Some Literary Event Calendars for Sacramento/The Valley/Northern California


Sacramento Poetry Center’s website – and the weekly emails SPC sends tirelessly, 50+ weeks per year

Kathy Keith over at Medusa’s Kitchen has a great listing of recurring events

Poetry in Davis offers a nice list of regular series

Of course Poetry Flash offers a great calendar covering the Bay and Northern California is a good resource

Shut Up & Write! – Sacramento is a another great place to meet writers of all genres “on the ground” and plug in that way…

…and so is Writers Who Wine as well as the many other wonderful Facebook groups for writers (Sacramento Poetry Center, Poetry in Davis, etc.)


Some Sacramento Valley Reading Series


Mahogany Urban Poetry

Mosaic of Voices Look for events on Facebook

Now Hear This

Poetry Night in Davis

Poetry Unplugged on Thursdays at Luna’s Cafe

Sacramento Poetry Center

Stories on Stage Sacramento

Stories on Stage Davis



Some Local Literary Journals ~ Subscribe & Submit!

In addition to the below, Kate Asche joins with Janna Marlies Maron, founding editor of Under the Gum Tree, to offer periodic Sub Parties to get you submitting your work to agents, editors and publishers. More info here!

Ekphrasis (poetry)

Tule Review (poetry)

Under the Gum Tree (creative nonfiction, art and photo essays)


Some Regional Writing Conferences & Festivals (in Rough Calendar Order)


Modesto Poetry Festival

Each year in February, Modesto Poetry Center organizes and holds an all-day poetry festival featuring workshops, readings, a contest and one or more featured poets.


Sierra Poetry Festival

One day in early April. Nevada County Arts Council presents the Sierra Poetry Festival, bringing together an array of local, national and international poets and performers to kick off National Poetry Month. Cost: $25-$40, free for students with valid ID.


Our Life Stories Conference (Alternate website here)
One Saturday in mid April

The excellent long-standing cross-generational writers conference sponsored by Hart Senior Center and Cosumnes River College.

See the wonderful conference schedule and speaker bios here.
8:30 am to 4:30 pm
Cosumnes River College
8401 Center Parkway, Sacramento, CA

Conference Fee Includes morning refreshments, lunch, workshops, and materials
Space is limited


Capitol Crimes Writers Workshop

One Saturday in mid-April

Registration incldudes keynote address and additional topical craft, research and business sessions; includes box lunch.


Sacramento Poetry Center Annual Spring Conference

One Saturday in late April

See the fabulous workshop leader lineup and registration info for this beloved annual event at

Sacramento Poetry Center at 1719 25th Street
Registration Fee includes access to all three sessions for talks, all readings and lunch
Pay at the door or send check to: SPC 1719 25th Street Sacramento, CA 95816


WordSpring at Butte College

Each year in late April

WordSpring is a creative writing conference put on by a small team of teachers and students who are passionate about writing. The mission is to invigorate the local community of writers, both new and experienced, by allowing everyone to come together while also bringing in professional writers from near and far to share their expertise. This conference is an inspiring experience that leaves attendees refreshed, excited, and newly equipped to write.

Each year the conference features a unique and engaging contest special to that conference–check out the website for more information.

The conference includes a light breakfast and buffet lunch in registration costs. WordSpring is sponsored by the English Department at Butte College and is in part supported by donations from the community and state equity grants. For more information on registration and our sonnet-writing contest email us at or call Professor Molly Emmons at (530) 895-2935.


Gold Rush Writers Conference

Late April or early May each year

View program information and register here.

Come join the Gold Rush Writers Conference at the historic Leger Hotel in picturesque Mokelumne Hill where writing professionals will guide you to a publishing bonanza through a series of panels, specialty talks, workshops and celebrity lectures. Go one-on-one with successful poets, novelists, biographers, memoirists and short story writers. The conference includes a picnic supper in a Victorian garden Friday evening, as well as Saturday dinner and Sunday brunch.


