College cancels South Coast Writers Conference for 2018, Jan. 12 SWOCC news release. Southwestern Oregon Community College regrets to announce the cancellation of the 23rd Annual South Coast Writers Conference, which had been scheduled Feb. 16-17, 2018 in Brookings. The conference was being coordinated by Curry Campus Executive Dean Les Balsiger, who passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, Jan. 4. The college is returning all funds from registrants, and wants to thank volunteers who worked with Les in preparation for the event. The college appreciates the community’s understanding and support during this time. Our staff regrets any inconvenience this causes. For more information, please contact Karim Shumaker at 541-247-2741.