Summer Writing Institute Director

SWI Director Marcia Meier is an award-winning writer, teacher, poet and former director/owner of the Santa Barbara Writers Conference. Her most recent book, Navigating the Rough Waters of Today’s Publishing World, Critical Advice for Writers from Industry Insiders (Quill Driver Books), was named one of 2010’s Best Books on Writing by The Writer magazine. Her first book was Santa Barbara, Paradise on the Pacific, a coffee table book published in 1996 by Longstreet Press. She has freelanced or written for numerous publications, including the Los Angeles Times, The Writer and Santa Barbara Magazine. She was a contributing writer to Miller-McCune Magazine online (now called Pacific Standard) and is an occasional blogger with The Huffington Post. She holds an MFA in creative writing from Antioch University Los Angeles and a bachelor’s degree in journalism. Meier has taught college-level writing for more than 15 years and continues to work with individual writers as a coach and editor. Her poetry has appeared in several journals, including Sage Trail Poetry magazine, Prime Number magazine and the anthology, Knocking at the Door, Approaching the Other (2011). She is a member of the Author’s Guild and Pen USA