A Festival of Story at Lake Tahoe on October 21-23, 2016

At Valhalla

The Tallac Historic Site at South Lake Tahoe, California

 Workshops, readings, plays, and more

Join us for WordWave 2016, at Valhalla Tahoe, October 21-23

The 2016 lineup continues to grow—check back often for new information!

New this year:

Saturday morning, October 22
“Craft and Courage (and the Twelve Years it Took for My First Book Deal)”
Melissa Cistaro discusses what sustained her through the long journey of writing her memoir, and the publishing experience that made it all worthwhile. Melissa Cistaro is the author of the memoir “Pieces of My Mother.” Her essays, interviews, and stories have appeared in The New Ohio Review, Brevity, The Huffington Post, PBS: To the Contrary, Good Housekeeping and the anthologies Love & Profanity and Cherished. She also works as a writing mentor and an event coordinator at Book Passage, the esteemed independent bookstore in Northern California, where she has introduced hundreds of authors. You can learn more about Melissa at melissacistaro.com

Saturday afternoon, October 22
Free Workshop: Writing the Healing Story
How do we put together the pieces of our past and find the courage to craft our narrative truths? In this workshop we will talk about the writer’s journey and the transformative power of telling our stories. Through in-class writing exercises, we will explore memory and the art of writing brave.
Discussion will include:
• Sticking with the story you need to tell  •  Finding the arc of forgiveness  •  The power of compassion in memoir.

Back by popular demand:

Friday, October 21, 7-10
The Tall Timber Ball with DJ Damien, at Valhalla’s Grand Hall

Saturday afternoon, October 22
The Novel Writing Camp for Kids with Lewis Buzbee

Saturday evening, October 22
Playwriting Contest Winners Staged Readings

Saturday all day, October 22
Makers’ Station with hands on activities for all ages.
Learn about letterpress printing, craft your own found poetry, and much much more!

Saturday afternoon, October 22
The Agents are Coming! The Agents are Coming!
Fuse Literary Agency returns to take meetings, teach a proposal class, and conduct a panel on current publishing trends

South Lake Tahoe

Plan your stay during WordWave. With its clear water surrounded by the majestic Sierra Nevada, stately groves of pines, and gorgeous sunsets, South Lake Tahoe is an alpine paradise. For more information, CLICK HERE.

Lodging Options

From luxurious resorts to rustic cabins beneath the pines, Lake Tahoe South Shore offers a variety of places to stay, including campgrounds, RV parks, B&Bs, luxury hotels, resorts and vacation rental homes. More information on WordWave lodging will be posted soon.

Schedule of Events

We are presenting both FREE and TICKETED events. There’s a little something for everyone, so please check back here—our complete schedule will be posted soon.


Contact Us

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Lennard and Cynthia Carlson