The Newest OGQ is Here!

The third issue of OGQ: Omnium Gatherum Quarterly, the new quarterly online magazine from the Community of Writers, is here.

In this issue, we present an essay from one of our Community’s legends, the much-esteemed late novelist and journalist Robert Stone. It’s an excerpt from a just-released collection of his nonfiction. Longtime member Molly Fisk shares two poems, one each from two anthologies she’s featured in, one of which she edited. Leland Cheuk makes us all smarter and less America-centric with a journal of his recent internationlist reading. And, finally, we feature two gorgeous fictions from recent participants on the way up. Lyndsey Ellis‘s short story is a musically-structured experiment in association and observation by a mortuary technician. Her novel arrives next year. Elison Alcovendaz offers a poignant story of quotidian loss and emotional discovery.  

We’re also pleased to announce the inaugural episode of Conversations from the Virtual Valley, our new series featuring author interviews, readings and panels.  Our first features Michelle Latiolais in conversation with Ryan Ridge

Conversations from the Virtual Valley is hosted by Andrew Tonkovich and produced by Laura Howard

OGQ Issue 3

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Quarterly Roundup of New Alumni Books

Books published by Alumni and Staff Authors in April – June, 2020

Congratulations to these Community of Writers Alums and staff members who have published books during the second quarter of 2020!

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

Visit our Omnium Gatherum to explore all the recent alumni news.

NEW BOOKS FROM POETRY WORKSHOP ALUMNI

NEW BOOKS FROM WRITERS WORKSHOP ALUMNI


 

Memoir Workshop Public Events in the Virtual Valley

Join Us for the Memoir Workshop Week with Virtual Panels and Readings!

Please join us for the Public Events at the Community of Writers
during Memoir Week in the Virtual Valley.

Events are on the Zoom platform.

Panels:

Monday, 8/3, 4:00 PM (Pacific): “Effective Strategies for Memoir & Nonfiction,” featuring:
Debra Gwartney • Elizabeth Rosner • Grace Talusan
moderated by Sands Hall

Tuesday, 8/4, 4:00 PM (Pacific): “Who Am I This Time? Revisioning Memoir,” featuring:
Alex Espinoza • Christine Hemp • Sands Hall • Amy Tan
moderated by Debra Gwartney

RESERVE TICKET

Ticket reservations will close one hour before the event. Reserve early.

Readings:

Our Memoir staff talk about and read from their memoirs:

Tuesday, 8/4, 5:30 PM (Pacific):
Debra Gwartney • Sands Hall •  Grace Talusan

Thursday 8/6, 5:30 PM (Pacific):
Alex Espinoza • Christine Hemp • Elizabeth Rosner

RESERVE TICKET

Ticket reservations will close one hour before the event. Reserve early.


 

Film Adaptation Seminar

Film Adaptation Seminar for Writers
August 17-21, 2020

Open to all!  $350 – Register by August 10

Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM – Noon (Pacific)

Led by screenwriter Laura Harrington, this film adaptation workshop will consist of five three-hour online seminars. The focus will be on story structure, character development, scene creation, and uses of dialogue; the crucial elements of screenwriting, which will help lay the groundwork for your future book, screenplay, or series adaptation.

Even if you don’t plan on adapting your novel into a dramatic work, learning the skills vital to a screenwriter—writing visually vivid and emotional scenes; creating structure that invisibly marries plot to character development; revealing character through action; advancing connected themes; creating organic twists; creating a sense of urgency; creating a sensory, memorable world with the kinds tensions that reveal character — are useful skills for every writer

No application necessary. Simply register. Please include a one-page synopsis of your story, novel, memoir or nonfiction manuscript.
Deadline to Register: August 8
Register Now

 

“Short Takes” Fiction Staff Readings in the Virtual Valley

The Community of Writers Fiction Workshop in the Virtual Valley is proud to present

“Short Takes” Fiction Readings

These readings are presented to the public as part of our first-ever Fiction workshop held entirely online.
These readings are free to attend. Donations needed and welcome.

Tuesday, July 21st • 5:30 PM Pacific

Tom BarbashDevi S. LaskarKrys Lee •  Kirstin Valdez QuadeGregory Spatz
Emcee: Tom Lutz

Thursday, July 23rd • 5:30 PM Pacific

Janet FitchMichael Jaime-Becerra • Dana JohnsonTom LutzMargaret Wilkerson Sexton
Emcee: Oscar Villalon

Register Now!

Big Day of Giving Matching Form for Board of Directors

Quarterly Roundup of New Alumni Books

Books published by Alumni and Staff Authors in January – March, 2020

Congratulations to these Community of Writers Alums and staff members who have published books during the first quarter of 2020!

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

Visit our Omnium Gatherum to explore all the recent alumni news.

NEW BOOKS FROM POETRY WORKSHOP ALUMNI

And congratulations to Poetry Workshop alum Diannely Antigua, who was recently awarded the Whiting Award for Poetry!

 

 

 

 

 

NEW BOOKS FROM WRITERS WORKSHOPS ALUMNI

NEWS AND NEW BOOKS FROM POETRY AND WRITERS WORKSHOPS TEACHING STAFF

And a special congratulations to Poetry Program co-director, Brenda Hillman, who was recently awarded the Morton Dauwen Zabel Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. This award goes to a poet of progressive, original, and experimental tendencies.

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 2020 New Alumni Books Update here.

The Newest OGQ is Here!

The second issue of OGQ: Omnium Gatherum Quarterly, the new quarterly online magazine from the Community of Writers, is here.

In this issue, Robin Romm gives us her previously unpublished recent Community of Writers craft talk, to instruct and amuse. In three poems, Danusha Laméris esteems both beauty and pain, with simultaneous dignity, humor and wild enthusiasm.  Ted Fowler offers vulnerability and empathy in an elegantly precise chapter from a loving memoir of his late wife. (Watch for the small plane at its conclusion!) Finally, fiction fabulist Ryan Ridge leads a smart, darkly funny romp through real and unreal worlds of social, literary and political imagination.

Visit the OGQ to read the latest issue, and subscribe to get the next issue sent directly to your inbox!


Announcing our 2020 Summer Writing Workshops

The Community of Writers is pleased to announce the 50th Anniversary of our Summer Writing Workshops in Poetry and Fiction, Nonfiction and Memoir.
We are now accepting applications. 

 THE POETRY WORKSHOP:
June 20 – 27, 2020

The Poetry Workshop is founded on the belief that when poets gather in a community to write new poems, each poet may well break through old habits and write something stronger and truer than before. The idea is to try to expand the boundaries of what one can write. In the mornings we meet to read to each other the work of the previous twenty-four hours, and in the late afternoons we gather for a conversation about some aspect of craft.On several afternoons staff poets hold brief individual conferences. Director: Robert Hass.

Camille Dungy  •  Robert Hass  •  Brenda Hillman
Major Jackson  •  Ada Limón  •  Matthew Zapruder

Financial Aid Available.
Application Deadline: March 28, 2020. 

More program details, bios, logistics, and application form:

Visit the Poetry Workshop Page

THE WRITERS WORKSHOPS
in Fiction, Nonfiction & Memoir
July 6 – 13, 2020

 These workshops assist serious writers by exploring the art and craft as well as the business of writing. The week offers daily morning workshops, craft lectures, panel discussions on editing and publishing, staff readings, and brief individual conferences.The morning workshops are led by staff writer-teachers, editors, or agents. There are separate morning workshops for Fiction and Narrative Nonfiction/Memoir. In addition to their workshop manuscripts, participants may have a second manuscript read by a staff member who meets with them in individual conferences.

