HELP A TALENTED WRITER
By making a donation towards a scholarship, you make it possible for talented and diverse writers and poets to attend our Summer Workshops in Squaw Valley, regardless of their ability to pay. Nearly half of our participants require some sort of financial aid in order to attend.
The Community of Writers welcomes scholarship-designated donations of any amount. We award full or partial tuition scholarships in a donor's name. $80-975 funds a full scholarship; $300-$750 funds a partial scholarship. As part of your gift, you may also designate an additional amount to cover a week's housing ($295-$495). Smaller amounts, in the range of $200 - $300, are also awarded as tuition waivers, which reduce the amount of tuition a workshop attendee owes.
For much of our history, the Community of Writers has partnered with MFA programs to bring their students to our summer workshops, enabling these students to encounter writers outside of their program and to experience intensive learning in a new environment. We also welcome partnerships with other foundations and organizations that share our philosophy about the importance of community support and camaraderie to improving their craft. If your foundation, organization, or creative writing program is interested in sponsoring writers to attend, please contact us.
“I am a Hospital Corpsman in the United States Naval Reserves who volunteered for deployment to Afghanistan in 2011. This past June, I had the opportunity to attend the poetry workshops. The whole essence of the community—the other students, the teaching faculty, and the staff, all created an energy that was hard to not tap into.
I would hate to think that this community would be affected by lack of funds.”
—Curtis Last, Poetry Workshops 2013, received The Veteran’s Scholarship from the Foundation for Art and Healing
In addition to our General Scholarship fund, we also welcome gifts to special scholarships we have set up in memory of dear founders and friends. These are not endowed scholarship funds, so we count on your generosity year after year in order to be able to provide these scholarships.
The Oakley Hall Memorial Scholarship: Oakley Hall was cofounder of the Community of Writers. He was a novelist and writing teacher and mentor. For many years he was the director of the graduate writing program at UC Irvine. His wife Barbara Hall has established this scholarship in his name. DONATE to the Oakley Hall Memorial Scholarship.
The James D. Houston Memorial Scholarship: James D. Houston was a long-time staff member and sat on the Board of Directors for many years. He was the co-author, along with his wife, Jeanne, of the memoir Farewell to Manzanar. DONATE to The James D. Houston Memorial Scholarship.
The Galway Kinnell Memorial Scholarship: Galway Kinnell, awarded the Pulizter Prize, a MacArthur fellowship, and the American Book Award, was the founder of the poetry program at the Community of Writers. He believed passionately in the work of writing poetry, and in sharing it. His enormous vitality, his warmth, his humor, a certain ferocity in his character made his presence at the Poetry Workshop a magical gift. DONATE to The Galway Kinnell Memorial Scholarship.
Checks can be made out to The Community of Writers and mailed to PO Box 1416, Nevada City, CA 95959. Donate now with PayPal.
For more information, contact Amy Rutten, Development & Alumni Coordinator, at (530) 470-8440.
The Community is a 501(c)3 nonprofit corporation. Donations are fully tax-deductable.
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