By making a donation towards a scholarship, you make it possible for talented and diverse writers and poets to attend our Summer Workshops in Squaw Valley, regardless of their ability to pay. Nearly half of our participants require some sort of financial aid in order to attend.

Checks can be made out to The Community of Writers and mailed to PO Box 1416, Nevada City, CA 95959. Donate now with PayPal.


The Community of Writers welcomes scholarship-designated donations of any amount. We award full or partial tuition scholarships in a donor's name. $800-975 funds a full scholarship; $300-$750 funds a partial scholarship. As part of your gift, you may also designate an additional amount to cover a week's housing ($295-$495). Smaller amounts, in the range of $200 - $300, are also awarded as tuition waivers, which reduce the amount of tuition a workshop attendee owes.


In addition to our General Scholarship fund, we also welcome gifts to special scholarships we have set up in memory of dear founders and friends. These are not endowed scholarship funds, so we count on your generosity year after year in order to be able to provide these scholarships.

The Oakley Hall Memorial Scholarship: Oakley Hall was cofounder of the Community of Writers. He was a novelist and writing teacher and mentor. For many years he was the director of the graduate writing program at UC Irvine. His wife Barbara Hall has established this scholarship in his name. DONATE to the Oakley Hall Memorial Scholarship.

The Henry Carlisle Memorial Scholarship: Henry Carlisle had the knack of happiness, and along with it, the deep resources of generosity to spread that happiness, and also make it look easy. He was so gently ironic about his own accomplishments, it was possible to forget – or never learn – how eminent he was: translator of Camus, president of PEN American Center, Knopf editor, champion and translator of Solzhenitsyn, descendant of an old Nantucket whaling family the Coffins, and novelist with six publications. DONATE to The Henry Carlisle Memorial Scholarship.

The Lucille Clifton Memorial Scholarship: After the death of poet Lucille Clifton, a long time staff member at the Community of Writers, former participants and staff poets established this scholarship in her honor. The scholarship will be awarded to a first-time participant who would not be able to attend without financial assistance. DONATE to The Lucille Clifton Memorial Scholarship.

The Blair Fuller Memorial Scholarship: Blair Fuller was cofounder of the Community of Writers. He was a long time editor of The Paris Review and the author of two novels, A Far Place and Zebina's Mountain, as well as Art in the Blood: Seven Generations of American Artists in the Fuller Family. He also taught in Stanford's Creative Writing Program. DONATE to The Blair Fuller Memorial Scholarship.

The James D. Houston Memorial Scholarship: James D. Houston was a long-time staff member and sat on the Board of Directors for many years. He was the co-author, along with his wife, Jeanne, of the memoir Farewell to Manzanar. DONATE to The James D. Houston Memorial Scholarship.

The Galway Kinnell Memorial Scholarship: Galway Kinnell, awarded the Pulizter Prize, a MacArthur fellowship, and the American Book Award, was the founder of the poetry program at the Community of Writers. He believed passionately in the work of writing poetry, and in sharing it. His enormous vitality, his warmth, his humor, a certain ferocity in his character made his presence at the Poetry Workshop a magical gift. DONATE to The Galway Kinnell Memorial Scholarship.

For more information, contact Amy Rutten, Development & Alumni Coordinator, at (530) 470-8440.

The Community is a 501(c)3 nonprofit corporation. Donations are fully tax-deductable.
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