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Lit Camp was founded in 2012 to help writers get their books into the world. Since that time, many of our Lit Campers have gotten book deals from major publishers and published their books. 

Lit Camp is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. We are committed to never turning away any writer who is accepted into Lit Camp for financial reasons. Please consider donating to Lit Camp.

Gratitude

thank you

Lit Camp wouldn't exist without the hard work and support of the following people and institutions... 

Our working board

From updating the website to publishing the newsletter, from fundraising to reading submissions, from picking up faculty at the airport to greeting campers onsite, the working board handles every task that makes Lit Camp run.

Working board members receive no salary, and are required to contribute $500/annually to remain on the board. 

Working board members for Lit Camp 2020 are Emily Kathleen Cooke, Lee Danial Kravetz, and Janis Cooke Newman.

Our advisory board

Our Advisory Board (some of whom are pictured here) is comprised of Lit Camp alumni and selected faculty members.

The Advisory Board meets in twice-yearly retreats to help plan the future of the conference. As former campers and faculty, their input is invaluable in determining the conference's direction. 

Advisory Board members contribute $995/yearly to remain on the board.

Lit Camp Advisory Board members for 2020 are: Jane Ciabattari, Kate Hope Day, Grant Faulkner, Laura Holmes-Haddad, Lisa Maki, Maureen Simons, Douglas Sovern, Frances Stroh, Wendy Voorsanger, and Maury Zeff.

our campers

Our campers are the heart and soul of Lit Camp. Not only do they come to the conference with an open and generous spirit, they support Lit Camp--both with their time and their money--throughout the year. 

In addition, during each Lit Camp, our campers consistently raise more than $2000 for Dave Eggers' ScholarMatch during our cocktail auction.

The following campers (and their spouses & friends) gave generously to Lit Camp's 2018 Indiegogo campaign: James Cooke, Ruth Desmond, Laurie Doyle, Kristin Kaye, Juliette Kelley, Nancy Davis Kho, Renee Linde, Sara Newman, Susanna Porte,Tara R, Pamela Weymouth, 

Our benefactors

In 2017, when the Tubbs fire destroyed Lit Camp's long-time home in the Napa Valley, Elaine Petrocelli of Book Passage Book Store & Cafe in Corte Madera offered to help us raise funds to rebuild our conference. In November of 2018, we held Lit Camp Rising at the Corte Madera Store and raised more than $2000. 

Over the years, Elaine has championed the careers of numerous Bay Area writers. Lit Camp is enormously grateful to be the beneficiary of her generosity.

Scott James and Jerry Cain have made a substantial donation to Lit Camp for the past the years.

Thanks to their generosity, we are able to offer a full scholarship to Lit Camp 2019 at Esalen to a deserving writer

Our judges

Every year, Lit Camp receives roughly 200 applications for our 40 spots. Reading those applications--with the care and attention they deserve--is a big task. Lit Camp judges (many of them Lit Camp alumni) volunteer for this job. (Though we do pay them in pizza & wine!)

We owe a big debt of gratitude to our judges for Lit Camp 2019:

Sarah Bardeen

Emily Cooke

Ruth Desmond

Hamdy Elgammal

Juliette Kelly

Lee Kravetz

Kirsten Menger-Anderson

Janis Newman

Dawn Steffler