Steve Almond

Kevin Allardice

Lisa Alvarez
Tom Barbash

Ron Carlson

Mark Childress

Eileen Cronin

Leslie Daniels

Gill Dennis

Janet Fitch

Glen David Gold

Sands Hall
Gerald Haslam

Peggy Hesketh

Rhoda Huffey

Michael Jaime Becerra

Louis B. Jones Christian Kiefer Michelle Latiolais Edan Lepucki

Christina Meldrum


Joanne Meschery

Ismet Prcic

Jason Roberts

Robin Romm

Jordan Fisher Smith

Ellen Sussman

Julia Flynn Siler

Amy Tan

Hector Tobar

Andrew Tonkovich

Josh Weill

Monica Wesolowska

Al Young

Kevin Allardice

Eileen Cronin

Peggy Hesketh

Monica Wesolowska

July 7 - 14, 2014

staff bios | financial aid | fees & deadlines | accommodations | apply

These workshops assist serious writers by exploring the art and craft as well as the business of writing. The week offers daily morning workshops, craft lectures, panel discussions on editing and publishing, staff readings, and brief individual conferences. The morning workshops are led by staff writer-teachers, editors, or agents. There are separate morning workshops for Fiction and Narrative Nonfiction/Memoir. In addition to their workshop manuscript, participants may have a second manuscript read by a staff member who meets with them in an individual conference. Nonfiction or memoir submissions should be in a narrative form; travel, self-help, how-to, and scholarly works will not be considered.

• Participants’ manuscripts are critiqued in daily morning workshops
• Afternoon & evening craft talks, panels on craft, staff readings
• panel discussions on editing & publishing
• Individual one-on-one conferences
• Finding the Story Workshop lead by Gill Dennis
• Open Workhop lead by Sands Hall
• Admissions are based on the merit of submitted manuscripts alone
• Financial Aid Available
• 124 writers attend

Tuition is $995, which includes six evening meals. Financial aid is available. Admissions are based on submitted manuscripts.

Please Note: Tuition does not include housing costs. Housing that we provide ranges from $275 - $800 for the week.

Deadline: April 5, 2014

Please note: Our dates and deadlines are earlier than they have been in the past. Please mark your calendars!
See Application Guidelines. Note: We make no admissions decisions before all the submissions have been read and evaluated.

Daily Schedule

Morning workshops meet daily from 9-12. Each workshop consists of 12 to 13 participants and has a different workshop leader each day. In each session, the group discusses two, sometimes three, participant manuscripts. During the course of the week, one manuscript by each participant is critiqued. Participants are asked to arrive with copies of the manuscript they would like treated in workshop. Our directors will assign each participant to the most appropriate staff workshop leader.

Afternoon and evening schedules are quite full, with optional lectures, panel discussions, staff readings, and other presentations. Participants need to set aside time for the reading and evaluation of workshop manuscripts.

Each participant is assigned a brief one-on-one conference with a staff member appropriate to his or her manuscript. These conferences are scheduled at the mutual convenience of the participant and the assigned staff member and usually run no longer than twenty minutes. In most cases, the manuscript to be discussed will be the one submitted with the application.

GILL DENNIS’s Finding the Story Workshop assists writers in using experiences in their own lives to inform their fiction. Emotional back-story is discovered and discussed and structure is examined. Enrollment is on a limited, first-apply basis, and is available only to those enrolled in the Writers Workshops. No manuscript is necessary. Groups of ten meet daily. An extra tuition fee of $175 will be charged for this workshop..

OPEN WORKSHOP: Several afternoons during the week, Sands Hall leads the Open Workshop, which provides another opportunity for participants to share their writing with their conference peers. Work is read aloud and discussed in a spontaneous and productive format.

The Community of Writers rents houses and condominiums in the valley for participants to live in during the week of the conference. Choices and rates differ between condos and houses. Every unit will have a kitchen and will be supplied with linens.

