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Our spring

June 2 - 7, 2024
at Whispertree
(formerly Bell Valley
Retreat Center)
Boonville, CA

The Craft of Writing

Part writing retreat, part MFA-style intensive, our spring conference focuses on the craft of writing.


Over the course of the five days, you will have plenty of uninterrupted time to write...because one of the best ways to get better at writing is to sit down and write!


There will also be prompted free writing sessions to motivate and inspire you, as well as daily afternoon master classes taught by some of the most accomplished writers and instructors in publishing.

In the evenings, we'll gather to read a sampling of what we've been working on.

Limited to 23 writers

Our faculty

Paul Harding

Paul Harding is the author of the Pulitzer Prize–winning novel, 'Tinkers.'  His most recent novel,'This Other Eden,' was a finalist for both the National Book Award and the Booker Prize.


Laila Lalami

Laila Lalami he is the author of 'The Moor’s Account,' which won the American Book Award, the Arab-American Book Award, and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Fiction. Her most recent novel, The Other Americans, was a finalist for the National Book Award in Fiction. 


Lydia Kiesling

Lydia Kiesling is the author of 'The Golden State,' a 2018 National Book Foundation “5 under 35” honoree, and a finalist for the VCU Cabell First Novelist Award. Her essays and nonfiction have been published in outlets including The New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker online, and The Cut.


Janis Cooke Newman

Newman is the author of 'Mary; Mrs. A. Lincoln, which was an LA Times Book Prize Finalist, as well as 'A Master Plan for Rescue' (an SF Chronicle Best Book of the Year). She is the founder of Lit Camp.




Prices for the 5-day conference range from $1295 to $2595, depending on accommodation chosen.

This fee includes accommodations, all 5 days of the conference, all talks and master classes, plus meals, provided by our amazing vegetarian chef.

For more information on accommodations, click the button below.

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We offer partial scholarships to the conference. Scholarships provide a $500 discount on the conference fee and are to be used on the double-occupancy tent accommodations only.

Please note that we will preference BIPOC, differently-abled, and other underserved writers when awarding these scholarships.

Please indicate in your application letter whether you would like to be considered for a scholarship.

How to apply

Apply by submitting (through Submittable) a one-page letter describing yourself as a writer, and telling us a little bit about what you're working on, and why you'd like to attend the conference.

Please also include a writing sample of no more than 250 words.

There is a $10 fee for applying. Please write to us if that represents a hardship.

We will begin accepting applications on

February 1, 2024.


All applications must be received no later than March 15, 2024


We will let you know if you have been accepted to Lit Camp's Spring Conference by April 15, 2024 

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