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 or click here to donate online.


The Community of Writers welcomes scholarship-designated donations of any amount. We award full or partial tuition scholarships in a donor's name. $80-975 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.


For much of our history, the Community of Writers has partnered with MFA programs to bring their students to our summer workshops, enabling these students to encounter writers outside of their program and to experience intensive learning in a new environment. We also welcome partnerships with other foundations and organizations that share our philosophy about the importance of community support and camaraderie to improving their craft. If your foundation, organization, or creative writing program is interested in sponsoring writers to attend, please contact us.

“I am a Hospital Corpsman in the United States Naval Reserves who volunteered for deployment to Afghanistan in 2011. This past June, I had the opportunity to attend the poetry workshops. The whole essence of the community—the other students, the teaching faculty, and the staff, all created an energy that was hard to not tap into.

I would hate to think that this community would be affected by lack of funds.”

Curtis Last, Poetry Workshops 2013, received The Veteran’s Scholarship from the Foundation for Art and Healing


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 Hillary Gravendyk Memorial Scholarship: Hillary Gravendyk, a gifted poet, scholar, and teacher, attended the Poetry Workshop in 2010, and passed away in 2014. Her housemates at the 2010 workshop established this scholarship in her honor. The Hillary Gravendyk Memorial Scholarship will be awared to a first-time participant. DONATE to The Hillary Granvendyk 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.


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 underwrite our expenses so that all proceeds from ticket and book sales can be put toward scholarships to our Poetry Workshop. 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 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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