Poetry, Fiction, and Translation Conference and Literary Events2019-07-05T13:19:08+00:00

A week of workshops & public events

featuring acclaimed authors & translators

of poetry & literary fiction.

July 28 – August 2, 2019

 St. Helena, CA     July 28-August 2, 2019

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

Sunday, July 28:

  • Evening Reading: Major Jackson & Ryan Harty

Monday, July 29:

  • Daytime Lectures: Eavan Boland, Mitchell S. Jackson, & Howard Norman
  • Evening Reading: Jane Hirshfield & Lan Samantha Chang

Tuesday, July 30:

  • Daytime Lectures: Forrest Gander & Ryan Harty
  • Evening Reading: Eavan Boland & Julie Orringer

Wednesday, July 31:

  • Daytime Lectures: Major Jackson & Lan Samantha Chang
  • Evening Reading: Forrest Gander & Mitchell S. Jackson

Thursday, August 1:

  • Daytime Lectures: Jane Hirshfield & Julie Orringer
  • Evening Reading: Howard Norman; Student Participant Reading

Detailed Schedule


“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

Meet the 2019 Faculty

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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. We appreciate support in any of the following ways.

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