Catamaran Writing Conference  at Pebble Beach   July 31 through August 4th, 2016


At Catamaran Literary Reader, our artistic themes tap into the rich literary history and beautiful setting of the California Central Coast.  We invite you to transform your own creative work in the scenic location of Pebble Beach, a major source of inspiration for writers from John Steinbeck to Robinson Jeffers.  The conference will be held on the campus of the Robert Louis Stevenson school, and attendees will meet in the elegant Stevenson classrooms. They will use the commons, theater, and chapel for workshops, lectures, and presentations. The registration fee of  $1250 includes four nights lodging at the Robert Louis Stevenson campus on 17-Mile Drive in a shared room (or a single room for an additional fee), access to the Stevenson dining commons for 12 meals with your fellow attendees, and 4 days of literary workshops in a small group of 12 participants.  Also available are optional daily literary themed excursions, daily instructor lectures, nightly receptions and craft talks, a special guest lecture and student readings.

Guest Lectures: Jonathan Franzen and Dorianne Laux

This year's special guest prose reading and talk on the evening of July 31st will feature Jonathan Franzen, the award-winning novelist and essayist, whose works include The Corrections (2001 winner of the National Book Award) and Freedom, and Purity. A frequent contributor to The New Yorker and Harpers, Franzen has also published two books of essays and a memoir. This year's special guest poetry reading and talk on the evening of August 1st will feature Dorianne Laux, award winning poet whose fifth book of poetry, The Book of Men, won the Paterson Prize, and fourth book of poetry, Facts about the Moon won The Oregon Book Award. 

Workshop Courses

Workshops meet four mornings from 9:30am - 12:30pm on Monday  - Thursday.  Click on the instructors name below to learn more about them. 


Joseph Millar is the author of three poetry collections including Overtime, a finalist for the Oregon Book Award. Joseph is the recipient of multiple prestigious fellowships. 


Molly Gloss is the bestselling author of five novels including The Hearts of Horses, and Falling From Horses. Her work has earned numerous awards and her stories have appeared in several anthologies including The Norton Book of Science Fiction.

Elizabeth McKenzie is the critically-acclaimed author of three novels including the The Portable Veblen released in 2016 and short listed for the Bailey's prize. She is the managing editor of Catamaran Literary Reader and senior editor at Chicago Quarterly Review. 


Frances Lefkowitz is the author of the memoir To Have Not, and is the former senior editor of Body+Soul magazine and book reviewer for Good Housekeeping.

Elizabeth Rosner is the author of three novels and a memoir, all of which gained immense popularity and critical acclaim. Rosner's personal experience informs her writing.

Daily Craft Talks

Enjoy two optional daily guest lectures open to all registered participants.  Topics include fiction, poetry, drama, and nonfiction giving attendees a chance to experience craft lectures outside of their workshop.. Craft talks are optional from 2:00 to 3:00 and 3:30 to 4:30 daily in the Rosen main lecture room. The craft talks will be presented by authors, poets, and publishers. 

Evening Lectures and Readings

Each evening join us for a reception at 7:00 followed by an evening reading at 7:30. The readings will be presented by our poetry and prose faculty, as well as two guest readings in each genre. This year's special poetry talk will feature poet Dorianne Laux. This year's special guest prose talk will feature novelist and essayist Jonathan Franzen

Literary Themed Excursions

John Steinbeck tour:

Visit Cannery Row and the historically preserved Ricketts Lab on Cannery Row where Ed Ricketts and John Steinbeck met to create The Log of the Sea of Cortez. The tour is open to all registered participants.

Robinson Jeffers tour:

Visit Tor House, the poet’s home and stone tower at Carmel Point. The tour is open to all registered participants. 

Robert Louis Stevenson tour:

Hike the physical site that was the inspiration for Robert Louis Stevenson's Treasure Island at Point Lobos.  Experience the beautiful vistas that inspired writing and art along the central coast.  Choose between a relaxing stroll to the China Cove, or a more rigorous hike up the Bird Island Trail up to Pelican Point. The tour is open to all registered participants


• Olympic swimming pool

• Fitness Center

• Nature trails to local beaches along 17 Mile Drive

Photos from the 2016 Catamaran Writing Conference