We are currently OPEN for submissions!

Early bird applications will be accepted until August 10th, 2019.

Application acceptance closes November 1st, 2019.

We will get back to you on December 5th, 2019 with our decision.

Dates + Authors-in-Residence + Guest Agents

To learn more about our Faculty, please visit our Faculty 2020 page.

Session 1: March 11th-15th 2020

Author-in-Residence Jasmine Guillory, author of The Wedding Party + Holly Root of Root Literary

Session 2: March 18th-22nd 2020

Author-in-Residence Chloe Benjamin, author of The Immortalists + Jennifer Chen Tran of Bradford Literary Agency

Session 3: March 25th-29th 2020

Author-in-Residence Rachel Khong, author of Goodbye, Vitamin + Sarah Bowlin of Aevitas Creative Management



This fee covers four nights and five days at the Sequoia Retreat Center, three meals a day (vegetarian and vegan options available) plus snacks, wine, beer, and s’mores, and the knowledge of our Author-in-Residence, Guest Agent, and your publishing veteran host!

Single Room:

  • $2,697 for applications received by November 1st.

  • $2,597: early bird discount for applications received by August 10th.

Double Room:

  • $2,397: for applications received by November 1st.

  • $2,297: early bird discount for applications received by August 10th.

Deposit + Fine Print

Upon acceptance, we will require a $900 deposit, due January 5th, 2020. The balance will be due by February 15th, 2020.

Participation is limited to twelve writers in order to ensure that everyone receives the individual attention they deserve.

Please note, Northern California Writers’ Retreat is only open to fiction writers. You must be over twenty-one to apply.

Fees paid to Northern California Writers’ Retreat are not charitable donations. Deposits and fees, are not refundable. Travel expenses and transportation to NCWR are not included.