The Surprise Valley Writers Conference is different from any writing conference you've gone to before. While four mornings of workshop and afternoons with craft talks and a keynote are rigorous, the rural high desert and mountain surroundings make you feel as if you've entered another world for a very long weekend. I would ride my townie bike into town in the mornings and learned the patterns of the local quick red fox, the packs of quail, and the sweet brown cow on the corner. I had plenty of quiet alone time to write, but I also found inspiration from my time carousing with writers of all genres from around the West.
Four-Day Schedule — May 31-June 4
Four days of writers’ workshops; Friday afternoon, Saturday, Sunday, Monday and Tuesday mornings with ample time for lunch, craft lectures, writing and exploring. Evening events include a Welcome Reception, Staff Readings, Keynote Speech, Campfire Open Mic, shared meals, community building and a field trip. We also encourage attendees to write and discover Surprise Valley on your own. Our staff is available to offer suggestions on local sights, drives and adventures.
All workshops and lectures are held in downtown Cedarville.
Fees: $525 for the Poetry, Fiction and Non-fiction workshops. Opening reception and two dinners included. Breakfast and lunch on your own.
The The Surprise Valley Writers' Workshop Conference is limited to 50 participants.
Typical accommodations in Surprise Valley and neighboring Alturas range from motel rooms to ranch-style lodging to a hot springs spa. Rates vary from around $60 to $145 per night.
ADVISORY! Room accommodations in Surprise Valley are somewhat limited. We urge you to make your reservations as early as possible.
https://communityofwriters.org/events-in-the-valley/ Community of Writers Virtual Valley Every year, the Community of Writers puts on a number of readings and events as part of our Summer Writing Workshops. These are open to the public, and most are free of charge.
Sierra Poetry Festival April 30th Nevada County Arts Council will present its 6th Annual MAIN STAGE SIERRA POETRY FESTIVAL on April 30th, 2022 at Miners Foundry Cultural Center in Nevada City, attended by some of our most exciting local, national and international poets and performers, and preceded by a month-long POP-UP POETRY FESTIVAL, taking place in venues across Nevada County and beyond. https://www.sierrapoetryfestival.org/