Just in time for its 43rd annual gathering, the Santa Barbara Writers Conference (SBWC) has been named the third best writers conference in the country by The Writers Edge. The conference gets underway June 7 at the Hyatt Santa Barbara.

Since 1972 SBWC has helped writers hone their craft, and connect their work with mentors, agents, and publishers. It has provided instruction, industry connections, encouragement, networking and community through workshops, lectures, and panel discussions.

“Our conference has changed writers’ lives and careers,” says owner and author Monte Schulz. “We teach them to find their voice, construct their story, and polish their work to a professional level. As well as introduce them to agents, publishers and an endlessly supportive community of writers.”

Successful international authors who started at the SBWC include best seller and part-time Santa Ynez Valley resident Fannie Flagg, author of "Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe." 

“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 re-run of The Dating Game somewhere," said Flagg.

“My favorite event of the week is the First Book Panel," said co-Director Nicole Starczak. "This year, three of the four panelists are alumni, students we’ve been watching for years. It’s quite inspiring to be able to put them on stage and hear their literary journeys. There is always a bit of luck and getting introduced to the right person, but mostly theirs are stories of perseverance."

Each night, a renowned author will speak and share their inspiring path to success, including international best-selling, award-winning and Oprah pick authors Mona Simpson, Anthony Breznican, Danny Bland, Meg Gardiner, and Tawni O’Dell. For non-attendees, tickets to the evening speakers are available at the door.

For a detailed schedule and registration information visit www.sbwriters.com or email info@sbwriters.com.

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