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The 17th annual Taos Summer Writers’ Conference was held from July 12 to July 19 at the Sagebrush Inn and Conference Center in Taos, New Mexico. The conference offered weekend and weeklong workshops in poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, and publishing, as well as master classes for full-length manuscripts, readings, manuscript consultations, and a visit to the nearby D. H. Lawrence Ranch. The faculty included poets Jeffrey Davis, Joy Harjo, Valerie Martínez, Tomás Q. Morín, Hilda Raz, and Richard Vargas; fiction writers Jonis Agee, Tom Barbash, John Dufresne, Minrose Gwin, Jesse Lee Kercheval, Priscilla Long, BK Loren, Lynn Miller, Antonya Nelson, Matthew Pitt, Bob Shacochis, Summer Wood, and Margaret Wrinkle; and creative nonfiction writers Debra Monroe, Mark Sundeen, Candace Walsh, and Robert Wilder; editors Nancy Naomi Carlson (Tupelo Press) and Elise McHugh (University of New Mexico Press); and agents Allison Hunter (Stuart Krichevsky Literary Agency), Alexis Hurley (Inkwell Management), and Jane Von Mehren (Jane von Mehren Associates). Each workshop was limited to 12 participants; each master class was limited to 6 participants. Tuition was $400 for a weekend workshop, $700 for a weeklong workshop, $1,350 for a weeklong poetry master class, and $1,625 for a weeklong fiction or nonfiction master class. Lodging was available at the conference hotel from $79 to $119 per night. Scholarships were available. To apply for a master class, writers submitted 15 to 20 pages of poetry or prose with a $35 application fee by July 18. The registration deadline for a weekend or weeklong workshop was July 19. Visit the website for more information.
Taos Summer Writers’ Conference, MSC03 2170, 1 University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM 87131. (505) 277-5572. Sharon Oard Warner, Director.