Vaccination Status

The Napa Valley Writers’ Conference is part of Napa Valley College, a California community college, whose Covid-19 requirements, recommendations, and communication are governed by its Board of Trustees. The Board follow recommended guidelines from the County of Napa and State of California, and the guidelines are consistent with community colleges across the State of California.

Beginning in 2022, Napa Valley College requires vaccination against Covid-19. The Napa Valley Writers’ Conference, as a program of Napa Valley College, also requires proof of vaccination.

Upon acceptance to the conference, you will be directed to upload proof of vaccination to the College’s platform. You must provide proof of vaccination in order to attend the 2022 conference.

If you have further questions, please visit the following Napa Valley College website pages:

Stay Healthy. Stay Informed.

Get Vaccinated (with links to resources)

Disclaimer* (While we strive to hold the conference as safely as possible, no space, and no vaccination status, is currently completely risk-free.)

*The Disclaimer is currently under adjustment to include non-essential classes.


Outdoor Workshop Logistics and Guidelines – 2022

In an abundance of caution, we will again hold workshops outdoors:

  • Workshops are held in the morning, which is the coolest part of the day. For returning participants, note that daytime temperatures in Napa are consistently 10 degrees cooler, all summer long, than those in our former home in St. Helena.
  • Workshops are set up in areas of shade, or with manmade shade options that can be moved and adjusted.
  • As noted in the handbook, we always advise bringing hats and sunscreen to the conference, as well as long sleeved shirts and jackets—temperatures drop quickly in the early evening and can be chilly in the morning, as well.
  • Workshops are set up around a square block of tables and are limited to 12-13 participants. You should be prepared to wear your mask or move your chair, if you choose, to distance.
  • A writing surface like a notebook or laptop may come in handy.
  • Workshop leaders will be provided with personal voice amplifiers to accommodate the larger spaces and outdoor conditions.

As of February 2022, the requirement on campus is still to mask indoors. This requirement is subject to change based on state, county, city, and college masking guidelines and mandates.


One-on-One Meetings with your Workshop Leader

  • As noted in the handbook, these are arranged on an individual basis between you and your workshop leader. The two of you can come to an agreement about masks/social distancing.

Outdoor Readings

  • We are able to hold outdoor readings in a very large courtyard. Chairs are lightweight and can be easily moved for distancing. Wine service is provided by vaccinated volunteers, and you have the option of selecting your own can of carbonated water from a cooler. In future years we are hopeful to return to the region’s beautiful wineries.

Orientation and Craft Talks Indoors at the Performing Arts Center

  • We hold these events indoors in our Performing Arts Center that seats more than 500. With our group of approximately 100, there will be ample space for social distancing. If you are uncomfortable inside for any reason—and it is not necessary to disclose your reason—we will provide a live-streaming link to participants and local ticket holders.


  • Dining tables are set up outside the PAC in two different locations to allow for a distant but convivial setting.