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.

35th Napa Valley Writers’ Conference – July 26-31, 2015

2015 NVWC Faculty

We’re celebrating our 35th anniversary year with a stellar faculty featuring a number of seasoned Napa veterans.

  • Fiction: Robert Boswell, Lan Samantha Chang, Michelle Huneven, Antonya Nelson
  • Poetry: Jane Hirshfield, D.A. Powell, Arthur Sze, Mary Szybist

Workshops are filling fast and the financial assistance application deadline has passed. Please visit our Apply page for details about availability of workshop spots and further application guidance.

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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.