Register to attend the 2017 S.B. Writers Conference

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Hook with curiosity, hold with suspense. And, rewrite, rewrite, rewrite.

- Yvonne Nelson Perry

SwirlStaff: Click on the workshop leaders' photos to see more about each one.

Geoff Aggeler

SBWC Workshops:

Manuscript Consultants

Favorite Books:

Flannery O ’Connor, A Good Man is Hard to Find; Joyce, Dubliners, Isabel Allende, The Stories of Eva Luna; Tim O'Brien, The Things They Carried; Richard Ford, A multitude of Sins; Faulkner, Absalom Absalom! The Sound and the Fury; Dickens, Bleak House; A.B. Guthrie, Jr., The Big Sky: Anthony Burgess, The Long Day Wanes.

Writing tip I live by:

For a writer, nothing is wasted. Sooner or later you can use everything you're experienced or heard about.

Geoff Aggeler

About Me

A member of the SBWC faculty since 2003, I am a novelist, biographer and critic. My new novel, Horses of the Night, based on the life of Christopher Marlowe, is forthcoming from Endeavour Press in London. My novel Confessions of Johnny Ringo was hailed as "a masterpiece" by Anthony Burgess. I taught both fiction-writing and literature at the University of Utah and have been a visiting professor of drama and a member of the Writing Program faculty at UCSB. I am also a freelance editor, and my clients have published both novels and nonfiction books.

What I require of my students

I require students to become actively involved in discussion of the pieces presented. Participants are seeking feedback, and I expect group members to listen attentively and respond honestly. "I liked the story" isn't enough. What seems to work and what doesn’t?

My advice for writers who have never attended SBWC

Talk to other writers who have attended the conference in the past. Find out which workshop leaders are the most effective in generating feedback in their sessions and providing useful input. If you want to be sure that your work will be critiqued, arrive early and sign up.