Public Events

You are Invited to Our 2017 Public Events

Are you a Tahoe Area local or visitor? Are you an alum who wants to come and visit? 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.

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July Events During The Writers Workshops

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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.

Most Craft Talks and Panels will take place in Bar One in the Olympic House between 1 and 4 pm.

Craft talks this year will be given by: Mark Childress and Josh Weil.


Late Afternoon Short Takes Readings

On many afternoons during the Writers Workshops, we invite staff members to read brief works of  fiction and nonfiction, published and unpublished.  Admission is free to the public and no reservations are required.

Most afternoon readings will take place in Plaza Bar in the Olympic House between at 5:30 pm.


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, Monday 10 and Thursday July 13 with readings by authors with new publications. $20 adult/$8 Student. No one will be turned away for lack of funds.

Books will be available for purchase.

Most evening events will take place in Plaza Bar in the Olympic House between at 7:30 pm. However, if that venue is too warm, we may move it outside, under the stars, so please dress in layer.

On Monday, July 10 we present:

  • Natalie Baszile
  • John Daniel
  • Lynn Freed
  • Martin J. Smith

Natalie Baszile, John Daniel, Lynn Freed, and Martin J. Smith.   

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Please note: This event may be outside, so please dress in layers.

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On Tuesday, July 11 we present:

An evening panel discussion about the risks and rewards of writing a book-length memoir.

  • Belle Boggs
  • Sands Hall
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  • Rachel Howard
  • Tom Lutz
  • Frances Stroh

With Belle Boggs, Rachel Howard, Tom Lutz, Frances Stroh

Moderated by Sands Hall

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

Please note: This event may be outside, so please dress in layers.


Special Afternoon Event: Meet our Published Alumni!

On Wednesday, July 12 at 1:00 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.

  • Mauro Javier Cardenas
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    Jade Chang
  • Carole Firstman
  • Vanessa Hua
  • Kimball Taylor

Please join us to hear brief readings from Mauro Javier Cardenas, Jade ChangCarole Firstman, Vanessa Hua, Kimball Taylor.

Introduced by

Natalie Baszile.

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On Thursday, July 13 we present:

  • Paul Harding
  • Dylan Landis
  • Krys Lee
  • Josh Weil

Pulitzer Prize-winner Paul Harding, Dylan Landis, Krys Lee, and Josh Weil

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Please note: This event may be outside, so please dress in layers.

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2017 Schedule of Literary Events

Monday, July 10

1:00 PMCraft Talk : “The Organic Outline”
by Josh Weil
2:00 PMPanel on Setting: “The Author Devises the Place; the Place Devises the Story” Moderated by Andrew Tonkovichwith Natalie Baszile, John Daniel, Krys Lee, Dylan Landis
3:00 PMPanel: “The Art of the Personal Essay”
with Lynn Freed and Michelle Latiolais Moderated by Martin J. Smith
4:00 PMPanel on Research: “The Facts in Storytelling” with Janet Fitch, Louis B. Jones, Tom Lutz
Moderated by Alex Espinoza
5:00 PMShort Takes Staff Readings
Michael Jaime-Becerra, Michelle Latiolais, Michael Lavigne, Andrew Tonkovich
7:30 PMStaff read and talk about their work:
Natalie Baszile, John Daniel, Lynn Freed,
Martin J. Smith

Tuesday, July 11

1:00 PMBook Editors Panelwith Ann Close (Knopf), Ben George, (Little, Brown),
Celina Spiegel (Spiegel & Grau) Moderated by Mark Childress
2:30 PMLiterary Agents Panelwith Miriam Altshuler, Susan Golomb, Peter Steinberg
Moderated by Ann Close
3:30 PMAgents & Authors Panel withwith
Susan Golomb & Krys Lee,
Michael Carlisle & Michael Lavigne
Moderated by Miriam Altshuler
5:30 PMShort Takes Staff Readings
Alex Espinoza, Janet Fitch, Sands Hall, Christopher Monger
7:30 PMMemoir Panel with short readings: Belle Boggs, Rachel Howard, Tom Lutz, Frances Stroh.
Moderated by Sands Hall

