About the Conference

2016 University of New Mexico Summer Writers’ Conference in Santa Fe: July 24 – July 31

Named as one of the Top Ten writers’ conferences in the United States by USA Today, the Taos Summer Writers’ Conference has been held in Taos, New Mexico for the past seventeen years (1999-2015). Beginning in 2016, for our 18th annual gathering, (July 24-31, 2016), we will be based in Santa Fe at the Drury Plaza Hotel. The new name is University of New Mexico Summer Writers’ Conference in Santa Fe. Although the name and the location are changing, the tenor of the gathering will remain the same: inclusive, nurturing, and inspirational.

We offer weeklong and weekend workshops in fiction, poetry, nonfiction and more. Regular workshops fill on a first-come, first-served basis, while admission to weeklong master classes is determined by an evaluation process. Each year, the Conference invites several agents, editors and publishing professionals to consult with Conference participants. The 2016 Conference will feature a Friday evening Pitchapalooza as well as a Sunday evening keynote reading.

Registration opens on December 1, 2015. We encourage early enrollment because initial response to our new location has been strongly positive.

Fall of 2014 marked the inaugural Rananim courses. Rananim is the online writing community of the UNM Summer Writers’ Conference in Santa Fe and serves the international writing community by offering excellent instruction and editorial advice via the internet. Additionally, Rananim promotes D.H. Lawrence’s vision of a utopian artists’ community. All proceeds go the revitalization of the D.H. Lawrence Ranch, located just outside of Taos.