Join us August 1-6, 2021, for workshops, craft talks, and readings with acclaimed poets, fiction writers, & translators.

It is our dearest hope to be with you again this summer to celebrate our 40th anniversary
. We are moving forward with plans for an in-person conference in 2021, contingent on our ability to host a safe event. Please see brief details about our intention to use outdoor spaces, and please check back as the details during the pandemic’s rapidly-shifting circumstances are subject to change as we have more information.

Meet the 2021 Faculty

Victoria Chang – Brenda Hillman – Brian Teare – Gillian Conoley

Charles Baxter – Lan Samantha Chang – Daniel Orozco – Joan Silber – Robert Hass

Napa, CA

Since 1981, the Napa Valley Writers’ Conference has provided literary fellowship and a craft-focused experience among the foothills and vineyards that have made this region famous.

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Key Dates

January 2021:

  • 2021 faculty announced

February 2021:

  • 2021 applications open

August 1-6, 2021:

  • 40th anniversary conference – workshops, lectures & readings


“The spirit of Napa is one of generosity and support, with little focus given to professionalization, which often kills inspiration. I keep coming back to the conference each year because I want to turn my attention entirely to the study and to the creation of poetry, and unlike so many other conferences, Napa stands for that.”

Blas Falconer, Author of Forgive the Body This Failure, The Foundling Wheel, and A Question of Gravity and Light

“The conference fosters an amazing literary community, and I’m still in touch with classmates from our workshop. I deeply appreciate how my time at the conference shaped my development as a writer.”

Vanessa Hua, Author of Deceit and Other Possibilities and A River of Stars

“The support I received from everyone, teacher, students, staff,  was the wind I needed to believe my words could fly. In a very literal way, the time and space provided by the conference helped me plant the seeds to what would become a book seven years later.”

Javier Zamora, Author of Unaccompanied

The Napa Valley Writers’ Conference is a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization.

We depend on contributions for a full 35% of our operating budget.

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