Literary Event Schedule for the 2024 Napa Valley Writers’ Conference

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

EVENING READINGS (Performing Arts Center, Napa Campus, Napa Valley College)

Sunday, July 21, 6:30 pm – Bruce Snider & Jamil Jan Kochai

Monday, July 22, 6:30 pm – Jane Hirshfield & Peter Ho Davies

Tuesday, July 23, 6:30 pm – Jan Beatty & Lysley Tenorio (reading takes place at Silverado Vineyards)

Wednesday, July 24, 5:30 pm – C. Dale Young & Lan Samantha Chang

Thursday, July 25, 6:30 pm – Emily Wilson & featured participants

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

Monday, July 22:

9 am – C. Dale Young – “Doubt and Uncertainty: The Adverbial Gesture as Rhetorical Strategy”

1:30 pm – Lan Samantha Chang – “Scope and Scale in the Novel and Short Story”

3 pm – Emily Wilson – “Re-translation, Why and How?”

Tuesday, July 23:

9 am – Bruce Snider – “SESTINAMERICA: Poetic Form in the Age of Trump”

1:30 pm – Jamil Jan Kochai – “Showing through Telling”

Wednesday July 24:

9 am – Jane Hirshfield – “Past? Present? Future? Verb Tense As Life Sense”

1:30 pm – Peter Ho Davies – “Truth or (Auto)Fiction?”

Thursday, July 25:

9 am – Jan Beatty – “The Beauty of Collision”

1:30 pm – Lysley Tenorio – “And Then We Came to the End: Notes on Endings.”

Friday, July 26:

9 am – First Books Panels in Fiction and Poetry – Please check back for locations

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

Monday, July 22 – Friday, July 26 Poetry Encounter with Maw Shein Win 10:30 am

Monday, July 22 – Thursday, July 25: 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.

2024 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