2018 Program PDF

The 2019 PDF will be available in a few months, but this program from last year gives an idea of how our conference is structured.

See you June 16-21, 2019!

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Register Today!

6 days beachside at the Santa Barbara Hyatt

Join us at SBWC June 16-21, 2019

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.

Manuscript Consultations --Optional

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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

Once you have registered: If you wish, you may mail 10 pages of your manuscript (2 copies please, double-spaced, 12-point font, one side of the page) ASAP to be given to one of our manuscript consultants to read before your consultation.

This service is part of your conference fee, and you do not have to register separately for this. 

Our manuscript consultants are are published authors who either teach writing or work as editors or are otherwise professionally engaged in the business of writing.

Manuscript consultations are NOT agent appointments. 

Send to:

Santa Barbara Writers Conference
27 W Anapamu, Suite 305
Santa Barbara, CA 93101

Manuscripts for the consultants should arrive by June 9th. 

If you are in the Santa Barbara area, you may drop a packet off at the above location, which is a UPS Store where they know SBWC well.

 You may also speak with a manuscript consultant at the conference, with or without a manuscript, but priority will be given to those who have mailed their manuscripts ahead of time. You might like to get some advice on a particular issue with your writing or want some ideas of how and where to submit your work and how to know if you manuscript is ready.

About the Conference: 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 16-21, 2019 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...