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6 days beachside at the Santa Barbara Hyatt

Join us at SBWC June 17-22, 2018

Improve your craft • Find your tribe • Make lifelong connections


Since 1972 writers from around the world have gathered each June at the Santa Barbara Writers Conference to rub elbows with fellow storytellers, celebrate well-known authors, and network with publishing professionals. 

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Fannie Flagg

"You can't imagine what this conference meant to me. If it had not been for this conference, I'd probably still be sitting on a rerun of The Dating Game somewhere."

- Fannie Flagg, author of Fried Green Tomatoes

Join us beachside for an intensive, weeklong experience dedicated to the craft of writing. Workshops cover literary fiction, mystery, sci-fi, memoir, creative nonfiction, travel writing, poetry, screenwriting, and marketing.

The June 17-22, 2018 conference includes:

  • 5 full days of workshops led by 36 talented teachers
  • 5 keynote presentations by successful authors
  • Afternoon speakers and panel discussions
  • Book signings with author-speakers 
  • Opening Night Banquet 
  • Poolside Cocktail Reception 
  • Awards Banquet 
  • Optional one-on-one manuscript consultations 
  • Registration for appointments with agents
  • A week of networking, support and camaraderie 

SBWC likes to brag about our successful alumni – Fannie Flagg, Spencer Johnson, Gayle Lynds, Monte Schulz, Gillian Roberts, Catherine Ryan Hyde, and Christopher Moore, to name just a few. 

Grab your notebooks and fire up your imagination. Please join us for our 46th anniversary conference and become part of this literary legacy.

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See you in June, 

Grace Rachow,
SBWC Director

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A Letter from Monte

To Santa Barbara's community of writers, and all those who travel to this beautiful oceanside city to celebrate the world of letters:

Writing may well be a solitary art, but there is a society of writers whose enthusiastic embrace of each other is irreplaceable. Having been part of the Santa Barbara Writers Conference since 1975, I've come to see that this has been the true reason for our gathering in June all these years. Continue...