TEACHING STAFF

 Lisa Alvarez  •  Tom Barbash  •  Michael Carlisle  •  Jane Ciabattari  •  John Daniel  •  Leslie Daniels  •  Cai Emmons  •  Alex Espinoza  •  Joshua Ferris  •  Janet Fitch  •  Karen Joy Fowler  •  Lynn Freed  •  Molly Giles  •  Sands Hall  •  Michael Jaime-Becerra  •  Dana Johnson  •  Louis B. Jones  •  Dylan Landis  •  Krys Lee  •  Edie Meidav  •  Patricia K. Meyer  •  Kirstin Valdez Quade  •  Jason Roberts  •  Elizabeth Rosner  •  Margaret Wilkerson Sexton  •  Julia Flynn Siler  •  Martin J. Smith  •  Gregory Spatz  •  Elizabeth Tallent  •  Andrew Tonkovich  •  Oscar Villalon  

SPECIAL GUESTS

Max Byrd  •  Meg Waite Clayton  •  Selden Edwards  •  Richard Ford  •  Diana Fuller  •  Anne Lamott
Diane Johnson  •  Michelle Latiolais  •  Kem Nunn  •  Amy Tan

PLUS

Literary Agents – Book & Literary Magazine Editors and more

INTRODUCING PUBLISHED ALUMS

Robin Page  •  Shobha Rao  •  Marci Vogel  •  Alia Volz  •  Kate Wisel

Financial Aid available.
Application Deadline: March 28, 2020

More program details, bios, logistics, and application form:
Visit the Writers Workshops Page

Quarterly Roundup of New Alumni Books

Books published by Alumni Authors published in October – December, 2019

Congratulations to these Community of Writers Alums who have published books during the fourth quarter of 2019!

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

Visit our Omnium Gatherum to explore all the recent alumni news.

NEW BOOKS FROM POETRY WORKSHOP ALUMNI

 

NEW BOOKS FROM WRITERS WORKSHOPS ALUMNI

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 2020 New Alumni Books Update here.


 

Quarterly Roundup of New Alumni Books

Books published by Alumni Authors published in July – September, 2019

Congratulations to these Community of Writers Alums who have published books during the third quarter of 2019!

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

Visit our Omnium Gatherum to explore all the recent alumni news.

NEW BOOKS FROM POETRY WORKSHOP ALUMNI

 

NEW BOOKS FROM WRITERS WORKSHOPS ALUMNI

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 2019 New Alumni Books Update here.


 

Images from the June 2019 Poetry Benefit Reading

After a long delay, we have finally uploaded images from the 2019 Benefit Poetry Reading. The Benefit was held in Grass Valley at the historic Saint Joseph’s Cultural Center on June 21 to an overflowing and enthusiastic crowd.

The 2019 Benefit Reading featured poets Forrest Gander, Robert Hass, Brenda Hillman, David Tomas Martinez, Jane Miller, Sharon Olds, and Gregory Pardlo, emcee Maxima Kahn, and were welcomed by Judy Crowe.
The Benefit Reading is held every year on the night before the Poetry Workshop in Squaw Valley to raise important funds for the Community of Writers Scholarship Fund for Poets.

Many thanks to the coordinator Eva Melas, as well as YubaLit’s Rachel Howard, and all the volunteers who made the event such as success.

Special thanks to Adrian Schneider for the photographs! You can view more of his work on his website: Adrian Schneider Photograhy.

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Join us at San Francisco’s LitCrawl for an Alumni Poetry Reading

Join the Community of Writers for an Alumni Poetry Reading during Phase 3 of the 2019 LitCrawl in San Francisco!

Saturday, October 19th, from 8-9 PM

Red Poppy Art House
2698 Folsom at 23rd,
San Francisco

www.litquake.org

Come celebrate the publication of Written Here: The Community of Writers Poetry Review 2018, where alumni poets continue the tradition of publishing a collection of poems conceived in Squaw Valley during the Poetry Workshop at the Community of Writers.

Featured readings by

Joan Baranow • Marcene Gandolfo • Masha Lisak • Jesse Nathan • Emily Wolahan

In addition to readings from our featured poets, other poets published in the anthology will be chosen to read via draw of the hat:

Jeremy Cantor •  Jolie Clark • Armen Davoudian • Rosa de Anda • Rob Lipton • Diane K. Martin
Florencia Milito • Jacqueline Hughes Simon

 

In Written Here: The Community of Writers Poetry Review, alumni poets continue the tradition of publishing a collection of poems begun during the Poetry Workshop. Poets from the most recent workshop submit three poems, revised or the same as the day the poem was first imagined. Volunteer editors, alumni from the same annual workshop, select the poems that appear in the Review. Proceeds benefit the Poetry Workshop Scholarship Fund.

The 2018 edition of Written Here was edited by Masha Lisak, Judy Brackett Crowe, Christine H. Cummings, Nancy Kangas, Diane Martin, Joan Baranow, Ted Lardner, Jack Martin, and Kate O’Neill. Book design and production by Cody Gates and Maureen Forys at Happenstance Type-O-Rama. The cover photograph was taken by Christopher Upham.

Copies of Written Here 2018 will be available for purchase!

Hope to see you there!

Thank You For An Extraordinary Summer!

Brett Hall Jones and Lisa Alvarez get ready for the writers workshops!

Thank you to all who helped make the 2019 summer of workshops happen!

2019’s Summer Workshops and events were a tremendous success.

Poems, photocopiers, poetry elves, vegan muffins, handmade tablecloths, softball games, nature walks past roaring snowmelt waterfalls, quaking aspen trees, anthologies, manuscripts, festooned pinecones, the Paul Radin Memorial Dream Wagon, music and the inimitable Joyce Carol Oates and her brilliant reading of her story “Assassin!”

Lisa Alvarez and Alex Espinoza present Vanessa Hua with a special festooned pinecone.

This year in particular stood out among many wonderful sessions.  The high caliber of the work, and the deep commitment to community, made this session particularly memorable.

We are grateful to our generous teaching staff members in PoetryFiction and Nonfiction who make the summer workshops an unforgettable and productive experience. And in particular I want to thank our program directors: Lisa AlvarezMichael Carlisle, Brenda Hillman, Diana Fuller, and Louis B. Jones. And thanks to Sands Hall for her leadership and for organizing the fabulous Follies!

Joyce Carol Oates, Daniel Halpern and Amy Tan in discussion after their readings.

And thanks to our Special Guests for the gift of their presence in the Valley: Daniel Halpern, Robert Hass, Michelle Latoiolas, Joyce Carol Oates, and Amy Tan.

Patricia K. Meyer joined us in the valley again this summer to teach her special class “The Alchemy of Adaptation.” A big thank you to Diana Fuller, who founded and shepherded this program from a full screenwriting program to an adaptation program for fiction and nonfiction writers. Thanks to Whitney Fuller and Christopher Upham for taking wonderful photographs. Thanks to Chris, also, for his technical support.

At the Tom Rickman tribute: Christopher Upham, Diana Fuller, Tom’s daughter Meghan Rickman Zola, Patricia K. Meyer and Tom Rickman’s granddaughter Lily. (Photo by Whitney Fuller.)

We mourned the loss of two of our beloved friends this summer: Burnett Miller and Tom Rickman. Many thanks to poet Gary Short for his moving comments about Burnett. And thanks to our friends Diana Fuller and Patricia K. Meyer for helping us to celebrate Tom’s life and history with the Community of Writers. We were so pleased and honored to be joined by the families of Burnett and Tom.

We are deeply grateful to the Capital Public Radio’s generous and remarkable Beth Ruyak for leading panels and interviews during our Writers Workshop week.

Heaps of gratitude again to Andrew Tonkovich, who was essential every step of the way: from the management of all the manuscripts during registration, to moderating panels, he was central to it all. He is also invaluable as we work toward celebrating our 50th Anniversary.

Julia Flynn Siler reads from the deck of the Paul Radin Memorial Dream Wagon.

A big thank you to Julia Flynn Siler and Charlie Siler for all of their work on the 50th Anniversary Oral History Project, including interviewing longtime staff members and filming panels and readings, videotaping them and making them available to us as we move into our 50th year.