SummerWords: The American River College Creative Writing Colloquium

Thursday-Sunday, Memorial Day Weekend

View program presenter bios and schedule, and buy your tickets here!

Join American River College’s vibrant and accomplished creative writing faculty and local and regional writers and teachers for three days and nights of workshops, panels, and readings featuring a keynote reading by nationally acclaimed writer.  Click the links at the left for more information or click below to purchase tickets. Sponsored by The Albert and Elaine Borchard Foundation and the American River College Foundation.


Sacramento Black Book Fair

Three days in early June

At the Historic Center of Oak Park

Endorsed and co-sponsored by a huge number of Sacramento individuals and organizations, this 3-day book fair and celebration will include a panel discussion among four featured authors, book signings, talks by each of the featured writers, cultural & food vendors, book discussions with each writer listed in the program (80+), children’s activities, poetry readings, art displays, and much more.


Annual Conference on Creative Writing at University of the Pacific

Three days in early summer

An information packed three-day conference at the University of the Pacific’s beautiful main campus. Details and registration here. Various pricing options available. Literary agents and publishers are available for pitch sessions and help with book manuscripts is available.

Interactive workshops and presentations will cover all aspects and genres of creative writing, from brainstorming techniques to submitting work for publication, writing creative nonfiction articles for publication to writing children’s books, murder mysteries, science fiction, and westerns.


Surprise Valley Writers Conference

Four days in early summer

Each day is composed of three-hour writers’ workshops in the morning, ample time for lunch, craft lectures on Thursday and Friday afternoons, a field trip on Saturday. Evening events include a Welcome Reception, Staff Readings, Keynote Speech, Campfire Open Mic, shared meals and community building. We also encourage attendees to write and discover Surprise Valley on your own. Our staff is available to offer suggestions on local sights, drives and adventures.

All workshops and lectures are held in downtown Cedarville.


Squaw Valley Community of Writers

Two different sessions, by genre, throughout June, July and August

Portions of the program are open to the public.

The Community of Writers was established in 1969 by novelists Blair Fuller and Oakley Hall, who were both residents of the valley. It was originally staffed by a band of San Francisco writers including David Perlman, Walter Ballenger, Barnaby Conrad and John Leggett, the latter two of whom went on to found, respectively, the Santa Barbara Writers Conference and the Napa Valley Writers Conference. The Community of Writers continues to be directed by Brett Jones.

Over the years the community has mounted workshops in Fiction, Nonfiction, Screenwriting, Playwriting, Poetry, and Nature Writing (the Art of the Wild, co-produced by Jack Hicks and University of California at Davis), and Writing the Medical Experience directed by David Watts. Lisa Alvarez and Louis B. Jones now co-direct the Fiction Program and Michael Carlisle directs the nonfiction Program of the Writers Workshop, which were for twenty years directed by Carolyn Doty. Galway Kinnell directed the Poetry Program for 17 years and Robert Hass has directed it since 2004. Diana Fuller directs the Screenwriters Workshop, founded in 1974 by screenwriters Tom Rickman and Gill Dennis.


Amherst Writers and Artists Festival of Writing at Pacific School of Religion

One day in July each summer
Pacific School of Religion
1798 Scenic Avenue, Berkeley

More information here.

presented by Amherst Writers & Artists West, and Pacific School of Religion

Come write with other writers in a supportive environment. The all-day event will feature writing workshops, a reception, and a key note (speaker TBD). With the insight that “everyone is born with creative genius,” Pat Schneider created the AWA method more than thirty years ago to provide a safe, encouraging environment for writing.  The method continues to help people from all walks of life find and appreciate their unique voice.

The Festival is open to all – no experience necessary. Morning and afternoon writing workshops will be led by experienced AWA method-trained workshop facilitators.  Take advantage of many nearby options during the lunch hour, or bring your own lunch and eat on the beautiful PSR campus. A late afternoon reception will offer an opportunity for participants to meet and talk. The Festival will culminate in a keynote speech in Pacific School of Religion’s Bade Museum.


