Register to attend the 2017 S.B. Writers Conference

View the 2107 Schedule (7.5 Mb)

Rewriting separates the grownups from those who prefer wandering in the wilderness.

- S.L. (Sid) Stebel

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

Favorite Books:

Barbara Kingsolver, Sue Grafton, Jonathan Franzen, Lee Child; plus Hemingway, Faulkner and all the other great old Dead Guys. Participants, be sure to pick up a copy of How to Write a Damn Good Novel, by Jim Frey.

Writing tip I live by:


John Reed

About Me

In addition to being on the staff at the SBWC, I have published two novels, and have been teaching writing courses and conducting workshops around the country for 25 years. I operate an editing and critique service for writers.

What I require of my students

An open mind and a willingness to write from the heart-even when you don't feel good. Students in the Pirate workshops who try hard to help their fellow writers often end up helping themselves even more. You won't need to bring copies of the material you

My advice for writers who have never attended SBWC

1. Listen to Barnaby Conrad and do exactly what he tells you. 2. Relax, take a deep breath and plunge in. You'll find your writing life forever changed.