Pam is now Co-director of a community called Writing By Writers

@ Tomales BayWriting By Writers will be offering three conferences in 2015, a generative workshop with Pam Houston, Gary Ferguson and Alan Heathcock at Chautauqua Park in Boulder Colorado on April  17-19, a Full Manuscript Bootcamp in Tomales Bay on June 11-14 with Tom Barbash and Josh Weil, and the third annual Writing By Writers at Tomales Bay from October 21-25, with faculty to be announced very soon.  Thanks to everyone who signed up for Writing By Writers At Tomales Bay 2014 with Pam Houston, Andre Dubus, Dorothy Allison, Antonya Nelson, Robert Boswell, and Kwame Dawes.  

Writing By Writers (WxW) is a non profit organization whose mission is to create a rigorous and compassionate environment to learn the art of reading and writing from accomplished authors.  WxW hosts multi-day writing workshops for people interested in writing fiction, non-fiction, memoir and poetry.  The workshops are taught by nationally known, published authors, who are adept at teaching the craft of writing to all levels of student.  In addition, participants learn how to read other’s work critically and apply those lessons to their own writing.  WxW is currently accepting applications for the Workshop @ Boulder.

Get more information or apply today!


Author Cheryl Strayed picks “Contents May Have Shifted” on 2012 Book List

Book CoverCheryl Strayed, author of Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Coast Highway, picked Pam’s book Contents May Have Shifted for’s Ultimate Book Guide. This is particularly special for Pam who really admires Cheryl’s work.

Here’s the review:

Cheryl Strayed, author of “Wild”
“Contents May Have Shifted” by Pam Houston

Book Cover“I fell in love with Pam Houston’s writing more than twenty years ago, when I first read her short story “How To Talk to a Hunter.” She only gets better with time. Her latest book, Contents May Have Shifted is both illuminating and impossible to put down and it’s my favorite book published in 2012. In 144 chapters that take readers around the world, Houston tells the story of one adventurous woman’s romances and friendships, sorrows and joys, with an intelligence and perception that destroyed, astonished and inspired me.”

Here’s the entire Ultimate Book Guide.

“Contents May Have Shifted” Named Best Book…

contents pbk final layout 2_r2.inddBook Lady named “Contents May Have Shifted” as one of 10 Best Books of 2012.

This is what she had to say:
Contents May Have Shifted by Pam Houston: From my rave on Book Riot: I read a lot of great fiction this year, and a lot of whoa-how-did-she-pull-that-off fiction. I read some fiction that held up a mirror to my life and asked me to look at myself in a new way, and some fiction that took my breath away with its heart and emotional nakedness. I even read some really fun fiction. But I only read one work of fiction that was all those things, and it was Pam Houston’s globetrotting novel-slash-memoir-slash-sorta-kinda-connected-short-storiesContents May Have Shifted. It was one of my first reads of 2012, and it’s the only one I’ve gone back to over and over. It’s about love and friendship (Houston nails the magic of friendship between women like no one else) and travel, and how sometimes we leave home looking for things we already have. And it’s the closest thing to perfect I’ve read in a really long time.

Also, named one of the best books of 2012 by the San Francisco Chronicle:

Contents May Have Shifted, by Pam Houston (Norton; 306 pages; $25.95). Houston is a wonderful writer, and the graceful vignettes in her novel – about the wider sphere of romance the world has to offer – are by turns beautiful, slyly funny and heart-stopping.


Also picked as Book Riot’s Best of 2012

Author Houston lives and writes fearlessly (Sacramento Bee)

Contents May Have ShiftedHere’s an excerpt from a recent article about Pam that appeared in the Sacramento Bee by Allen Pierleoni.

It’s easy to confuse author Pam Houston with the “other Pam,” the one she created as the “fearless narrator” of her upcoming new novel, “Contents May Have Shifted.” As with most of her fiction, it’s highly autobiographical (“Everything begins with autobiography,” she has observed). Also, both Pams live in nearly perpetual motion, driven by the need to move through the world and be open to the changes it can bring.

Over the years, Houston has logged countless air miles getting to and from five continents – much like the other Pam. She recently returned from Mongolia and the Gobi Desert – a 50th birthday trip to herself – where “I got bitten by a dog and my hand turned black.” Her cellphone message says, “I must be traveling in a place where there are no cells, so please leave a message.”

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Pam’s Next Book: Contents May Have Shifted

What’s new? Pam has a book coming in early 2012 from W.W. Norton called Contents May Have Shifted.

According to LitSeen, Pam’s new novel “consists of 144 very short chapters, of which 132 are named with a place, and the other 12 take place “no place, in the sky, on an airplane.” You can view a video of Pam reading at The Rumpus, and read several excerpts from the book.

Here are a few more recent articles about Pam.

First Friday Author Feature: Pam Houston (paper-pencil-pen)

Superstition Review interview with Pam

Pam Houston, writer

author Pam Houston; photo credit: Adam Karsten

Pam Houston is the author of two collections of linked short stories, Cowboys Are My Weakness and Waltzing the Cat; the novels, Sight Hound and Contents May Have Shifted; and a collection of essays called A Little More About Me, all published by W.W. Norton.

Her stories have been selected for the Best American Short Stories, the O. Henry Awards, the Pushcart Prize, and the Best American Short Stories of the Century. A collection of essays, A Little More About Me, was published by W.W. Norton in the fall of 1999.

Pam teaches in the graduate writing program at University of California, Davis.