Memorial Scholarship Funds
In addition to our General Scholarship fund, we also welcome gifts to special funds we have set up in memory of dear founders and friends. These are not endowed scholarship funds, so we need your gifts year after year in order to be able to provide these scholarships.
The Oakley Hall Memorial Scholarship Fund
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.
The Henry Carlisle Memorial Scholarship Fund
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.
The Blair Fuller Memorial Scholarship Fund
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.
The Lucille Clifton Memorial Scholarship Fund
Former participants and staff poets who were a long-time friends of Lucille Clifton and admirers of her work have donated this scholarship for a poet to attend the Poetry Workshop in Squaw Valley who would not be able to attend without financial assistance. This scholarship is reserved for a first-time participant.
The James D. Houston Memorial Scholarship Fund
James D. Houston was a long-time staff member and sat on the Board of Directors for many years. Jeanne is his wife, and the co-author (along with Jim) of the memoir Farewell to Manzanar.
NEW SCREENWRITING SCHOLARSHIP FUND
The Community of Writers is establishing a new Screenwriting Scholarship Fund. Opportunities for filmmakers have changed radically over the 28-year history of the Community of Writers Screenwriting Program. Originally, participants hoped to sell a script to Hollywood. Now, technology enables and requires screenwriters to become filmmakers—overseeing projects from start-to-finish and financing their own project, with little left over for professional development. Your donation to this new fund would enable a talented applicant to take this Screenwriting “master class”—a chance to take their project to a next level. The oportunity to watch their words leap from the page at table readings and screenings can make or break a project at a critical moment in its writing and development. Consider a gift to launch the fund today.
Poetry Benefit Reading
Proceeds from our annual Poetry Benefit Reading benefit the Poetry Workshop Scholarship Fund. We have an ambitious fundraising goal and are looking for sponsors to help launch our efforts. In return for your generous gift, you would be listed as an event sponsor in all materials related to the event. If you are interested, please contact us.
Checks can be made out to The Community of Writers and mailed to PO Box 1416, Nevada City, CA 95959. Donate now with PayPal.
For more information, contact Laura Cerruti, Director of Development at (415) 221-6901
The Community is a 501(c)3 nonprofit corporation. Donations are tax-deductable. Tax ID: 23-7179177