Join Us at #AWP19 in Portland

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awp boothThe Napa Valley Writers’ Conference will be an exhibitor and presenter at the 2019 Association of Writing Programs Conference in Portland, Oregon, March 27-30, 2019.


The writers’ conference will anchor three panels at AWP:

The Art of the Craft Talk
Thursday, March 28, 4:30-5:45 p.m.
B117-119, Oregon Convention Center, Level 1
Writers are asked to give craft talks at literary festivals, writers’ conferences, book tours, and classroom visits. With unfamiliar audiences and limited time, the selection of topics, texts, and delivery methods becomes a set of important considerations.
Moderator: Charlotte Wyatt, fiction director, NVWC
Panelists: Lan Samantha Chang, Daniel Orozco, and Angela Pneuman
Read the full description and presenter bios at

A Poem for Our Time: Poets Nominate the Poems We Need in 2019—and Beyond
Friday, March 29, 12:00-1:15 p.m.
Portland Ballroom 255, Oregon Convention Center, Level 2
Established poets from the faculty of the Napa Valley Writers’ Conference each select and discuss a poem, either their own or the work of a poet they admire, that speaks to a contemporary issue of their choosing.
Moderator: Nan Cohen, poetry program director, NVWC
Panelists: Major Jackson, Ada Limón, and Matthew Zapruder
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Going Local: Building Ground Support for Writers Conferences & Book Festivals
Friday, March 29, 3:00-4:15 p.m.
C125-126, Oregon Convention Center, Level 1
Organizers of established literary events offer strategies for building community attendance, partnering creatively to secure event spaces and promotions, and quantifying the economic and cultural impact of literary endeavors.
Moderator: Catherine Thorpe, managing director, NVWC
Panelists: Jack Boulware, Litquake; Sands Hall, Community of Writers, Squaw Valley; Steph Opitz, Wordplay; Angela Pneuman, NVWC
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Off-Site Party!
Words & Wine: An Evening with the Napa Valley Writers’ Conference

Join us for an evening of readings by NVWC’s once and future faculty, alumni, and staff, while enjoying small bites and a no-host bar.

Friday, March 29, 5-7 p.m.

Readers include: Lan Samatha Chang, Mitchell S. Jackson, Daniel Orozco, Matthew Zapruder, Caroline Goodwin, Blas Falconer, Vandanna Khanna, Nichole Perkins, Marci Vogel, and others

Limited-availability tickets are free but must be reserved in advance, with a maximum of four tickets per person. Location listed at the ticketing link:
Reserve tickets now


Bookfair Booth 8060

We’re co-hosting a booth with Left Margin Lit! Find us at space 8060 to learn about our 2019 conference programs, including our new translation offering, and to meet conference alumni authors. The schedule of appearances:

Thursday, March 28

  • 3 p.m. Nan Cohen

Friday, March 29

  • 11 a.m. Grant Faulkner, presented by Left Margin Lit
  • 1 p.m. Vandana Khanna
  • 2 p.m. Nichole Perkins

Saturday, March 30

  • 11 a.m. Chris Feliciano Arnold, presented by Left Margin Lit
  • 1 p.m. Blas Falconer
  • 2 p.m. Marci Vogel
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