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


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

The First Four Pages - How to Start Your Story

We'll concentrate on the first four pages of short stories, novels, and nonfiction to create beginnings that tempt the reader and set up the rest of the story.

Workshop Leader

Barnaby Conrad III

The author of a dozen non-fiction books including Absinthe, The Martini, and Ghost Hunting in Montana, I've also published hundreds of magazine articles on art, fishing, and bobsledding. A former editor-at-large for Forbes Life, I've edited novels and memoirs for various publishing houses. Non-fiction and fiction cross-pollinate to make good writing. I'm now involved with, a crowd-funding book publisher based in Oakland. [More]