We are grateful for the outstanding work done by Kaitlin Klaussen coordinating our participant and staff housing. Many thanks to Livia Keene, who worked our pop-up bookstore in the Dream Wagon during the Poetry Program. Thanks also to Lindsey Gordon and Tracy Hall for documenting the goings-on with their cameras (including the photos here). And thanks to Tracy, Dashiell Jones, and Kat Feiling, for creating a bit of home in our humble snack bar.

Eva Melas, Jesse Bedayn, Sean Hamilton, Kat Feiling, Dash Jones, Lindsey Gordon, and Hunter Jones.

Our Elves (and all-around helpers) were Jesse Bedayn, Kat Feiling, Lindsey Gordon, Sean Hamilton, Jesse Israel, Dashiell Jones, Hunter Jones, Remy Mickelson, Livia Keene, Audrey Rawson, and Louis Tonkovich. With high energy and good spirits, they all made things happen seamlessly. Special thanks to Eva Melas for the myriad of projects she managed. We would be lost without her. Details below.

Hunter and Dashiell helped us record events and will soon be putting them on our website as podcasts. Eva organized the Poetry Picnic this year at Meeks Bay along with the help of Lindsey Gordon and Hunter Jones. Indispensable also at the Poetry Picnic was our grill-master Leslie Hobayan who barbecued with confidence and good humor. A big thank you to all of our work-waivers Matthew Moniz, Andrew Dally, Nathan Cheng, Brian Chung, Benjamin Voigt, and Jennifer Steinorth for their help all week. Thanks to Karen Terrey  for helping with local publicity. And a special thanks to Poetry program work-waiver Nicholas Nichols for documenting the week through his lens.

Poetry staff members Sharon Olds, David Tomas Martinez and Gregory Pardlo celebrate with their team after the annual Poetry softball game. Photo by Nicholas Nicols. View more photos by N.N. here. 

The Benefit Poetry Reading took place in Grass Valley in June and many thanks are in order, especially to Maxima Kahn who emceed the event, Judy Crowe who introduced the event, as well as the seven participating poets: Forrest Gander, Robert Hass, Brenda Hillman, David Tomas Martinez, Jane Miller, Sharon Olds and Gregory Pardlo. 

Special thanks to the Event Coordinator Eva Melas who, with the brilliant help of Rachel Howard at YubaLit, and  Don Rogers (publisher of the Grass Valley Union Newspaper) were instrumental in making sure we had a robust audience in such a small town. Thanks so much to our sponsors Grass Valley Courtyard SuitesYubaLit, and Nevada County Arts Council. Thanks to Copper Canyon Press, New Directions Press, Sarabande Books, and Wesleyan University Press for donating books.Thanks to our enthusiastic volunteers: Lindsey Gordon, Lisa Malsam, Emily Malsam & Michael MelasLydia & Jim Seely, and Mary Vogt. And special thanks to our friend Tom Taylor (lights and sound) who climbed a terrifying ladder to set the lights for the event. Thanks to Adrian Schneider for his wonderful photos. Elias Funez (Union Newspaper) also took some terrific photos from that night.

Members of the 50th Anniversary Committee gather at the home of Carlin and Jim Naify in Santa Cruz. From left: Jim Naify, Hunter Jones, Andrew Tonkovich, Eddy Ancinas, Sands Hall, Carlin Naify, Brett Hall Jones, Laura Howard, Nancy Teichert, and Julia Flynn Siler.

We would like to acknowledge our friends who have been tremendously generous with their time and local support over the years:  Mimi Miller, Eddy & Osvaldo Ancinas, and Amy Tan & Lou Demattei. Thanks also to alum and friend Bob Austin for his generous wine donation. Thanks also to Ben Preston for being so helpful with our conference move, and for his masterful management of the sound during the Follies.

Many thanks to the Board of Directors: a person in my position couldn’t ask for a more responsive, generous and wise Board, especially president Jim Naify.  I am grateful to our Events Committee (Carlin Naify, Nancy Teichert and Ruth Blank) who made great things happen during the programs. Special thanks this year to my comrades Michael Carlisle and Michelle Latiolais, who are always there with advice, support and friendship. This year we welcomed one new Board Member: poetry workshop alum Ken Haas.


And to our Donors: What a community this is! Your support is essential to this thing we do.

With love and gratitude,

-Brett Hall Jones
Executive Director

2019 Poetry Benefit Reading

An Evening With Beloved Poets

Nationally Known Poets return to Nevada County

Click on the author portraits to learn about these poets and their work. Or View as List

Forrest Gander  •  Brenda Hillman  •  David Tomas Martinez
Jane Miller  •  Sharon Olds •  Gregory Pardlo • with special guest Robert Hass

This year we are pleased to welcome seven extraordinary poets including four Pulitzer Prize winners, a recipient of the Griffin International Prize, a recipient of the Wallace Award for Poetry, a former U.S. Poet Laureate, a National Book Award winner, and a recipient of the Pushcart Prize.

Click here to view bios.

Community of Writers Poetry alum Maxima Kahn will Emcee the Event.

Friday, June 21, 2019
7:00 p.m. (doors open at 6:00)

St. Joseph’s Cultural Center

On Friday, June 21, 2019, acclaimed poets Forrest Gander, Robert Hass, Brenda Hillman, David Tomas Martinez, Jane Miller, Sharon Olds, and Gregory Pardlo will read from their poetry at the St. Joseph’s Cultural Center

410 S. Church Street, Grass Valley, CA 95945

This gathering of the tribe—all staff poets from this year’s Community of Writers’ Summer Poetry Workshop in Squaw Valley—will raise money for the Poetry Program’s financial aid and scholarships. Join us for a reading, signing, and reception with the poets. Books by the poets will be available for purchase before and after the reading.

We are delighted to report that St. Joseph’s Cultural Center is air-conditioned!

For more information contact us.

TICKET PRICES

General Admission: $25 advance/$30 at the door

Students: $12 advance/$15 at the door for students (with current student ID)

Premium Seats (first 2 rows): $45

Groups (10 or more purchased at the same time): $20/ticket
** Advance Ticket Sales end at 10:00 AM on June 21 ** 

If you would like to purchase tickets over the phone, call 530-470-8440

Tickets

Directions

St. Joseph’s  is located at 410 S. Church Street, Grass Valley, CA 95945.  For location map and directions, please visit the St. Joseph’s Cultural Center’s website.

Parking

St. Joseph’s has a parking lot. If full there are several other lots in Grass Valley as well as street parking.

Parking for visitors with disabilities can be found in St. Joseph’s lot.

This venue is wheelchair accessible.


Get Involved!

Become a Sponsor or Give to the Poetry Scholarship Fund

We are looking for volunteers! We need help with:

  • Promoting the event during the months of April and May.
  • Crowd-wrangling on the evening of June 21.

If you are interested in helping (and in a free ticket to the event), please contact us.

Written Here: The Community of Writers Poetry Review 2017

It’s here!

We are delighted to announce the publication of Written Here: The Community of Writers Poetry Review 2017.  This annual anthology is made up of poems first written during the 2017 Poetry Workshop, and is available now! Proceeds benefit the Poetry Workshop’s Scholarship Fund.

Each June at the Community of Writers, poets gather in the Sierras to write and share their new work. Participants and teaching staff poets alike write a poem each day and then bring their new draft to workshop the next morning. All of the poems in Written Here 2017 first emerged during the Poetry Workshop week. This edition of Written Here contains a historic first for the Community: it contains work by each and every one of the poets who attended in 2017, as well as poems by each of the staff poets: Francisco Aragón, Forrest Gander, Robert Hass, Brenda Hillman, Sharon Olds, and Gregory Pardlo. The result is an astonishing look into what this generative and supportive week can yield. Congratulations to the volunteer alums who made this happen: Editor, Aaron Graham; managing editor Roger Soffer; photographer, Ananda Lima; and Cody G. Gates, the book’s designer.

