It was named by USA Today as one of the top-10 writers’ conferences in the United States and for the past 17 years, it has been held in Taos, N.M. However, this year, the Summer Writers' Conference has moved to Santa Fe and renamed, The University of New Mexico Summer Writers' Conference in Santa Fe. It will be held at the Drury Plaza Hotel from July 24-31.
Although the name and the location are changing, the tenor of the gathering will remains the same: inclusive, nurturing, and inspirational.
This year's conference features a Sunday keynote reading by Sandra Cisneros and a Friday Pitchapalooza. Each year, the conference also invites several agents, editors and publishing professionals to consult with conference participants. Daily round tables and faculty readings round out the conference experience.
The conference offers both weeklong and weekend workshops in fiction, poetry, nonfiction and more. Morning workshops will be held July 25 - 29 from 9 a.m. - 12 p.m., while afternoon workshops run from 2 to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Regular workshops fill on a first-come, first-served basis, while admission to weeklong master classes is determined by an evaluation process.
Workshops and master classes meet for a total of 15 hours and take place daily either in the morning or afternoon. Registration is now open and there are available discounts and scholarships. UNM employees can use tuition remission.
For more information about the conference and registration, visit the conference website.