Early Winter Thoughts of Summer


This year, more than ever, we realize that what we do together each summer can never be repeated, that things will always change. It is those who attend — as teaching staff or as participants— who make each season uncommon.

We need your help this time of year, to help us balance our budget and be ready for the coming year.

We are an independent nonprofit. We have no college or other institution underwriting our operations or providing a venue. Despite our very low overhead, we remain vital and reliable, with a do-it-ourselves ethos that has served us well.

The Annual Fund underwrites essential parts of our operating budget, such as teaching staff honoraria, housing and travel; administrative staff, alumni services, advertising, website development and our tuition waiver program. This important fund helps us bridge the gap between what tuition covers and the actual expense of sending a participant to our summer workshops.

We continue to rely on you to make all this possible. Donations to our Annual Fund may come in all sizes. Large and small, all go to help ensure that others in need have the experience you had, the experience that we hope inspires you to give back, and perhaps has inspired you to return again.

Your contribution can help us continue the living, breathing legacy of this seasonal summer miracle that we work on yearlong.

Please donate to our Annual Fund today.


LitQuake Honors the Community of Writers with the Barbary Coast Award


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.

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