Poets included in the issue:

Allison Albino · Amy Antongiovanni · Francisco Aragón · Gene Berson · Judy Bertelsen · Rebecca Black · Allyson Boggess · Jennifer Swanton Brown · Sammi Bryan · Lucy Burns · Anita Ann Cabrera · James Cagney · Brian Cochran · Susan Cohen · Alana de Hinojosa · David R. Dixon · Ryan Dzelzkalns · Janet Fitch · Neil Flatman · Kari Flickinger · Tracy Fuad · Josie Gallup · Forrest Gander · Aaron Graham · Kelsey Gutierrez · Susie Hammond · Kim Harvey · Robert Hass · Zakia Henderson-Brown · Brenda Hillman · Jackie Hymes · Alisha Kaplan · Michele Karas · Stefan Karlsson · Hannah Perrin King · Elizabeth Lapin · Lester Graves Lennon · Raina J. León · Ananda Lima · Yuxi Lin · Bonnie Long · Antonio Lopez · Jami Macarty · Dean Wilfred Martineau · Max McDonough · Dawn McGuire · Maggie Millner · Penelope Moffet · David Moody · Madeleine Mori · David Mucklow · Robin Myers · Kimberly Nunes · Sharon Olds · Gregory Pardlo · Therí Pickens · C. Pirloul · Laura Post · Henry Rappaport · Nicholas Reiner · Laura Rosenthal · Deborah Dashow Ruth · Brynn Saito · Cintia Santana · Matthew Schmidt · Vernon Small · Roger Soffer · Carl Steen · Jeanine Stevens · Cameron Stuart · Gabriella R. Tallmadge · Jan Verberkmoes · Marci Vogel · Katie Walker · Jeff Walt · Paul Watsky · Randy White · Annette Wong · Emma Winsor Wood

The book available through a print-on-demand site for $18

Buy Now

More Anthologies 


 

Announcing our 2019 Summer Writers Workshops

The Community of Writers is pleased to announce the 2019 Summer Writing Workshops in Poetry and Fiction, Nonfiction and Memoir.
We are now accepting applications. 

 THE POETRY WORKSHOP

June 22 – 29, 2019

The Poetry Workshop is founded on the belief that when poets gather in a community to write new poems, each poet may well break through old habits and write something stronger and truer than before. The idea is to try to expand the boundaries of what one can write. In the mornings we meet to read to each other the work of the previous twenty-four hours, and in the late afternoons we gather for a conversation about some aspect of craft.On several afternoons staff poets hold brief individual conferences. Director: Robert Hass.

Forrest Gander  •  Brenda Hillman  •  David Tomas Martinez
Jane Miller  •  Sharon Olds  •  Gregory Pardlo

with special guest Robert Hass

Financial Aid Available.
Application Deadline: April 1, 2019. 

More program details, bios, logistics, and application form:

Visit the Poetry Workshop Page

THE WRITERS WORKSHOPS
in Fiction, Nonfiction & Memoir

July 8 – 15, 2019

 These workshops assist serious writers by exploring the art and craft as well as the business of writing. The week offers daily morning workshops, craft lectures, panel discussions on editing and publishing, staff readings, and brief individual conferences.The morning workshops are led by staff writer-teachers, editors, or agents. There are separate morning workshops for Fiction and Narrative Nonfiction/Memoir. In addition to their workshop manuscripts, participants may have a second manuscript read by a staff member who meets with them in individual conferences.

SPECIAL GUESTS

Katharine Dion • Richard Ford • Diana Fuller • Daniel Halpern • Michelle Latiolais •
Joyce Carol Oates • Beth Ruyak • Amy Tan

TEACHING STAFF

Lisa Alvarez • Ramona Ausubel • Michael Carlisle • Leland Cheuk • Tyler Dilts
Frances Dinkelspiel • Alex Espinoza • Janet Fitch • Dagoberto Gilb • Sands Hall
Rachel Howard • Vanessa Hua • Rhoda Huffey • Louis B. Jones • Krys Lee • Tom Lutz
Patricia K. Meyer • Howard Norman • Victoria Patterson • Margaret Wilkerson Sexton
Greg Spatz • Héctor Tobar • Andrew Tonkovich • Jane Vandenburgh          

PLUS

Literary Agents – Book & Literary Magazine Editors and more

INTRODUCING PUBLISHED ALUMS

Marcia Butler • Kate Day • Devi S. Laskar • Wayétu Moore

Financial Aid available.
Application Deadline: April 1, 2019

More program details, bios, logistics, and application form:
Visit the Writers Workshops Page

Quarterly Roundup of New Alumni Books

Books published by Alumni Authors published in October – December, 2018

Congratulations to these Community of Writers Alums who have published books during the last quarter of 2018!

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

Visit our Omnium Gatherum to explore all the recent alumni news.

NEW BOOKS FROM POETRY WORKSHOP ALUMNI

 

NEW BOOKS FROM WRITERS WORKSHOPS ALUMNI

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 2019 New Alumni Books Update here.


 

Thank You For A Remarkable Summer!

Thank you to all who helped make the 2018 summer of workshops happen!

Jack Norman, Lindsey Gordon, Hunter Jones, Eva Melas, and Livia Keene setting up the bookstore.

As they have done for 48 years, the Summer Workshops came together with the tireless participation of many friends and colleagues.It always strikes me as a minor miracle when the workshops all come together. But of course it is the enmeshing of hundreds of kindred spirits, learning about and from each other and their work, that makes it so. Without all of you it just wouldn’t be possible.

We are grateful to and astounded by our generous teaching staff members in PoetryFiction and Nonfiction who make the summer workshops an unforgettable and productive experience. And in particular I want to thank our program directors: Lisa AlvarezMichael CarlisleRobert HassDiana Fuller, and Louis B. Jones.

Thanks also to Patricia K. Meyer who joined us in the valley to teach her special class on the Alchemy of Adaptation. A big thank you to Diana who founded and shepherded this program from a full screenwriting program to an adaptation program for fiction and nonfiction writers. Thanks to Christopher Upham as well for photography and general technical support.

Robin Radin speaks at the dedication of the Paul Radin Memorial Dream Wagon.

Heaps of gratitude again to Andrew Tonkovich, who was essential every step of the way: from the management of all the manuscripts during registration, to moderating panels, he was central to it all. Many thanks to Eva Melas and Livia Keene, who both managed our pop-up bookstore in the Dream Wagon. Thanks also to Lindsey Gordon and Tracy Hall for documenting the goings-on with their cameras (including the photos here). And thanks to Tracy and Jim Chumbley, Hunter Jones and Lindsey Gordon, for creating a bit of home in our humble snack bar. Our Elves (and all-around helpers) were Christian AguilarJesse BedaynHannah Casey, Lindsey Gordon, Jesse Israel, Hunter Jones, Eva Melas, Jack Norman, Livia Keene, Audrey Rawson, and Louis Tonkovich. With high energy and good spirits, they all made things happen seamlessly.

Jim Seely surveys his work.

Hunter helped us record events and will soon be putting them on our website as podcasts. Eva Melas organized the Poetry Picnic this year at Meeks Bay along with the help of Lindsey Gordon, Hunter Jones, and Jack Norman. Indispensable also at the Poetry Picnic was Ethan Andrews who barbecued with confidence. A big thank you to all of our work waivers Daniel Duffy, Anuradha Bhowmik, Lily Jamaludin, and Katherine Noble for their help all week. And thanks to Sands Hall for the inimitable Follies and for hosting Poetry’s final dinner. Liz Thiem and Storey Rafter graced our Poetry party with delicious food and good humor.

