Janis Cooke Newman is the founder and curator of Lit Camp, a non-profit juried writers conference held annually.
In its first year, Lit Camp received more than 200 submissions for 40 open spots. The inaugural workshop faculty included Pulitzer Prize winners Adam Johnson (fiction) and T.J. Stiles (nonfiction). Since that time, Lit Camp faculty has included such authors as Paul Harding, Anthony Marra, Susan Straight and Andrew Sean Greer. The faculty has also included NY agent Ellen Levine, Riverhead editor Sarah McGrath, and Graywolf editor Ethan Nosowsky. Participants have gone on to sign with agents and receive book deals with major publishers.
More than the conference, Lit Camp provides year-round community for emerging writers with its bi-monthly Basement reading series, and monthly writing meet-ups.
Lit Camp is held every May at Mayacamas Ranch near Calistoga, California. The submission period runs from early October through mid-January.
Pulitzer Prize-winner Adam Johnson at Lit Camp
Pulitzer Prize-winner TJ Stiles at Lit Camp
For more information, visit litcampwriters.org