Welcome to Napa Valley Writers, a branch of the California Writers Club

We are a nonprofit professional organization open to writers in every genre and at every level of experience, from novice to notable. Our purpose is to promote fellowship with community readers and writers alike, and to provide practical information that supports all members in achieving their publishing goals.
For more information about our branch and activities, please contact Kathy Thomas, Kathy Thomas, Board President

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Next Meeting 7:00 p.m, August 10th, 2016

Good Literary Citizenship: What it is. Why it Works.

Jamahl Dunkle

Napa Valley Writers presents Iris Jamahl Dunkle, Poet Laureate of Sonoma County and current Assistant Poetry Director of the Napa Valley Writers’ Conference. Dunkle will discuss how strong connections are forged when writers promote each other through reviews, interviews, and event invitations. She has found that the support found in literary communities, such as writing programs, literary magazines, writers’ conferences, and reading series can bring authors together, especially as writing is normally a solitary pursuit. As a working poet, teacher, and conference organizer, Dunkle provides multiple perspectives on how to to build local literary communities and the benefits of supporting other writers—including ways good literary citizenship can strategically open doors for writers in the future, when their own work comes up for publication.

Dunkle’s debut poetry collection, Gold Passage, was selected by Ross Gay for the 2012 Trio Award and was published by Trio House Press in 2013. Her second poetry collection, There’s a Ghost in this Machine of Air, was published in 2015 by Word Tech Editions.



Napa Valley Writers Inaugural Anthology – 2016 – Now accepting submissions.

In partnership with the San Fernando Valley Branch we are pleased to announce we will publish our first anthology of short stories and poetry in 2016.

anthologyPlease click on the link for details on how to enter your contribution.

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To become a member of NVW, please contact info.napavalleywriters@gmail.com

You may want to take a look at other pages here for updated news, membership application, or contact Kathy Thomas for more information.


Recent Events included a guided cruise on the Napa River, NVW Board Election, Open Mics, and a Salon.

  • The NVW member newsletter is provided to all members and interested friends each month.
  • NVW members take part in on-going critique groups to improve their craft and help one another.

Thanks for stopping by – looking forward to seeing you soon.



Kathleen Thomas, 2016-2017 President


Marianne, Ann, & Ana = Panel


Roberta Wright, 2016-’17 Membership Chair


Doug Brozell – Anthology Guy


Sarita and Michael





Beclee Newcomer Wilson

Beclee Newcomer Wilson


Sterling Anderson, Screenwriter, Author, Educator

JANET Fletcher photo

Author Jordan Rosenfeld

Author Jordan Rosenfeld

Bonnie Durrance

David Cogalton

David Congalton, Screen writer & Radio Host

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Bill Moore Author & member

Scott Evans

Scott Evans

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Patsy Ann Taylor & Sue Kesler

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Bo Kearns Member reader

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Ethel Rohan, Author & Guest speaker

Ann Holmes -

Ann Holmes, Member


Sue Kesler & Santa


Marilyn Campbell, Author & member


Afternoon @ Robert Louis Stevenson Museum


Robert Louis Stevenson Museum Visit

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Bo Kearns, Lenore Hirsch, Tim Carl

Bo Kearns, Lenore Hirsch, Tim Carl


Josh Mohr, Author


Tony Kilgallin, The Wine Guy


Gary Silva, Member & poet



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