Participants in the Poetry Softball Game including staff poets Sharon Olds and Mónica de la Torre

The Paul Radin Memorial Dream Wagon: On Saturday, during the Writers week, the Community of Writers at Squaw Valley memorialized one of its longtime friends, the late Paul Radin, during the dedication of the Paul Radin Memorial Dream Wagon. The commemoration ceremony preceded the Writers Workshop’s annual Follies, with remarks by Louis B. Jones and Robin RadinDavid and Robin Radin, along with members of Paul Radin’s extended family, were there to represent the family. The Radin family donated seed money to the Community dedicated to the purchase of a portable “tiny house” on wheels to be used as an office and bookstore onsite during the conference weeks in Squaw Valley. Also honored that night was the builder of this tiny house on wheels project, Jim Seely, who was given a standing ovation. We have many other donors to thank for helping make the Dream Wagon real, please stay posted.

We would like to acknowledge our friends who have been tremendously generous with their time and local support over the years: Eddy & Osvaldo AncinasMimi & Burnett Miller and Amy Tan & Lou Demattei. And thanks for years of advice and excellent legal care David Riegels who has been our generous pro-bono attorney for decades.  We say a loving goodbye to him as he starts his retirement. Thanks also to alum and friend Bob Austin for his ADA compliance advice. Special thanks also to Capital Public Radio’s Beth Ruyak, who impressed us all as she emceed a panel of memoir-writing fiction writers, and more.

The Benefit Poetry Reading took place in Nevada City in June and many thanks are in order, especially to Molly Fisk who emceed the event, as well as the six participating poets: Kazim AliMónica de la Torre, Robert Hass, Sharon Olds, Evie Shockley, and Dean Young.

Special thanks to the Event Coordinator Elizabeth Kelley Gillogly who, with the able help of Rachel Howard at YubaLit, made this one of the best-attended  Benefit

Gary Short, Louis B. Jones, and Andrew Tonkovich

events we’ve done. Thanks so much to our sponsors Caseywood Corporation, Joan Baranow and David Watts, The Entrekin FoundationYubaLit, and Nevada County Arts Council. Thanks to Copper Canyon PressCounterpoint Press, and Wesleyan University Press for donating books.Thanks to our enthusiastic volunteers: Catherine Bilheimer, Cathy Chappell, Eva Melas, Michael & Emily MalsamLydia & Jim Seely, Tom Taylor, and Mary Vogt.

Many thanks to the Board of Directors: a person in my position couldn’t ask for a more responsive, generous and wise Board, especially president Jim Naify.  I am grateful to our Events Committee (Carlin Naify, Nancy Teichert & Ruth Blank) who made great things happen during the programs. Special thanks this year to my comrades Michael Carlisle and Michelle Latiolais who are always there with advice, support and friendship. This year we welcomed two new Board Members: Reagan Arthur and Dana Johnson.

Edan Lepucki, Lisa Alvarez, and Reagan Arthur

Our Donors: What a community this is! Your support is essential to this thing we do.

With love and gratitude,

 

-Brett Hall Jones
Executive Director

 

 

 


 

New Alumni Books Update

Books by Alumni Authors published in Summer 2018

Congratulations to these Community of Writers Alums who have published books during the summer months of 2018!

We are delighted to share their success with you. Visit our alumni newsfeed on our Omnium Gatherum page.

NEW BOOKS FROM POETRY WORKSHOP ALUMNI

NEW BOOKS FROM WRITERS WORKSHOPS ALUMNI

View Summer News

 

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 2018 New Alumni Book Update here!

Recently Published Alums Return to Read From Their Books

In July 2018, we continued our tradition of inviting recently published alums back to the Community of Writers to read from their new books. On Wednesday, July 11, we presented The Published Alumni Reading Series, preceded by a reception in the honor of these writers, who made the journey to present their newly published work to participants and staff of the 2018 Writers Workshop. This year’s alums were Michael Andreasen (The Sea Beast Takes a Lover), Laurie Doyle (World Gone Missing), Jimin Han (A Small Revolution), Mary Kuryla (Freak Weather: Stories),and Brian Rogers (The Whole of the Moon),all introduced by Charmaine CraigThe Community of Writers was delighted to celebrate the success of these writers and to present them to the participants, staff, and the public.

 

 

  • Michael Andreasen
  • Laurie Ann Doyle
  • Jimin Han
  • Mary Kuryla
  • Brian Rogers

Six Extraordinary Poets Together on One Night in Nevada City

Nationally Known Poets Return to Read in Nevada City to Benefit the Community of Writers

This year we are pleased to welcome six extraordinary poets, including two Pulitzer-Prize winners and a 2018 finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. Last year’s Benefit Poetry Reading was such a success that we have decided  to once again return to the Miners Foundry in Nevada City, California.

FRIDAY, JUNE 22, 2018, 7:00pm


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  • Kazim Ali
  • Mónica de la Torre
  • Robert Hass
  • Sharon Olds
  • Evie Shockley
  • Dean Young
 

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NOTE: We have a limited number of premium seats available in the first two rows–get yours today! 

This gathering of nationally known poets—all staff poets from this year’s Community of Writers’ Summer Poetry Workshop in Squaw Valley—will raise money for the Poetry Program’s financial aid and scholarships. Join us for a reading, signing, and reception with the poet teachers. Books by the poets will be available for purchase before and after the reading.

Tickets are $25 advance/$30 at the door for general admission and $15 advance/$20 at the door for students (with current student ID).

Premium seating, first 2 rows: $45.

Group price, 10 or more tickets purchased at the same time: $20/ticket.

If you would like to purchase tickets over the phone, call 530-470-8440.

Thank you to our sponsors:

Caseywood  •  The Entrekin Foundation •  Nevada County Arts  •  YubaLit •  David Watts and Joan Baranow  •  Hip Pocket Press

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Just 7 Days Until the 2018 Big Day of Giving

Next Thursday, May 3rd, is a Big Day!

Because we are based in Northern California, the Community of Writers has the extraordinary opportunity to participate in the BIG Day of Giving, which benefits our region’s nonprofits. If you already plan on making a gift to the Scholarship Fund, donating on Thursday, May 3rd may leverage your donation even further with over $10,000 in matching funds available!

 

Last year, because of the many generous friends and alumni who donated during the Big Day of Giving, we raised over $20,000. Those funds helped us bring in new teaching staff, sustain our remarkable alumni community with many events and opportunities, and offer financial aid to talented writers who would not have been able to attend the workshops without it. We’d love to be able to better that number this year.

How you can help on May 3rd:

1) Make a donation to The Community of Writers at Squaw Valley at www.bigdayofgiving.org.

2) Spread the word. Tell your friends, post on Facebook, and tweet about it. This is an opportunity to be part of something really big. Help us get there!

Thank you in advance for your generosity to our community; together, we can make a BIG impact!

Facebook: BIG Day of Giving

Twitter: @Bigdayofgiving 

Hashtag: #BDOG2018

This event is produced by the wonderful people at the Sacramento Regional Community Foundation.

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The Continuum: Gifts To Our Scholarship Fund Sustain Poetry and Prose

One of our principle goals, always, is to keep the Summer Workshops affordable for our participants.

In the early days, our workshops shared the Valley with few other visitors, (cheerleaders! wrestlers! endurance runners!) but as the ski resort has prospered, the Valley has become an attractive year-round destination and the local costs of participant and teaching staff accommodations and food for the workshop week have risen dramatically.

With rising costs, financial aid has become essential for many of our participants. Offering scholarships and waivers ensures that talented writers from all backgrounds and means are able to attend, and that new and diverse writers continue to benefit from this opportunity.

The Continuum: Many of you reading this now were once recipients of some kind of financial aid. Some of you may still be strapped financially; nevertheless we hope you can send something. You may no longer be a student, or may have a better job, or you may have even seen your book published. Did your time at the Valley help your writing life?  If it did, I hope you will consider sending us a larger donation to help another talented writer have that experience.

The application manuscripts have arrived for the 2018 Summer Workshops. We are delighted and astonished with the work, and we are all looking forward to another productive summer with these writers and poets. In the next few weeks, we will be making admissions decisions. Those decisions include grants of financial aid for our most talented and needy writers.

Visit our Financial Aid & Scholarships page for more information on how you can donate to our scholarship fund, or to a specific scholarship.

