Attend the Conference

“The Napa Valley Writers’ Conference was a great experience for me, so full of warm and supportive people. The feedback I received really helped me to make the changes I needed before submitting my novel to agents. And I am still in touch with a number of folks I met in Napa. That’s far more than I can say for any other conference I’ve been to.”
— Michael Lukas, 2009 participant, author of the 2011 novel The Oracle of Stamboul

While conference lectures and readings are open to the public, the heart of the experience — the daily workshop, with the opportunity to give and receive feedback on work in progress — is only available to participants. It’s through this intense process that new and established writers interact most meaningfully and forge the bonds that give the conference community life beyond the annual conference week.

In addition, only participants have access to the conference’s publishing panels, special lectures and social gatherings, and the opportunity to showcase their work in the participant reading.

The admissions process begins at the start of the year for the upcoming summer.

  • Visit our Apply page for manuscript submission guidelines and other application tips, as well as the link to apply using our online form.
  • Consult our Frequently Asked Questions for a compendium for further information about the application process.
  • If you have further questions not answered by the resources above, please contact us — we look forward to hearing from you.