UNM Online Writers' Conference

UNM  Online Writers' Conference Weeklong workshops and master classes as well as weekend workshops in fiction, creative non-fiction, poetry and more. Online class program also available.

Named one of the Top Ten writers’ conferences in the United States by USA Today, the UNM Summer Writers' Conference - formerlyTaos Summer Writers’ Conference - is an annual, weeklong gathering that draws writers from all over the world to the inspirational setting of New Mexico. Known for its inclusive, nurturing community, the UNM Summer Writers' Conference offers numerous weeklong and weekend workshops in fiction, poetry, nonfiction and more. Classes fill on a first served basis. Admission to weeklong master classes is determined by an evaluation process. Each year, the Conference also invites several agents, editors and publishing professionals to give publishing consultations with Conference participants.

Mission: Giving everyone an opportunity to write.

Operating as usual

Some of you will remember Jamie Poissant, the 2015 D. H. Lawrence Fellow at the Taos Summer Writers' Conference.  I can'...
07/21/2020
How to Write a Timely Novel in a World That Won’t Stop Changing

Some of you will remember Jamie Poissant, the 2015 D. H. Lawrence Fellow at the Taos Summer Writers' Conference. I can't wait to read his newly published debut novel, Lake Life.

From 2011 to 2019, I operated under the delusion that it’s possible to write a timely novel: a book so relevant, so of-the-moment, so history-in-the-making that it might be released into an atmosph…

Hey Friends!  Here's a great project for all those who love and miss northern New Mexico!
04/06/2020
TAOS POETRY IN NATURE SUBMISSIONS

Hey Friends! Here's a great project for all those who love and miss northern New Mexico!

I welcome your poetry submissions and offer you the opportunity to be one of the poets selected to be installed as part of the Taos Laureate Project  

As I revise my screenplay, "The Sunflower Fence," I am noticing all manner of minutiae and making changes large and smal...
12/13/2019
Visual Mindscape: Creating a Screenplay Narrative in the Absolute Present Tense

As I revise my screenplay, "The Sunflower Fence," I am noticing all manner of minutiae and making changes large and small.

In descriptions, for example, I have routinely used the present progressive (is sitting) rather than the simple present (sits). Wouldn't the simple present be preferable? Yes, as it turns out. Absolutely!

Here's a great discussion of one of the small changes.

Depending on how the narrative of your screenplay unfolds it can either draw the reader into your story or alienate them. I can’t overstate how important it

Pam Lilly's novel is out!  (She's published under her maiden name, Pam Clark.)
10/01/2019

Pam Lilly's novel is out! (She's published under her maiden name, Pam Clark.)

10/01/2019

When Professor Meg Adams’s literature assignment results in the murder of her favorite student, Meg decides to help solve the mystery.

Sound familiar?

If so, you must have attended the closing event of the 2016 UNM Summer Writers' Conference, a Pitchapalooza hosted by the Book Doctors. The winning pitch was made by Pam Lilly, and agent Jane von Mehren was in the audience.

Together, they've brought the book to print. It's called SHOOT IF YOU MUST.

Here's a link if you'd like to order it:

https://www.blackrosewriting.com/mysterysuspense/shootifyoumust

We've gotta have our stories!
09/03/2019
The Art of Immersion: Why Do We Tell Stories?

We've gotta have our stories!

What is it about stories, anyway? Anthropologists tell us that storytelling is central to human existence. That it’s common to every known culture. That it involves a symbiotic exchange between teller and listener — an exchange we learn to negotiate in infancy. Just as the brain detects patterns...

The best news I've had in a long time!  Congratulations, Joy Harjo!
06/19/2019
Joy Harjo Is Named U.S. Poet Laureate

The best news I've had in a long time! Congratulations, Joy Harjo!

The Oklahoma-born writer, a member of the Muscogee Creek Nation, is the first Native American to hold the post.

Natalie was an intern for the Taos Summer Writers' Conference.  Congratulations, Natalie Scenters-Zapico.
05/30/2019
The Bittersweet Poetry of “Lima :: Limón”

Natalie was an intern for the Taos Summer Writers' Conference. Congratulations, Natalie Scenters-Zapico.

Natalie Scenters-Zapico’s latest poems probe the richness of contradiction, mixing violence and pleasure, damage and repair.

Please join us for the 3rd annual D. H. Lawrence Lecture!  Marianna Torgovnick is a creative writer as well as a scholar...
03/06/2019

Please join us for the 3rd annual D. H. Lawrence Lecture! Marianna Torgovnick is a creative writer as well as a scholar, and her talk will be informative and inspirational!

We hope to see you for the 3rd Annual D. H. Lawrence Lecture on April 2nd in Albuquerque!

Looks like a great opportunity!
02/26/2019

Looks like a great opportunity!

This award is intended to provide writers over forty years of age who have not yet published a book with the time & space to develop their writing skills further. Deadline to apply is this Sunday. #thsw
https://tinhouse.com/workshop/summer-workshop/

I always wanted to bring Barbara Kingsolver to Taos as the keynote speaker for the Summer Writers' Conference.  That did...
02/20/2019
5 Writing Tips: Barbara Kingsolver

I always wanted to bring Barbara Kingsolver to Taos as the keynote speaker for the Summer Writers' Conference. That didn't happen, but here she is offering some good advice.

