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The 36th annual Napa Valley Writers’ Conference was held from July 24 to July 29 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 Napa Valley. The faculty included poets Camille T. Dungy, Brenda Hillman, Major Jackson, and Brian Teare; and fiction writers Charles Baxter, Ron Carlson, Lan Samantha Chang, and Yiyun Li. The cost of the conference was $975, which included daily breakfast and lunch, two dinners, and wine tastings. Financial aid and housing placements were available; lodging was also available at nearby hotels for discounted rates. 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 4. Visit the website for an application and complete guidelines.
Napa Valley Writers’ Conference, Napa Valley College, 1088 College Avenue, St. Helena, CA 95474. (707) 967-2903, ext. 4.