Participating Organizations:

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!




Tom Barbash

Author of the novel The Last Good Chance and the acclaimed short story collection Stay Up With Me


Sam Barry

Marketing director at Book Passage and author of Write That Book Already! The Tough Love You Need to Get Published Now


Jane Ciabattari

President of the National Book Critics Circle Association and author of the short-story collection Stealing The Fire


Nicole Dewey

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.


*Ben George

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.


Ethan Nosowsky

Editorial Director, McSweeney’s Publishing


Mark Morford  

SFGate columnist and famed Bay Area yoga instructor


Janis Cooke Newman

Author of the novel Mary and the memoir,

The Russian Word for Snow


Peter Orner

Author of the recently published story collection, Last Car Over the Sagamore Bridge, a New York Times Editor's Choice book.


*Emily Rapp

Author of the memoir The Still Point of the Turning World


Zoe Ruiz

Managing Editor, The Rumpus.


*Susan Straight

Author of the novel Between Heaven and Here


Danielle Svetcov

Literary agent with Levine Greenberg Literary Agency


Oscar Villalon

Managing Editor, ZYZZYVA magazine


*Amy Williams

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

at the

Lit Crawl


Lit Camp curates its own reading at every year's Lit Crawl. Be sure to look for us in this year's festival guide.

Lit Camp Cocktail Auction for 826 Valencia



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.

–Thea Sullivan