What Makes Lit Camp Different?
• Its size. Lit Camp accepts only 40 writers of fiction, narrative nonfiction, and memoir. You will never get lost in the crowd.
• Its participant-to-faculty ratio. Over the course of the conference, Lit campers enjoy a 3 to 1 ratio with our distinguished faculty of authors, agents and editors.
• Its location. Mayacamas Ranch, five minutes north of Calistoga, is a secluded retreat center set among rolling hills. It features a salt–water pool, jacuzzi, spring–fed pond, organic garden, hiking trails, and a yoga room – perfect for our session of Yoga for Writers. Accommodations are in rustic wooden cabins outfitted with organic linens. Lit Camp takes over the entire property, ensuring an intimate - and fun - experience.
• Its vibe. Lit Camp is a serious writers conference - only the best writers get in, only the best faculty participate. But it's also a relaxed, convivial atmosphere where writers foster new friendships. See for yourself on the Lit Camp 2013 Alumni FB page. Or let last year's campers tell you themselves!
Author of the novel The Last Good Chance and the acclaimed short story collection Stay Up With Me
Marketing director at Book Passage and author of Write That Book Already! The Tough Love You Need to Get Published Now
President of the National Book Critics Circle Association and author of the short-story collection Stealing The Fire
Executive Director of Publicity for Little, Brown and Co.
Karen Joy Fowler Author of the NY Times bestseller The Jane Austen Book Club and We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves.
Senior Editor at Little, Brown and Co.
Mollie Glick Literary agent with Foundry Literary + Media
*Andrew Sean Greer Author of The Impossible Lives of Greta Wells and the TODAY show book club pick The Confessions of Max Tivoli
Casey Jarman Managing editor of
The Believer magazine.
Editorial Director, McSweeney’s Publishing
SFGate columnist and famed Bay Area yoga instructor
Janis Cooke Newman
Author of the novel Mary and the memoir,
The Russian Word for Snow
Author of the recently published story collection, Last Car Over the Sagamore Bridge, a New York Times Editor's Choice book.
Author of the memoir The Still Point of the Turning World
Managing Editor, The Rumpus.
Author of the novel Between Heaven and Here
Literary agent with Levine Greenberg Literary Agency
Managing Editor, ZYZZYVA magazine
Literary agent at McCormick & Williams
* Workshop Leaders
Have questions about applying? Check out our CAMPER APPLICATION BLOG, with tips from both past Lit Campers and Lit Camp application readers.
Lit Camp curates its own reading at every year's Lit Crawl. Be sure to look for us in this year's festival guide.
Be the highest bidder and the official 2014 Lit Camp cocktail will bear your name in perpetuity. Last year's cocktail, the Montandon-Castro raised $900 for 826 Valencia.
Participants in Lit Camp can earn 2 semester units of academic credit through UC Berkeley Extension. Contact Lit Camp for more information.
It’s no exaggeration to say that Lit Camp changed my life. It took everything to the next level: my writing, my circle of writer friends, the prospects for my book getting published.