Wednesday, July 12

1:00 PMPublished Alumni Reading Series. Introduced by Natalie Baszile:
Mauro Javier Cardenas (’02), Jade Chang (’10), Carole Firstman (‘07, ‘13), Vanessa Hua (‘08), Kimball Taylor (‘11)
Afternoon and evening off

Thursday, July 13

1:00 PMPanel: “Plottiness vs. Plotlessness (What do Authors Know, & When do They Know It?)”
with Paul Harding, Alex Espinoza, Martin J. Smith Moderated by Andrew Tonkovich
2:00 PMRoundtable Discussion: “What Adaptation Can Teach Writers”with Mark Childress, Janet Fitch and Christopher Monger
3:00 PMPanel: “Writing the Short Story”with Belle Boggs, Greg Spatz, Josh Weil.
Moderated by Oscar Villalon
4:00 PMLiterary Journal Roundtable: Los Angeles Review of Books Santa Monica Review, ZYZZYVAwith Tom Lutz, Andrew Tonkovich, Oscar Villalon
5:30 PMShort Takes Staff Readings
Lisa Alvarez, Louis B. Jones, Gregory Spatz, Al Young
7:30 PMStaff read and talk about their work:
Paul Harding, Dylan Landis, Krys Lee, Josh Weil

Friday, July 14

1:00 PMCraft Talk: “The Art of Revision”

by Mark Childress
2:00 PM“‘I Sang in my Chains like the Sea’: The Constraints and Freedoms of Point of View” with Michael Jaime-Becerra, Paul Harding,
Greg Spatz, Amy Tan (if available), Al Young Moderated by Louis B. Jones
3:00 PMPanel: “Writing Beyond The Conference” with Michael Jaime-Becerra, Belle Boggs, Dylan Landis, Amy Tan (if available) Moderated by Lisa Alvarezwith Belle Boggs, Greg Spatz, Josh Weil.
Moderated by Oscar Villalon
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Thursday, June 28, 2017
7:00 p.m. 

On Thursday, June 28 at 7:30 pm, preceding the Poetry Reading, we will have a brief ceremony to remember Paul Radin, a colorful local writer and intellectual who found friendship and camaraderie at the Community of Writers—from the beginning. At this event, we will receive a major gift from Paul’s family in his memory. 

An Evening With Beloved Poets

Nationally Known Poets Read in Squaw Valley

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  • Francisco Aragón
  • Forrest Gander
  • Robert Hass
  • Brenda Hillman
  • Sharon Olds
  • Gregory Pardlo

Francisco Aragón  •  Forrest Gander  •  Robert Hass
Brenda Hillman  •  Sharon Olds  •  Gregory Pardlo

This year we are pleased to welcome three Pulitzer Prize-winners to the stage in addition to an International Griffin Prize-Winner, and so much more!

These events are open to the public and will take place in Bar One in the Olympic House. 

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The Benefit Poetry Reading

Nationally Known Poets Read in Nevada City

Click on the portraits to learn about these poets and their work. Or view as a list.

  • Francisco Aragón
  • Forrest Gander
  • Robert Hass
  • Brenda Hillman
  • Sharon Olds
  • Gregory Pardlo

Francisco Aragón  •  Forrest Gander  •  Robert Hass
Brenda Hillman  •  Sharon Olds  •  Gregory Pardlo

This year we are pleased to welcome three Pulitzer-Prize winners to the stage in addition to a International Griffin Prize-Winner, and so much more!

Nevada City’s own Molly Fisk will Emcee the Event.
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    Molly Fisk

Friday, June 23, 2017
7:00 p.m. (doors open at 6:30)

Miner’s Foundry Cultural Center

On Friday, June 23, 2017 acclaimed poets Francisco Aragón, Forrest Gander, Robert Hass, Brenda Hillman,
Sharon Olds, and Gregory Pardlo will read from their poetry in the Miner’s Foundry Cultural Center in Nevada City.

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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.

The Community of Writers is a nonprofit corporation. All donations are tax-deductible

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