The Conference

Napa Valley Writers' Conference attendee taking notesAt a time when more attention is being paid to commercialism and marketing in the field of literature, the Napa Valley Writers’ Conference has maintained its emphases on process and craft, featuring a faculty as renowned for the quality of their teaching as for their work. It has also remained small and personal, fostering an unusual rapport between faculty writers and conference participants, who find the Napa Valley experience nurturing and challenging. The conference is suited to writers who have had some training, but we also encourage enthusiastic beginners to apply.

Participants register for either the poetry or the fiction workshops, but panels and talks are open to all. Workshops meet for two hours daily over five days. The schedule also includes talks by faculty writers, panels featuring visiting editors and agents, and readings by the faculty at Napa Valley wineries.

A typical day looks something like this:

  • Breakfast: from 8 am
  • Poetry lecture: 9-10
  • Workshops: 10:15 – 12:30 pm
  • Lunch
  • Fiction lecture: 1:15 – 2:30
  • Afternoons are usually free.
  • Evening readings: 7 pm


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