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 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


It is a common misperception that screenwriters write dialogue. That would be to say that a home builder only applies the paint. That’s what we do after all the critical work has been done. In this screenwriting workshop, I would like to focus on the essential structural work: how plot develops out of character, how character is revealed and tested by conflicts set up by the theme chosen, how the main character is facing the greatest challenge in his/her life, and if it is not, then that should be the story, where to stop and start a story.

Workshop Leader

Walter Halsey Davis

I have written thirteen produced films, including: Seven Hours to Judgment, Strange Invaders, the mini series, Great Escape II, the Hallmark Hall of Fame Resting Places, the AT&T Special Last Flight Out, and Father Son. I have won an Emmy, Writers Guild Award, a Special Edgar Allen Poe Award from the Mystery Writers of America, the Samuel Goldwyn Writing Award, Humanitas Prize, the Christopher Award, and a Golden Globe nomination.[More]