Our Mission

To create a rigorous and compassionate environment to learn the art of reading and writing from accomplished authors.

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PO Box 1271

Los Altos, CA 94023



Boulder Generative Workshop

Past Faculty

2020: Dorothy Allison, Jericho Brown, Pam Houston

2019: Steve Almond, Ross Gay, Pam Houston,

2018: Pam Houston, Justin Torres, Lidia Yuknavitch, 

2017:  Andre Dubus III, Camille Dungy, Pam Houston

2016:  Craig Childs, Pam Houston, Luis Alberto Urrea

2015:  Gary Ferguson, Alan Heathcock, Pam Houston

2014:  BK Loren, Pam Houston, Ben Percy


Manuscript Boot Camp

Past Faculty

2020: Andre Dubus III, Carolyn Forché, Pam Houston, Antonya Nelson

2019: Ramona Ausubel, Tom Barbash, Garth Greenwell, Pam Houston, Christian Kiefer, Sunil Yapa

2018:  Samantha Dunn, BK Loren, Pam Houston, Fenton Johnson, Joshua Mohr

2017:  Samantha Dunn, Pam Houston, BK Loren,  Joshua Mohr, Lidia Yuknavitch

2016:  Samantha Dunn, Christian Kiefer, BK Loren, Pam Houston

2015:  Tom Barbash, Pam Houston, Josh Weil

Methow Valley Workshop

Past Faculty

2018: Peter Ho Davies, Pam Houston, Joshua Mohr

2017: Ross Gay, Pam Houston, Lidia Yuknavitch

2016: Ron Carlson, Andre Dubus III, Pam Houston, Lidia Yuknavitch


Mont Blanc Workshop

Past Faculty

2020: Pam Houston

2019: Robert Boswell, Pam Houston

2018:  Andre Dubus III, Pam Houston

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Staff & Board Members

Current & Emeritus

Karen Nelson (Co-Founder), Executive Director, Board Vice-President/Treasurer

Pam Houston (Co-Founder), Creative Director, Board President

​​Tami Anderson, Board Secretary

Kae Penner Howell, Board Member

Heather Malcolm, Board Member

Cynthia Newberry Martin, Board Member

Greg Glazner, Emeritus Board Member
Sarah Phipps, Emeritus Board Member