Register to attend the 2017 S.B. Writers Conference

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Find the distinctive voices of your characters and then allow them the freedom to lead you through your story.

- Walter Dallenbach

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

Favorite Books:

I love historical fiction and put Robert Harris, Philippa Gregory and Edward Rutherfurd at the top. In nonfiction, I gravitate to Thomas Friedman, David McCullough and Doris Kerns Goodwin. For fun reads, I'll read anything by Bryce Courtenay, David Liss and Sue Grafton.

Writing tip I live by:

Keep at it, even if it means only fragments of time or a few paragraphs at a crack. Aim for longer writing periods everyday. Those add up. Make three words part of your daily routines: Read, exercise and write!

Susan Miles Gulbransen

About Me

My writing background has included 21 years of writing InPrint (literary column), book reviews, travel and essays for the Santa Barbara News-Press. My articles have appeared in journals such as Santa Barbara Magazine, the Santa Barbara Independent and Book Magazine. I have had poetry and short stories published in obscure journals, although an obscure journal becomes important when it publishes one of your pieces.... I taught secondary History and English and have taught writing workshops for Santa Barbara Adult Education, SBWC and San Francisco Writers Conference. I co-founded the Santa Barbara Book & Author Festival which ran for eight years, and am currently doing a column, “Beyond Books,” for Noozhawk, an online newspaper.

What I require of my students

Join the discussions, share your writing dilemmas, and get feedback with in-class assignments and/or works-in-progress critiquing.

My advice for writers who have never attended SBWC

Come with an open mind, bring several pages of your manuscript and stay flexible throughout the week. This is a time to rev up your writing motors so you can return to your desk with new energy.