Reminders of Summer and A Time to Give

November, 2017

Dear Friends,
In this new uncertain world of ours, it becomes clear what is important in our lives. We look upon the world with new eyes, and understand how much is at stake. And so it is I write to you.

Because of you, we gather in this place each summer to put close attention to the written word. Because of you, writers and poets can have this life-changing experience. Because of you, previously isolated poets and writers find friendship and support in their writing lives, and their words may have a lasting influence in this world. 

One very simple and powerful way for alumni and friends to support the Community of Writers is to give annually to the Annual Fund. This essential fund underwrites all aspects of our operating budget including financial aid. We are very happy about all that we accomplished in 2016. Planning for 2017 is in the works, and it promises to be another wonderful summer of writing, respect, camaraderie and craft. Please visit our photo gallery and revisit your time in the Valley.

We want to thank all of you who have given in the past, and hope we can count on you again in 2016. Because of you, we are able to provide a rich environment where poets and writers can find their community, and their voice.

We can’t do what we do without you. Please give today.

With gratitude,


Brett Hall Jones, Executive Director

Donate online or send a check to:
Community of Writers
PO Box 1416
Nevada City, CA 95959

Just 7 Days until The Big Day!

SQUARE FOR FBNext Tuesday, May 3rd, is a Big Day!

Because we are based in Northern California, the Community of Writers has the extraordinary opportunity to participate in the 3rd BIG Day of Giving, which benefits our region’s nonprofits. If you already plan on making a gift to the Scholarship Fund, donating on Tuesday, May 3rd will leverage your donation even further.

Last year, because of the many generous friends and alumni who donated during the Big Day of Giving, we raised over $13,000. Those funds helped us bring in new teaching staff, sustain our remarkable alumni community with many events and opportunities, and offer financial aid to talented writers who would not have been able to attend the workshops without it. We’d love to be able to better that number this year.

How you can help on May 3rd:

1) Make a donation (starting as small as $25) on May 3rd to The Community of Writers at Squaw Valley at If you can, donate between 11:00 a.m. and noon, Pacific Standard Time. The non-profit with the most unique donations of $25 or more during that time period wins an additional $1,000!

2) Spread the word. Tell your friends, post on Facebook, and tweet about it. This is an opportunity to be part of something really big. Help us get there!

Thank you in advance for your generosity to our community; together, we can make a BIG impact!

Facebook: BIG Day of Giving, SRCF, PlacerCF, YoloCF

Twitter: @Bigdayofgiving @sacregcf, @placercf

Hashtag: #BIGDoG2016

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.