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The Community of Writers at Squaw Valley offers summer workshops in poetry from June 18 to June 25 and in fiction and creative nonfiction from July 25 to August 1 in Squaw Valley, near the north shore of Lake Tahoe in the Sierra Nevada mountains. The program features workshops, craft talks, publishing panels, individual conferences with faculty, and readings. The faculty includes poets Kazim Ali, Thomas Sayers Ellis, Robert Hass, Cathy Park Hong, and Sharon Olds; fiction writers Tom Barbash, Sarah Shun-lien Bynum, Michael Carlisle, Ron Carlson, Mark Childress, Sands Hall, Dana Johnson, Louis B. Jones, Edie Meidav, Joanne Meschery, Victoria Patterson, Kirstin Valdez Quade, Jason Roberts, Robin Romm, Natalie Serber, Gregory Spatz, Elizabeth Tallent, Héctor Tobar, Jane Vandenburg, Mary Volmer, Don Waters, and Al Young; and nonfiction writer Julia Flynn Siler. Participating agents and editors include Reagan Arthur (Little, Brown), Michael V. Carlisle (InkWell Management), Erika Goldman (Bellevue Literary Press), Joy Harris (Joy Harris Literary Agency), Joy Johannessen, Calvert D. Morgan (HarperCollins), BJ Robbins (BJ Robbins Literary Agency), Jack Shoemaker (Counterpoint Press), Michelle Tessler (Tessler Literary Agency), Andrew Tonkovich (Santa Monica Review), and Oscar Villalon (ZYZZYVA). Tuition ranges from $1,050 to $1,100, which includes dinners. Housing is $300 for a shared bunkroom or $1,280 for a private condo. Financial aid is available. Using the online submission system, submit four to five pages of poetry with a $35 application fee by April 5, or up to 5,000 words of prose with a $40 application fee by April 12. Call, e-mail, or visit the website for an application and complete guidelines.
Community of Writers at Squaw Valley, P.O. Box 1416, Nevada City, CA 95959. (530) 470-8440. Brett Hall Jones, Executive Director.