The Community of Writers offered workshops in poetry from June 18 to June 25, and in fiction, nonfiction, and memoir from July 18 to July 25 in Olympic Valley, near Lake Tahoe in the Sierra Nevada mountains of California. The program featured workshops, craft talks, publishing panels, readings, and one-on-one conferences with faculty. The faculty included poets Camille Dungy, Robert Hass, Brenda Hillman, Ada Limón, Major Jackson, and Matthew Zapruder; poets and fiction and nonfiction writers Lisa Alvarez and Tiphanie Yanique; fiction writers Leland Cheuk, Tyler Dilts, Louis Edwards, Alex Espinoza, Joshua Ferris, Janet Fitch, Susan Henderson, Rhoda Huffey, Dana Johnson, Louis B. Jones, Sameer Pandya, Gregory Spatz, Lysley Tenorio, and Claire Vaye Watkins; fiction and nonfiction writers Tom Barbash, Sands Hall, Jason Roberts, and Héctor Tobar; and nonfiction writer Debra Gwartney. Special guests included fiction writers Michelle Latiolais, Kris O’Shee, and Amy Tan. Participating agents and editors included Reagan Arthur (Knopf), Michael Carlisle (Inkwell Management), Annie Hwang (Ayesha Pande Literary), BJ Robbins (BJ Robbins Literary Agency), Andrew Tonkovich (Santa Monica Review), and Oscar Villalon (Zyzzyva). Tuition, which included some meals, was $1,350 for a poetry workshop and $1,450 for a prose workshop. Lodging was available in nearby condos and shared houses and ranged from $400 for a shared room in a house to $1,650 for a private condo. Limited financial aid and scholarships for underrepresented writers were available. Using only the online application system, writers submitted four to five pages of poetry with a $35 application fee, or up to 5,000 words of prose with a $40 application fee, by March 28. Visit the website for an application and complete guidelines.
Community of Writers, P.O. Box 1416, Nevada City, CA 95959. (530) 470-8440. Brett Hall Jones, Executive Director.