The Community of Writers is a 501(c)3 nonprofit corporation.
Donations are fully tax-deductable.
Tax ID: 23-7179177
For more information, contact Brett Hall Jones, Executive Director (530)470-8440
For more than 40 years the Community of Writers has been a place where writers and poets come together. Many of today’s most prominent writers first developed their work at our workshops in the High Sierra – among them Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Aimee Bender, David Benioff, Elise Blackwell, Michael Chabon, Meg Waite Clayton, David Corbett, Jasmin Darznik, Carol Edgarian, Selden Edwards, Jennifer Egan, Joshua Ferris, Janet Fitch, Jamie Ford, Richard Ford, Glen David Gold, Lev Grossman, Susan Henderson, Krys Lee, Christina Meldrum, Maile Meloy, Nami Mun, Kem Nunn, Frederick Reiken, Alice Sebold, Amy Tan and many others. We provide a genuine practical learning experience for a diverse population of qualified participants, and engage our local and national communities in relevant conversations on the craft of writing, publishing, and the life of the writer.
The Community of Writers doesn’t keep a permanent office in Squaw Valley and relies on the Squaw Valley Resort, our landlord, for consideration. Headquarters, workshops spaces and venues must be found and arranged anew each summer season. These costs continue to increase as Squaw Valley faces rapid economic changes, and continues to grow as a year-round resort destination. This has become a particular challenge to our vital, if seasonal community.
We depend on the generosity of friends, former participants and staff to help is balance our budget and to fund the scholarship and tuition waivers we grant to our talented participants. Donations of any amount are appreciated.
As we begin our fifth decade, we face unprecedented challenges.
The troubled economy means that our generous scholarship programs are needed more than ever. At our most recent workshops, more than half of our participants received financial aid in order to be able to attend. We are proud to say that we are able to give funds to all who ask, but we are not able to give as much as is requested or needed.
Your donations also help us stay in our beautiful venue in Squaw Valley. In recent years, The Squaw Valley Ski Resort has become a year-round destination. While our participants benefit from the lively Village atmosphere and amenities, these changes have drastically affected our costs. We have already weathered the end of 40 years of very low rent for our summertime workshop spaces, but market rates for rent and catering continue increase annually.
We depend on your gifts to stay in our physical space for our summer workshops, to build our Scholarship Fund, and to absorb dramatic increases in the costs of staging our programs.
General Fund Needs: