Lit Camp 2015: Submissions now open

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Now in its third year, the four day Lit Camp conference boasts its most impressive faculty for 2015. Pulitzer Prize winners Adam Johnson (The Orphan Master’s Son) and Paul Harding (Tinkers), New York agent Ellen Levine and Amy Williams, editor in chief at Riverhead Publishing Sarah McGrath, author Anthony Marra (A Constellation of Vital Phenomena), plus editors from McSweeney’s, The Rumpus, Zyzyzzva and more.
mayacamas007 copyOnly forty writers of fiction, memoir, and narrative nonfiction will be accepted at this conference, co-sponsored by the Grotto. Held at beautiful Mayacamas Ranch in the rolling hills above Calistoga, California, Lit Camp combines daily morning workshops with afternoon panels — even a session of Yoga for Writers taught by Bay Area yoga legend Mark Morford.

Also new for 2015, Lit Camp will be offering a limited number of scholarships. For more details, see


Join Grottoites at The Latest in Longform Conference

Start where you are.UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism is hosting a new annual conference about narrative journalism, which launches on Saturday, November 8, 2014. The Latest in Longform will gather top journalists from all over the country for a daylong conversation about the tradition, as well as the vanguard, of nonfiction storytelling. The Grotto is a co-sponsor of the conference; Grottoites Connie Hale and Jessica Kraft are the conference director and deputy director. Featured speakers include Grottoites Laura Fraser, John Gravois, James Nestor, Danielle Svetcov, and Ethan Watters. The Nieman Storyboard interviewed Connie recently about why the world of journalism needs this conference.