Community of Writers at Squaw Valley

Type: 
Conference
Location: 
Lake Tahoe, CA
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The Community of Writers at Squaw Valley offered summer workshops in poetry from June 24 to July 1 and in fiction and creative nonfiction from July 9 to July 15 in Squaw Valley, near the north shore of Lake Tahoe in the Sierra Nevada mountains. The program featured workshops, craft talks, publishing panels, individual conferences with faculty, and readings. The faculty included poets Francisco Aragón, Forrest Gander, Robert Hass, Brenda Hillman, Sharon Olds, and Gregory Pardlo; fiction writers Natalie Baszile, Mark Childress, John Daniel, Alex Espinoza, Janet Fitch, Lynn Freed, Sands Hall, Paul Harding, Michael Jaime-Becerra, Louis B. Jones, Dylan Landis, Krys Lee, Gregory Spatz, and Josh Weil; and nonfiction writers Belle Boggs, Rachel Howard, Tom Lutz, Martin J. Smith, and Al Young. Participating agents and editors included Miriam Altshuler (DeFiore and Company), Ann Close (Knopf), Michael V. Carlisle (InkWell Management), Susan Golomb (Writers House), Tom Lutz (Los Angeles Review of Books), Peter Steinberg (Foundry Literary), Andrew Tonkovich (Santa Monica Review), and Oscar Villalon (ZYZZYVA). Tuition was $1,100, which included some meals. Lodging was available in nearby condos and shared houses, and ranged from $300 for a shared bunkroom to $1,280 for a private condo. Limited financial aid was available. Using the online submission 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, 2017. Visit the website for an application and complete guidelines.

Contact Information

Community of Writers at Squaw Valley, P.O. Box 1416, Nevada City, CA 95959. (530) 470-8440. Brett Hall Jones, Executive Director.