A 40-year tradition among author and aspiring writers everywhere.
There's a reason he loves this conference
From Barnaby Conrad to Monte Schulz: A Brief and Informal History of SBWC
Ray was one of our leaders. We miss you, Ray.
The Santa Barbara Writers Conference! Another great year!
A quick look at the conference schedule and writing workshops.
Renowned authors share their insight with aspiring writers.
A hand-picked group of professionals lead this year's writing workshops.
Prepare your manuscript for review by top agents and editors.
Learn about the business during our insightful afternoon panels.
The beachside Hyatt Santa Barbara hosts our beautiful week of events.
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“Read great authors but don’t write to be great. Write to create, to inhabit a world you can grow into.”
Narrative Techniques in Fiction and Creative Nonfiction
Pirate Workshop (w/ Lorelei Armstrong)
Finding Your Secret Story - Fiction Workshop
Story Structure For All Genres
Part I - Story Beats
Part II–Story Arc
Rewriting is Writing -- Discovering Your Inner Editor
Publishing and Self Agenting in the Literary Market
The Way of Story
Finding Your Voice in Memoir
Writing a Book Proposal
Night Owl Nonfiction
The Villain Drives the Plot: Elements of Character
Nonfiction with a Fiction Twist
Crafting Short Stories
Pirate Workshop (w/ John Reed)
Voice and Style
Surviving Rejection and the Business of Writing
The Truth of Fiction
The Craft of Humor Writing
The Right-Brain Experience