SOMOS’s fourth annual writers conference will be held online, with a few in-person gatherings at SOMOS Salon and Bookshop in Taos. It includes 5 all-day intensives on Friday. On Saturday and Sunday, participants can choose between 14 three-hour workshops in writing genres including poetry, fiction, nonfiction, memoir, playwriting and publishing.
The faculty pulls from New Mexico's rich community of writers: Bob Arellano, Sallie Bingham, Ellen Brodsky, Dawn Davies, Johanna DeBiase, Ned Dougherty, Keiran Fitzgerald, Veronica Golos, Allegra Huston, Elizabeth Jacobson, Connie Josefs, Iris Keltz, Jenny Kostecki-Shaw, Juan Morales, Sean Murphy, James Navé, Helen Rynaski, Jean-Marie Saporito, Jenn Shapland, KT Sparks, Deanne Stillman, and Catherine Strisik.
Roundtable discussions on preparing your manuscript for publishing and the art of blogging will be presented free of charge Saturday afternoon.
Friday evening keynote speaker is Pam Houston, author of Contents May Have Shifted, Cowboys Are My Weakness, Waltzing the Cat, the novel, Sight Hound, a collection of essays, A Little More About Me and a memoir Deep Creek (2019). Pam co-founded the literary nonprofit Writing By Writers, is professor of English at UC Davis, and teaches at the Institute of American Indian Art in Santa Fe. Her talk will be held online this year, on July 24 at 7:00pm.
Friday intensive $149 (9-11:30 continuing 1-3:30)
Workshops Saturday and Sunday (two Sat; one Sun) $249 (9-12 and 2-5 Sat; 9-12 Sun)
One intensive and three workshops $369
Learn more and watch video interviews of many of the faculty at somostaos.org/taos-writers-conference.
Pictured: Pam Houston, keynote speaker for 2020 Taos Writers Conference (Friday 7:00pm MT, online)