Special Events at the 2014 Taos Summer Writers' Conference
Sagebrush Inn Conference Center,
1508 Paseo Del Pueblo Sur
Taos, New Mexico

2014 Keynote Speaker: Bob Shacochis - Free and Open to the Public

Sunday, July 13, 2013 – 8 pm

Natasha Trethewey


Bob Shacochis’s (picture by Larry D. Moore - Creative Commons) first collection of stories, Easy In the Islands, won the National Book Award for First Fiction, and his second collection, The Next New World, was awarded the Prix de Rome from the Academy of Arts and Letters.  He is also the author of the novel Swimming in the Volcano, a finalist for the National Book Award, and The Immaculate Invasion, a work of literary reportage that was a finalist for The New Yorker Literary Award for Best Nonfiction Book of the Year.  Shacochis is a contributing editor for Outside, and his op-eds on the U.S. military, Haiti, and Florida politics have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Wall Street Journal.



Faculty Readings and Signings - Free and open to the public

Monday, July 14 at 5:30 p.m.
Amy Beeder, Kristen-Paige Madonia, Les Standiford, Greg Martin

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Tuesday, July 15 at 5:30 p.m.
Minrose Gwin, Leslie Ullman, John Dufresne, Priscilla Long


Wednesday, July 16 at 5:30 p.m.
Dani Shapiro, Pam Houston, Tomás Q. Morín, Michael Maren


Thursday, July 17 at 5:30 p.m.
Kent Nelson, B.K. Loren, Debra Monroe, Sharon Oard Warner


Friday, July 18 at 5:30 p.m.
Summer Wood, Justin St. Germain, Laura Brodie, Frank Huyler


Saturday, July 20 at 5:30 p.m.
Veronica Golos, Lisa Lenard-Cook, Stephen Benz, Daniel Mueller, Demetria Martinez, Robert Wilder


Round Tables

Monday, July 14 at 1 p.m.

Bob Shacochis (Keynote Reader)
"How to Wind the Clock of Your Day: Notes on the Nature and Function of Time in the New Millenium"
In this talk, Bob Shacochis will discuss how time operates in a narrative, ordering events and creating consciousness.

Tuesday, July 15 at 1 p.m.

YA Panel with Janie Chodosh (former participant) and Kristen-Paige Madonia (teaching YA weeklong workshop)

YA Lit: Not Just for Kids This roundtable discussion will focus on craft elements specifically found in Young Adult Literature that appeal to both teen and adult readers. We will discuss tricks and tools to broaden your audience and will recommend favorite "cross-over" YA Lit books for reference. Topics will include developing voice and momentum in your work and managing adult content in Young Adult fiction. We will allow ample time for Q & A and group discussion.

John Kremer: How to Outsell a New York Times Bestseller: Book Promotion and Marketing

If you need book marketing tips or other information on writing, publishing, and marketing your books, ebooks, or other information products, we can help. If you're tired of waiting for others to sell your book or ebook, you can take action to market your books without spending a lot of money or committing a lot of time. My job is to help the good stuff get through. - John Kremer, book marketing expert and author of 1001 Ways to Market Your Books


Wednesday, July 16 at 1 p.m.

Allison Hunter and Alexis Hurley from InkWell Management, NY (offering publishing consultations at Conference)
In this round table, two seasoned Manhattan literary agents will lead a discussion about the basics of agenting and publishing, including what exactly an agent does and how you can find one. We will discuss the all-important query letters, and will follow with a description of what writers can expect through the submission, negotiation, and publication process. We will also offer an analysis of self publishing and a glimpse into the future of the changing landscape of book publishing.

Thursday, July 17 at 1 p.m.

Karen Schechner
Karen Schechner

Karen Schechner, Kirkus Reviews

Friday, July 18 at 1 p.m.

Andy Ross
Andy Ross

Round Table I: Andy Ross, Andy Ross Agency (Ask the Agent weekend workshop)

Round Table II: Glenna Luchei, Elise McHugh and Hilda Raz of UNM Press Poetry Series

Saturday, July 19 at 1 p.m.

Lara Reznik and Cynthia J. Stone, Violet Crown Publishers on the Ins and Outs of Indie Publishing


Open Mic

For Weeklong Participants:
Sagebrush Inn Los Vaqueros
Thursday, July 17, 8:30 - 10:30 p.m.

For Weekend Participants:
Sagebrush Inn Patio
Sunday, July 20, 1:00 - 1:50 p.m.