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 17 2018. 

Workshop leader updates for 2018 are still in development.

Swirl2018 Conference Schedule: Writer Workshops


June 19 9:00 am - 11:30 am
June 20 9:00 am - 11:30 am
June 21 9:00 am - 11:30 am
June 22 9:00 am - 11:30 am
June 23 9:00 am - 11:30 am

Phantastic Fiction

Writing a well-written narrative is mastering the energies of your story—the multi-faceted energies that determine the moods, reactions, choices and traits of your characters, the energies between characters, the drive of the pacing, action and dialogue to create a deeper, emotionally powerful resonance within your total story structure. If you ’re serious about your writing, this hands-on dramatic writing workshop will bring a new perspective to understanding these elements. All types of writing and genres are welcome, but the primary focus of my workshop is on literature of the visionary, supernatural, metaphysical, new age, horror, fantasy, and science fiction.

Workshop Leader

Matthew Pallamary

Multiple award winning author Matthew J. Pallamary ’s historical novel Land Without Evil, received rave reviews along with a San Diego Book Award and was adapted into a magical stage and sky show which was the subject of an EMMY nominated episode of a PBS series, Arts in Context. He has taught a Phantastic Fiction workshop at the Southern California Writers' Conference , the Santa Barbara Writers' Conference, and numerous other venues for over 25 years. His memoir Spirit Matters took first place in the San Diego Book Awards Spiritual Book Category. He frequently visits the jungles, mountains, and deserts of North, Central, and South America pursuing his studies of shamanism and ancient cultures. [More]