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About 150 miles north of San Francisco Bay, the Mendocino Coast, with wildflower-covered bluffs and crashing surf, is a haven for writers and artists. Victorian villages dot the coastline, and in the moments between writing, opportunities abound for hiking, fishing, canoeing, diving, shopping, and excellent dining. The average temperature in August is from 49 to 64 degrees F. No rain is expected, but it can be windy and the fog may roll in.


Workshops, lectures, readings, and meals take place on the Mendocino College Coastal Campus, located at 1211 Del Mar Drive in Fort Bragg, California.

The Thursday evening Welcome Reception is held at St. Anthony Church's Parish Hall, on Lansing Street in Mendocino.

On Friday night, MCWC will host a reception and visiting author literary readings at Town Hall, corner of Main and Laurel in historic downtown Fort Bragg. Free and open to the public. Come prepared to enjoy great literature and stroll around the “First Friday Open Galleries” in the neighborhood. Dinner is on your own.

On Saturday night you can enjoy a festive closing dinner to be held at Hill House Inn overlooking Mendocino. Affectionately known as “Hill House of Cabot Cove” this was a setting for Angela Lansbury’s long-running series Murder She Wrote.

Maps showing how to reach each location are included in your registration package.


If you are coming from the South: Take Highway 101 north to either Hwy. 128 West, or Hwy. 20 West. Highway 128 West — the turnoff is at Cloverdale — is a longer stretch of country road, picturesque, with lots of wineries. Highway 20 West — turnoff at Willits — is shorter and heavily forested. The overall distance from San Francisco is almost the same for each route: about 160 miles.

On either road, drive west to Highway 1, and turn north to Fort Bragg. As you approach Fort Bragg the College is a left turn at the light after the intersection of Highway 20 with Highway 1, just before the Noyo River Bridge.

If you are driving from the North, turn off Highway 101 in Leggett and take Highway 1 west to the coast and south through Fort Bragg. Cross the Noyo River Bridge and turn right at the first light.

2016 Conference: August 4—6

Publishing Boot Camp: August 7

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