For more information on housing and rates, visit our Logistics webpage.

*Prices may change slightly without notice.

Dinners are provided six nights. You may prepare your breakfasts and lunches in your house or condo or visit one of the cafes in the valley. There is a small market within walking distance and supermarkets in the nearby towns of Truckee and Tahoe City.

For more information on housing, visit our Logistics webpage.

More questions? Visit our FAQ page

Deadline to Apply: Manuscript must arrive by April 5
Application Fee (Due with submission): $35
Acceptance Notification: On or before
May 10
Commitment Deadline
(Forms & nonrefundable deposit): June 1
Tuition: $995* - A deposit of $595 will be due upon acceptance
Housing: $275 to $800 for a week stay
Tuition & Housing Balance: Due on Registration Day
Registration/First Day of conference:
July 7, 1:00-4pm
Last Day of conference:
Monday, July 14 (depart late morning)
*Fees may change slightly without notice.

A limited amount of financial aid is available. Requests for financial aid must be made in our Financial Aid application. Please indicate the minimum amount of financial aid you would need to receive in order to attend. Financial aid decisions are made after admission decisions. If an applicant is accepted, but we don’t have enough aid for him or her, we will still issue an invitation in the hopes that other means of support may be able to be found by the applicant to attend. Likewise, if an applicant has indicated that she needs a certain amount of aid, but we can’t provide the full amount, we will grant out what we can.

Scholarship for Locals:
The Local Scholarship ($855 toward tuition) has been established to help creative writers living within a radius of 100 miles of Squaw Valley to attend the Community of Writers Summer Workshops. After residency, qualification for the scholarship is based on financial need and the quality of work submitted. To apply, submit an application for financial aid and provide a paragraph titled "Application for consideration for the Locals Scholarship" In this paragraph, please introduce yourself. Tell us what you hope to get out of your week at Squaw Valley and why you would be a good candidate for a scholarship. Make sure to submit this paragraph in the Financial Aid application. Indicate your wish to apply for this scholarship in the "notes" portion of the online workshop application form as well.



STEVE ALMOND is the author of ten books of fiction and nonfiction, including the New York Times bestseller Candyfreak. His most recent book is the story collection God Bless America. His fiction has appeared in the Best American Short Stories and Pushcart anthologies, and his essays in the New York Times Magazine, GQ, and elsewhere. (F/NF)

LISA ALVAREZ's essays and short stories have appeared in the American Book Review, Los Angeles Times, OC Weekly, Faultline, Santa Monica Review, Green Mountains Review and in anthologies, including Sudden Fiction Latino: Short-Short Stories from the United States and Latin America. With Alan Cheuse, she edited Writers Workshop in a Book: The Community of Writers on the Art of Fiction. She is a professor of English at Irvine Valley College and co-directs the Writers Workshops at the Community of Writers at Squaw Valley.

TOM BARBASH is the author of the short story collection, Stay Up With Me, an Amazon Editor’s Best Book of the Year; and the novel, The Last Good Chance, which was a Publishers Weekly and Anniston Star Best Book of the Year, and winner of the California Book Award. His nonfiction book, On Top of the World: Cantor Fitzgerald, Howard Lutnick, and 9/11: A Story of Loss and Renewal, was a New York Times bestseller. He has held fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, The MacDowell Colony, and Yaddo. His stories and articles have been published in The Best American Non-Required Reading, Tin House, McSweeney’s, OneStory, Narrative, The Missouri Review, VQR, Men’s Journal, ESPN the Magazine, The Observer, The New York Times, Bookforum, The Believer, and other publications, and have been performed on National Public Radio for “Selected Shorts”. He currently teaches in the MFA program in writing at California College of the Arts. (F)