The enterprise of writing a book has to feel like walking into a cathedral.

This weekend, take a minute to read a poem!
02/02/2019
10 of the Best D. H. Lawrence Poems Everyone Should Read

This weekend, take a minute to read a poem!

The best poems of D. H. Lawrence Although he’s best-known for novels such as Sons and Lovers and Lady Chatterley’s Lover, and for short stories such as ‘The Rocking-Horse Winner’, D. H. Lawrence wa…

For reference.
01/26/2019
Milkweed History and Uses 101

For reference.

​ The young shoots, flower buds, immature fruits, and roots of butterfly milkweed were boiled and prepared as a food-source by various indigenous groups of eastern and mid-western America...

If you haven't seen Kurt Vonnegut's wonderful talk on the shapes of stories, you'll find it at the end of this thoughtfu...
12/08/2018
An A.I. Says There Are Six Main Kinds of Stories

If you haven't seen Kurt Vonnegut's wonderful talk on the shapes of stories, you'll find it at the end of this thoughtful essay.

A machine mapped the most frequently used emotional trajectories in fiction, and compared them with the ones readers like best.

07/13/2018

The D.H. Lawrence Ranch has reopened as of July 11, 2018. We appreciate your understanding in preserving the ranch and keeping the community safe. Thank you!

The D.H. Lawrence Ranch is open for visitors to visit the cultural properties on Thursdays and Fridays, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., and Saturdays, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. (weather permitting).

06/26/2018
UNM D.H. Lawrence Ranch Initiatives

Be safe!

June 26, 2018


The University of New Mexico - UNM
Effective June 27, 2018 at 6 a.m., The University of New Mexico’s D.H. Lawrence Ranch will be closed due to fire restrictions put in place for the surrounding Carson National Forest. UNM’s Physical Plant Department will update its website once reopened. UNM PPD appreciates your understanding in preserving the ranch and keeping the community safe.

For more information visit, D.H. Lawrence Ranch closed due to fire restrictions in Carson National Forest.

Thank you.



Al Sena

Director, UNM Physical Plant Department

Haruki Murakami
06/19/2018
Haruki Murakami

Haruki Murakami

You could win a library of books by Haruki Murakami, including favorites like The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle and 1Q84, plus a *signed* copy of his new hardcover, Killing Commendatore!

Placed Out: Children of the Train
06/07/2018
Placed Out: Children of the Train

Placed Out: Children of the Train

“All aboard!” Grand Central Terminal, New York City, the late 1880s. An Irish boy and three German sisters are among those put on an “orphan train” headed West. Like thousands of impoverished immigrant children before them, they will be “placed out” along...

The 30/30 Project - Tupelo Press
05/30/2018
The 30/30 Project - Tupelo Press

The 30/30 Project - Tupelo Press

An extraordinary challenge for poets and fundraiser for Tupelo Press, a non-profit literary press. Donate in honor of your favorite poet.

Barbara Kingsolver
05/30/2018

Barbara Kingsolver

This is the season of births on our farm, and the lambs are especially beautiful this year, but for me the most thrilling new arrival showed up last week, weighing in at about one pound, nine ounces: it’s a book.

Well, not quite a book. It’s the Advanced Reader’s Edition of my new novel, UNSHELTERED, which will be coming to bookstores October 16. ARE’s are printed six months in advance for distribution to reviewers and booksellers who need to read the book ahead of publication. Normally, these preview editions are just homely little bound galleys, but this one is spectacular, with gorgeous jacket art, French flaps, deckle-edged pages, and all those words that so recently were carousing in my head, keeping me awake nights, now laid down in proper order on the page. It’s enough like the real thing that I found myself doing what I always seem to do when one of my books first arrives in print: walking around the house with a big grin, cradling it like a newborn.

For more information about UNSHELTERED -- description, backstory, dates for my book tour this fall -- watch my website, specifically this page: http://kingsolver.com/news/

04/20/2018
UNM D.H. Lawrence Ranch Initiatives

UNM D.H. Lawrence Ranch Initiatives

Don't miss Dr. Andrew Harrison's compelling lecture about writing his Critical Biography of D.H. Lawrence!
The Harwood Museum of Art and University of New Mexico Alumni Association, thanks for helping UNM D.H. Lawrence Ranch Initiatives bring our wonderful speaker to Taos. We hope Taos Community Foundation, DH Lawrence Taos Friends, and many others will join us in our efforts moving forward! Please help us open the Ranch more days, find and restore the items from the Ranch, and work toward celebrating Lawrence, Taos Modernists, Ranch history and more in 2022, when it will be 100 years since Lawrence came to Taos.

04/17/2018
UNM D.H. Lawrence Ranch Initiatives

UNM D.H. Lawrence Ranch Initiatives

A wonderful conclusion of Andrew Harrison's Taos visit after speaking at The Harwood Museum of Art - and special thanks to Kim Feldman with University of New Mexico Alumni Association - April 7, 2018. More information about the Ranch at https://dhlawrenceranch.unm.edu

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