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“Let’s be honest, SBWC is the best destination writers conference in the country.”
—NYT bestselling author Lisa See in the Santa Barbara News-Press


The Santa Barbara Writers Conference reconvenes at the charming, seaside Santa Barbara Hyatt, June 16-21. We invite you to check out our mobile friendly website.

The SBWC at a Glance

Spend your conference week beachside at the charming Santa Barbara Hyatt. You’ll participate in a magical week of intensive work focused on craft, marketing, and networking.

The full conference June 16-21, 2019 includes:

  • 5 full days (and nights) of workshops led by 30+ talented workshop leaders
  • One-on-one manuscript consultations
  • Afternoon speakers and panels
  • Opportunity to register for agent appointments
  • 5 evening keynotes by well-known experts and authors
  • Book signings and chances to meet author-speakers
  • Opening night banquet on Sunday, June 16
  • Poolside Cocktail Reception, Tuesday evening, June 18
  • Awards banquet Friday evening, June 21
  • Networking, support and genuine camaraderie

Manuscript Consultations

All registered students are eligible to meet with one of our SBWC manuscript consultants. 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.
One free manuscript consultation per person.

Agent Appointments

After you've registered for the conference, you may also register for advanced submission appointments with any of our 2019 agents and send in 5 pages of the opening of your project to be read by your agent picks.

Review the agents and register for appointments here: Agent List


You'll hear 6 keynote speeches by bestselling authors and industry experts. Our lineup includes Lisa See (introduced by Fannie Flagg), Steph Post, Stephen Marley, Mathew Pallamary, Taylor Jenkins Reid and Jeffrey C Stewart. Speaker List


Full conference price is $699.
Special rates for groups of two or more and for students. $575
Pay by check and save another $25.
Inquire at

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Faculty and Workshops

One of the best things about the Santa Barbara Writers Conference is the faculty. Our 30+ workshop leaders cover a broad range of genres. The 2.5-hour workshops allow time for learning craft, as well as getting individualized feedback on your work. Faculty


We have a special room rate at the beachside Hyatt Santa Barbara:
For reservations call (888) 421-1442, or visit this reservation link

Email us at for assistance finding accommodations.

Since its origin in 1972, SBWC has given writers an oasis of time, place and focus to hone craft and connect with mentors, agents and publishers.

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

I hope to see you June 16-21, 2019.

Write on!

Grace Rachow
SBWC Director