Give Back Tahoe: Community of Writers offers scholarships for local residents |

Give Back Tahoe: Community of Writers offers scholarships for local residents

The Community of Writers, which holds several weeklong summer gatherings for serious poets and writers in Squaw Valley, has several scholarships available for local residents.

The Alexander Cushing Scholarship for locals will be awarded to one writer and one poet who are accepted into the program that live within a 100-mile radius of Squaw Valley. The scholarship will cover 90% of the tuition cost.

Poetry Workshop: June 18-25 (Deadline: April 8)

Writers Workshops: July 25-August 1 (Deadline: April 12)

Participating poets meet daily to discuss poems they’ve written during the previous twenty-four hours, as well as attend craft talks and poetry readings.

2016 Poetry teaching staff members include U.S. Poet Laureate Juan Filipe Herrera, former U.S. Poet Laureate and Pulitzer Prize-winner Robert Hass, Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and Sharon Olds, as well as Kazim Ali, Cathy Park Hong, and Patricia Spears Jones.

The Writers Workshops in Fiction, Nonfiction & Memoir admits up to 120 fiction, nonfiction, and memoir writers. The writers meet in small workshops to discuss and explore their manuscripts.

Attendees are paired with a faculty member for an individual conference, and have opportunities to attend craft lectures and panels, on the craft as well as the business of writing.

The 2016 teaching staff includes fiction and nonfiction writers as well as literary agents and editors working in publishing today. Featured authors this year include Thomas Barbash, Ron Carlson, Dana Johnson, Elizabeth Tallent, Sarah Shun-lien Bynum, Victoria Patterson, Kirstin Valdez Quade, Natalie Serber, Héctor Tobar and international bestsellers Anne Lamott, Dava Sobel, and Amy Tan.

In addition to the Local Scholarship, other financial aid is available.

The Community of Writers has been hosting workshops in Squaw for 46 years. For information, visit or contact Brett Hall Jones at 530-470-8440, or by email at

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