RON CARLSON’s newest novel is Return to Oakpine. He is the author of ten books of fiction, including the novel The Signal from Viking. His short stories have appeared in Esquire, Harpers, The New Yorker, The Atlantic Monthly, and other journals, as well as The Best American Short Stories, The O’Henry Prize, The Pushcart Prize Anthology, The Norton Anthology of Short Fiction and other anthologies; they have been performed on National Public Radio’s “This American Life” and “Selected Shorts.” Ron Carlson Writes a Story, his book on writing, is taught widely. He is the author of a book of poems, Room Service. He has been awarded a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, the Cohen Prize at Ploughshares, the McGinnis Award at the Iowa Review, the Aspen Literary Award; and his novel Five Skies was One Book Rhode Island in 2009. He taught at Arizona State University for twenty years and is now Director of the Graduate Program in Fiction at the University of California, Irvine. (F)

MARK CHILDRESS the author of seven novels: A World Made of Fire, V for Victor, Tender, Crazy in Alabama, Gone for Good, One Mississippi, and Georgia Bottoms. He has written screenplays (including “Crazy in Alabama,” an official selection of the Venice Film Festival) and several children’s books. He is working on the libretto for Gregory Vajda’s opera of “Georgia Bottoms.” (F)

LESLIE DANIELS is currently the guest fiction editor of The Louisville Review, former fiction editor of Green Mountains Review. Her writing has appeared in Ploughshares, The Missouri Review, New Ohio Review, and The Santa Monica Review, among others. Her novel, Cleaning Nabokov’s House, was published by Simon & Schuster, and in translation in four languages, is under option for film. She is on the faculty of Spalding University MFA program. (F)

GILL DENNIS was, with Tom Rickman, founding director of the Community of Writers Screenwriting Program. He wrote the movies Forever with Tatia Pilieva, Walk the Line with James Mangold and Return to Oz with Walter Murch. A screenplay written with the director Aza Jacobs based on a short story by Raymond Chandler is in pre-production, and he is currently writing an adaptation of Joe Sacco’s Footnotes in Gaza for the director Denis Villeneuve. He is Master Filmmaker in Residence at the American Film Institute Conservatory and won the L.A. Drama Critics’ Circle Award for Distinguished Direction in Theatre. He teaches the Finding the Story Workshop. See Details.

GLEN DAVID GOLD is the author of the novels Carter Beats the Devil and Sunnyside. His short stories and essays have appeared in McSweeney’s, Playboy, The New York Times Sunday Magazine, the LA Review of Books, Tin House and Black Clock. He has written comic books for DC and Dark Horse. Lately he’s been writing scripts for The Thrilling Adventure Hour and Welcome to Night Vale, and the first chapter of his memoir The Last Kings of San Francisco is forthcoming in ZYZZYVA. In 2014, the Circle Theater in Hollywood will launch his multi-part adaptation of “City of Nets.” (F)

SANDS HALL is the author of the novel Catching Heaven (Ballantine), a Random House Reader’s Circle selection, and of a book of essays and exercises, Tools of the Writers Craft (Moving Finger Press). A playwright, director and actor, she is also the author of the play Fair Use, and of a widely produced adaptation of Alcott’s Little Women. Stories and essays have appeared in such places as Green Mountains Review and Iowa Review. (F)

GERALD HASLAM’s latest published book—In Thought and Action: The Enigmatic Life of S.I. Hayakawa—has won awards from the American Association for State and Local History and from the Institute of General Semantics. His publications include four novels, nine collections of short fiction, three collections of essays, four non-fiction volumes, a plethora of periodical pieces, and he has edited eight anthologies. He is also professor emeritus at Sonoma State University. (F/NF)

MICHAEL JAIME-BECERRA is the author of This Time Tomorrow, a novel awarded an International Latino Book Award, and Every Night Is Ladies’ Night, a collection of interrelated stories awarded a California Book Award. He also teaches at the University of California, Riverside, where he is an Associate Professor of Creative Writing. (F)

LOUIS B. JONES is the author of the novels Ordinary Money, Particles and Luck, California’s Over, Radiance, and Innocence. His short fiction and essays have appeared in The Threepenny Review, Open City, The Sun, Santa Monica Review, and the Pushcart Prize anthology. He co-directs the Writers Workshops at the Community of Writers at Squaw Valley. (F/NF)

CHRISTIAN KIEFER is the author of The Infinite Tides, published by Bloomsbury in the U.S. and in the U.K. in 2012. He earned his Ph.D. from UC Davis, and is on the English faculty of American River College in Sacramento. He is an active poet, songwriter, and recording artist.

