Every year, the Community of Writers puts on a number of readings and events that are open to the public, many for no charge (and no one is ever turned away for lack of funds). We ask that you reserve in advance for special events* and, if possible, for our other events as well (but walk-ins are okay for the free events, too). Reserve in advance here!

(For information about our annual Poetry Benefit Reading in San Francisco on June 20, 2014, please visit our Benefit page.)

2014 Tentative Schedule of Events in Squaw Valley
The following schedule is subject to change. Please check back frequently as we update dates, times, and presenters. Please see our Poetry Workshop and the Writers Workshop pages for more information about readers and presenters.

Thursday June 26 - Squaw Valley, CA

8:00 pm - A Poetry Reading

with Don Mee Choi, Robert Hass, Harryette Mullen, C.D. Wright, and Matthew Zapruder*

There will be a $15 ($10 students) recommended donation for this event. Please reserve at (530) 583-5200 or info@squawvalleywriters.org. Books will be available for sale and signing.

Help spread the word! Download and post our event information flyer.

From July 8 to 15 the prestigious Writing Workshops in Fiction and Nonfiction will meet for a week in Squaw Valley. Writing Workshop participants meet each day in workshop, as well as attend presentations on the craft and the business of writing. Most of these events are free and open to the public. Also scheduled are many panel discussions on the craft and business of writing.

Download and post our July events information flyer.


Tuesday July 8

1:00 Craft Talk by Amy Tan:
"The Universe of the Writer: Observation, Obsession and the Subconscious"

2:00 Panel: “How Plot Works” w/Janet Fitch, Michael Jaime-Becerra, Christina Meldrum, Christian Kiefer, moderated by Louis B. Jones

3:00 Panel: “How Scene Works: w/ Mark Childress, Glen David Gold, Ellen Sussman, moderated by Andrew Tonkovich

5:30 Short Takes Staff Readings: Christian Kiefer, Robin Romm, Ismet Prcic, Al Young

8:00 Special Event: Reading (Suggested donation $20/$ students)
Tom Barbash, Mark Childress, Christina Meldrum & Amy Tan

Wednesday July 9

1:00 Craft Talk by Glen David Gold
“Days of Future Past Godzillas: The Memoir and Other Monsters”

2:00 Panel: “Writing the Short Story” w/ Tom Barbash, Louis B. Jones, Robin Romm, moderated by Andrew Tonkovich

3:00 Panel: “Future of Publishing” w/
Terence Clarke, Susan Golomb, Andrea Schultz, moderated by James Naify

4:00 Roundtable on Literary Journals w/
Allison Lorentzen, Andrew Tonkovich and Oscar Villalon

5:30 Short Takes Staff Readings:
Sands Hall, Michael Jaime-Becerra, Ellen Sussman, Andrew Tonkovich

8:00 Screenwriting Program presents: A screening of Kansas City Bomber a 1972 film (MGM) starring Raquel Welch, co-written by Screenwriting Program director, Tom Rickman

Thursday July 10

1:00 Book Editors Panel w/ Ben George (Little, Brown), John Glusman (Norton),
Allison Lorentzen (Viking/Penguin), Andrea Schultz (Houghton Mifflin),
moderated by Michael Carlisle

2:30 Agents Panel with Elise Capron, Mary Evans, Susan Golomb, BJ Robbins,
moderated by Mark Childress

3:30 Agent and Author: Mary Evans and Monica Weslowska

5:00 Reception for the Alumni Readers

5:30 Published Alumni Reading (Supported by the Adelsohn Family)
Introduced by Julia Flynn Siler
Kevin Allardice, Eileen Cronin, Peggy Hesketh, Monica Wesolowska

8:00 “The Sculptor Reveals the Backbone: How to Build the Story from the Spine of Research in Nonfiction & Documentary Film” w/Christopher Beaver, Julia Flynn Siler, Jordan Fisher Smith, Jason Roberts, moderated by John Glusman

Friday July 11 - No events scheduled

Saturday July 12

1:00 Craft Talk by Ron Carlson: “Step Two: Source to Story”

2:00 Panel: 'Point of View” w/ Gill Dennis, Sands Hall, Joanne Meschery, Ismet Prcic, moderated by Leslie Daniels

3:00 Panel: “Characterization” w/Josh Weil, Rhoda Huffey, Edan Lepucki, Hector Tobar, moderated by Sands Hall

4:00 “Assembling a Short Story Collection: Sequence, Interfacing, Thematic Consistency”w/ Steve Almond, Michelle Latiolais, Robin Romm, Ben George,
moderated by Michael Jaime-Becerra

5:30 Short Takes Staff Readings: Steve Almond, Rhoda Huffey, Michelle Latiolais, Louis B. Jones

8:00 Authors read and talk about their work:
Ron Carlson, Edan Lepucki, Hector Tobar, Josh Weil,
Introduced by Christian Kiefer

Sunday July 13

1:00 Craft Talk by Robin Romm: “What Neurotic Narrators Can do for You”

2:00 Panel: “Fiction vs. Nonfiction: Narrative Strategies” w/ Steve Almond, Michelle Latiolais, Hector Tobar, Al Young, moderated by Jason Roberts

3:00 Panel: Writing Beyond The Conference w/ Julia Flynn Siler, Ismet Prcic, Christina Meldrum, moderated by Lisa Alvarez

These workshops have been made possible with grants from the Hachette Book Group, Random House, and the Ann & Gordon Getty Foundation, as well as numerous individual contributions from our friends, former participants, and staff. Our Published Alumni Reading Series is supported by the Adelsohn Family.

The Community is a 501(c)3 nonprofit corporation. Donations are tax-deductable. Tax ID: 23-7179177

For more information, contact Laura Cerruti, Director of Development at (415) 221-6901

Checks can be made out to The Community of Writers and mailed to PO Box 1416, Nevada City, CA 95959. Or visit PayPal and donate securely with a credit card.