Writers in the Woods brings exciting authors from across the country to campus for intimate readings and workshops.

Writers in the Woods Literary Speaker Series

SNC Tahoe’s Writers in the Woods brings well-known poets and writers from all over the country to the campus for intimate readings and workshops, where audience members can meet and exchange ideas with the guest writers.

Readings: Friday evenings, 7 – 9pm. Free and open to the public.
Workshops: Saturday mornings, 10am – noon. Free to students, $50  for community members — REGISTER HERE. Can be taken for credit.
Location: Tahoe Center for Environmental Studies (TCES) Room 139-141

We have hosted writers such as Nick Flynn, Tim O’Brien, Patricia Smith, Denise Duhamel, Tobias Wolff, Kelle Groom, Lola Haskins, Brenda Hillman, Bob Hass, and many others.

We also sponsor an annual Tahoe Poetry Slam competition every April. Cash prizes are awarded for first, second and third place, with the winner claiming the title of Tahoe Slam Champion of the Year.

For more information

June Sylvester Saraceno
English Program Chair
775-831-1314 x7514

2015 – 2016 Season

Benjamin Percy

September 11 - 12

Common Read author of the graphic novel Refresh, Refresh

Benjamin Percy's most recent novel is The Dead Lands, a post apocalyptic reimagining of the Lewis and Clark saga. He is also the author of the novels Red Moon and The Wilding, as well as two books of short stories, Refresh, Refresh and The Language of Elk. He has also written for the DC comics series Batman.

author website: http://benjaminpercy.com/

Luis Alberto Urrea

October 23 - 24

Luis Alberto Urrea is the acclaimed author of 13 books across multiple genres. The Devil's Highway, his 2004 non-fiction account of a group of Mexican immigrants lost in the Arizona desert, was a 2005 Pulitzer Prize finalist and included in many of that year's "best book of the year" lists. His newest novel, Into the Beautiful North, is the story of young women in a small Mexican town who, inspired by the film The Magnificent Seven, follow their men North to persuade them to return.

author website: www.luisurrea.com/

Chris Millis

November 6 - 7

Chris Millis is the Sierra Nevada College Visiting Writer and Distinguished Professor for 2015-2016. He is a prize-winning novelist, screenwriter, producer, and cartoonist. His first novel, Small Apartments, won the 23rd Annual International 3-Day Novel Contest, and became a feature film starring Matt Lucas, Billy Crystal, Johnny Knoxville, James Caan, and others. His most recent novel is God and California.

author website: http://www.chrismillis.com/

Rebecca Makkai

February 12 - 13

Rebecca Makkai is the Chicago-based author of the novels The Hundred-Year House, winner of the Chicago Writers Association’s Novel of the Year award, and The Borrower, a Booklist Top Ten Debut. Her most recent book is the short story collection Music for Wartime, and her short fiction was chosen for The Best American Short Stories in 2011, 2010, 2009 and 2008.

author website: http://rebeccamakkai.com/

Benjamin Busch

March 4 - 5

Benjamin Busch served 16 years as an infantry and reconnaissance officer in the US Marine Corps, deploying to Iraq in 2003 and 2005. His memoir Dust to Dust ranges from a boyhood of fort building and exploration in rural New York to deployment during the worst of the war in Iraq.

He is also an actor, director and photographer, who portrayed Officer Anthony Colicchio in The Wire and is the writer/director of the film BRIGHT. He has been a contributor to Harper's, The New York Times Magazine, NPR's All Things Considered and The Daily Beast.

Lindsay Wilson

April 8 - 9

Lindsay Wilson is the TMCC co-editor of The Meadow. His poetry collection No Elegies won the Quercus Review Press Book Award in 2014. He was a finalist for the Philip Levine Prize in 2007.

Annual Tahoe Slam Competition

April 29

Past Seasons

  • Ingrid Wendt

  • Denise Duhamel

  • Jared Stanley

  • Terry Allen

  • Ellen Hopkins

  • Kevin Fedarko

  • Tim O’Brien

  • Mark Maynard

  • Suzanne Roberts

  • Joanne Meschery

  • Amy Franklin-Willis

  • Chris Ware

  • Al Maginnes

  • Li Miao Lovett

  • Gailmarie Pahmeier

  • Ralph Salisbury

  • Peter Makuck

  • Saeed Jones

  • Brenda Hillman

  • Brian Turner

  • Tom Meschery

  • June Sylvester Saraceno

  • Kirk Robertson

  • David Lee

  • Nahid Rachlin

  • Lola Haskins

  • Tobias Wolff

  • Nathalie Handal

  • Gayle Brandeis

  • Gary Short

  • Nick Flynn

  • Kim Wyatt

  • Patricia Smith

  • Baron Wormser

  • Kelly Groom

  • Sholeh Wolpé

  • Marisella Veiga

  • Catherine Brady

  • Robert Hass