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. The conference is a project of Napa Valley College.

Meet the 2019 faculty!

Applications are now open for the 39th conference will be held July 28 – August 2, 2019. The faculty:

  • Poetry: Eavan Boland, Forrest Gander, Jane Hirshfield, Major Jackson
  • Fiction: Lan Samantha Chang, Ryan Harty, Mitchell S. Jackson, Julie Orringer
  • NEW! Translation: Howard Norman

You may read faculty bios and learn more about the application process.

If you’re heading to #AWP19 in Portland, please join us for one of several NVWC events. And be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter for the latest announcements.

2019 NVWC faculty

New for 2019: Translation Workshop

We’re delighted to present a new literary translation workshop in poetry and prose as part of our 39th conference, July 28 to August 2, 2019.

Join us in an exploration of the challenges and insights of translating poetry or prose—either your own work or that of an author you admire—from another language into English.

The workshop is open to literary translators or those interested in becoming translators. The workshop accommodates poetry, short fiction, novel excerpts, memoir, or folk tales translated from any language into English.

Participants will be able to workshop, in English, prose pieces of up to 5,000 words and as many as three poems. Each writer will have the chance to educate the workshop on the source of the original text, and the translated prose and poetry will be discussed in the same manner as in a traditional workshop.

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