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March 2008
Early Bird Discount Ends March 1!

If you're planning to join us for the summer conference June 21-26, don't put off registering any longer. The Early Bird discounted price of $625 expires at midnight on Saturday, March 1. Beginning March 2, the cost of the summer conference goes up to $725. After May 1, the fee reverts to the standard conference fee of $825. Registration fees include all workshops, lectures, panels, speakers, opening night beach-side BBQ, midweek cocktail party and closing awards banquet. So register now on-line, or by mailing in the registration form on the back of the brochure (must be postmarked by March 1).

Poetry Conference - Single Rooms Available

Additional rooms have become available at the retreat center for the Poetry Conference March 28-30, so we now have the opportunity to offer lodging for those seeking single rooms. If you've signed up for a double-occupancy room and would like to upgrade to a single, let us know right away. The cost is only $100 to upgrade.

Don't miss Pulitzer-prize winning poet Philip Levine and the opportunity to prune your poetry with our amazing poetry workshop leaders. The commuter student rate, $325, includes the conference workshops and all lunches and dinners from Friday through Sunday lunch. The all-Inclusive double-room rate is $495, which includes all workshops, shared room lodging and all meals. And now the all-Inclusive single-room rate is $595. Experience a weekend of poetry in the Santa Barbara foothills with your own private room. If you are already registered and would like to upgrade, call us at (805) 964-0367. Register now!

Taste of the Conference Option - Tuesday Added

We've added Tuesday, Agents & Editor's Day, to the benefits of registering as a "Taster." (Prior to this, the Taste of the Conference Option was Saturday through Monday.) If you've never attended SBWC before or can't get off work the whole week, this is a great way to sample the workshops and get a sense of how the conference works. "Tasters" will arrive Saturday, June 21, for registration and Orientation and stay through Tuesday, June 24. Be sure to make your lodging arrangements directly with the DoubleTree, at (800) 879-2929. Mention SBWC to get the special room rate of $225 per night. Online registration for the Taste of the Conference option is available here.

And the Scholarships go to...

Congratulations to Carol Barringer of Santa Barbara, California and Maya Pruett of Palmer, Alaska, winners of the SBWC Endowed Fund Scholarships. These two recipients were chosen from a large group of applicants. Thank you to everyone who applied! All the remaining applications are still in the pool for selection for other 2008 SBWC scholarships in coming months, such as the Agents & Editors Scholarship. It's not too late to apply for full and partial scholarships to this summer's SBWC. Read more about the scholarship fund and how to apply here.

Women's Festival in Santa Barbara

Come realize your life ambitions at the California Women's Festival in Santa Barbara,March 7-9. Be up close and personal with inspirational leaders from business, the arts, social causes and politics - there to help you create a rich and fulfilling life. To be a part of this unique gathering of extraordinary women, please visit or call (805) 565-9967. Proceeds will benefit the National Association of Women Business Owners, Women's Economic Ventures, SCORE, and Girls, Inc. Celebrated speakers include: Barbara Marx Hubbard, LeVar Burton, Martha De Laurentis, Dr. Susan Love, Ed Taylor, Congresswoman Lois Capps and many more.

Last Minute Space Available in Weekend Intensive

Diana M. Raab

Join Diana Raab on Feb. 29-Mar. 2, 2008, for the weekend intensive, "Memoir: from Notebook to Manuscript." This intensive will focus on the process of memoir writing. We will study the key elements of a compelling memoir, find your memoir's focus, share ideas on bringing your memoir to life and discuss methods for gathering information. The course will be valuable whether participants write memoir in the form of books, poems or essays.

Diana Raab teaches journaling, memoir and essay at UCSB Extension and frequently writes and lectures on journaling. Her article, How Journaling Can Spark Your Writing was the feature article in the October 2007 issue of The Writer magazine. Her first book, Getting Pregnant and Staying Pregnant: A Guide to Infertility and High-Risk Pregnancy, received the Benjamin Franklin Book Award and next year the 20th anniversary edition will be released. Her recent memoir, Regina's Closet: Finding My Grandmother's Secret Journal (September 2007) has been nominated for the Sophie Brody Award. Raab also has one poetry collection and a forthcoming journaling anthology. Register Online.

Other News

Conference Representatives Available - If anyone would like to have Executive Director Marcia Meier or another conference rep speak to your book club or other group in the Santa Barbara, LA or San Diego areas, let us know.


"The good writer seems to be writing about himself, but has his eye always on that thread of the Universe which runs through himself and all things."

- Ralph Waldo Emerson
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Congratulations to SBWC alum BethEllen Jack. Her poem won second prize in the Writer's Journal, March Issue. "I do believe SBWC helped me tweak, tighten & improve my original poem, 'Circe.' Dreams do happen!"

Changing Light is now out in paperback! This is the debut novel from Nora Gallager, local Santa Barbara author and speaker at SBWC 07. Visit


SBWC Alum Bill McGee appears in two special features in 20th Century Fox's newly-released The Charlie Chan Collection, Vol. 4, including the 1939 film, Charlie Chan in Reno. "The producers sought me out because of my book, The Divorce Seekers - A Photo Memoir of a Nevada Dude Wrangler, which I began at SBWC in 2002." McGee worked as a dude wrangler in the 1940s on the renowned Flying M E ranch outside of Reno catering to wealthy divorce seekers. To view a clip visit and click on "Charlie Chan in Reno."


Congratulations to SBWC workshop leader Matt Pallamary. His memoir, Spirit Matters, is now available from and Matt says "This is a whole new direction for me and proof that truth is indeed stranger than fiction."


Consider submitting to the 2008 Rattle Poetry Prize. Entry fee of $16 includes a one-year subscription to RATTLE. Visit for more information. Deadline is August 1, 2008


Congratulations to SBWC alum, Jim Duggins! His historical novel, The Power, a story of slavery, voodoo and gold rush California, has been judged among the Semi-Finalists in the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award Contest.


Remember Poetry Month is coming up in April! Join SBWC workshop leader Perie Longo for "Get a Jump on Poetry Month" an Open Mic at Good Cup Coffee, 1819 Cliff Drive, 6:30-8:00 p.m. Another event of note includes "They Keep it all Going: Celebrating Essential Workers in Photographs and Poems," hosted by SBWC poetry workshop leader Barry Spacks on April 3. Get the full schedule at


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