Donations to the Community of Writers may be tax-deductible.

Please give Today. All gifts received on or before May 1 will go directly to our 2018 Scholarship Fund. If you would like to help, but cannot donate before May 1, please email us and pledge the amount you would like to give.

If you are interested in creating an honorary scholarship, email brett@communityofwriters.org

Or you can donate online today or send a check to:

Community of Writers – Scholarship Fund
PO Box 1416
Nevada City, CA 95959


New Alumni Summer Books Update

Books written by Alumni Authors published in July-September, 2017

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

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

 

NEW BOOKS FROM POETRY WORKSHOP ALUMNI

  • Alice Anderson
  • Judy Bebelaar
  • Conor Bracken
  • Melissa Fondakowski
  • Chuck Joy
  • Jeanine Stevens
  • Sally Van Doren

NEW BOOKS FROM WRITERS WORKSHOPS ALUMNI

  • Laurie Ann Doyle
  • Jamie Ford
  • Christine Granados
  • Janine Kovac
  • Nick Mann
  • Barbara McDonald
  • Justin McFarr
  • Kim O'Neil
  • Brian Rogers
  • Elizabeth Rosner
  • Jeff Solomon

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!

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.

 

NEW BOOKS FROM POETRY WORKSHOP ALUMNI

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

NEW BOOKS FROM WRITERS WORKSHOPS ALUMNI

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!

The Continuum: Gifts To Our Scholarship Fund Sustain Poetry & Prose

One of our principle goals, always, is to keep the Summer Workshops affordable for our participants.

In the early days, our workshops shared the Valley with few other visitors, (cheerleaders! wrestlers! endurance runners!) but as the ski resort has prospered, the Valley has become an attractive year-round destination and the local costs of participant and teaching staff accommodations and food for the workshop week have risen dramatically.

With rising costs, financial aid has become essential for many of our participants. Offering scholarships and waivers ensures that talented writers from all backgrounds and means are able to attend, and that new and diverse writers continue to benefit from this opportunity.

The Continuum: Many of you reading this now were once recipients of some kind of financial aid. Some of you may still be strapped financially; nevertheless we hope you can send something. You may no longer be a student, or may have a better job, or you may have even seen your book published. Did your time at in the Valley help your writing life?  If it did, I hope you will consider sending us a larger donation to help another talented writer have that experience.

The application manuscripts have arrived for the 2017 Summer Workshops. We are delighted and astonished with the work, and we are all looking forward to another productive summer with these writers and poets. In the next few weeks, we will be making admissions decisions. Those decisions include grants of financial aid for our most talented and needy writers.

Visit our Financial Aid & Scholarships page for more information on how you can donate to our scholarship fund, or to a specific scholarship. Donations to the Community of Writers are 100% tax-deductible.

Please give Today. All gifts received on or before May 1 will go directly to our 2017 Scholarship Fund. If you would like to help, but cannot donate before May 1, please email us and pledge the amount you would like to give.

If you are interested in creating an honorary scholarship, email brett@communityofwriters.org

Or you can donate online today or send a check to:

Community of Writers – Scholarship Fund
PO Box 1416
Nevada City, CA 95959


2016 Summer Writing Workshops Podcasts Now Available

Listen to your favorite craft talks again!

Tom Barbash gives a craft talk during the 2016 Writers Workshop.

The Community of Writers is pleased to offer the best of the 2016 Writers Workshops to the public as podcasts. We have seventeen of the most popular panels, craft talks, and lectures available for download on our website, including Tom Barbash‘s talk, “The Germs (of stories, that is): From Where Do Stories Emerge?” and Dava Sobel‘s craft talk on “The Construction of a Nonfiction Narrative.”

You can browse our selection of podcasts on our website, and download and listen to any talk on your computer or device.

You may also visit our Podcast Archives for previous years’ podcasts.

 


 

2017 New Alumni Books Update: First Quarter

Books written by Alumni Authors published in January – March, 2017

Congratulations to these Community of Writers Alums who have published books in the first three months of 2017.

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

 

NEW BOOKS FROM POETRY WORKSHOP ALUMNI

NEW BOOKS FROM WRITERS WORKSHOPS ALUMNI

  • Lisa Alvarez & Andrew Tonkovich
  • Marcia Butler
  • Lindsey Lee Johnson
  • Terry Shames

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!


The Annual Campaign a Success!

Thank You!

KnightNow that 2016 has come to a close, we want to express our gratitude to all of those who have participated in this community or supported us financially. We hope that this Community will sustain and invigorate your writing life in 2017, as your participation sustains us.

We are so grateful for the financial support we have received in the past few months from so many of you. Thank you for making our Annual Fund Campaign such a success. You can find a list of supporters here.

All of us at the Community of Writers wish you a happy and productive 2017!


 

Join Us in Squaw Valley for These Literary Events

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The Community of Writers 46th Annual Writers Workshops in fiction, nonfiction, and memoir, will take place in Squaw Valley the week of July 25- August 1st. You are invited to join us for public craft talks, panels, and readings by the teaching staff, agents and editors, and published alumni. You can find a printable schedule and make a reservation for the two evening Special Events (see below) here.

TUESDAY, JULY 26


1:00    Craft Talk: “The Germs (of stories, that is): From Where Do Stories Emerge?” by Tom Barbash
2:00    Panel: “Telling Truth through Fiction: Transmuting ‘Real’ Events into Imaginative Fiction” with Rhoda Huffey, Joanne Meschery, Victoria Patterson and Amy Tan – moderated by Jane Ciabattari
3:00    Panel: “The Historical Novel”  with Sands Hall, Edie Meidav, Gregory Spatz, and Mary Volmer – moderated by Jason Roberts
4:00    “The Writing Community, Prizes and the Life of the Writer: Jane Ciabattari in conversation with Oscar Villalon
5:30    Short Takes Staff Readings: Mark Childress, Natalie Serber, Andrew Tonkovich, and Mary Volmer
7:30    Panel: “The Big Nonfiction Book:Conquering Research to Find the Story” with Jason Roberts, Héctor Tobar, Jordan Fisher Smith and Dava Sobel – moderated by Julia Flynn Siler

WEDNESDAY, JULY 27


1:00    Craft Talk: “The Construction of a Nonfiction Narrative” by Dava Sobel
2:00    Panel: “Humor, Voice, Character and Subtext” with Mark Childress, Dana Johnson, Anne Lamott, Matt Sumell – moderated by Andrew Tonkovich
3:00    Panel: “The Heart of Memoir” with Anne Lamott, Natalie Serber, Jane Vandenburgh – moderated by Sands Hall
5:30    Short Takes Staff Readings with Edie Meidav, Jason Roberts, Julia Flynn Siler, Gregory Spatz
7:30*    Staff read & talk about their work: Dana Johnson, Anne Lamott, Matt Sumell, Héctor Tobar.

* This event has an admittance fee, and reservations are appreciated. Reserve your seat for this event.

THURSDAY, JULY 28


1:00    Panel: “Book Editors” with Reagan Arthur, Erika Goldman, Joy Johannessen, Calvert Morgan, Jack Shoemaker – moderated by Michael Carlisle
2:00    Panel: “Literary Agents” with Noah Ballard, Joy Harris, and BJ Robbins – moderated by Joy Johannessen
3:00    “Journals We Edit, Journals We Read,” with Oscar Villalon and Andrew Tonkovich
5:30    Published Alumni Reading: Stephanie Kegan, Nayomi Munaweera, Marian Palaia, Juan Alvarado Valdivia, Heather Young – Introduced by Matt Sumell
7:30    A Writers’ Tribute to Alan Cheuse: Various readings, music and tributes by staff. All are welcome!

