July Events During The Writers Workshops

You are Invited to Our 2017 Public Events

Are you a Tahoe Area local or visitor? Are you an alum who wants to come and visit? Every year, the Community of Writers puts on a number of readings and events as part of our Summer Writing Workshops that are open to the public, and most are free of charge.

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July Events During The Writers Workshops

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Panels & Craft Talks

Don’t miss the chance to hear our staff share insights into the craft and business of writing. Topics are new each year, with the exception of our popular publishing panels, which feature agents, editors, and publishers providing insights and answering questions on this shifting landscape. Most panels and craft talks take place during the afternoon. Admission is free to the public and no reservations are required.

Most Craft Talks and Panels will take place in Bar One in the Olympic House between 1 and 4 pm.

Craft talks this year will be given by: Mark Childress and Josh Weil.

Late Afternoon Short Takes Readings

On many afternoons during the Writers Workshops, we invite staff members to read brief works of  fiction and nonfiction, published and unpublished.  Admission is free to the public and no reservations are required.

Most afternoon readings will take place in Plaza Bar in the Olympic House between at 5:30 pm.

Special Events

Reservations and/or ticket purchase recommended: Suggested donation $20/$8 student.

The Community of Writers also invites you to attend our remarkable evening events. This year we offer Special Events on two separate evenings, Monday 10 and Thursday July 13 with readings by authors with new publications. $20 adult/$8 Student. No one will be turned away for lack of funds.

Books will be available for purchase.

Most evening events will take place in Plaza Bar in the Olympic House between at 7:30 pm. However, if that venue is too warm, we may move it outside, under the stars, so please dress in layer.

On Monday, July 10 we present:

  • Natalie Baszile
  • John Daniel
  • Lynn Freed
  • Martin J. Smith

Natalie Baszile, John Daniel, Lynn Freed, and Martin J. Smith.   


Please note: This event may be outside, so please dress in layers.

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On Tuesday, July 11 we present:

An evening panel discussion about the risks and rewards of writing a book-length memoir.

  • Belle Boggs
  • Rachel Howard
  • Tom Lutz
  • Frances Stroh

With Belle Boggs, Rachel Howard, Tom Lutz, Frances Stroh

Moderated by Sands Hall

Admission is free to the public and no reservations are required.

Please note: This event may be outside, so please dress in layers.

Special Afternoon Event: Meet our Published Alumni!

On Wednesday, July 12 at 1:00 pm we present:

The Published Alumni Reading Series.  The Community of Writers is delighted to celebrate the success of these writers and to present them to the participants, staff, and the public.

  • Mauro Javier Cardenas
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    Jade Chang
  • Carole Firstman
  • Vanessa Hua
  • Kimball Taylor

Please join us to hear brief readings from Mauro Javier Cardenas, Jade ChangCarole Firstman, Vanessa Hua, Kimball Taylor.

Introduced by

Natalie Baszile.

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On Thursday, July 13 we present:

  • Paul Harding
  • Dylan Landis
  • Krys Lee
  • Josh Weil

Pulitzer Prize-winner Paul Harding, Dylan Landis, Krys Lee, and Josh Weil


Please note: This event may be outside, so please dress in layers.

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Paul Radin remembered with a major gift to the Community of Writers

Robin Radin, Sharon Olds, Brenda Hillman, Robert Hass, Forrest Gander, Francisco Aragón and Gregory Pardlo with image of Paul Radin.

On Thursday, June 19, 2017, the Community of Writers at Squaw Valley memorialized one of its longtime friends, the late Paul Radin, whose family then honored his memory with a significant and defining gift to the work of our non-profit.

Mr. Radin’s family, including brothers Robert Radin of Florida, and David Radin of New York, donated funds to the Community dedicated to the purchase of a portable “tiny house” on wheels to be used as a portable office and bookstore onsite during the conference weeks in Squaw Valley.

We are so pleased at the poetry expressed in this gift.  A house on wheels is wonderfully emblematic of the ethos and spirit of our enduring of this transient, yet half-century enduring community.  This gift is just perfect, and responds to a long-standing need for an office, archives, bookstore space.  In addition, the tiny house will have a charming, whimsical aspect to remind us of Paul, who brought curiosity, poetry and goodwill to our summers.

Although the Tiny House has yet to be built, it will be dedicated The Paul Radin Memorial Writers’ Lodge.

The remembrance ceremony in honor of Paul Radin preceded the Community’s annual poetry reading, with remarks by director Jones, editor and writer Andrew Tonkovich, and novelist Louis B. Jones, who knew Radin and helped care for him as he struggled with illness, as well as former Board President Burnett Miller.  Robin Radin represented the family.

Paul Radin was born in Boston, was a singularly recognizable character in the neighborhood whose commitment to the study of philosophy, Judaica, Native American culture and ecological wisdom defined the way he lived, as close to Nature as possible, on property owned by his family on the Truckee River.  He was an early guest at the Community of Writers’ summer poetry and fiction workshops. He would attend the annual gathering and would attend the readings and events, befriending writers and occasionally sharing his own writing.  His scholarly interests included research on Native American culture, in which he immersed himself, often attending pow-wows.

Legendary was Radin’s arrival one summer on horseback, wearing his trademark flat-brimmed hat and western boots.  We all remember his dramatic entrance with white horse and enjoyed his recollections of the seminal years of the Conference

Paul  was a part of this community. We are so grateful to his family for permanently including his place in it through this timeless gift.  Paul had a home with us.  Now he has given us a small home.

2017 New Alumni Books Update-Quarter 2

Books written by Alumni Authors published in April-June, 2017

Congratulations to these Community of Writers Alums who have published books this Spring quarter, 2017.

We are delighted to share their success with you. You can explore these books by clicking the book cover images below.



  • Kazim Ali Quartet
    Kazim Ali
  • KB Ballentine
  • Dan Bellm
  • Eric Howard
  • Christina Hutchins
  • Jami Macarty
  • Dawn McGuire
  • Ann Tweedy
  • David Watts


Do you have a forthcoming publication? Send us your news, and and we will post it in our Omnium Gatherum: Alumni News.  And if your news is a book publication, we’ll include it in our next quarterly 2017 New Alumni Book Update here!