Literary Events

The conference offers book-lovers and writers in the Napa Valley and North San Francisco Bay Area a wonderful opportunity to hear readings and lectures by world-class authors of poetry and fiction.


Napa Valley Writers’ Conference – 2018 Public Lectures and Readings

Evening Readings

Admission to evening readings is $20 and includes a wine reception prior to the presentation. Students with ID are admitted for free, as are community housing hosts and conference participants.

Sunday, July 29 – Jane Mead and Mat Johnson
Reception at 7 p.m., reading at 7:30 p.m.
Upper Valley Campus, Napa Valley College, St. Helena | Map

Monday, July 30 – Camille Dungy and Howard Norman
Reception at 6 p.m., reading at 6:30 p.m.
Merryvale Vineyards, St. Helena | Map

Tuesday, July 31 – Carl Phillips and Lauren Groff
Reception at 6 p.m., reading at 6:30 p.m.
Pine Ridge Vineyards, Napa | Map

Wednesday, August 1 – Brenda Hillman and Lan Samantha Chang
Reception at 6 p.m., reading at 6:30 p.m.
Robert Mondavi Winery, Yountville | Map

Thursday, August 2 – Student Participant Reading
Reading at 6:30 p.m. – FREE ADMISSION
Upper Valley Campus, Napa Valley College, St. Helena | Map


Pre-Reading Discussions with Caroline Goodwin

We’re delighted to partner with the Saint Helena Public Library for the second year to co-host a free offering for the community. Bay Area poet Caroline Goodwin will lead a literary conversation about the poet and fiction writer who will share the stage at that evening’s reading.

Monday, July 30 – Wednesday, August 1, 4:30-5:30 p.m. | Free admission
St. Helena Public Library, 1492 Library Lane, Saint Helena |  Map

Visit the St. Helena Library Web site for full details.


Craft Lectures

All lectures are held at the Upper Valley Campus of Napa Valley College in St. Helena (view map).

Admission to lectures is $25 apiece, $90 for a four-lecture series, or $175 for all eight lectures. Students with ID are admitted for $15 per lecture. Admission is free for conference participants and community housing hosts.

Monday, July 30

  • 9 a.m.: Poetry – Brenda Hillman
  • 1:30 p.m.: Fiction – Lan Samantha Chang

Tuesday, July 31

  • 9 a.m.: Poetry – Jane Mead
  • 1:30 p.m.: Fiction – Mat Johnson

Wednesday, August 1

  • 9 a.m.: Poetry – Camille Dungy
  • 1:30 p.m.: Fiction – Howard Norman

Thursday, August 2

  • 9 a.m.: Poetry – Carl Phillips
  • 1:30 p.m.: Fiction – Lauren Groff


Past Readings, Lectures, and Speakers

Eavan Boland, Jane Hirshfield, Ada Limón, Matthew Zapruder, Lan Samantha Chang, Peter Ho Davies, Daniel Orozco, ZZ Packer

2017 – April
A Celebration of Poetry Featuring Dana Gioia

Camille Dungy, Brenda Hillman, Major Jackson, Brian Teare, Charles Baxter, Ron Carlson, Lan Samantha Chang, Yiyun Li

Jane Hirshfield, D.A. Powell, Arthur Sze, Mary Szybist, Robert Boswell, Lan Samantha Chang, Michelle Huneven, Antonya Nelson

Kazim Ali, Camille Dungy, Brenda Hillman, Brian Teare, Michael Byers, Lan Samantha Chang, Ayana Mathis, Justin Torres

2014 – March
Symposium: “Writing Toward a Sustainable Community” with George Packer

Camille Dungy, Linda Gregerson, Jane Hirshfield, Major Jackson, Lan Samantha Chang, Peter Ho Davies, Yiyun Li, Christopher Tilghman

Eavan Boland, Forrest Gander, Brenda Hillman, Arthur Sze, Kevin Brockmeier, Ron Carlson, Lan Samantha Chang, Tayari Jones

Jane Hirshfield, Major Jackson, D. A. Powell, David St. John, Daniel Alarcón, Lan Samantha Chang, Adam Haslett, Michelle Huneven

Michael Byers, Ron Carlson, Lan Samantha Chang, Curtis Sittenfeld, Brenda Hillman, Major Jackson, Arthur Sze, C.D. Wright

Elizabeth Alexander, Carl Dennis, Jane Hirshfield, David St. John, Robert Boswell, Peter Ho Davies, Antonya Nelson, ZZ Packer

Ron Carlson, Lan Samantha Chang, Ehud Havazalet, Ann Packer, Mark Doty, Nick Flynn, Brenda Hillman, Claudia Rankine, Paul Lisicky

Dan Chaon, Laura Kasischke, Antonya Nelson, Christopher Tilghman, Elizabeth Alexander, Stephen Dunn, Jane Hirshfield, David St. John, Robert Boswell