FRIDAY, JULY 28


No events scheduled

SATURDAY, JULY 30


1:00    “You Must Read This: The Narrative Technique Which Stopped You In Your Tracks,” various staff will read excerpts and discuss
2:00    Panel: “Adaptation” with Craig Bolotin, Héctor Tobar, Mark Childress, Nancy Kelly, Amy Tan – moderated by: Louis B. Jones
3:00    Panel: “Silence, Cunning, Exile: The Risks and Rewards of Untraditional Narratives” with Sarah Shun-lien Bynum, Louis B. Jones, Michelle Latiolais, and Al Young – moderated by Andrew Tonkovich
5:30    Short Takes Staff Readings with Lisa Alvarez, Rhoda Huffey, Victoria Patterson and Al Young
7:30*    Staff read and talk about their work: Sarah Shun-lien Bynum, Michelle Latiolais, Kirstin Valdez Quade, Elizabeth Tallent.

* This event has an admittance fee, and reservations are appreciated. Reserve your seat for this event.

SUNDAY, JULY 31


1:00    Craft Talk: “The Knowing Character and Other Craft Notes” by Ron Carlson
2:00    Panel: “The Craft of Writing the Short Story” with Sarah Shun-lien Bynum, Ron Carlson, Kirstin Valdez Quade and Elizabeth Tallent – moderated by Thomas Barbash
3:00    Panel: “Writing Beyond The Conference” with Victoria Patterson, Rhoda Huffey, Julia Flynn Siler – moderated by Lisa Alvarez

MONDAY, AUGUST 1


9:30    The Closing Talk by Amy Tan

All Events are in the Olympic House in Squaw Valley. Most afternoon events will take place in Bar One. 5:30 readings and evening events will take place in Plaza Bar. For more information, see the Public Events listing on our website.

Announcing the 2015 Annual Poetry Anthology

2015 review coverWritten Here: The Community of Writers Poetry Anthology 2015, a collection of poems first written in Squaw Valley at the 2015 Poetry Workshop, is now available.

Written Here continues the tradition of publishing poems that first emerged during that summer’s Poetry Workshop. Student and staff poets write a new poem each day to be read aloud and discussed in the morning session. The gathering of these talented poets in a climate of mutual support and encouragement makes possible this daily act of courage and trust.

The poems appearing in these pages were selected by a group of editors—themselves workshop participants—from the work submitted by their fellow poets.

Proceeds from the sales of this anthology benefit the Poetry Workshop Scholarship Fund.

This edition of Written Here was edited by Emily Wolahan, Jules Wood, Michelle Meyers, KB Ballentine, Carolyne Whelan, and Jon Riccio. Typsetting by Caitlin Neely.

Contributors:  Doha Aboul-Fotouh, Heather Altfeld, Amy Antongiovanni, KB Ballentine, Mallory Bass, Ross Belot, Toby Bielawski, Judy Brackett, Tim Carrier, Elizabeth Chapman, Jolie Clark, Christine Holland Cummings, Deborah Friedman, Forrest Gander, Kirk Glaser, Laurie Glover, D. M.Gordon, Brenda Hillman, Bethanie Humphreys, Troy Jollimore, Bonnie S. Kaplan, Muriel Karr, Tehmina Khan, Kayla Krut, Lester Graves Lennon, Maya Marshall, Liz Meley, Jeanne Morel, M.D. Myers, Jess Nathan, Angela Peñaredondo, Mark Price, Jon Riccio, Magali Roy-Fequiere, Lindsey Royce, Debra Dashow Ruth, Rachel Sahaidachny, Gini Savage, Evan Schnair, S. Shaw, Evie Shockley, Monica Sok, Laura Swearingen-Steadwall, Ann Tweedy, Vicky Vertiz, Carolyne Whelan, Bakar Wilson, Mary Winegarden, Emily Wolahan, Aliesa Zoecklein, and Stan Zumbiel.

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Other issues of the Review, as well as copies of Writers Workshop in a Book, are available on our Books & Anthologies page.

Join Us in Berkeley for the 2016 Poetry Benefit Reading!

On Friday, June 17th, the Community of Writers welcomes six fabulous poets to the stage at the First Congregational Church of Berkeley for an incredible evening of poetry.

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Please join us at 7:00 as Kazim Ali, Robert Hass, Brenda HillmanCathy Park Hong, Patricia Spears Jones, and Sharon Olds read their from their work, as well as the work of the C. D. Wright, a longtime staff member and beloved poet who died this winter.

This gathering of the tribe—including staff poets from this year’s Community of Writers’ Summer Poetry Workshop in Squaw Valley—will raise scholarship funds for the Poetry Workshop. Books by the poets will be available for purchase and signing.

7:00 p.m. (doors open at 6:00)
First Congregational Church of Berkeley
2345 Channing Way, Berkeley, CA 94704

Tickets are $25 advance/$30 at the door for general admission and $15 advance/$20 at the door for students (with current student ID). Group discounts are available.

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Just 7 Days until The Big Day!

SQUARE FOR FBNext Tuesday, May 3rd, is a Big Day!

Because we are based in Northern California, the Community of Writers has the extraordinary opportunity to participate in the 3rd BIG Day of Giving, which benefits our region’s nonprofits. If you already plan on making a gift to the Scholarship Fund, donating on Tuesday, May 3rd will leverage your donation even further.

Last year, because of the many generous friends and alumni who donated during the Big Day of Giving, we raised over $13,000. Those funds helped us bring in new teaching staff, sustain our remarkable alumni community with many events and opportunities, and offer financial aid to talented writers who would not have been able to attend the workshops without it. We’d love to be able to better that number this year.

How you can help on May 3rd:

1) Make a donation (starting as small as $25) on May 3rd to The Community of Writers at Squaw Valley at  www.bigdayofgiving.org/npo/community-of-writers-at-squaw-valley. If you can, donate between 11:00 a.m. and noon, Pacific Standard Time. The non-profit with the most unique donations of $25 or more during that time period wins an additional $1,000!

2) Spread the word. Tell your friends, post on Facebook, and tweet about it. This is an opportunity to be part of something really big. Help us get there!

Thank you in advance for your generosity to our community; together, we can make a BIG impact!

Facebook: BIG Day of Giving, SRCF, PlacerCF, YoloCF

Twitter: @Bigdayofgiving @sacregcf, @placercf

Hashtag: #BIGDoG2016

Support Our Scholarship Fund

Screen Shot 2016-04-18 at 1.18.38 PMThere is a long tradition at the Community of Writers of scholarship recipients turning around and helping another writer attend the workshops. This continuum is one of the most meaningful ways in which we support each other. Whether you received a scholarship in the past or just had a remarkable experience at a summer workshop, we are asking you to help the next crop of writers access the same transformative week of writing, camaraderie, and community. These scholarships ensure that talented writers from all backgrounds and means are able to attend, and that new and diverse writers continue to benefit from this opportunity.

Donations in any amount are welcome. You can give to our General Scholarship Fund, or to an established named scholarship that honors alumni, staff, and family members; or reaches out to a specific population.

Named scholarships already established by generous donors include:

  • The Henry Carlisle Memorial Scholarship
  • The Alan Cheuse Memorial Scholarship
  • The Lucille Clifton Memorial Scholarship for Poets
  • The Gill Dennis Memorial Scholarship
  • The Blair Fuller Memorial Scholarship
  • The Hillary Gravendyk Memorial Scholarship The Oakley Hall Memorial Scholarship
  • The James D. Houston Memorial Scholarship
  • The Maat Scholarship for Writers of Color
  • The Galway Kinnell Memorial Scholarship for Poets

Please visit our Financial Aid & Scholarships page for more information about these, and other, scholarships.

In the next few weeks, we will be making admissions decisions. Those decisions include grants of financial aid for our most talented and needy writers. All gifts received before May 5th will go directly to our 2016 Scholarship Fund. If you would like to help, but cannot donate before the May 5th, please email us and pledge the amount you would like to give.

If you are interested in creating an honorary scholarship, email amy@communityofwriters.org.

