2015 SBWC Registration is LIVE!

Dear Writers, Registration for the 2015 Santa Barbara Writers Conference is open!

The 43rd Annual SBWC will take place June 7 -12, 2015. Why the same dates as last year? This year’s conference will follow the same six-day format as before, but begin on a Sunday and end on a Friday. Be sure to note your calendars.

Like going back to our favorite summer camp, we’ll return to the Hyatt Santa Barbara armed with our manuscripts, laptops, and fresh ideas. For newbies, get ready to rub elbows with talented writers and workshop leaders, hear famous authors talk about their process, and feel the energy of the writing muse. And don’t forget to bring your super-sized travel mug to sip coffee into the wee hours during the pirate workshops.  

This year’s evening speakers will include Mona Simpson (Casebook), Anthony Breznican (Brutal Youth), Meg Gardiner (The Dirty Secrets Club), and Tawni O’Dell (Back Roads).   The early rate is available until March 15, and registration is limited to the first 200 students.

For those of you hoping to schedule a private meeting with an editor or agent this year, Advance Submission will open for registration March 1. You must be a registered student to take part in Advance Submission. More about the program can be found here.   We hope you’ll join us for our fabulous 43rd year!   Write On! SBWC Team   “All you have to do is write one true sentence. Write the truest sentence that you know.” — Ernest Hemingway

2015 Important Dates:

  • January 1­­- March 15: Register for the early rate of $575
  • March 1: Advance Submission opens (sign up to meet with an agent or editor)
  • March 15: Last day for early registration price of $575
  • March 16: Regular registration begins — $650
  • May 3: Last day to submit manuscripts for Advance Submission
  • May 6: Last day to take advantage of our group rate at the Hyatt Santa Barbara
  • June 7 - 12: SBWC at the Hyatt Santa Barbara!

Be sure to “like” our official Facebook page, which is the best place for conference updates. You can also join our new Facebook group for fun postings from SBWC workshop leaders and students.

News, Anouncements & Happenings from SBWC Workshop Leaders, Students & Speakers

T.C. Boyle’s 25th novel, The Harder They Come, will be released March 31. The Washington Post called it one of the ten most anticipated novels of 2015.

Lisa Lenard-Cook’s first novel, Dissonance, was reissued last September by the Santa Fe Writers Project. It was selected as book of the year by several national public libraries in 2003 when it was first published.

Walter Halsey Davis’s play Panhandle, a musical drama about the Dust Bowl, recently ran at the Live Oak Theatre in Berkeley.

Matthew Pallamary delves into the magical world of shamanism once again in his new novel Eye of the Predator. The book was released in paperback in august and can be found on Amazon.com or at local bookstores.

Diana Raab will teach “Writing Lust” on Saturday, February 21, 4-5:30 PM at The Sacred Space in Summerland.

Tracy Shawn wrote a short opinion piece for Noozhawk.com about aging gracefully.

Jane Smiley’s recent novel, Some Luck, was longlisted for the National Book Award.

Dale Griffiths Stamos’s newest short film, Lost Music, which she wrote and associate produced, was selected for the Sedona International Film Festival.

***If you would like your news to be included in the next SBWC e-Newsletter, please send in an email to info@sbwriters.com with the subject line NEWSLETTER.***