Recent Testimonials

"I really appreciate the hard work, dedication, and love that the Community of Writers put into the workshop. It’s no overstatement to say that it changed my life. I could see the thought and care that went into each event, and I’m grateful to have been a part of this experience."

Leta Seletsky   

"I couldn’t have been luckier in finding the Squaw Valley community. The opportunity to work with some of the best poets writing in the English language, their guidance, support, and the uniquely nurturing environment of this workshop have been a sustaining force in my work for over two decades."

Meryl Natchez   

"Quite simply, it was one of the most inspiring and educational times of my writing life. The staff set such a loving, positive tone for the week, and the entire writing faculty followed suit. And to me, this was the central message: Writing is important, vital work."

Ryan Griffith   

"I felt like I received an intense MFA in one week."

Amanda Coggin   

"It was an enormously inspiring and encouraging week, from which I continue to draw energy and insight. Though the word 'community' gets bandied about a lot, in Squaw Valley it felt like more than a word. I could feel the real bonds of friendship, collegiality, and affection that both hold this community together and attract kindred spirits."

Thomas H. Pruiksma   

"By far, the best writing workshop I've ever been to — from the beautiful surroundings and my great housemates to the craft lectures that inspired me and the workshops that taught me so much about poetry and poetics. The housing, the facilities, the straightforward manner of how you cared for us — and all the other details were a perfect foundation for me to focus on my own writing and creativity. The workshop renewed my writing life."

Valerie Wallace   

"Squaw is wonderfully open and free of all that hierarchy business. At Squaw, we are all writers."

Adam Scott   

The opportunity to gather with seventy other poets to write—and celebrate writing in community—was powerfully transformative. To witness other would-be-conscious souls negotiate and find voice amidst the flood of impressions coming in from our tumultuous and violent landscape (politically and socially), was deeply inspirational, and even healing. […] my week within the Community of Writers was one of the poetically richest of my life. My belief in the vitality and necessity of poetry in our world is stronger than ever.

Trisha Peck   

"I had the opportunity to learn from inspiring writers and to meet industry experts. I was able to receive feedback from a group of exceptional writers, probably the most talented group with whom I’ve had the privilege to work. Throughout the week, standards were high, and each writer I met showed an uncommon dedication to his or her craft. I have never felt more at home."

Lindsey Lee Johnson   

"It was a week that can only be described as magical! I was inspired every second of every day during my time with the Community of Writers. The general vibe of this workshop is both warm and motivating, full of love and confidence, building both our art and our business. When describing my week to my family in San Diego the following Tuesday, I said simply ‘It was the best week of my life."

Clea Bierman   

"As a recipient of the Lucille Clifton Memorial Scholarship, I was able to make the long journey from New York to California to encounter an incredible faculty whose poems had already nurtured my poetic life. The workshops were humanizing in a way that’s difficult to explain. I was inspired by the community and the landscape. I wrote poems that otherwise may have never been unearthed. It was truly a blessing."

Ama Codjoe   

“I can’t tell you what a wonderful time I had. It was such an open, generous, heartfelt week and I’m very grateful to have been part of it.”

Julia Flynn Siler   

"I was truly humbled by the company of such talented, giving writers in which I was included. Squaw is a truly special place of beauty in every sense of the word."

Peggy Hesketh   

"I think of my time at the Community of Writers with such fondness --- the ways in which my poems cracked open there, new breath, new light.”

Nehassaiu DeGannes   

"Squaw is wonderfully open and free of all that hierarchy business. At Squaw, we are all writers."

Adam Scott   

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