Max Byrd

Max Byrd is the author of detective novels and historical novels, and several scholarly books about 18th-century literature. A former teacher at Yale and the University of California, Davis, Byrd is a winner of the Shamus Award for detective fiction, and the former President of the Board of the Community of Writers. He writes often for the New York Times Book Review and other journals. His more recent novels are The Sixth Conspirator and Pont Neuf.


Meg Waite Clayton

Meg Waite Clayton’s seventh novel, the international bestseller The Last Train to London (HarperCollins 2019), will be published in 19 languages, and her screenplay was chosen for the prestigious Meryl Streep-sponsored Writers Lab. Meg’s prior novels include the Langum-Prize honored The Race for Paris, the #1 Amazon bestseller Beautiful Exiles, and The Wednesday Sisters, an Entertainment Weekly “25 Essential Best Friend Novels.” She has written for the Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Forbes, and Runners World, and is a member of the California Bar and the National Book Critics Circle.


Selden Edwards

Selden Edwards grew up on a farm in the Sacramento Valley and ended up at Princeton, then Stanford for a masters degree in education, and has since been a career-long private-school English teacher and headmaster. The novel he had been writing and rewriting for 30 years about fin de siecle Vienna, The Little Book, was discovered in 2008 in a major book deal and became a New York Times bestseller. His second novel, The Lost Prince, a WW1 sequel, was published in 2012. He attended the first three years of the Community of Writers.

Richard Ford

Richard Ford is a novelist, story-writer, and essayist, and a Community of Writers at Squaw Valley lifer. His work has been awarded many international prizes, including the Prix Femina, in France, and the Princess of Asturias Prize in Spain, as well as the Pulitzer Prize and the Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction in the US. His novel Wildlife was recently developed as a film by the actor Paul Dano. His work has been translated into 35 languages.  He is a member of the American Academy of Arts & Letters, and is Mellon Professor in the Humanities at Columbia University in New York City.  He lives with his wife Kristina Ford in Boothbay, Maine, and in Billings, Montana.

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Diana Fuller

Diana Fuller is a freelance curator, producer, editor and arts advocate who consults with filmmakers and visual artists to develop and promote their work. She edited/co-authored a book on women artists, Art/Women/ California 1950-2000: Parallels and Intersections, published by University of California Press.

Diane Johnson

Diane Johnson is the author of ten novels, including Le Mariage and Le Divorce, two books of essays, two biographies, and the screenplay for Stanley Kubrick’s classic film, The Shining. She has been a finalist four times for the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Awards. She divides her time between San Francisco and Paris.

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Anne Lamott

Anne Lamott is the author of seven novels, Hard Laughter, Rosie, Joe Jones, Blue Shoe, All New People, Crooked Little Heart, and Imperfect Birds. She has also written several bestselling books of nonfiction, including, Operating Instructions, an account of life as a single mother during her son’s first year; Some Assembly Required: A Journal of My Son’s First Son; and the classic book on writing; Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life. She has also authored several collections of autobiographical essays on faith; Traveling Mercies: Some Thoughts on Faith; Plan B: Further Thoughts on Faith; and Grace (Eventually): Thoughts on Faith. In addition, she has written, Help, Thanks, Wow: The Three Essential Prayers; Stitches; A Handbook on Meaning, Hope and Repair; Small Victories: Spotting Improbable Moments of Grace; and Hallelujah Anyway; Rediscovering Mercy. Her most recent book is Almost Everything: Notes on Hope (Riverhead Books). Lamott has been honored with a Guggenheim Fellowship, and has taught at UC Davis, as well as at writing conferences across the country. Academy Award-winning filmmaker Freida Mock has made a documentary on Lamott, entitled Bird by Bird with Annie (1999).  Anne Lamott has also been inducted into the California Hall of Fame.

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Michelle Latiolais

Michelle Latiolais is a Professor of English at the University of California at Irvine. She is the author of the novel Even Now, which received the Gold Medal for Fiction from the Commonwealth Club of California. Her second novel, A Proper Knowledge, was published in 2008 by Bellevue Literary Press. She has published writing in three anthologies, Absolute Disaster; Women On The Edge: Writing From Los Angeles; and Woof! Writers on Dogs. Her stories and essays have appeared in ZYZZYVA, The Antioch Review, Western Humanities Review, Santa Monica Review, Iowa Review, Juked, The Kenyon Review, and Northwest Review. Widow, a collection of stories, involutions and essays, was published in 2011 by Bellevue Literary Press.  Her most recent book, She, was published in 2016 by W.W. Norton & Company.

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Kem Nunn

Kem Nunn is the author of six novels, including the National Book Award nominee, Tapping the Source; Tijuana Straits, which won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Best Mystery/Thriller; The Dogs of Winter; Pomona Queen, Unassigned Territory; and Chance.  In addition to writing novels, he writes screenplays for television and film, most notably John from Cincinnati, which he co-created with David Milch; Chance, adapted from his novel and co-created for television with Alex Cunningham; Deadwood; and Sons of Anarchy.  His articles and book reviews have appeared in Rolling Stone, GQ, Surfer, The New York Times and The Los Angeles Times.

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Amy Tan

Amy Tan: Born in the U.S to immigrant parents from China, Amy Tan rejected her mother’s expectations that she become a doctor and concert pianist. She chose to write fiction instead. Her novels are The Joy Luck Club, The Kitchen God’s Wife, The Hundred Secret Senses, The Bonesetter’s Daughter, Saving Fish from Drowning, and The Valley of Amazement, all New York Times bestsellers. She is the author of two memoirs, The Opposite of Fate and Where the Past Begins, and two children’s books, The Moon Lady and Sagwa, The Chinese Siamese Cat. Tan served as co-producer and co-screenwriter for the film adaptation of The Joy Luck Club and was creative consultant for Sagwa, the Emmy-nominated PBS television series for children. She wrote the libretto for the opera based on her novel, The Bonesetter’s Daughter. With music composed by Stewart Wallace, the opera had its world premiere in 2008 at the San Francisco Opera. The 30th edition of The Joy Luck Club with a new forward by Amy Tan was released in Spring of 2019.

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