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 two-week period before the Institute begins for any reason, you will forfeit your entire payment.

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 fog, so we recommend that you bring sweaters or a light jacket and dress in layers. If we have fog (actually, it’s a marine layer) it usually lifts by mid-morning.

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 beaches. If you want to explore areas of the city outside of downtown (and there is lots to see), you may want to rent a car.

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) or you can buy a ticket on the Santa Barbara Airbus. Another option is to come by Amtrak. The train station is near the beach, about six blocks from campus.

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 hotel options here. Be advised that the week of the Institute is also the beginning of Fiesta in Santa Barbara, the city’s annual celebration of its Spanish/Mexican heritage. As such, hotel rooms will fill quickly, so we advise that you arrange your housing as soon as possible.

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.

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 the program.

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.

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.