Literary Event Schedule for the 2023 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 30, 6:30 pm – Ilya Kaminsky, Katie Farris & Peter Orner

Monday, July 31, 6:30 pm – Carl Phillips & Katie Crouch

Tuesday, August 1, 6:30 pm – Victoria Chang & Crystal Wilkinson (reading takes place at Silverado Vineyards)

Wednesday, August 2, 5:30 pm – Brenda Hillman & Lan Samantha Chang

Thursday, August 3, 6:30 pm – Robert Hass & featured participants

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

Monday, July 31:

9 am – Brenda Hillman – “Four (Possible) Doors in a House of Inspiration”

1:30 pm – Lan Samantha Chang – “My Discovery of the Thing: The Making of a Story”

3 pm – Robert Hass – “Translation and Taste: How Do You Choose between ‘Fiery’ and ‘Ardent?'”

Tuesday, August 1:

9 am – Ilya Kaminsky – “Correspondences in the Air”

1:30 pm – Peter Orner – “Indelible Moments: What is it about certain moments in fiction that stick in our minds while so many others are lost to oblivion?”

Wednesday August 2:

9 am – Carl Phillips – “Four Poems, Proceeding”

1:30 pm – Katie Crouch – TBD

Thursday, August 3:

9 am – Victoria Chang – “‘A Belief in Angels’: Joy in Poetry”

1:30 pm – Crystal Wilkinson – “Still Life in Motion: Creating the Illusion of Movement in the Quiet Story”

FREE DROP-IN COMMUNITY CLASSES (Community room, McCarthy Library, Napa Campus, Napa Valley College)

Monday, July 31 – Friday, August 4: Poetry Encounter with Katie Farris 10:30 am

Monday, July 31 – Thursday, August 3: Guided Reading Class with Caroline Goodwin 4:30 pm

Participants can find a typical daily schedule here. Readings, Craft Talks, and free Community Drop-In Classes are open to the public; tickets for Readings and Craft Talks 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 daytime event takes place on the Napa Valley College main campus, at 2277 Napa Vallejo Hwy, Napa, CA 94558. Tuesday’s evening event will be held at Silverado Winery.

2023 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