Napa Valley Writers’ Conference

A Week in Late July

Since 1981, the Napa Valley Writers’ Conference has provided an opportunity for fellowship and serious work with a focus on craft amidst the hills and vineyards that have made the region famous. The conference is a project of Napa Valley College.


Mendocino Coast Writers Conference

Early August

Features nationally-recognized authors and publishing professionals who are outstanding teachers. The conference is limited to 100 participants who will discover: how to develop their literary craft in a supportive community, surrounded by the spectacular scenery and temperate climate of California’s North Coast; a place to exchange ideas with authors, editors, literary agents, and other writers of many talents, ages and backgrounds. Learning happens in workshops, seminars, panels, and during informal social gatherings; inspiration to explore how writing can shape the world. Whatever the genre, whether fiction, nonfiction, or poetry, words are a powerful instrument of change; a place where you can take creative risks, whether on the page or on the stage, and where you will be inspired to explore new ways to shape your writing. An opportunity for teachers to earn Continuing Education Units (CEUs) through Dominican University.


Tahoe WordWave

Second or Third Weekend in October

WordWave is a free festival lheld on the shore of South Lake Tahoe at the Tallac Historic Site.

We have gathered some of the most creative and inspiring writers, musicians, and performers from around the country to share their talents at this three-day event. The festival will be interactive, featuring readings, workshops, plays, open mics, guided hikes, and oral storytelling.

Our vision for WordWave is to create an annual cultural event at beautiful Lake Tahoe. Every culture uses story to entertain, educate, preserve history and tradition, and connect. The underlying principle of WordWave is that stories—in song, theater, oral tradition, and books—change lives.

WordWave will provide a venue for locals and visitors alike to share their stories and validate their creativity, an annual gathering where anyone can come, create, and be inspired by our lake.


Writing By Writers Workshop @ Tomales Bay

Third Weekend of October

The Writing By Writers Workshop @ Tomales Bay brings aspiring writers into close community with nationally known poets and writers.  Manuscript and poetry workshops are limited to 12 participants and generative workshops are limited to 15 to ensure an intimate setting.  For information on how to apply, please click here.

October each year at Marconi Conference Center, Marshall, California, just north of San Francisco in Marin County.

Scholarships are available and applications for these are due on May 1


Writing By Writers Boot Camp @ Lake Tahoe


The Writing By Writers Manuscript Boot Camp is for the writer who has a full book-length manuscript (novel, memoir or short story collection) and would like to engage with a small group for a serious and productive response.  The long weekend will include an intimate full manuscript workshop, craft talks, readings, an agent panel and individual agent meetings – the perfect pre-publication boot camp for any manuscript.  Classes are limited to 5 participants.  Click here to apply.

November each year at Granlibakken Lake Tahoe, Tahoe City, California.


Educational & Publishing Resources for Writers


I Street Press at Sacramento Public Library

(I Street Press is a community writing and publishing center, offering print-on-demand self-publishing services as well as classes at multiple library locations in creative writing, nonfiction writing and the business of writing and publishing.)


Organizations for Writers


American Medical Writers Association

Asian American Journalist Association

Associated Writers and Writing Programs (AWP)

California Writers Club (Sacramento Chapter)

California Writers Club (Statewide)

Capitol Crimes Writers Club (Sacramento Chapter of Sisters in Crime)

Editorial Freelancers Association (NorCal Chapter)

Inspire Christian Writers Group

International Food, Wine and Travel Writers Association

Journalism Education Association Northern California

Mystery Writers of America

Northern California Mystery Writers

Northern California Publishers and Authors

Northern California Science Writers Association

Northern California Writers and Filmmakers Association No current website

Outdoor Writers Association of California

Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission (SMAC)

Sacramento Poetry Center

Sacramento Press

Sacramento Suburban Writers

Sacramento Valley Rose Romance Writers

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers

Shut Up and Write! – Sacramento

Sisters in Crime

Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (Nor CA Chapter)

Word Forge Sacramento Writers Meeting Group