Writing By Writers

Pam Houston is a co-founder of the non-profit Writing by Writers. WxW hosts multi-day writing workshops for people interested in writing fiction, nonfiction, memoir and poetry. The workshops are taught by nationally known, published authors, who are adept at teaching the craft of writing to all levels of student. In addition, participants learn how to read others’ work critically and apply those lessons to their own writing.


october 16-20, 2019: wxw tomales bay workshop, Tomales Bay, California

The Writing By Writers Workshop @ Tomales Bay brings aspiring writers into close community with nationally known poets and writers.  Manuscript and poetry workshops are limited to 12 participants to ensure an intimate setting. Check back soon for 2019 faculty and applications.

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oct 27-Nov 1, 2019: santa fe workshops, San miguel de allende, mexico

Writers Pam Houston, Rolf Potts, and Luís Alberto Urrea will join photographers Keith Carter, Sam Abell, Arthur Meyerson, Aline Smithson, Jennifer Spelman and Michael Amici for an exciting season of inspiration, learning, and developing your personal craft.


November 8-11, 2019: WXW manuscript boot camp, lake tahoe, California

The Writing By Writers Manuscript Boot Camp is for the writer who has a full, book-length manuscript (novel, memoir, short story or poetry collection) and would like to engage with a small group for a serious and productive response. The long weekend will include an intimate manuscript workshop, craft talks, readings, an agent panel and individual agent meetings – the perfect pre-publication boot camp for any manuscript. Classes are limited to 5 participants.


March 13-15, 2020: WXW Boulder generative workshop
The Colorado Chautauqua, Boulder, colorado

The Writing By Writers Boulder Generative Workshop brings aspiring writers into close community with nationally known writers for a weekend of inspiration, craft and the generation of new work. Pam will be teaching alongside Dorothy Allison & Jericho Brown.

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March 19-22, 2020: Turning the physical into life story
Mantecón Studio, santa fe, new mexico

Join Pam Houston at the Mantecón Studio in inspiring Santa Fe for a generative workshop with a focus on all the ways sensory details—sights, sounds, smells, tastes, and textures—can give us access to the elusive interior landscape of our lives.

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april 4-11, 2020: The Story You Have To Tell And How The Physical World Will Help You Tell It: A Prose Writing Workshop at la serrania in mallorca, spain

Join Pam in beautiful Mallorca for an intimate manuscript-based workshop. Participants will critique, write daily exercises, enjoy and get inspired by the local landscape and drink good coffee in the square all while exploring how to set the emotional stakes of a story in the physical world and on the page. Full course description coming soon to the below link.


june 7-13/19, 2020: WXW Montblanc workshop, chamonix, france

Join Pam Houston for a one or two-week long writing adventure during the Writing by Writers Mont Blanc workshop. Writers will have the opportunity to generate new work, receive manuscript critique, explore Chamonix and hike in the stunning French Alps. The workshop is limited to 12 participants to ensure an intimate setting, plus plenty of time to write and enjoy France. Participants can choose between a one-week option (June 7-13; the first week) or a two-week long workshop (June 7-19).


June 28- july 3, 2020: ESalen writers’ camp, big sur, califoria

Writers take over the entire Esalen campus during this annual workshop. A tradition begun by best-selling author Cheryl Strayed, Writers' Camp leaders Pam Houston and Samantha Dunn bring together nationally known authors and participants at all levels of writing expertise, who together create a supportive, creative, informative, and inspiring week that's designed to ignite – and re-ignite – your passion for the stories you have to tell. Registration typically opens in the fall, stay tuned for more information.

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august 2-6, 2020: Turning the Physical World into a Story- A Generative Prose Writing Retreat at wild rice retreat, bayfield, wisconsin

Join Pam for a generative writing retreat focused on exploring the essential components of good writing and how to utilize sensory details to inform and inspire your writing. Held at the inspiring Wild Rice Retreat Center set in the beautiful upper Midwest, Pam and participants may even venture out on foot or by kayak to explore and get inspired.


Pam Houston also teaches in the Low Rez MFA program at the Institute of American Indian Arts, and is Professor of English at UC Davis.