Since 1981, the Napa Valley Writers' Conference has provided an opportunity for fellowship and serious work with a focus on craft amidst the hills and vineyards that have made the region famous. The conference is a project of Napa Valley College.

36th Napa Valley Writers’ Conference: July 24-29, 2016

Faculty of the 2016 Napa Valley Writers Conference

The application form is now available, and we look forward to your submission! The priority admission and financial assistance deadline is April 4. Our stellar faculty lineup:

  • In poetry, Camille Dungy, Brenda Hillman, Major Jackson, and Brian Teare
  • In fiction, Charles Baxter, Ron Carlson, Lan Samantha Chang, and Yiyun Li

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John Leggett / November 11, 1917 – January 25, 2015

Jack Leggett at the Napa Valley Writers' Conference

Jack loved to tell the story of meeting Dave Evans at the Napa Post Office in 1987, manuscripts in hand, ready to send to publishers. Dave was a poet and teacher at Napa Valley College, and he had recently founded the Napa Valley Poetry Conference. Jack himself had recently retired to Napa after serving as the Director of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop for eighteen years. Before leaving the Post Office that day, these two gregarious and forwarding-thinking men agreed to add a week of fiction to the poetry conference and to run it together.

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