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The 34th annual Napa Valley Writers’ Conference was held from July 27 to August 1 at Napa Valley College, situated among the hills and vineyards of St. Helena, California. The conference featured workshops in poetry and fiction, craft lectures, panels, and evening readings with wine receptions at venues around the Valley. The faculty included poets Kazim Ali, Camille Dungy, Brenda Hillman, and Brian Teare; and fiction writers Michael Byers, Lan Samantha Chang, Ayana Mathis, and Justin Torres. The cost of the conference was $900, which included daily breakfast and lunch, two dinners, and wine tastings. Financial aid and housing placements were available. Writers submitted five poems or 10 to 15 pages of fiction, a brief personal statement, and a $25 application fee. Applications were accepted on a rolling basis; the deadline to apply for financial aid was April 1. Visit the website for more information.
Napa Valley Writers’ Conference, Napa Valley College, 1088 College Avenue, St. Helena, CA 95474. (707) 967-2903.