Register to attend the 2017 S.B. Writers Conference

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Avoid clichés like the plague . . .

- Jerry Camarillo Dunn

Opening night will be Sunday, June 17 2018. 

Workshop leader updates for 2018 are still in development.

Swirl2018 Conference Schedule


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

Compelling Nonfiction

This workshop will cover writing nonfiction with a special emphasis on compelling, authoritative journalism.

Workshop Leader

Benjamin Sutherland

A writer for the newsweekly The Economist, I report mainly from the United States and Europe. I also teach, part-time, graduate and undergraduate students in crafting nonfiction, the mechanics of narrative, and geopolitics at schools including HEC, a grande école near Paris serially ranked Europe’s top business university by The Financial Times, and, in Turin, Italy, Scuola Holden. The latter was founded by best-selling Italian novelist Alessandro Baricco to offer writing and storytelling instruction that the Holden Caulfield of JD Salinger’s “The Catcher in the Rye” would have loved.

A book I edited and partially wrote for The Economist, “Modern Warfare, Technology and Deterrence,” has also been translated into Chinese and published by Xinhua. Previously, as an editor and writer at COLORS magazine, I co-wrote “Cacas: The Encyclopedia of Poo,” a book published in various editions and four languages by Taschen an[More]