Register to attend the 2017 S.B. Writers Conference

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For a writer, nothing is wasted. Sooner or later you can use everything you're experienced or heard about.

- Geoff Aggeler

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

Rewriting is Writing -- Discovering Your Inner Editor

It is important that a new writer send in a polished manuscript. Students will learn what is important to their work: what keeps pace, suspense, and plot moving and what doesn’t.

Fiction and nonfiction writers are welcome. The writing of novels and nonfiction rely on the same techniques: developing character, using dialogue as action, and creating human tension. We will explore through the process of editing how the writer can develop his or her own critical monitor.

Raymond Chandler once said, “When in doubt (as a writer) have a man come through the door with a gun in his hand.”

Join this workshop and find out how to make that man and that gun real.

Workshop Leader

Melodie Johnson Howe

Melodie Johnson Howe always wanted to be a writer. But born in Los Angeles, she was “discovered” at a cocktail party, and put under contract to Universal Studios as an actress. In her first acting job she was shot dead in the titles of a TV movie. They covered her with a sheet and carted her off to an ambulance, with only her blonde hair showing. Over the next few years she acted in such movies as The Ride To Hangman’s Tree co-starring with James Farentino; Coogan’s Bluff with Clint Eastwood; Gaily, Gaily directed by Norman Jewison; Rabbit Run with James Caan; and The Moonshine War, co-starring with Alan Alda. During this period she also went to UCLA Extension at night to learn the craft of writing. After quitting acting she wrote her first mystery novel, The Mother Shadow, which was nominated for the Mystery Writers of America Edgar Allen Poe Award. The second mystery novel, Beauty Dies soon followed. Turning to the sh[More]