2016 Public Events

You are Invited to Our Public Events

Are you a Tahoe Area local or visitor? 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.

2016 Schedule of Events

2016 Literary Events:

Public Events – You are Invited

Are you a Tahoe Area local or visitor? 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.

Are you interested in our Literary Events in other areas too? Every year we hold several events which may be of interest to to you.

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2016 Events Which May be of Interest:

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.

Craft talks this year will be given by: Thomas Barbash, Dava Sobel, and Ron Carlson.

Late Afternoon Short Takes Readings

On many a late Tahoe afternoon during the Writers Workshops, we invite staff members to keep things energized with a round of fast fiction and nonfiction readings.  Admission is free to the public and no reservations are required.

Evening 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, Wednesday and Saturday with readings by prominent, beloved and  bestselling authors. $20 adult/$8 Student. No one will be turned away for lack of funds.

On Wednesday, July 27 we will present: Dana Johnson, Anne Lamott, Héctor Tobar, and Matt Sumell. More details & tickets.

On Saturday, July 30 we will present: Sarah Shun-lien Bynum, Michelle Latiolais, Kirstin Valdez Quade, and Elizabeth Tallent. More details & tickets.

For the nonfiction crowd, on Tuesday, July 26 we present “The Big Nonfiction Book” an evening panel discussion about the risks and rewards of writing a large, research-driven narrative. We will be joined by celebrated nonfiction writers Jason Roberts, author A Sense of the World: How a Blind Man Became History’s Greatest Traveler; nature writer Jordan Fisher Smith, whose new book Engineering Eden was just published by WW Norton; internationally bestselling author Dava Sobel, author of Longitude; and Héctor Tobar, author of the book Deep Dark Down about the trapped Chilean miners. Moderating will be Julia Flynn Siler, journalist and author of, most recently, Lost Kingdom: Hawaii’s Last Queen, the Sugar Kings, and America’s First Imperial Adventure.

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

On Thursday, July 28 at 5:30 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.  Please join us to hear reading from Stephanie Kegan, Nayomi Munaweera, Marian Palaia, Juan Alvarado ValdiviaHeather Young – Introduced by Matt Sumell
This event is supported by Noel Corngold and Emily Adelsohn Corngold.author-alan-cheuse

Also Thursday we say goodbye to our good friend and beloved colleague, the novelist and reviewer Alan Cheuse, who died last summer. In “A Writers Tribute to Alan Cheuse,” various authors will read from his work and musicians will perform. All are welcome. Admission is free and no reservations are required.

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2016 Schedule of Literary Events

Tuesday, July 26
1:00 PMCraft Talk: “The Germs (of stories, that is):
From Where Do Stories Emerge?”
by Tom Barbash
2:00 PMPanel: “Telling Truth through Fiction: Trans-
muting 'Real' Events into Imaginative
with Rhoda Huffey, Joanne Meschery, Victoria Patterson and Amy Tan - moderated by Jane Ciabattari
3:00 PMPanel: “The Historical Novel”with Sands Hall, Edie Meidav, Gregory Spatz, and Mary Volmer - moderated by Jason Roberts
4:00 PM“The Writing Community, Prizes and the
Life of the Writer"
Jane Ciabattari in conversation with Oscar Villalon
5:00 PMShort Takes Staff Readings
Mark Childress, Natalie Serber, Andrew Tonkovich, and Mary Volmer
7:30 PMPanel: “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 PMCraft Talk: “The Construction of a Nonfiction Narrative”by Dava Sobel
2:00 PMPanel: “Humor, Voice, Character and Subtext” Fiction”with Mark Childress, Dana Johnson, Anne Lamott, Matt Sumell - moderated by Andrew Tonkovich
3:00 PMPanel: “The Heart of Memoir”with Anne Lamott, Natalie Serber, Jane Vandenburgh
Moderated by Sands Hall
5:00 PMShort Takes Staff Readings
with Edie Meidav, Jason Roberts, Julia Flynn Siler, Gregory Spatz
7:30 PMStaff read & talk about their work:Dana Johnson, Anne Lamott, Héctor Tobar, Matt Sumell
Reserve Tickets

Thursday, July 28
1:00 PMPanel: “Book Editors”with Reagan Arthur, Erika Goldman, Joy Johannessen, Calvert Morgan, Jack Shoemaker - moderated by Michael Carlisle
2:00 PMPanel: “Literary Agents” with Noah Ballard, Joy Harris, and BJ Robbins - moderated by Joy Johannessen
3:00 PM“Journals We Edit, Journals We Read”with Oscar Villalon and Andrew Tonkovich
5:00 PMPublished Alumni Reading
Stephanie Kegan, Nayomi Munaweera, Marian Palaia, Juan Alvarado Valdivia, Heather Young - Introduced by Matt Sumell
7:30 PMA Writers’ Tribute to Alan Cheuse:
Various readings, music and tributes by staff.
All are welcome!

