The 39th annual Napa Valley Writers’ Conference was held from July 28 to August 2 at Napa Valley College, situated among the hills and vineyards of St. Helena, California. The conference featured workshops in poetry, fiction, and translation, as well as craft lectures, panels, and evening readings with wine receptions at venues around Napa Valley. The faculty included poets Eavan Boland, Forrest Gander, Jane Hirshfield, and Major Jackson; fiction writers Lan Samantha Chang, Ryan Harty, Mitchell S. Jackson, and Julie Orringer; and translator Howard Norman. The cost of the conference was $1,025, which included tuition, daily breakfast and lunch, two dinners, and wine tastings. Lodging was available at nearby hotels for discounted rates. Limited financial aid was available. Writers submitted five poems, 10 to 15 pages of fiction, or a translation of up to three poems or 1,500 words of prose; a brief personal statement; and a $25 application fee by April 15. Visit the website for an application and complete guidelines.
Napa Valley Writers’ Conference, Napa Valley College, 1088 College Avenue, St. Helena, CA 95474. (707) 967-2901.