This year our Scholarship Drive takes place at the very same time as The Big Day of Giving, a huge one-day regional effort to raise essential funds for nonprofits, coming up on May 3. We hope you will take this opportunity to support the Community of Writers, and if you donate on May 3, chances are good that your gift may be matched

Big Day of Giving: May 3, 2018

For the third year in a row, the Community of Writers will be participating in the Big Day of Giving, a 24-hour giving period for Sacramento area nonprofits to raise as many unrestricted dollars as possible. The funds we raise will help us bring in new teaching staff, sustain our remarkable alumni community, and offer financial aid to talented writers who would not be able to attend the workshops without it. If you already plan on making a donation, consider giving on May 3rd and your gift could be leveraged with matching funds. Go to Big Day of Giving


Scholarship Fund

Due to rising costs, Scholarships and Financial Aid have become increasingly essential for many writers who apply to the Community of Writers. We do not want our most interesting writers to be priced out of this opportunity. Indeed, nearly half of our participants require financial aid in order to attend our Summer Workshops. Please join our friends, other former participants, and teachers in donating what you can to our scholarship fund. Your contributions help emerging writers attend the workshop and in so doing gain immeasurable benefit to their writing and their writing lives. Donations of any amount are greatly appreciated.

Donate Online

If you would rather send your donation by mail, please donate to:
The Community of Writers, PO Box 1416, Nevada City, CA 95959.

Other ways to give:

Please contact us if you are interested in

  • Donating stock.
  • An employer matching gift.
  • Including the Community of Writers in your estate planning. 

The Community is a 501(c)3 nonprofit corporation. Donations are tax-deductible. 

Where We Need Your Your Financial Support

For more than 47 years the Community of Writers has been a place where writers and poets come together. Many of today’s most prominent writers first developed their work at our workshops in the High Sierra. We provide a genuine practical learning experience for a diverse population of qualified participants, and engage our local and national communities in relevant conversations on the craft of writing, and the business of publishing, and the life of the writer.

Operating Costs: The Community of Writers is much more than a summer writing workshop.  We are a nonprofit organization that works year round to keep the Community of Writers connected through an informative website, newsletters, publications and events.  Your contribution helps support all of these efforts. It also helps us keep the cost of the workshops and associated housing as low as possible. You can help make sure that the most qualified and diverse participants in the country are able to attend the summer workshops.

Scholarships: The increase in venue expenses means that our scholarship programs are needed more than ever. At our most recent workshops, more than half of our participants received financial aid in order to be able to attend. We try to provide aid to all qualified participants who ask, and to provide the most talented what they need to attend. However, we are not always able to give as much as is requested or needed. We depend on the generosity of friends, former participants and staff to help us fund the scholarship and tuition waivers we grant to our talented participants. View our list of ongoing Scholarships.

Site Security: The Community of Writers doesn’t keep a permanent office in Squaw Valley and relies on the Squaw Valley Resorts, our landlord, for consideration. Headquarters, workshops spaces and venues must be found and arranged anew each summer season. These costs continue to increase as Squaw Valley faces rapid economic changes, and continues to grow as a year-round resort destination. This has become a particular challenge to our vital community.

The Tiny House Project: The Community of Writers is in need of a mobile office and bookstore solution. The family of Paul Radin, a local intellectual and friend who died a few years ago, have donated the seed money to get this going. If you are interested in being part of this project, please let us know. We hope to build the Tiny House and have it in Squaw Valley by summer 2018.

The Annual Fund

One very simple and powerful way for alumni and friends to support the Community of Writers is to give to the Annual Fund. This essential fund underwrites all aspects of our operating budget including financial aid. 

We depend on your generosity to help us balance our budget and to fund the scholarship and tuition waivers we grant to our talented participants. We are proud of the fact that nearly 95% of our donations come from our alums and teaching staff. Of course, all donations are tax-deductible.

(P.S. – If you have already donated to the Annual Fund this year, we thank you!)

Donate Now

If you would rather send your donation by mail, please donate to:
The Community of Writers, PO Box 1416, Nevada City, CA 95959.

The Community is a 501(c)3 nonprofit corporation. Donations are tax-deductible.