Writers Journey

Friday, April 26
7:00–9:00 PM
Saturday, April 27
9:00 AM–5:30 PM
Sunday, April 28
9:00 AM–1:00 PM

$375 General Admission
$325 Special Admission
Full-Time Students, Pacifica
Alumni, and Seniors

$300 Active Pacifica Students
Fees include Friday dinner; Saturday breakfast, lunch, and dinner; and Sunday breakfast and lunch. Extra meals available are Friday breakfast ($12.50) and Friday lunch ($18.50)

11 Continuing Education Credits are available for MFTs, LCSWs, and RNs
The Conference and Pre-Conference Workshops will be held at Pacifica Graduate Institute’s Ladera Lane Campus

Pre-Conference Workshops
Friday, April 26
Full Day: 9:00 AM–4:30 PM
$140 Fee (Includes Friday lunch; breakfast is available for an additional $12.50 fee)

6 Continuing Education Credits are availalbe for MFTs, LCSWs, and RNs

Half Day: 9:00 AM–12:00 PM
OR 1:30–4:30 PM

$70 Fee (Includes Friday lunch; breakfast is available for an additional $12.50 fee)

3 Continuing Education Credits are available for MFTs, LCSWs, and RNs

Space in all Workshops is limited

Accommodations are available at Pacifica’s Ladera Lane Campus and the Best Western Carpinteria Inn

The conference includes five plenary sessions, and two of the five concurrent sessions being offered. Those participating in the optional pre-conference workshops on Friday, April 26 will attend one or two half-day or one full-day workshop. Participants will be asked to select their preferred concurrent sessions and pre-conference workshops during registration.

Presentations by:
Jean Shinoda Bolen
Sharon D. Johnson
Dara Marks
Michael Meade
Maureen Murdock
Suzi Naiburg

Elizabeth Nelson
Kris Oster
Susan Rowland
Dennis Patrick Slattery
Evans Lansing Smith
Lawrence Spann


We are all writers in one form or another. The need to express ourselves is essential to our survival. The written word allows us to take what is hidden below the threshold of waking consciousness and shape it into a form of expression that delights, persuades, informs, and teaches others. Whether correspondence with a loved one, a dream in a diary, a final paper to graduate, an imaginative story, a poem, a textbook, or a life’s opus, writing is a vehicle to manifest the intangible into a tangible expression of who we are.

This conference will feature scholars, educators, mythologists, poets, psychoanalysts, and best-selling authors covering topics both conceptual and pragmatic—from birthing an idea to marketing through creative messaging…from the feminine heroic quest to writing as a way of healing…from the call of the muse to turning a dissertation into a mainstream book—and so much more. Genres explored will include screenwriting, storytelling, imaginative writing, memoir, poetry, clinical writing, among others.

We hope you will join us for what promises to be a stimulating and provocative weekend in beautiful Santa Barbara.


The conference and pre-conference workshops will be held at Pacifica Graduate Institute’s Ladera Lane Campus at 801 Ladera Lane, Santa Barbara, CA 93108. Located on 35 acres in the foothills of the Santa Ynez Mountains overlooking the Pacific Ocean, this residential retreat center provides a unique and peaceful environment for these events. This campus has lodging, dining facilities, and parking onsite.

Pacifica’s Ladera Lane Campus
801 Ladera Lane, Carpinteria, CA 93108; 805.969.3626 ext. 103

A limited number of rooms are available for participants at the following rates:
$82.50 per night single occupancy (one twin or standard full size bed)
$115 per night couple occupancy (one standard full size bed; not a queen)
$125 per night double occupancy (two twin beds)
plus 10% occupancy tax

Accommodations are simple, dormitory-style rooms with shared bath and shower. Reservations for rooms must be made through Pacifica’s Public Programs Department.

Best Western Carpinteria Inn
4558 Carpinteria Avenue, Carpinteria, CA 93013; 805.684.0473

A limited number of rooms are available for participants at special rates: $95 per night on Thursday and Sunday; $109 per night on Friday and Saturday; single or double occupancy plus tax. These rooms are held for our group at this special rate until two weeks before the program. Be sure to mention PACIFICA PUBLIC PROGRAM to receive the special rate. Please note that Pacifica shuttles do not provide service to and from the Best Western for Public Programs.

Meals are provided to encourage ongoing dialogue and community exchange throughout the weekend. Pacifica’s caterers make every attempt to provide healthful meals for our guests. Please indicate on the registration form if you need a special vegan, vegetarian, or gluten free meal or if you have other medical dietary restrictions. Meals included in the pre-conference workshop fee are: Friday lunch. Meals included in the conference registration fee are: Friday dinner; Saturday breakfast, lunch, and dinner; and Sunday breakfast and lunch. For early arrivals, the following extra meals are available for an additional fee: Friday breakfast ($12.50) and lunch ($18.50). All optional meals must be ordered in advance through the Public Programs Department.

Major airlines provide service into the Los Angeles International Airport located 90 miles south of Santa Barbara and into the Santa Barbara Municipal Airport, approximately 18 miles from the Campus. Information on ground transportation to and from Santa Barbara will be included with your confirmation letter.

Space is limited. Register early!
To register, complete the form on this webpage or call the Public Programs Department at 805.969.3626, ext. 103. Full payment is required with your registration. An email confirmation letter will be sent within 5 days of receipt of your registration.

To obtain a refund on your registration fee, send a written cancellation request postmarked no later than thirty days before the event. Tuition less a $50 processing fee will be refunded on the conference and less a $20 processing fee for the pre-conference workshops. No refunds on your registration fee will be made after that time. In the event that the program is sold out with a waitlist, if you return your seat to our office, and if we are able to transfer your registration to someone on the wait list, we will issue you a refund less the processing fee. Any registration transfers that do not go through our office will be assessed the processing fee onsite. For refund on accommodations at the Ladera Lane Campus, cancellation with full refund will be accepted up to 5 days before the event. Cancellations made 1-4 days before the event will receive a 50% refund. There will be no refund for cancellation on the day of the event.

A limited number of partial scholarships are available to those who find it prohibitive to pay the full cost of the conference. To apply, send a letter of request with your registration and payment. Please be specific regarding your financial circumstances. If accepted, you will be contacted to approve processing payment.

Continuing Education Credit
11 hours of continuing education credit are available for the conference; 6 hours for a full-day pre-conference workshop; and 3 hours for a half day pre-conference workshop for RNs through the California Board of Registered Nurses (provider #CEP 7177) and for MFTs and LCSWs (provider #PCE 2278) through the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. A $15 processing fee will be charged for each certificate requested.

Disability Services on Campus
It is the policy of Pacifica’s Public Programs Department to accommodate attendees with disabilities in compliance with state and federal laws and regulations. Please let us know in advance if you have special needs or require assistance due to a disabling condition while you are attending a public program. If you are accompanied by a service dog, please contact disability services directly (805.679.6124), as all animals visiting campus must have pre-approval. For additional information regarding Pacifica’s policies, visit www.pacifica.edu/disability-services.aspx.