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The 2014 Surprise Valley Writers’ Conference was held from September 11 to September 14 in the high desert of Cedarville, California. The conference, which this year celebrated the 75th anniversary of John Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath, featured workshops in poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction, as well as readings and lectures. The faculty included poets Julia Connor and Judy Halebsky, fiction writer Christopher Coake, and nonfiction writer Susan Shillinglaw. Tuition was $475, which included some meals. Lodging, which ranged from $60 to $145 per night, was available at area hotels and inns. Writers submitted three to five poems or a work of prose of up to 5,000 words by August 1. Call, e-mail, or visit the website for more information.
Surprise Valley Writers’ Conference, Modoc Forum, P.O. Box 126, Cedarville, CA 96104. (530) 279-2099. Ray A. March, Program Chair.