the 4th annual

Taos Writers Conference

Friday, July 24 to Sunday, July 26, 2020

Now is the time when we ordinarily would be advertising and accepting registrations for the upcoming 4th Annual Taos Writers Conference, scheduled for July 24-26, 2020. On the one hand, given the current COVID-19 pandemic it feels inappropriate to announce the conference with our usual level of excitement. On the other hand, we, like all of you, need something to look forward to right now. We can’t wait for July when, hopefully, this scary and frustrating time will be a distant memory and we can get together to talk about our mutual love affair with writing. 

So, rather than encouraging you to register now, we’ll just say this: if you need a distraction from the news, bookmark and check back often. We’ll continue planning the conference and posting updates to the site on a regular basis, because we’re looking forward to the 4th Annual Taos Writers Conference as much as you are. 

Sending you and your family wishes of good health and safety. 

Jan Smith, Executive Director, SOMOS




Pam Houston, Keynote Speaker

Pam Houston, Keynote Speaker


ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Pam Houston is the author of Contents May Have Shifted, Cowboys Are My WeaknessWaltzing the Cat, the novel, Sight Hound, and a collection of essays, A Little More About Me and a memoir Deep Creek (2019). Her stories have been selected for volumes of Best American Short StoriesThe O. Henry AwardsThe 2013 Pushcart Prize, and Best American Short Stories of the Century. She is the winner of the Western States Book Award, the WILLA award for contemporary fiction, The Evil Companions Literary Award and multiple teaching awards. She co-founded the literary nonprofit Writing By Writers, is professor of English at UC Davis, teaches in The Institute of American Indian Art’s Low-Rez MFA program, and at writer’s conferences around the country and the world.


Keynote address and reading will be held at the Harwood Museum on Friday, 7/24/20, at 7 PM.  Tickets may be reserved by calling 758-9826; $16 – SOMOS & Harwood Alliance members; $20 – general public.


Martyr’s Steakhouse Restaurant
146 Paseo del Pueblo Norte, 575-751-3020
(next door to SOMOS)

Taos Inn (Doc Martin’s)
125 Paseo del Pueblo Norte, 575-758-1977

The Gorge Bar & Grill
103 E Plaza (Taos Plaza), 575-758-8866

Bent Street Café & Deli
120-M Bent Street (one block south of SOMOS on Bent St. Plaza), 575-758-5787

Manzanita Market
Taos Plaza, 575-613-4088

Michael’s Kitchen
304-C Paseo del Pueblo Norte, 575-758-4178

103 East Plaza, 575-758-1994

World Cup Coffee
102 Paseo del Pueblo Norte (on the Plaza), 575-737-5299

124F Bent Street, (on Bent St Plaza), 575-758-0606


Taos Inn
125 Paseo del Pueblo Norte, 575-758-1088

El Pueblo Lodge
412 Paseo del Pueblo Norte, 575-758-8700

Hotel LaFonda de Taos
108 South Plaza, 575-758-2211

Kachina Lodge
413 Paseo del Pueblo Norte, 575-758-2275

Dreamcatcher B & B
416 La Lomita Road, 575-758-0613


If you would like to arrange carpooling with other TWC attendees click here to enter your information and discover whether there are others driving from your area.

Open Tues-Fri  10am-4pm; Sat 10am-2pm  575.758.0081  108 Civic Plaza Drive

Mailing Address: P.O. Box 3225, Taos, NM 87571


SOMOS programs are made possible in part by these organizations: New Mexico Arts • Taos Community Foundation • The McCune Foundation • The National Endowment For The Arts • The Virginia Wellington Cabot Foundation • The Peter And Madeleine Martin Foundation for the Arts • The Santa Fe Community Foundation • Taos County Lodgers Tax • The Richard B. Siegel Foundation • TaosNetLLC for high speed internet service 

Seated woman talking at SOMOS writers group