Register to attend the 2017 S.B. Writers Conference

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

- Geoff Aggeler

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Monte Schulz

SBWC Workshops:

Voice and Style

Favorite Books:

I’ve loved books from H.G. Wells and Ray Bradbury to Carl Sandburg, Thomas Wolfe, Truman Capote, Flannery O’Connor, James Jones, Allen Ginsburg, Joan Didion, Larry Brown and Cormac McCarthy. My favorite novel is Carson McCullers’ The Member Of The Wedding.

Writing tip I live by:

There is no such thing as writer’s block. Try to write a page a day. If that doesn’t work, do half a page. Anything is better than nothing.

Monte Schulz

About Me

I’ve taught at the SBWC since 2001, and have been a writer for thirty-eight years. I published my first novel in 1990 and spent ten years writing a thousand page novel of the Jazz Age that is being published in three parts by Fantagraphics Books between 2009 and 2012.

What I require of my students

All I ask of my students is that try to write the best they can. There’s no reward in striving to be mediocre, no matter what genre you choose.

My advice for writers who have never attended SBWC

Find a workshop environment that feels helpful and comfortable. Don’t worry about doing everything. Mingle as best you can, though, and remember that a conference is a society of people like yourself who are in love with the written word.