2017 Public Literary Events

Napa Valley Writers’ Conference – 2017 Public Lectures and Readings

The lineup of readings and lectures for the 2017 conference was as follows:

Evening Readings

Readings included a wine reception prior to the presentation.

Sunday, July 23 – Ada Limón and Daniel Orozco
Upper Valley Campus, Napa Valley College, St. Helena | Map

Monday, July 24 – Eavan Boland and ZZ Packer
Merryvale Vineyards, St. Helena | Map

Tuesday, July 25 – Jane Hirshfield and Peter Ho Davies
Robert Mondavi Winery, Yountville | Map

Wednesday, July 26 – Matthew Zapruder and Lan Samantha Chang
Pine Ridge Vineyards, Napa | Map

Thursday, July 27 – Student Participant Reading
Upper Valley Campus, Napa Valley College, St. Helena | Map



Free Community Class

For the first time, in 2017 the conference co-hosted a free community class with the Saint Helena Public Library. Bay Area poet Caroline Goodwin led a guided reading experience that covered the poet and fiction writer who shared the stage at that evening’s reading.

Monday, July 24 – Wednesday, July 26, 4:30-5:30 p.m. | Free admission
St. Helena Public Library, 1492 Library Lane, Saint Helena |  Map


Craft Lectures

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

Monday, July 24

  • 9 a.m.: Poetry – Jane Hirshfield: “It Is Solved By Walking”
  • 1:30 p.m.: Fiction – Lan Samantha Chang: “What Is Structure?: Pacing, and How to Pace Yourself”

Tuesday, July 25

  • 9 a.m.: Poetry – Matthew Zapruder: “The Irresistible Beauty of All Things”
  • 1:30 p.m.: Fiction – ZZ Packer: “Story Architecture”

Wednesday, July 26

  • 9 a.m.: Poetry – Eavan Boland: “Using Images in a Poem”
  • 1:30 p.m.: Fiction – Peter Ho Davies: “The Revision Thing”

Thursday, July 27

  • 9 a.m.: Poetry – Ada Limón: “On Duende & the Ladder: Mystery and Hope in Poetry”
  • 1:30 p.m.: Fiction – Daniel Orozco: “The Really, Really Short Story: A Hyperbolic Query into Narrative Craft”