Local Lowdown: A Writer’s Paradise

Posted on May 31 by SEASONS Magazine

Santa Barbara Writers Conference. Image courtesy SBWC.

Santa Barbara Writers Conference. Image courtesy SBWC.

By Toby Qualls

Writers in the Santa Barbara area wait all year to attend a one-week confluence of agents, speakers and authors at the Santa Barbara Writers Conference (SBWC). Dating back to 1972, SBWC has seen literary greats traverse its doors and has molded aspiring writers into published authors. Participants can expect to hear talks from the likes of Fannie Flagg (author of Fried Green Tomatoes), Angela Rinaldi (The Angela Rinaldi Literary Agency), Tracy Daugherty (The Last Love Song: A Biography of Joan Didion), David Brin (Existence), Lesley M.M. Blume (Everybody Behaves Badly: The True Story Behind Hemingway’s Masterpiece The Sun Also Rises) and Shanti Sekaran (Lucky Boy). Catherine Ryan Hyde, author of the 1999 bestselling novel Pay It Forward, concludes the guest speaker series. In addition to guest appearances by professional authors, those registered for SBWC have access to full agent panels with the opportunity for publication. SBWC also offers daily writing workshops for those who wish to hone their craft. This year marks the 45th anniversary of Santa Barbara’s long-time writing tradition.

To register for SBWC, taking place June 18–23, visit sbwriters.com.

Originally published in the Summer 2017 issue of Santa Barbara Seasons Magazine.


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