Register to attend the 2017 S.B. Writers Conference

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Avoid clichés like the plague . . .

- Jerry Camarillo Dunn

Swirl2017 Speakers

Admission to the evening speakers is included for all registered attendees. The events are also open to the public for $10 at the door. Ticket sales open at 7:00 p.m. each evening. All talks will be given at the Hyatt Santa Barbara in the El Cabrillo room.

Fannie Flagg

Sunday, June 18, 2017 at 8:00 p.m. 

Fannie FlaggFannie Flagg's career started in the fifth grade when she wrote, directed, and starred in her first play, titled The Whoopee Girls, and she has not stopped since. At age nineteen she began writing and producing television specials, and later wrote for and appeared on Candid Camera. She then went on to distinguish herself as an actress and a writer in television, films, and the theater. She is the bestselling author of:

  • Daisy Fay and the Miracle Man
  • Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe
  • Welcome to the World, Baby Girl!
  • Standing in the Rainbow
  • A Redbird Christmas
  • Can't Wait to Get to Heaven
  • I Still Dream About You
  • The All-Girl Filling Station's Last Reunion
  • The Whole Town's Talking

Flagg's script for the movie Fried Green Tomatoes was nominated for an Academy Award and the Writers Guild of America Award and won the highly regarded Scripter Award for best screenplay of the year. Flagg is the winner of the Harper Lee Prize. Flagg lives happily in California and Alabama. 

Angela Rinaldi: Never Start Your Book with a Description of the Weather

Monday, June 19, 2016 at 4:00 p.m.

Angela RinaldiAn agent gives tips on how to get an agent to represent your fiction or nonfiction project and how to create a project that will sell to an editor

Angela Rinaldi is president of The Angela Rinaldi Literary Agency in Los Angeles. She has been a member of the Literature Panel for the California Arts Council, on the board for PEN and is currently on the membership committee for the Association of Author’s Representatives. She established her editorial expertise in New York as Executive Editor at New American Library and Bantam Books, and Senior Editor at Pocket Books (Simon & Schuster) and was Manager of The Los Angeles Times Book Publishing Program for ten years. Her experience as an editor, publishing liaison and industry professional, including the time spent creating books for The Los Angeles Times, developed the strong foundation she built her agency on and has given her the contacts and resources to expertly advise authors about all traditional and state of the art publishing options.

Tracy Daugherty

Monday, June 19, 2017 at 8:00 p.m.

Author Tracy DaughertyTracy Daugherty is the author of ten books of fiction, two essay collections, and biographies of Donald Barthelme, Joseph Heller, and Joan Didion. His latest book, Let Us Build Us as a City, is an examination of cultural and literary history, exploring literary apprenticeship and mentoring, philosophy and politics. His work has been recognized with fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts.



David Brin

Tuesday, June, 20 at 8:00 p.m.

David BrinDavid Brin is a scientist, tech speaker/consultant, and author. His new novel about our survival in the near future is Existence. A film by Kevin Costner was based on The Postman. His 16 novels, including NY Times Bestsellers and Hugo Award winners, have been translated into more than twenty languages. Earth foreshadowed global warming, cyberwarfare and the world wide web. David appears frequently on shows such as Nova and The Universe and Life After People, speaking about science and future trends. His non-fiction book—The Transparent Society: Will Technology Make Us Choose Between Freedom and Privacy?—won the Freedom of Speech Award of the American Library Association.

Lesley M.M. Blume

Wednesday, June, 21 at 8:00 p.m.

Lesley M.M. BlumeLesley M. M. Blume is an award-winning journalist and New York Times bestselling author. The daughter of a classical pianist and a journalist, she followed her father’s footsteps into the newsroom, beginning her career at The Jordan Times in Amman and Cronkite Productions in New York City. She later became an off-air reporter and researcher for ABC News Nightline with Ted Koppel in Washington, D.C., where she helped cover the historic presidential election in 2000, the 9/11 attacks, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and a myriad of other events and topics.

Blume now specializes in stories on historical cultural achievements. Her most recent book, Everybody Behaves Badly documents the genesis of Hemingway’s career. In the summer of 1925, the now-iconic writer—then 25 years old—descended upon Pamplona for its infamous annual bullfight fiesta with a tempestuous entourage in tow.

Shanthi Sekaran

Thursday, June, 22 at 8:00 p.m.

Shanthi SekaranShanthi Sekaran lives in Berkeley and is the author of two novels. Her latest novel, Lucky Boy, was named an IndieNext Great Read and an Amazon Editors' Pick. Her essays and short fiction have appeared in The New York Times, Canteen MagazineHuffington Post, Marie Claire and Best New American Voices. She's a member of the San Francisco Writers' Grotto, and teaches writing and literature at California College of the Arts. You can find out more about her writing and events at


Catherine Ryan Hyde

Thursday, June 22 at 4:00 p.m.

Author Catherine Ryan HydeCatherine Ryan Hyde is the author of 32 published and forthcoming books. Her newest releases are Say Goodbye for Now in December of 2016, and Allie and Bea in May of 2017. Other recent titles are Leaving Blythe River, Ask Him Why, Worthy, The Language of Hoofbeats, Take Me With You, Walk Me Home, and When I Found You. Her bestselling 1999 novel Pay It Forward was made into a major Warner Brothers motion picture starring Kevin Spacey and Helen Hunt. It was chosen by the American Library Association for its Best Books for Young Adults list, and translated into more than two dozen languages for distribution in over 30 countries. Simon & Schuster released a special 15th anniversary edition in December of ’14.

More than 50 of her short stories have been published in The Antioch Review, Michigan Quarterly Review, The Virginia Quarterly Review, Ploughshares, Glimmer Train, The Sun and many other journals. Her stories have been honored in the Raymond Carver Short Story Contest and the Tobias Wolff Award and nominated for Best American Short Stories, the O'Henry Award, and the Pushcart Prize. She is founder and former president (2000-2009) of the Pay It Forward Foundation. As a professional public speaker she has addressed the National Conference on Education, twice spoken at Cornell University, met with Americorps members at the White House, and shared a dais with Bill Clinton.