2021 Admissions Updates

  • Applications for the 2021 Napa Valley Writers’ Conference have closed, except for Poetry in Translation. If you’d like to apply for the Poetry in Translation Workshop with Robert Hass, please email admissions@napawritersconference.org
  • We may re-open applications for spots on our wait-list. If you’d like to learn more, please check back or subscribe to our newsletter, which you can do from our home page.
  • Tuition to attend the Conference in 2021 is $1,100.00.
  • Our Community Housing program has been suspended for 2021.
  • Notifications will go out no later than June 3, 2021.

General Application Guidelines

Enrollment in each poetry, fiction, and translation workshop is limited. Acceptance is based on:

  • A brief statement of no longer than 500 words describing your background as a writer and your interest in the conference.
  • Submission of a qualifying manuscript.
    • for fiction workshops submit 10-15 pages of fiction (2,500 to 3,750 words), double-spaced and in 12-point font;
    • for poetry workshops submit five poems;
    • for translation, please submit up to three translated poems (in English) and a brief statement about the project you are working on, or your interest in translation and what you plan on getting out of being in a translation workshop. If possible, please also include the poems in their original language. Work may include any poem by a known author in another language, translated into English by the applicant; applicants without existing translation samples may be considered on the basis of their 500-word statement of intent.

For more guidance on manuscript submission, view our FAQs.

You must pay a nonrefundable $25 reading fee when submitting your application, payable online using a credit card or by individual arrangement. Regardless of how you elect to send us your reading fee payment, you must submit your application online.

Past Participants

If you have been accepted to the conference twice in the past five years and are not applying for financial assistance, you do not need to submit a qualifying manuscript. You should complete the online form, but will not need to supply a reading fee.

If you are a past participant and are applying for financial assistance, you must submit a qualifying manuscript and pay the reading fee.

Financial Assistance

A limited number of grants are available to cover all or part of the conference participation fee, with awards made on the basis of merit and need.

We offer grants at the following levels:

  • Full fee grants: Recipients pay only the $25 reading fee.
  • Half fee grants: Recipients pay the $25 reading fee, and a tuition balance of $550.
  • Partial fee grants: Recipients pay the $25 reading fee, and a tuition balance of $735.

These general grants are awarded at the discretion of the fiction and poetry staff; the number and amount of grants awarded varies from year to year according to the applicant pool and the funding we have available.

Please indicate what level of support you require in order to attend the Conference, while keeping in mind that financial assistance funds are limited and both need and merit-based.