You can donate online here:

Donate Now

You may also mail a check to:

Community of Writers – Scholarship Fund
PO Box 1416
Nevada City, CA 95959

Thank you for changing the life of writer!

 

New Poet on Board for Summer Workshop!

We are delighted to announce that Patricia Spears Jones will be joining us on staff this summer for the Poetry Workshop!

Jones, Patricia SpearsPatricia Spears Jones is a Brooklyn-based poet and author of A Lucent Fire: New and Selected Poems from White Pine Press, which is a 2016 Finalist for the William Carlos Williams Prize from the Poetry Society of America and seven other poetry collections and chapbooks. Her works are anthologized widely including Of Poetry & Protest: From Emmett Till to Trayvon Martin, broken land: Poems of Brooklyn, Best American Poetry and Black Nature: Four Hundred Years of African American Nature Poetry. She curates WORDS SUNDAY, a literary salon in Brooklyn and is a former Program Coordinator for The Poetry Project at St. Mark’s Church and served as a Mentor for the Project’s first year of Emerge Surface Be. Her plays have been commissioned and produced by Mabou Mines. She has collaborated with musicians and artists such as Jason Hwang, Carolee Schneemann, Lenora Champagne and Danny Tisdale. She edited THINK: Poems for Aretha Franklin’s Inauguration Day Hat and is contributing editor to BOMB Magazine. She is a senior fellow at Black Earth Institute, where she edited a recent issue of About Place Journal. She is recipient of a Barbara Deming Fund award as well as awards from the Goethe Institute, the Foundation for Contemporary Art and the New York Community Trust and grants from the NEA and NYFA. She has taught at The Poetry Project, Poets House, and at University of Rhode Island, Manhanttanville College, Naropa University summer programs. She is a lecturer at CUNY.

For more information of the Poetry Workshop, including a full staff roster, see the Poetry Workshop page. Application deadline has been extended to April 8th.

Photo Credit: Rachel Eliza Griffiths

Writers Workshop – New Additions to Our Program!

We are thrilled to announced that we will be joined at the Writers Workshop this summer by both Anne Lamott and Dava Sobel!

Lamott_Anne_Portrait_BWAnne Lamott, who will be joining us as a special guest, is the author of seven novels, including Hard Laughter, Rosie, Joe Jones, Blue Shoe, All New People, Crooked Little Heart, and Imperfect Birds. She has also written eight bestselling books of nonfiction, including Operating Instructions; Some Assembly Required: A Journal of My Son’s First Son; and a writing guide; Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life. Her collections of autobiographical essays on faith are Traveling Mercies: Some Thoughts on Faith; Plan B: Further Thoughts on Faith; Grace (Eventually): Thoughts on Faith; Help, Thanks, Wow: The Three Essential Prayers and most recently Stitches: A Handbook on Meaning, Hope and Repair. Her last book of essays, Small Victories: Spotting Improbable Moments of Grace, was published by Riverhead Books.

 

MiaBergsDavaSobelDava Sobel, joining us as a nonfiction teaching staff member, a former New York Times science reporter, is the author of the New York Times bestseller, Longitude, which was the subject of a PBS science program “NOVA,” and Granada Films created a dramatic version starring Jeremy Irons and Michael Gambon for A&E. Her nonfiction book, Galileo’s Daughter, was a #1 New York Times bestseller and won a 1999 Los Angeles Times Book Prize, a Christopher Award, was a finalist for the 2000 Pulitzer Prize in biography and was the subject of a two-hour Emmy Award-winning “NOVA” documentary. She is also the author of the books The Planets and A More Perfect Heaven. Dava is a long-time science contributor to Harvard Magazine, Audubon, Discover, Life, Omni, and The New Yorker. Bloomsbury has just released a stand-alone edition of her Copernicus play, And the Sun Stood Still, which was produced in 2014 by the Boulder Ensemble Theatre Company in Colorado.The editor of the collection Best American Science Writing 2004, published by Ecco Press, Ms. Sobel has served as a judge for the Los Angeles Times Book Prizes, the Pulitzer Prize in General Nonfiction, the PEN / E. O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award, and the Lewis Thomas Prize awarded by Rockefeller University to scientists who distinguish themselves as authors. Her new book, The Glass Universe: How the Ladies of the Harvard Observatory Took the Measure of the Stars, will be published by Viking in December. www.davasobel.com

For a complete roster of 2016 Teaching Staff, Special Guests, as well as Agents and Editors, visit the Writers Workshop page. Applications are due April 12th.

Announcing Our Annual Poetry Review!

2013 coverWritten Here: The Community of Writers Poetry Anthology is now available in time for holidays. This anthology is a collection of poems first written in Squaw Valley at the 2013 Poetry Workshop. This anthology makes a great gift, and all proceeds from sales of Written Here: The Community of Writers Poetry Review 2013 benefit the Community of Writers Poetry Scholarship Fund.

The Poetry Workshop of the Community of Writers is held each summer in Squaw Valley. At the workshop, student and staff poets write a new poem each day to be read aloud in the morning session. This gathering of poets, all striving to express ideas, emotions, and conceptions, engenders a climate of mutual support, trust, and encouragement. which makes possible this daily act of courage and trust.

Written Here continues the tradition of publishing poems that first emerged during the summer’s Workshop. The poems appearing in these pages were selected by a team of editors, themselves workshop participants, from the work submitted by their fellow poets.

Proceeds from the sales of this anthology benefit the Poetry Workshop Scholarship Fund.

Edited by William Clark, Jennifer C. Humbert, and Lori Singer Meyer.

Contributors:  Cynthia Arrieu-King, Conor Bracken, John Briscoe, Marte Broehm, Will Clark, Flower Conroy, Heather Dobbins, Timothy Dyke, Emma Estrella, Ann Fisher-Wirth, Forrest Gander, Todd Germain, Kathy Gilbert, Christine Gosnay, Ken Haas, Amy Haddad, Robert Hass, Pamela Sue Hitchcock, Jennifer Humbert, Cameron Jackson, Hillary Katz, Curt Last, Lester Graves Lennon, Annie Mascorro, Lori Singer Meyer, Monica Minott, Lisa L. Moore, Sawnie Morris, Meryl Natchez, Diana Khoi Nguyen, Amy Pence, Anna Ross, Larry Ruth, Peter Schireson, Meara Sharma, Evie Shockley, Jacqueline Hughes Simon,  Kathi Stafford, Carl Steen, Sheila Davies Sumner, Paul Watsky, David Watts, and Martha Yates.

Please note that it takes a few days to print and ship your order, so order soon!

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Other issues of the Review, as well as copies of Writers Workshop in a Book, are available on our Books & Anthologies page.

 

LitQuake Honors the Community of Writers with the Barbary Coast Award

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We are delighted to announce that the Community of Writers will be recognized by San Francisco’s Litquake with its annual Barbary Coast Award! Join us on October 14, as Litquake hosts a tribute event for the Community of Writers during its nine-day literary festival.

According to Litquake, the award is presented each year to “a dynamic Bay Area author or literary organization for a lifetime of literary achievement.” We are very honored, and we hope you will join us for the celebration!

The tribute, Go Tell it On the Mountain,” takes place October 14 at 8:00 p.m., and will be held at Z Space, at 450 Florida St. in San Francisco (see map). Tickets are $15, and you can purchase them in advance here or take your chances at the door. The event will include Community of Writers alums, teaching staff, live music by Los Train Wreck, and other shenanigans.

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    Anita Amirrezvani
  • Ramona Ausubel
  • Sands Hall
  • Robert Hass
  • Brenda Hillman
  • Troy Jollimore
    Troy Jollimore
  • Nayomi Munaweera
  • David Perlman
    David Perlman
  • Elizabeth Rosner
  • Amy Tan
  • Christopher Upham
    Christopher Upham
  • Al Young
    Al Young
  • Matthew Zapruder
  • Los Train Wreck
    Los Train Wreck

Alums: Join your friends from the workshops and come together! If you are in the area, we’d love to see you!