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 Ta, Tiphanie Yanique 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.
We depend on the generosity of friends, former participants and staff to help us balance our budget and to fund the scholarship and tuition waivers we grant to our talented participants. Donations of any amount are appreciated.
Donations to the Annual Fund go toward satisfying the following needs:
Operating Costs: The Community of Writers is much more than a summer writing workshop. We are a nonprofit organization that works year round to keep the Community of Writers connected through an informative website, newsletters, publications and events. In addition, an increasing amount of time is spent applying for grants and awards that will help provide scholarship funding or operating dollars for the organization. Your contribution helps support all of these efforts. It also helps us keep the cost of the workshops and associated housing as low as possible. You can help make sure that the most qualified and diverse participants in the country are able to attend the summer workshops.
Site Security: 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.
Scholarships: Increased venue expenses means that our 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 try to provide aid to all qualified participants who ask. However, we are not able to give as much as is requested or needed. We depend on the generosity of friends, former participants and staff to help us fund the scholarship and tuition waivers we grant to our talented participants.