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Work is love, made visible (Kahlil Gibran)

- Davida Wills Hurwin

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

Yvonne Nelson Perry

SBWC Workshops:

Crafting Short Stories

Favorite Books:

Flannery O'Connor, Yukio Mishima

Writing tip I live by:

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

Yvonne Nelson Perry

About Me

I am the author of The Other Side of the Island, a short story collection set in a timeless Hawai’i and taken from a memoir. Over fifty stories of mine have been published in literary journals, magazines and anthologies, many receiving awards. Often sent into California schools as “a living writer” to promote the art of writing, I continue to teach at conferences and in private workshops. San Diego Writers/Editors Guild recently honored me with their ODIN, an award for outstanding work in the writing community. An editor for hire, I have been a workshop leader at SBWC for twenty years.

What I require of my students

Open-mindedness to a critique of their work.

My advice for writers who have never attended SBWC

Don't try to do everything in one day. Pace yourself. Don't be afraid to walk out of a workshop if it's not your cup of tea. Talk to the workshop leaders; most want to talk to you, in the workshops or outside them. And, have fun.