June Newsletter

Nine days left until opening night at the Santa Barbara Writers Conference 2011! It’s almost time to look up from our keyboards and be reminded of the community of writers ready once more to get together for a week of hard work, inspiration, and lots of smiles. The conference is filling up; we’ve got 20 spots left, if you can believe it. Don’t wait until the last week to sign up!

Good News: Hotel Mar Monte is celebrating their 80th Anniversary, and to celebrate all lunches and dinners at the hotel will be 25% off during the week of the conference. Yum!

The Graphic Novel Panel is scheduled for Tuesday June 21st at 4pm. Panelists include: Joyce Farmer, Sammy Harkham, and Tim Hensley. Joyce’s graphic novel, Special Exits, was recently awarded the National Cartoonists Society Award.

Announced at BEA in NY: Writers and Their Notebooks, an anthology workshop leader Diana Raab compiled and edited with a Foreword by Phillip Lopate, won the 2011 Eric Hoffer Award.

Sad News: For the first time in 39 years, Ray Bradbury will not be joining us at the Santa Barbara Writers Conference due to complications with his health. Ray has attended every SBWC since it’s beginning 1972 and has inspired hundreds of writers with his talks on love and writing. In Ray’s place, Clive Cussler will speak on opening night.

If you’ve been wondering, What is the pirate workshop? Check out this video (Thanks, Lisa Angle!). For those of you pirate veterans, you’ll enjoy this, too.: