Bob Shacochis

Bob Shacochis

Bob Shacochis will give the keynote address at this year’s Taos Summer Writers’ Conference.

Shacochis’ address will be at 8 p.m. July 13, the first day of the conference that runs through July 20. Shacochis won the National Book Award’s First Work of Fiction for his short-story collection “Easy in the Islands.” His debut novel “Swimming in the Volcano” was a finalist for the National Book Award. He is a creative writing professor at Florida State University.

The 16th annual conference will offer weeklong and master class workshops July 13 to 18 as well as weekend workshops July 19 and 20. Among the topics of the weeklong workshops are poetry, the novel, memoir writing, young adult fiction, mystery writing, screenwriting and the art of rewriting.

Topics of the weekend workshops include characterization, humor writing, and innovative revision.

More than 25 authors are on the conference faculty. They include John Dufresne, Veronica Golos, Pam Houston, Dr. Frank Huyler, Greg Martin, Demetria Martinez, Tomas Q. Morin, Justin St. Germain, Dani Shapiro, Les Standiford, Leslie Ullman and Summer Wood.

Editors and literary agents will also be attending.

Registration is open through July 19 online at, by calling 505-277-5572 or emailing

The University of New Mexico presents the conference, which is being held at the historic Sagebrush Conference Center & Inn.  Sharon Oard Warner is the conference’s founding director.