The 2023 Women Writing the West Conference will be a virtual event
held October 12 – 14, 2023

The 29th Annual Conference
Look to the Horizon: The Promise of the West

This Virtual Conference will feature all the Awards, Workshops, Panels, Book Store, Silent Auction and camaraderie that WWW Members and Guests expect.

Registration Will Open March 15, 2023

Meet Keynote Speaker Susan Straight

2023 Virtual Conference
Call for Proposals and Volunteers

Thanks to an overwhelming response to the Call for Proposals, the 2023 Conference Committee announces that no more session or workshop ideas are needed. The committee will be reaching out to everyone soon about their submissions.

The Committee is also looking for conference volunteers. This is a great opportunity to get to know fellow authors, for new and seasoned members alike. Email Conference Chair Rachel Santino for more details at

2023 Virtual Conference
Keynote Speaker

Susan Straight

Susan Straight’s new novel, Mecca, published in 2022 by Farrar, Straus & Giroux, was a Finalist for the Kirkus Prize, and named by The New York Times as a Top Ten California Book of the year, one of the Best Ten Books of 2022 by The Washington Post and The Los Angeles Times, and a best book of 2022 by NPR. 

Her 2019 memoir, In the Country of Women, was a national bestseller, named a best book of the year by NPR and CodeSwitch, and longlisted for the Carnegie Medal for Excellence.  She has published eight previous novels, including Highwire Moon, a Finalist for the National Book Award and bestseller, and A Million Nightingales, a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize.  Her stories and essays have appeared in O Henry Prize Stories, Best American Short Stories, Best American Essays, The New York Times, The New Yorker, Granta, Harpers, and elsewhere. 

Susan Straight’s awards include the Lannan Prize for Fiction, the Edgar Award for Best Mystery Story, and a Guggenheim Fellowship.  Her work has been translated into Italian, French, Spanish, German, Turkish, Arabic, Swedish, Polish, and Japanese. 

Susan was born in Riverside, California, where she lives with her family, serving as Distinguished Professor of Creative Writing at The University of California, Riverside.




Conference Brochure

More information coming soon

Hotel Reservations

No hotel needed for the Virtual Conference!


2023 Conference Chair,
Rachel Santino,


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