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Community of Writers at Squaw Valley

Lake Tahoe, California
Application Deadline:
April 12, 2016

The Community of Writers at Squaw Valley offered 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 featured workshops, craft talks, publishing panels, individual conferences with faculty, and readings. The faculty included 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 included 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 ranged from $1,050 to $1,100, which included dinners. Housing was $300 for a shared bunkroom or $1,280 for a private condo. Financial aid was available. Using the online submission system, writers submitted 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.

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