unkefer

I am the best-selling author of Gray Eagles, Code Sakura, and a new writing book, Basic Fiction. I was a SBWC fiction workshop leader for 10 years and have been teaching this course at SBCC Adult Education for 20 years. [More]