Conference Overview





Partner Package



The Mendocino Coast Writers Conference offers a broad sampling of genres. You might choose to concentrate on poetry, novel, short fiction or creative nonfiction. Or you may want to explore and experiment. All workshops are open on a first-come, first-served basis, with the exception of the Master Class.

The Master Class is designed for those who have considerable experience and applicants are required to submit a 10-page manuscript when registering for the conference after registration opens on March 15. Admissions to the Master Class continue until all 12 seats are full. The Master Class tuition requires a $100 reading fee. If you are not accepted for the class this fee will be refunded and you will be admitted to your second choice workshop.

When selecting from the Program schedule, the following guide may help you:

You will workshop with the same faculty member for all three three-hour morning sessions. You are asked to send a sample of your work before the conference. In the workshop, you can expect to learn new writing techniques, practice some of these methods, and discuss your work-in-progress.

There is a lot of participant interaction in the Workshops

Afternoon Lectures/Discussion Sessions:
The sessions are shorter than the morning workshops, each focused on a particular area: poetry, nonfiction, revision, or chats with editors and agents. You will not be asked to send in work in advance.

Professional Consultations:
20 minute private sessions with the author, agent, or editor of your choice. Please schedule these in advance. The cost is $60 for each. You will be asked to send up to ten pages of your work to be read beforehand.

Readings by presenters and contest winners. They are often a highlight of the conference. These are free and open to the public.

Continuing Education Units:
Advance your career by earning Continuing Education Units (CEUs) in cooperation with Dominican University. You may earn 2 or 3 CEUs while attending our conference. Download our CEU Fact Sheet.

Gallery Bookshop, a Mendocino independent bookstore, will be on-site daily during the conference featuring books by conference faculty and books on the craft of writing.

Breakfast & Lunch:
Starting Thursday morning, a continental breakfast and a cold lunch of salads or sandwiches will be served daily on campus to all faculty and participants. Coffee, soft drinks and water are available all day. Your non-writing guest may dine with the advance purchase of a Partner Package

Lunch on the patio

On Thursday evening attend a welcoming reception held in Mendocino Village with faculty-author literary readings,wine and hors d'oeuvres.

Friday evening MCWC faculty authors will perform at Town Hall as part of historic downtown Fort Bragg's “First Friday" arts walk. Includes light refreshments, and you are free to enjoy a meal at a local restaurant.

Saturday evening includes a faculty book-signing social hour, and a gala closing dinner with keynote speech, literary readings and prizes.

Mendocino is certainly one of the best around, and definitely the most fun.
John Lescroart

2016 Conference: August 4—7