April 2 SBWC Newsletter

April 2, 2017 SwirlSBWC Register here.

Dear Writers, Excitement is building for the 2017 Santa Barbara Writers Conference, June 18-23. We have a great line up of speakers, teachers, panelists and agents. Our schedule goes from 9:00 AM every day into the wee hours of the morning.

Speakers: We're pleased to announce that the very talented Shanti Sekaran has been added to our list of speakers for SBWC 2017. Her latest novel Lucky Boy was named an "IndieNext Great Read" and an "Amazon Editors' Pick."

Other featured speakers are Fannie Flagg, Angela Rinaldi, Tracy Daugherty, David Brin, Lesley M.M. Blume, and Catherine Ryan Hyde Workshop Leaders: One of the best things about the Santa Barbara Writers Conference is the faculty. Over 30 workshop leaders cover a broad range of genres. 2.5-hour workshops allow time for learning craft, as well as getting individualized feedback on your work.

Panels: We'll have three panels during the week: Agents Panel New Book Panel Navigating the Amazon (Author Platform Panel) Agents: You may register for appointments with any of our 10 agents and advanced submission of a 5-page manuscript to be read before your appointment on June 20Register for an agent here.

Manuscript consultations: All registered students are eligible for a free manuscript consultation with some of our conference workshop leaders. To take advantage of this option, send no more than 10 pages of the opening of your manuscript to:

Santa Barbara Writers Conference 27 West Anapamu Street, Suite 305 Santa Barbara, CA 93101

Include a cover letter briefly describing your project. Hotel: We have a special room rate at the Hyatt Santa Barbara:

  • $199 (single occupancy) per night and free parking: 24 rooms in Santa Barbara House, a separate building, but adjacent to hotel
  • $209 (single occupancy) per night and $38 overnight parking, (or free parking close by on the street) in the hotel

For reservations call (888) 421-1442, or visit this reservation link: Santa Barbara Hyatt. SBWC Register here.

$650 -- full 6-day conference $100 -- deposit with balance due May 15 $40 each -- agent appointment with advance ms submission* *If you wish to have appointments with agents,  you must be registered for the conference. Please reserve your space soon so that you do not miss out.

Special prices: $600 -- group rate for 2 signing up together $575 -- rate for registered high school or college students or 3 or more signing up together

Please email info@sbwriters.com for promo codes for special pricing. Since its origins in 1972, SBWC has given writers an oasis of time, place and focus to hone craft and connect with mentors, agents and publishers.

New York Times bestselling author Christopher Moore says: "I went into the Santa Barbara Writers Conference a foundering insurance man and came out a writer. I wouldn't have made it without the camaraderie and enthusiasm for the craft I found there." 

Over the past 45 years, SBWC has evolved a learning environment that can transform beginners into bestselling authors ... well, that and a lot of hard work on the part of the authors.

We invite you to be a part of this ongoing literary legacy.

I hope to see you June 18-23, 2017.

Grace Rachow SBWC Director