Register to attend the 2017 S.B. Writers Conference

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Start clean and simple. Don’t try to write pretty or noble or big. Try to say just what you mean. This is hard because you have to find out what you mean, and that’s work, real work. (Gertrude Stein)

- Rebecca Robins

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

The Way of Story

The Way of Story offers an integrative approach to writing narrative—both fiction and nonfiction—including plays, screenplays, short stories, novels, and memoir. “We’ve become lopsided living only in our heads. Writing, in order to serve the soul, must integrate outer craft with the inner world of intuition and feeling.”

Workshop Leader

Catherine Ann Jones

I hold a graduate degree in Depth Psychology and Myth from Pacifica Graduate Institute where I have also taught. Earlier, I played major roles in over fifty productions on and off-Broadway, as well as film and television.
Disappointed by the lack of good roles for women, I wrote a play about Virginia Woolf, On the Edge, which won a National Endowment for the Arts Award. Ten of my plays, including Calamity Jane (both play and musical) and The Women of Cedar Creek, have won several awards and are produced both in and out of New York. My films include The Christmas Wife (Jason Robards & Julie Harris), Unlikely Angel (Dolly Parton), and the popular TV series, Touched by an Angel.

A Fulbright Scholar to India, I have also taught at The New School University, University of Southern California, and the Esalen and Omega Institutes. I live in Ojai, California, and lead The Way of Story and Heal Your Self with Writing workshops throughout the United Sta[More]