May 27 Newsletter

The Santa Barbara Writers Conference: June 5-10, 2016

June 5-10, 2016
SwirlSBWC 2016: June 5-10, Hyatt Santa Barbara We still have some spaces left at this year’s conference, so if you have not already registered, here are five reasons to attend SBWC 2016 
1. Our student to faculty ratio is excellent.  Connect with mentors and authors and get feedback on your stories in more than twenty daily workshops. Before Daisy Fay and the Miracle Man and Practical Demonkeeping, Fannie Flagg and Christopher Moore were SBWC students workshopping in some of these very same classes.
2. Enjoy the American Riviera. Spend some time at the beach across the street and write the Great American Novel in one of the most beautiful places in the U.S.3. Learn how to pitch your book, and then slyly or forcefully practice on the agents and editors we have corralled for the wine and cheese party by the pool on Tuesday, June 7th.4. Sip late-night coffee and develop your voice in one of our 9 p.m. pirate workshops. T. S. Eliot famously said, “For last year’s words belong to last year’s language. And next year’s words await another voice.”

5. Begin a friendship to last a lifetime with someone who truly understands your passion. Ray Bradbury told us in 2008, “You learn writing by writing every day and by having good friends surrounding you who love you and love writing as much as you do."

And if that isn't enough to convince you to sign up today, here's a few more reasons to attend:

  • Hear five talented and inspiring evening speakers including Rufi Thorpe whose newest book, Dear Fang, With Love got an Oprah nod.
  • Attend dynamic and informative panels and afternoon speakers on topics ranging from how to market your book once published to how to navigate the sometimes rough road to publication.
  • Join our afternoon poetry readings.
  • Schedule 10-minute agent pitch sessions for only $25.
  • Attend a pool-side wine and cheese party where you can chat visiting agents up about your project.

Our 44th Year!


"A most stimulating time—a glorious week!" — Eudora Welty

"The best in the nation." — James A. Michener

"An important and wonderful week." — Elmore Leonard

"SBWC offers aspiring talents opportunities to have their work seen by professionals who can help them reach publication." — Los Angeles Times

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Register now for only $650That cost includes two full banquet dinners (opening and closing night), awards ceremony, agent meetings, more than 20 different workshops, afternoon panels, a talent show on the last day (where attendees can show off other talents besides writing) and much, much more.    Write On! Grace Rachow and Erin Munsch