Santa Barbara Writers Conference 2016 – LA Times News Article

Author Schulz Continues Legacy of Bradbury, Conrad, Vidal at Santa Barbara Writers Conference: June 5-10

by Margaux Dunbar Hession

Writers! From June 5-10, join the 44th annual Santa Barbara Writers Conference (SBWC) for a week of writing workshops, mentors and author speakers, includingMonte Schulz, son of Peanuts Creator Charles M. Schulz, debuting his Great American Novel, “Crossing Eden.”

Santa Barbara, CA (PRWEB) May 05, 2016

From June 5 -10, 2016, writers from all over the world will take their writing and industry contacts to the next level at the 44th annual Santa Barbara Writers Conference (SBWC).

Among the featured author speakers will be the multi-talented author of five novels and Seraphonium songwriter/composer, Monte Schulz, who will debut his Jazz-Age Great American Novel, “Crossing Eden”. Schulz, as SBWC’s closing night speaker, steps into the shoes of previous literary giants – his own father Charles M. Schulz, as well as Ray Bradbury, Barnaby Conrad, and Gore Vidal.

Since 1972, the SBWC has helped writers of all levels hone their craft, and connect their work with mentors, agents and publishers, often resulting in publishing contracts. Recently named the #3 premiere writers conference in the country by “The Writer’s Edge” publication, SBWC has provided world-class instruction, industry connections, encouragement, networking and community through workshops, lectures and panels.

“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 introducing them to agents, publishers and an endlessly supportive community of writers.”

Successful international authors who started at the SBWC include this year’s author speaker, Gayle Lynds, the New York Times best-selling author of such espionage thrillers as “Assassins” and “The Book of Spies”. A SBWC alum, Gayle met her author husband Dennis Lynds at the conference many years ago. Sadly, Dennis passed away in 2005, but on Sunday June 5th, opening night, Gayle will accept the Ross Macdonald Award on behalf of her late husband, and will speak on Dennis’ writing career.

Other best-selling authors who began their careers at SBWC include Christopher Moore of “Lamb”, Fannie Flagg of “Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe”, Catherine Ryan Hyde of “Pay It Forward”, and many others. Author Flagg says, “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.”

Aspiring screenwriters will be thrilled to hear 45-year veteran screenwriterGerald DiPego speak on the afternoon of Thursday, June 9. DiPego is the author or five novels, including “Cheevey” and “Keeper of the City” and 33 produced screenplays, including “Sharkey’s Machine,” “Phenomenon,” “Message In a Bottle,” “Instinct,” “The Forgotten,” “Angel Eyes” and “Words and Pictures.” His new book is a personal, conversational book on writing called “Write!”

With over 20+ daily workshops taught by award-winning authors, poets, playwrights and screenwriters, writers of all levels will learn successful storytelling and writing techniques, focusing on story structure, voice, style, editing, characters, the mind and soul of their story, as well as how to self-publish, query agents, and market themselves.

SBWC offers the unique opportunity for writers to have their work critiqued by professional genre authors of Fiction, Non-Fiction, Memoir, Science Fiction, Horror, Fantasy, Mystery, Travel, Poetry, Humor, Short Story and Screenwriting.

New this year: For a nominal fee of $10 at the door, the public (non-attendees) has the opportunity to attend a 4 p.m. panel (agent, author, marketing) or an industry speaker event each afternoon, as well as hear a renowned author speak each night. These noted authors will speak and share their inspiring career paths to success, including international best-selling, award-winning and Oprah-book-pick authors Rufi Thorpe, Gayle Lynds, F. Paul Wilson and Aline Ohanesian. Tickets to these events are first come, first served.

An intimate conference of only 200 students, with excellent workshop leader to student ratio, the Santa Barbara Writers Conference has been known to sell out. It is recommended to sign up before June 5th to reserve your spot. Registration for the full week of events, including workshops, panels, speakers and access to publishing and screenwriting power players is only $650. The detailed schedule, including workshop descriptions, is now available at sbwriters.com. For more information, please contact info(at)sbwriters(dot)com, and friend us onfacebook, and follow us on Twitter.

Based in Santa Barbara, CA, the Santa Barbara Writers Conference (SBWC) has been connecting writers with mentors, agents and editors since 1972.


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The 8Board can dramatically improve any tennis player’s strokes in record time, by improving balance, coordination and ingraining proper muscle memory. The original, patented 8Board until now, has been employed only by pros, top Juniors and national college champions.

Carlsbad, California (PRWEB) October 01, 2012

The 8Board invented by tennis coaches Jack Broudy and Paul Mayberry, has been used over the past ten years by many of today’s premiere young athletes. Former Wake Forest All American and #1 U.S. Junior, Steven Forman credited the 8Board for much of his success. Forman confessed “the 8Board gave me an unfair advantage over my opponents. It helped me to learn and groove all my strokes and was great for warming up before my matches.”

[highlight] The 8 Board is the best tennis training device I’ve ever seen! – Nick Bollettieri [/highlight]

gI_87083_8b-WHT-sm_webBroudy and the 8Board were instrumental in developing many of today’s top American tennis players, including Sam Querrey, Steve Forman and Steve Johnson. Broudy and Mayberry have also done extensive work with top tennis academies World-wide and NCAA record setting coach, Peter Smith and his winning USC tennis teams, NCAA Champions 2009-2012.

According to Broudy, “the 8Board utilizes the patented double-swivel to develop a “figure 8” motion in the hips, that then expands out to the arms that creates effortless power, as seen in game of Roger Federer. It works on the same geometric principles and science that illuminate the motion of a bullwhip cracking.”

The 8Board is available at http://www.8board.com for 119.95 including free shipping in the U.S. It is the state of the art for all athletes and coaches wanting to excel in their sport. Broudy contends that the 8Board “is essential for any person who wants to feel, move and play like a real player with natural looking, powerful and consistent strokes.”

8Board Training is beneficial for virtually all Sports, General Fitness and Rehabilitation. It is the contention of Grail Sports that body mechanics of the best athletes in the World begin at the core and transfer out to the arms and legs. The 8board is the only training device that can help anyone develop and ingrain the proper “figure 8” body rotation, dynamic balance, efficient and aesthetically pleasing tennis strokes with minimal daily use.

Grail Sports, Inc. was founded in Carlsbad, CA in 2000 by professional tennis coaches, Jack Broudy and Paul Mayberry. The company mission is to provide state-of-the-art training devices, education and exercise programs to improve balance, coordination and flexibility among athletes, non-athletes, injured and amputees. Their innovative, patented 8Board device helps people of any age and physical ability master the “figure 8” motion proven to help the body perform both mentally and physically at its peak. For more information, visit http://www.grailsports.com

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