Register to attend the 2017 S.B. Writers Conference

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Find the distinctive voices of your characters and then allow them the freedom to lead you through your story.

- Walter Dallenbach
 
 
 
 

Opening night will be Sunday, June 18 2017. 

Workshop leader updates for 2017 are still in development.
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Swirl2017 Conference Schedule: Writer Workshops

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

Story Structure For All Genres

As the title implies, in this workshop I concentrate on structure and on story. In both fiction and nonfiction I look to help writers strengthen those all-important story elements without which the novel, memoir, play or screenplay will fall apart, no matter how beautifully worded. I will look at pages from your work in the context of your whole story, helping you, in other words, to strengthen the parts in ways that contribute to make a more compelling whole. Remember STORY is at the heart of every good story!

Workshop Leader

Dale Griffiths Stamos

As a playwright, my plays have been produced and published in the United States and abroad. My full-length play One White Crow had a six-week run at Edgemar Center for the Arts in 2013. An evening of my one acts about love, Love Struck, opened in 2012 at the Beverly Hills Playhouse and starred three-time Emmy winner, Barbara Bain. This was a follow-up to my 2011 evening of one-acts about family, Thicker Than Water, which played at the Promenade Playhouse and also starred the iconic Ms. Bain. My full-length drama, Dialectics of the Heart, was produced at Edgemar Center for the Arts in 2006 and starred three time Emmy-nominated actress Sharon Lawrence. My play with music (I co-wrote music & lyrics for the original songs), Blue Jay Singing in the Dead of Night, received a workshop production at Pacific Resident Theatre in August of 2011. I have received a number of playwriting recognitions, including: The Heideman Award, Top Ten Winner of the Writers Digest Stage Play[More]