About the Conference

2016 University of New Mexico

Summer Writers’ Conference in Santa Fe

July 24 – July 31


Named as one of the Top Ten writers’ conferences in the United States by USA Today, the Taos Summer Writers’ Conference has been held in Taos, New Mexico for the past seventeen years (1999-2015).

Beginning in 2016, with our 18th annual gathering, (July 24-31, 2016), we will be based in Santa Fe at the comfortably elegant Drury Plaza Hotel–which is a two-minute walk from the historic Plaza and Canyon Road.

Garden Grove at the Drury Plaza Hotel in Santa Fe

Garden Grove at the Drury Plaza Hotel in Santa Fe


Our new name is University of New Mexico Summer Writers’ Conference in Santa Fe.

Although the name and the location are changing, the tenor of the gathering will remain the same:  inclusive, nurturing, and inspirational.

We still offer both weeklong and weekend workshops in fiction, poetry, nonfiction and more. Regular workshops fill on a first-come, first-served basis, while admission to weeklong master classes is determined by an evaluation process. Each year, the Conference invites several agents, editors and publishing professionals to consult with Conference participants. The 2016 Conference will feature a Sunday evening keynote reading by Sandra Cisneros and a Friday evening Pitchapalooza.  Daily round tables and faculty readings will round out the Conference experience.

Registration opens on December 1, 2015. We encourage early enrollment because initial response to our new location has been strongly positive.


Fall of 2014 marked the inaugural Rananim courses.

Rananim is the associated online writing community of the UNM Summer Writers’ Conference in Santa Fe.  Rananim serves the international writing community by offering excellent instruction and editorial advice via the internet.  The online community provides participants with the support and inspiration they need to create and revise their stories, poems, essays, and even books.


Lawrence in Santa Fe photo by Witter Bynner


Winter session:  January 11-March 4

Spring session: April 11-June 3

For more information on classes, see our Rananim pages

Additionally, Rananim promotes D.H. Lawrence’s vision of a utopian artists’ community. 

All proceeds go the revitalization of the D.H. Lawrence Ranch, located just outside of Taos.


Watch the 11-minute video:  Rananim: The Online Writing Community