Time was, I could not have imagined taking Taos out of the Taos Summer Writers’ Conference. (After all, the event was conceived as a means of connecting the UNM Albuquerque campus with the D. H. Lawrence Ranch outside of Taos.) For the past 17 years, the Sagebrush Inn has been a wonderful home for the event. For most of those years, we were grateful for the hospitality and efficiency of long-time owners Ken and Louise Blair. But things haven’t been the same since they retired 2 years ago.

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The luxurious lobby of the Drury Plaza Hotel in Santa Fe

So, we are moving down the road to hold our 18th annual Conference from July 24-31, 2016 in historic Santa Fe. Our new home will be the beautiful Drury Plaza Hotel, a venue filled with extensive original artwork and with wonderful amenities (daily hot breakfast, afternoon “kickback” with heavy appetizers and complimentary cocktails) and a reasonable room for Conference attendees of $139 per night.

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The gorgeous garden grove of the Drury Plaza Hotel

The Drury Plaza is located in the heart of the City Different, only 2 short blocks to the Santa Fe Plaza, as well as to the famed Canyon Road galleries and restaurants. Our new conference name is the University of New Mexico Summer Writers’ Conference in Santa Fe.

It’s still northern New Mexico, and we are still being watched over by  D. H. Lawrence, who visited Santa Fe every time he visited Taos. It’s the same old conference in a new location, one with a great view of Santa Fe from the 5th floor roof-top pool, hot tub and bar. Think of it as a revision of a book that was already rather successful. Now, it’s going to be even better. We hope you join us this year!

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Professor Sharon Oard Warner, Founding Director of the Summer Writers’ Conference in Santa Fe (formerly Toas)