Tupelo Press Writing Conferences: San Francisco Bay Area


February 6th – 7th, 2016

Portola Valley, California

We are pleased to return to the Bay Area for the fourth year of conferences in the intimate settings of private homes.  Learn under the discerning and supportive eye of Jeffrey Levine, poet and founder of nationally acclaimed Tupelo Press. We will use the magical and endlessly inventive Pablo Neruda* as a launch pad for generative writing and bringing your own poetic strategies to greater consciousness. Close reading and critique of a selection of your poems will hone your internal editor to invite your best crafted and most powerful voice to the page.

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What We Will Do:

portola_valley_meeting_space_2Each morning guided generative writing will use examples and insights from the poetry of Neruda. Practice integrating Neruda’s strategies into your own poetry

  • re-create language through metaphor and complex associations,
  • entwine the world outside our door with our inner life,
  • achieve intensity in both meaning and tone.

portola_valley_pr_shotWe proceed to a close reading and critique of your poems, both new drafts and more polished work. Emphasis is on understanding various elements of craft, both basic and advanced. There is almost no more productive method for making important leaps to the next level (or two) as a writer than having the experience of exploring the creative process, real-time.

Upon sign-up you will receive a packet of pre-work and prompts. The more time you devote to this preparation the more you will gain.


san_francisco_3Enrollment and Logistics 

Who: Limited to first 10 participants who enroll each weekend (apply by clicking here).**


  • 9am-5pm Saturday February 6th through Sunday February 7th, 2016

Where: Portola Valley is located about 45 minutes south of San Francisco and north of San Jose. Overnight accommodations within 15 minutes drive.

Fee: $595


Editorial Reviews of Full-Length or Chapbook Manuscripts

Participants in either session may sign up separately with Jeffrey Levine for an one-on-one review of your full-length or chapbook manuscript. Cost: $400 for chapbook length (up to 32 page), $800 for full-length (up to 54 page) manuscripts. (This represents a substantial discount for workshop attendees.)

Participant Comments:

“I do feel that my editor’s eye has been trained in both the close read and the over-all picture. Being invited to questioning the strategy and the moment of a poem were very helpful techniques to me. Also, the emphasis on finding the place where a poem is hiding from itself, or where the speaker is hiding from where the poem wants to go–thinking in that way in those terms was revelatory. Thank you for a very valuable learning experience.”  –Renee Schell

“The conference was out of this world wonderful!  I loved having the sessions in homes.”  —Jill Murray

“I could go on for days about what I learned, but to sum it up I walked away with a valuable tool box much needed for improving my craft and tapping into more creativity; and how to dissect at poem as if it were a science project! I have experience with those helping my kids in science fair for so many years!  I learned to make each word a poem! I also benefited immensely from the list of journals for submissions and advice on submitting a full manuscript and names of publishers.”  —Lorene Zouzounis

“I’ve attended three conferences with Jeffrey and each one opens new doors to my writing. His editor’s eye teaches how to stand back from one’s work, with a positive attitude, and find just the right next step to take, whether a subtle tweak or radical revision. He engages all the senses, keeps a varied and respectful pace that demands your full engagement but does not exhaust you. His reading is incisive, his interactions generous, and his passion for the art infectious.”  —Nancy Meyer

Jeffrey Levine is the author of three books of poetry: Rumor of Cortez, nominated for a 2006 Los Angeles Times Literary Award in Poetry, Mortal, Everlasting, which won the 2002 Transcontinental Poetry Prize. A third book Jubilo is forthcoming. His many poetry prizes include the Larry Levis Prize from the Missouri Review, the James Hearst Poetry Prize from North American Review, the Mississippi Review Poetry Prize, the Ekphrasis Poetry Prize, and the American Literary Review poetry prize. His poems have garnered 14 Pushcart nominations. A graduate of the Warren Wilson MFA Program for Writers, Levine is founder, Editor‐in‐Chief and Publisher of Tupelo Press, an award‐winning independent literary press located in the historic Eclipse Mill in the Berkshire Mountains of Western Massachusetts. In addition, he has served for several years on the core faculty of the Colrain Manuscript Conferences and is Director of the esteemed Tupelo Press Writing Conferences.

Contact Information:

Email: conferences@tupelopress.org
Phone: 413‐664‐9611

Refund Policy: Refund up to 4 weeks prior each conference, less 15% processing fee.

* Tupelo Press is publishing the first English translation of Canto General by a native Spanish speaker, first by a Chilean, first by a woman!



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