In 2012, I founded Lit Camp, a juried writers conference that accepts only 40 of the best writers of fiction, memoir, and narrative nonfiction.

Past Lit Camp faculty has included Adam Johnson, Anthony Marra, Phil Klay, Paul Harding, Susan Straight, and Andrew Sean Greer. In 2019 we will welcome Jonathan Lethem, Dana Spiotta, and Alexander Chee. In addition to these outstanding authors, we also bring in literary agents and editors from New York.

We hold Lit Camp every May at Esalen Institute in Big Sur. We open for submissions October 1 through January 31.

Many of the writers who have attended Lit Camp has been offered book deals by major publishing houses, and have published books. Our most recent success story is a Lit Camper who received a 7 figure book deal.

Lit Camp also gives back. Each year, we hold a cocktail-naming contest, with all proceeds from the auction going to Dave Eggers ScholarMatch.