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...What's great about MCWC is that it isn't a writing conference, it's a writer's conference. It's a place where the focus is on how to get the work done. The intensity and camaraderie really help you fix a story or find your voice or open up new discoveries in your work.
2013 Participant

I found the MCWC to be refreshingly egalitarian and non-competitive overall. The "open-door" policy guarantees a sense of generosity of spirit, with everyone able to focus on an acceptance of his or her own level of skill, ambition, and motivation.
Elizabeth Rosner, faculty 2012, 2014

I drove away from Mendocino with a very full heart. So happy to have spent time with such a dedicated and insightful, thoughtful group of people.
Natalie Serber, 2014 faculty

The small scale creates opportunities that larger scale conferences cannot. Also, there is an atmosphere that demonstrates an appreciation for the tough work writing seriously is. And, organizers are very welcoming, true lovers of the written word.
2014 Participant

The atmosphere of learning is the living thing about this conference. Encouragement, support, guidance, all work together to bring out writing from all of us…
2014 Participant

Came originally for the ocean, but I love the structure of this conference -- the combination of workshops and presentations. I love that a community forms and work is exchanged ahead of time so feedback is well considered, not off the cuff.
2014 Participant

You run a beautiful conference with a kind and generous spirit. I enjoyed my classes, my one-on-ones and all the great meet-and greets-that you put on.
Scott Hutchins, 2014 faculty

This is a first-rate conference: first rate faculty, excellent program, stellar setting & a very relaxed, non-competitive, truly supportive environment.
Alicia Rouverol, 2011 Participant

The MCWC organizers were fabulous. You were kind, so warm, so friendly and positive. Your presence and thoughtful attention to detail and to our experiences really created a warm and pleasant atmosphere.
Rebecca Vincent, 2010 Participant

The most important thing I gained from the conference was a new sense of confidence in myself and my writing. I also gained new friends and a community of writers with whom I can edit and discuss my ideas.
Caroline Clemons, 2010 HS Scholar

2015 Conference: August 6—8