UNM Summer Writers’ Conference
I conceived and founded the Taos Summer Writers’ Conference (TSWC) in 1998 to forge a connection between the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque and the D. H. Lawrence Ranch, 20 minutes north of Taos. What began as a modest, self-supporting endeavor became one of the largest and most well respected of over 300 annual writers’ conferences in the nation. Named by USA Today as one of the ten best writers’ conferences in the United States, the Taos Summer Writers’ Conference became a destination for writers from across the country and around the world – participants traveled each year from 35 or so states and from countries around the world: Spain, Zimbabwe, Norway, New Zealand, and elsewhere.
For 17 years, the Sagebrush Inn was 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.