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What if I have to cancel?

If you must cancel your registration, and the cancellation is at least two weeks prior to the beginning of the Institute, we will refund your payment minus your application fee. Application fees are nonrefundable. If you must cancel within the … Learn More

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What’s the weather like?

Santa Barbara is known for its Mediterranean-like weather. Our average temperature year-round is 70 degrees. In the summer months, days typically are in the mid- to high 70s and nights may drop into the 50s. We do have periods of … Learn More

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Do I need a car while I’m there?

You could get along fine without a car. Santa Barbara has a very good metro transportation system, and a fun electric shuttle that runs up and down State Street, which is the main street that stretches from uptown to the … Learn More

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What is the best way to get to Santa Barbara?

The Santa Barbara airport (SBA) serves all the major carriers. You can also fly into Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) and either rent a car and drive up the coast (it is only about 90 miles, and a beautiful drive) … Learn More

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Where should I stay?

We have arranged for a block of rooms at Hotel Indigo, which is just a couple of blocks from campus. There is more information about the hotel and the discounted rate here. You can also review other downtown Santa Barbara … Learn More

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Are meals or housing included?

The opening dinner on Sunday evening and the closing luncheon are included in your tuition, as are continental breakfasts every morning of the institute. All other meals are up to you, as is housing.

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Will there be agents and/or editors at SWI?

The Antioch Summer Writing Institute is a week devoted to craft and improving your writing. While it’s possible that an agent or editor may be invited to join one of our panels, there is not a formal agent/editor component to … Learn More

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Where are the workshops held?

At the Antioch campus in downtown Santa Barbara. You can see photos of the campus here.

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What if I don’t get my first workshop choice?

You will be assigned to your second or third choice, depending on availability.

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How soon will I hear whether I’ve been accepted?

If you apply by the application deadline of June 15, you will receive a notification email from our admissions office by June 30. The earlier you apply the better the chances are that you will get your first-choice workshop.

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How long should my writing sample be?

No more than 1,500 words, with manuscript formatting (double-spaced in 12-point Times New Roman font, printed on one-side only).

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How do I apply?

There is an online application here, or you can download the application and send it by mail to Admissions, Antioch University Santa Barbara, 602 Anacapa St., Santa Barbara, CA 93101, attention Summer Writing Institute.

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How many people will be in the program?

We expect up to 120 people.

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How many people are in each workshop?

A maximum of 10 participants.

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