EDAN LEPUCKI is the author of the the novella If You’re Not Yet Like Me. Her novel, California, will be published by Little, Brown in 2014. Her short fiction has been published in McSweeney’s and Narrative Magazine, among other journals, and she is a staff writer at The Millions. She is the founder and director of Writing Workshops Los Angeles. (F)

Christina Meldrum is an attorney and author. Her first novel Madapple was a PEN USA Literary Award Finalist, a William C. Morris Award Finalist, an ALA Best Book, a Booklist Editors’ Choice and a Kirkus Best Book. Her second novel Amaryllis in Blueberry was published by Gallery Books/Simon & Schuster in 2011. She currently is at work on her third novel, which will be published by Knopf/Random House in 2015.

JOANNE MESCHERY has published short stories, essays, and the novels, In A High Place, A Gentleman’s Guide to the Frontier, which was a PEN/Faulkner finalist, and Home and Away. She is also the author of a book of nonfiction, Truckee. Selwa Press has published two of her novels as ebooks. Her fiction is featured in the anthology, 40 Years of CutBank Magazine. She is teaching in the low-residency MFA program at Sierra Nevada College. (F)

ISMET PRCIC is a Bosnian-American writer whose debut novel Shards was published by Grove Press in 2011 and won several awards including Sue Kaufman Award for first fiction from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, Los Angeles Times Art Seidenbaum and Oregon Book Awards. He’s a recipient of the 2010 NEA Award for fiction. He lives in Portland, Oregon with his wife and cats. (F)

JASON ROBERTS is the author of A Sense of the World: How a Blind Man Became History’s Greatest Traveler (HarperCollins), and the forthcoming Two Shipwrecks: Survival, Obsession and Courage in Lands Beyond the Sea (Norton). He is the winner of the Van Zorn Prize for emerging writers, sponsored and awarded by Michael Chabon, and a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Guardian First Book Award. (NF)

ROBIN ROMM is the author of two books. The Mother Garden (short stories) was a finalist for the PEN USA Prize. The Mercy Papers: A Memoir of Three Weeks was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year, a San Francisco Chronicle Best Book of the Year, and a Top Ten Nonfiction Book of the Year according to Entertainment Weekly. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, The Atlantic, The UK Observer, O Magazine, The Sun, Tin House, One Story, and many other publications. She’s a frequent contributor to The New York Times Book Review, and teaches at the low-residency MFA program for Writers at Warren Wilson. (F/NF)

JULIA FLYNN SILER is an author and journalist. Her first book, The House of Mondavi: The Rise and Fall of an American Wine Dynasty (Gotham, 2007) was a New York Times bestseller. Her second book, Lost Kingdom: Hawaii’s Last Queen, the Sugar Kings, and America’s First Imperial Adventure, (Grove/Atlantic, 2012) was a San Francisco Chronicle bestseller. A former foreign correspondent for Business Week and The Wall Street Journal, she has also written for The New York Times and appeared as a commentator on the BBC, CBS, CNBC and NPR. (F/NF)

ELLEN SUSSMAN is the author of three national bestselling novels: The Paradise Guest House, French Lessons and On A Night Like This. Her new novel, A Wedding in Cassis, will be published in August, 2014. Her books have been translated into many languages and French Lessons has been optioned by Unique Features to be made into a movie. Ellen is also the editor of two anthologies, Dirty Words: A Literary Encyclopedia of Sex and Bad: 26 Writers Misbehave. She teaches writing through Stanford Continuing Studies and in private classes. (F)

