Thoughts of Summer and A Time To Give

Everything is in storage now for the winter, the folding tables and pop-up tents, the coffee carafes and wicker baskets, the painted canvas stage backdrop, the tablecloths, and the orange plastic jack-o-lantern we put out at evening events to collect donations. Next June, after the long months of winter, we will throw open the storage unit’s roll-up door to reveal it all, and set it all up again. We’ll be here in June as usual – and we hope some of you may be here again, too. We return each year for one simple reason: to help usher literature into the world.

And so I am writing you today to ask for your support as we close out 2017. It is hard to express how complex and challenging is this thing we do. And how expensive. In an atmosphere of increasing costs, our goal, always, is to keep the workshops affordable, and this experience possible, for talented writers. Now we need your help to close the gap between our tuition income and the actual costs of the summer of workshops.

Of course, so much has been shaken loose of late – in winds, fires, floods – and there are so many who need your help, but we hope nevertheless that we will be part of your giving plan for 2017. With your help, previously isolated poets and writers may find friendship and support in their writing lives, and discover a wider audience for their work, so their words may have a lasting influence in this world.

Donations, large and small are needed and appreciated. All donations are tax-deductible. We can’t do what we do without you. Please give today.  You may donate securely online, or mail a check to the address below.

With gratitude and warm wishes,



Brett Hall Jones, Executive Director
Community of Writers
PO Box 1416, Nevada City, CA 95959


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!


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.