Literary Event Schedule for the 2022 Napa Valley Writers’ Conference

Tickets sold on-site 30 minutes prior to event; SEE PRICES BELOW.

EVENING READINGS (McCarthy Library Courtyard, Napa Campus, Napa Valley College)

SUNDAY, JULY 24 – 6:30 pm wine reception, 7 pm reading featuring Dana Levin & ZZ Packer

MONDAY, JULY 25 – 6:30 pm wine reception, 7 pm reading featuring Jane Hirshfield & Kevin Brockmeier

TUESDAY, JULY 26 – 6:30 pm wine reception, 7 pm reading featuring Major Jackson & Lan Samantha Chang

WEDNESDAY, JULY 27 – 5:30 pm wine reception, 6 pm reading featuring Patricia Smith & Michelle Huneven

THURSDAY, JULY 28 – 6:30 pm wine reception, 7 pm reading featuring Forrest Gander & conference participants


DAILY CRAFT TALKS (Performing Arts Center, Napa Campus, Napa Valley College)

MONDAY, JULY 25

9 am Poetry Craft Talk – Patricia Smith – Getting Them to Read What You Didn’t Want to Write

1:30 pm Fiction Craft Talk – Michelle Huneven – The Work of Imagination

3 pm Translation Craft Talk – Forrest Gander – The Rich Rewards of Translation

4:30 pm (FREE) Community Class with Caroline Goodwin (McCarthy Library) on the work of Jane Hirshfield & Kevin Brockmeier


TUESDAY, JULY 26

9 am Poetry Craft Talk – Dana Levin – House of Feels: Image & Transformation

1:30 pm Fiction Craft Talk – ZZ Packer – Advanced Narrative Techniques

4:30 pm (FREE) Community Class with Caroline Goodwin (McCarthy Library) on the work of Major Jackson & Lan Samantha Chang


WEDNESDAY, JULY 27

9 am Poetry Craft Talk – Jane Hirshfield – TBA

1:30 pm Fiction Craft Talk – Kevin Brockmeier – An Animal Within to Give Its Blessing: On the Value of Nonhuman Creatures in Fiction

4:30 pm (FREE) Community Class with Caroline Goodwin (McCarthy Library) on the work of Patricia Smith & Michelle Huneven


THURSDAY, JULY 28

9 am Poetry Craft Talk – Major Jackson – Our Disenfranchised Sublime: Symmetry as Aesthetic Value in Poetry

1:30 pm Fiction Craft Talk – Lan Samantha Chang – The Muddled Middle

4:30 pm special guest, City of Los Angeles Poet Laureate Lynne Thompson (McCarthy Public Library)

Participants can find a typical daily schedule here. Readings and Craft Talks are open to the public; tickets may be purchased through our on-site box office, set up 30 minutes prior to each event; tickets are not sold in advance or online.

Each event takes place on the Napa Valley College main campus, at 2277 Napa Vallejo Hwy, Napa, CA 94558


PRICING for public admission (tickets sold on-site prior to each Reading and Craft Talk)

  • Individual reading: $20
  • Individual craft talk: $25
  • Full week pass (all craft talks and readings): $275
  • Lectures-only pass (all 9 craft talks): $200
  • Readings-only pass (all 5 readings): $90
  • Single-day pass (two lectures and one reading): $65