Poetry, Fiction, and Translation Conference and Literary Events2019-02-25T19:47:19+00:00

A week of small intensive workshops

devoted to generating new poetry and
exploring the craft of fiction & translation.

 St. Helena, CA     July 28-August 2, 2019

Since 1981, the Napa Valley Writers’ Conference has provided literary fellowship and a craft-focused experience among the foothills and vineyards that have made this region famous. Admissions are juried, and limited space is available.

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Meet the 2019 faculty!

The 39th conference will be held July 28 - August 2, 2019. The faculty:Poetry: Eavan Boland, Forrest Gander, Jane Hirshfield, [...]

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Key Dates

January 2019:
2019 NVWC applications open

March 27-30, 2019:
AWP Conference & Bookfair, Portland – the conference will anchor 3 panels and co-host a bookfair booth. Come find us!

April 15, 2019:
2019 NVWC application deadline

May 13, 2019:
2019 NVWC acceptance notifications

July 28-August 2, 2019:
39th conference, lectures and readings


“The spirit of Napa is one of generosity and support, with little focus given to professionalization, which often kills inspiration. I keep coming back to the conference each year because I want to turn my attention entirely to the study and to the creation of poetry, and unlike so many other conferences, Napa stands for that.”

Blas Falconer, Author of Forgive the Body This Failure, The Foundling Wheel, and A Question of Gravity and Light

“The conference fosters an amazing literary community, and I’m still in touch with classmates from our workshop. I deeply appreciate how my time at the conference shaped my development as a writer.”

Vanessa Hua, Author of Deceit and Other Possibilities and A River of Stars

“The support I received from everyone, teacher, students, staff,  was the wind I needed to believe my words could fly. In a very literal way, the time and space provided by the conference helped me plant the seeds to what would become a book seven years later.”

Javier Zamora, Author of Unaccompanied

Meet the 2019 Faculty

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The Napa Valley Writers’ Conference is a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization.

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