Friday, July 29

No events scheduled

Saturday, July 30
1:00 PM“You Must Read This: The Narrative Technique Which Stopped You In Your Tracks”Various staff will read excerpts and discuss
2:00 PMPanel: “Adaptation”with Craig Bolotin, Héctor Tobar, Mark Childress, Nancy Kelly, Amy Tan - moderated by Louis B. Jones
3:00 PMPanel: “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
5:00 PMShort Takes Staff Readings with Lisa Alvarez, Rhoda Huffey, Victoria Patterson and Al Young
7:30 PMSpecial Event: Staff Read and Talk about their WorkSarah Shun-lien Bynum,
Michelle Latiolais, Kirstin Valdez Quade, Elizabeth Tallent
Reserve Seats

Sunday, July 31
1:00 PMCraft Talk: “The Knowing Character and Other Craft Notes” by Ron Carlson
2:00 PMPanel: “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 PMPanel: “Writing Beyond The Conference”
with Victoria Patterson, Rhoda Huffey, Julia Flynn Siler - moderated by Lisa Alvarez

Monday, August 1
9:45 AM"The Closing Talk"
In which this former participant, an internationally bestselling novelist, sends the participants on their way with wisdom and advice.
by Amy Tan

Visit our Calendar for more details.

Bay Area Benefit Poetry Reading

Friday, June 17, at 7:00 p.m.

First Congregational Church of Berkeley
2345 Channing Way, Berkeley, CA 94704

  • Kazim Ali
  • Robert Hass
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    Juan Felipe Herrera
  • Cathy Park Hong
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    Patricia Spears Jones
  • Sharon Olds

Natalie Baszile · Meg Waite Clayton
Frances Dinkelspiel · Marian Palaia · Josh Weil

Emceed by Capital Public Radio’s
Beth Ruyak

7 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016

Sierra 2 Center for the Arts & Community
2791 24th St., Sacramento
Doors open at 6:30

$20 Advance/$25 at the Door

More Information

Tickets Available at Brown Paper Tickets

All proceeds benefit the Community of Writers at Squaw Valley
Summer Writers Workshops


Natalie_Baszile_1Natalie Baszile (’01) is the author of Queen Sugar, soon to be adapted for televison by writer/director Ava DuVernay of “Selma” fame, and co-produced by Oprah Winfrey for OWN, Oprah’s television network. Natalie has a M.A. in Afro-American Studies from UCLA, and is a graduate of Warren Wilson College’s MFA Program for Writers where she was a Holden Minority Scholar. An early version of Queen Sugar won the Hurston Wright College Writer’s Award, was a co-runner up in the Faulkner Pirate’s Alley Novel-in-Progress competition, and excerpts were published in Cairn and ZYZZYVA. Her non-fiction work has appeared in The Rumpus.net, Mission at Tenth, and in The Best Women’s Travel Writing Volume 9. She is a former fiction editor at The Cortland Review, and is a member of the San Francisco Writers’ Grotto. Natalie grew up in Southern California and lives in San Francisco with her family. She attended the Community of Writers in 2001. www.nataliebaszile.com
Clayton_MegMeg Waite Clayton is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of five novels, including The Race for Paris (HarperCollins, August 2015). Her first novel, The Language of Light, was a finalist for the Bellwether Prize (now the PEN/Bellwether), and her novels have been translated into languages from German to Lithuanian to Chinese. She’s also written essays and opinion pieces for the Los Angeles TimesThe New York TimesThe Washington Post, the San Jose Mercury NewsForbes, Writer’s Digest, Runner’s World and public radio. She attended the Community of Writers in 2000. www.megwaiteclayton.com
DInkelspielFrances Dinkelspiel is an award-winning journalist who co-founded the local news site Berkeleyside. She is the author of Towers of Gold: How One Jewish Immigrant Named Isaias Hellman Created California, and the New York Times bestseller, Tangled Vines: Greed, Murder, Obsession, and an Arsonist in the Vineyards of California, which was published in October 2015. She attended the Community of Writers in 2003 and 2004, and served on the teaching staff in 2015. www.francesdinkelspiel.com
marian_palaia_2Marian Palaia is the author of The Given World longlisted for the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize (Simon and Schuster, 2015). Born in Riverside, California, she has lived in San Francisco (on and off) since 1985. Other places she has lived include Montana, Hong Kong, Ho Chi Minh City, and Nepal, where she was a Peace Corps volunteer. She has been a teacher, a truck driver and a bartender. At one time she was the littlest logger in Lincoln, Montana. www.marianpalaia.com

Josh-Weil-author-photo-by-Jilan-Carroll-GlorfieldJosh Weil is the author of the novel The Great Glass Sea (Grove Atlantic, 2014) and the novella collection The New Valley (Grove Atlantic, 2009). A New York TimesEditor’s Choice and Powell’s Indispensable selection, The Great Glass Sea won the Dayton Literary Peace Prize and the GrubStreet National Book Prize; it was short-listed for The Center for Fiction’s Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize and the Library of Virginia’s Literary Award in Fiction and was long-listed for VCU Cabell Award.  The New Valley (also a New York Times Editor’s Choice) won the Sue Kaufman Prize for First Fiction from The American Academy of Arts and Letters, the New Writers Award from the GLCA, a “5 Under 35” Award from the National Book Foundation, and was short-listed for the Library of Virginia’s Literary Award. Weil’s other fiction has garnered a Pushcart Prize and appeared in GrantaEsquireTin House, and One Story. He has written non-fiction for The New York TimesThe SunPoets & Writers and Time.com. He has taught at the Community of Writers. Born in the Appalachian mountains of Southwest Virginia, he currently lives with his family in Northern California’s Sierra Nevada. www.joshweil.com

The Community of Writers is grateful for the support of Michael Carlisle, Mohamed Ali Gawdat, The Anne & Gordon Getty Foundation, Hachette Book Group, Bobbie Bristol Kinnell, The Lojo Foundation, Deborah Dashow Ruth, and Lou De Mattei and Amy Tan, as well as numerous individual contributions from our friends, former participants, and staff.

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