The Community of Writers

This year, in the face of the global and unprecedented health crisis of COVID-19, the Community of Writers has decided to forgo the physical workshop weeks in Olympic Valley. Instead, we have decided to meet again in the “Virtual Valley” for intensive online gatherings of our community. We are delighted to offer this opportunity to participants during this difficult time.

For over fifty summers, the Community of Writers has brought together poets and prose writers for separate weeks of workshops, individual conferences, lectures, panels, readings, and discussions of the craft and the business of writing. Our aim is to assist writers to improve their craft and thus, in an atmosphere of camaraderie and mutual support, move them closer to achieving their goals. The Community of Writers holds its summer writing workshops in Olympic Valley in a ski lodge at the foot of the ski slopes. Panels, talks, staff readings and workshops take place in these venues with the spectacular view up the mountain.

Please see our Note about our Name.

Important Application Information:

Program DatesJune 19 - 26, 2021July 11-17, 2021August 1 - 6, 2021
Deadline to ApplyApril 1, 2021
(before midnight PST)
April 1, 2021 (before midnight PST)April 28, 2021
(before midnight PST)
Application Fee$35 $40 $40
Acceptance NotificationOn or before May 1, 2021
On or before May 10, 2021On or before June 10, 2021
Deposit - NonrefundableA deposit of $450 will be due upon acceptance. (Awards of financial aid may reduce this amount.)A deposit of $440 will be due upon acceptance. (Awards of financial aid may reduce this amount.)A deposit of $425 will be due upon acceptance. (Awards of financial aid may reduce this amount.)
Deposit DeadlineMay 10, 2021May 20, 2021July 1, 2021
Registration/First Day of ConferenceSaturday, June 19, 2021Sunday, July 11, 2021Sunday, August 6, 2021
Program Website
Make sure to read all information before applying
Poetry WebsiteFiction Workshops WebsiteNonfiction & Memoir Workshops Website
Financial Aid & ScholarshipsView Financial Aid InformationView Financial Aid InformationView Financial Aid Information
Application FormApply Now (Poetry)Fiction Workshops Application FormNonFiction/Memoir Workshop Application Form

How to Apply to the 2021 Summer Workshops

Poetry Workshop Details
Poetry Application Guidelines
Fiction Workshops
Fiction Workshop Application Guidelines


Workshops in Narrative Nonfiction & Memoir
Narrative Nonfiction & Memoir Application Guidelines