Friday, April 12, 2013

SBWC April Newsletter: Thomas McGuane & Advance Submission

This is your last month to register for meetings with agents and editors. Thomas McGuane, author of Ninety-Two in the Shade, will be speaking June 12th at SBWC 2013!
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June 8-13, 2013

Thomas McGuane & Advance Submission 
Dear Writers,

The 2013 SBWC is fast approaching and registration is still open for those of you who have not yet reserved your spot. I’m pleased to announce our final speaker this year will be Thomas McGuane on June 12th at 7:30 p.m.!

Thomas McGuane is the author of ten novels, short fiction and screenplays, as well as three collections of essays devoted to his life in the outdoors. He envisioned himself as a writer from a very young age, admiring what he perceived as the adventurous life of a writer as much as the prospect of writing. When he was ten years old, he got into a physical altercation with a friend over differing descriptions of a sunset. McGuane began a serious devotion to writing by the age of sixteen, and published his debut novel, The Sporting Club, in 1969. His third novel, Ninety-Two in the Shade, was nominated for the National Book Award, and he later wrote and directed the film adaptation, starring Peter Fonda. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, The National Cutting Horse Association Hall of Fame, and the Fly Fishing Hall of Fame. His most recent novel, Driving On the Rim, was released in 2010. He lives on a ranch in McLeod, Montana.
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This is your last month to sign up to meet with an agent or editor. SBWC’s Advance Submission program is an opportunity for conference participants to meet agents and editors, and receive individual feedback on their writing. You must be a registered attendee to participate in Advance Submission. The agents, and one New York editor, who will be joining us for the program include:

Kat Brzozowski — editor with Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin's Press
Andrea Brown — Andrea Brown Literary Agency
Erin L. Cox — Rob Weisbach Creative Management
Paul Fedorko — N.S. Bienstock, Inc.
Lucas Hunt — Philip Spitzer Agency
Thao Le — Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency
Toni Lopopolo — Toni Lopopolo Literary Management
Taylor Martindale — Full Circle Literary
Amy Rennert — The Amy Rennert Agency
Andy Ross — Andy Ross Literary Agency

For more information, agent/editor bios, and Advance Submission registration visit:

Finally, email me at if you are interested in sharing the cost of a hotel room. I’m happy to connect you with others also seeking roommates.

Write On!
SBWC, Director

“Literature is the ditch I'm going to die in. It's still the thing I care most about.”
Thomas McGuane, author of Driving on the Rim, speaking June 12th at SBWC 2013

2013 Important Dates:
  • March 1: Advance Submission Opens (sign up to meet with an agent/editor)
  • May 4: Advance Submission manuscripts due
  • May 8: Last day to get the Hyatt group rate
  • June 8 - 13: SBWC at the Hyatt Santa Barbara!

News, Announcements & Happenings from SBWC Workshop Leaders, Students, and Speakers:

Thom Atkinson’s short story, “Grimace in the Burnt Black Hills,” has received two Pushcart nominations. Thom was also selected by the Ohio Arts Council as a Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center Summer Resident Writer to represent the state of Ohio for the three-month summer residency at FAWC in Provincetown, MA on Cape Cod.

Ramona Ausubel will be signing her newest book, A Guide to Being Born, Friday, May 3rd at 7pm at Chaucer’s Bookstore. A Guide to Being Born is reminiscent of Aimee Bender and Karen Russell, an enthralling new collection that uses the world of the imagination to explore the heart of the human condition.

Elizabeth Berg’s most recent novel, Tapestry of Fortunes, was released April 9th! Cecilia Ross is a motivational speaker who encourages others to change their lives for the better. Why can’t she take her own advice? See Elizabeth at this year's SBWC, speaking June 9th at 7:30 p.m.! 

Join The Community Film Studio for the world premiere of their first feature film, The Bet. Premiere Screenings April 19 & 20 at 7 p.m. at the Arlington Theatre. The screenplay, written by Annie Dahlgren, involves a bet between a grandfather and his grandson as to who can find love first. Tickets available here:

Virginia Dale just published her first e-book, Touch Me, Touch Me Not. Her first novel was Never Marry in Morocco.

Billy Goodnick's book, Yards, was published last month with St. Lynn's Press. Yards is brimming with design secrets and money-saving tips, with an emphasis on low maintenance, and just plain beauty.

Catherine Ann Jones will be teaching Heal Yourself With Writing in Ojai, Saturday, April 20th.  For more information, schedule, and blog visit

The award-winning Irish-American poet Ethna McKiernan will give a free poetry reading Thursday, April 11th at 6 p.m., at the UCSB MultiCultural Center Lounge. Author of three collections of poetry, her most recent work, Sky Thick With Fireflies (Salmon Poetry, 2011), was nominated for the Minnesota Book Award. For more information and directions, visit

Melinda Palacio’s How Fire Is a Story, Waiting was a finalist for the Binghamton University Milt Kessler Poetry Book Award. The winning book was Marilyn Nelson's Faster Than Light: New and Selected Poems. The judge for the award was Charlie Rossite.

Kathleen Sharp returned to Literary Gumbo, sharing with host Fred Klein news about her deal with New Regency for the film adaptation of her book Blood Medicine, The Man Who Blew the Whistle On One of the Deadliest Prescription Drugs Ever. She’s also re-released Mr. & Mrs. Hollywood: Edie and Lew Wasserman and Their Entertainment Empire with AudioGO as an e-book. The audio version will be out this summer, and the paperback to follow.

David Starkey will be signing his newest book, Circus Maximus, at Chaucer’s, Thursday, April 11th at 7 p.m. What would the Son-of-Man get up to in present-day Rome? Would he wander the Galleria Borghese, loiter outside nightclubs, ride trams, tip accordionists? How would Keats feel about the neon Dior sign that flashes away above the Spanish Steps? A tour of Rome like no other, the poems of Circus Maximus ask these questions and more.

Pamela Triolo’s Death Without Cause: A Health Care Mystery (Post Oak, Imprint of Wyatt-MacKenzie Publishing), takes place in the largest medical center in the world, the Texas Medical Center in Houston. The debut novel by nurse-author, Pamela Triolo, will be available in all formats on May 1.

Santa Barbara Screenwriters Association will be hosting Bill Boyle, author of The Visual Mindscape of the Screenplay, for a talk entitled “Respecting the Antagonist.” Join them Thursday, April 11, at 7 p.m. at Brooks Institute on 27 E. Cota Street. The event is free and open to everyone.

Chryss Yost was installed today as Santa Barbara’s new Poet Laureate by the City Council at the City Hall Council Chambers. Presiding: Mayor Helene Schneider.

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Tuesday, April 2, 2013


April is National Poetry Month

“The Academy of American Poets in 1996 inaugurated National Poetry Month to be held every April, when schools, publishers, libraries, booksellers, and poets throughout the United States band together to celebrate poetry and its vital place in American culture. Thousands of organizations participate through readings, festivals, book displays, workshops, and other events.”
The El Paso Writers’ League will celebrate National Poetry Month with a guest speaker who will delight us with his poetry!
Join us to meet Gene Keller (local singer, songwriter and poet)

Saturday 13. 2013 2-4pm at the Dorris Van Doren Branch Library, 551 E Redd Rd, El Paso, TX 79912

Like always the event is free and open to the public.