JOSH WEIL is the author of The New Valley, a New York Times Editors Choice that won the Sue Kaufman Prize from The American Academy of Arts and Letters and a 5-Under-35 Award from the National Book Foundation. Weil’s other writing has appeared in Granta, Esquire, One Story and The New York Times. A recipient of fellowships from the Fulbright Foundation and the MacDowell Colony, he has been Distinguished Visiting Writer at Bowling Green State University and Grisham Writer-in-Residence at the University of Mississippi. His novel, The Great Glass Sea, will be published in July, 2014. (F)

AL YOUNG is the author of many and widely translated books include poetry, fiction, essays, anthologies, and musical memoirs. From 2005 through 2008 he served as California’s poet laureate. Other honors include NEA, Fulbright, and Guggenheim Fellowships, The Richard Wright Award for Literary Excellence and, most recently, the 2011 Thomas Wolfe Award. On the first Friday of each month in 2012 he presented an original poem at KQED Radio’s The California Report Magazine. As its Visiting Scholar, Young currently teaches imaginative writing and creativity at California College of the Arts, San Francisco. Offline Love, a new poem collection, sits almost press-ready. (F)


ELISE CAPRON is an agent at the Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency. A graduate of Emerson College, Elise holds a BFA in Writing, Literature and Publishing. She has been with the Dijkstra Agency since 2003. A few of her recent and soon-to-be-published books include Tiphanie Yanique's The Land of Love and Drowning and How to Escape From a Leper Colony, Courtney Brkic's The First Rule of Swimming, Jane Vandenburgh's The Wrong Dog Dream: A True Romance, Jonathon Keats' Forged: Why Fakes Are the Great Art of Our Age, Maureen McHugh's After the Apocalypse which was picked as a “Top Ten Book of the Year” by Publishers Weekly, Jack Shuler's upcoming The Thirteenth Turn: A History of the Noose, and many more.

MICHAEL V. CARLISLE a founder of InkWell Management, has been involved with the Community of Writers for many years. His fiction and nonfiction client list includes prize-winning as well as debut authors. A former director of the AAR, a not-for-profit organization of independent literary and dramatic agents, Michael is an active member of PEN. He directs the Nonfiction Program and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Community of Writers.

MARY EVANS is a New York Literary Agent. Her first job in publishing was at Farrar, Straus & Giroux and then The Viking Press. For over thirty years she has been a literary agent who specializes in upmarket fiction and nonfiction. She has operated her own literary agency, Mary Evans Inc., out of an East Village Greek Revival brownstone since 1994. She is interested in progressive politics, alternative medicine, science and technology for the lay reader, social commentary, American history and culture. She is privileged to work with such talents as Michael Chabon, Ayelet Waldman, Abraham Verghese and Vendela Vida (to name only a few).

BEN GEORGE is a senior editor at Little, Brown, where he edits David Bezmozgis, Tony Earley, and Lauren Slater, among other writers. Previously he was an editor at Viking Penguin and prior to that the co-founder and editorial director of Lookout Books, where he published Edith Pearlman’s Binocular Visions, which won the National Book Critics Circle Award, was a finalist for the National Book Award, and earned Pearlman the PEN/Malamud Award for lifetime achievement in the story form. At the same time, he was the editor of the literary journal ECOTONE, where he edited Annie Proulx, Jonathan Lethem, Denis Johnson, Ben Fountain, Ann Beattie, Charles Baxter, Terry Tempest Williams, and John Jeremiah Sullivan, among many others.

JOHN A. GLUSMAN is vice president and editor-in-chief of W.W. Norton’s trade department. A publishing veteran of more than thirty years, he has worked with Nobel Prize winner Czeslaw Milosz; National Book Award winner Richard Powers; National Book Critics Circle Award winner Jim Crace and finalists Andrew X. Pham and Philip Ball; Pulitzer Prize winners Laurie Garrett and David Rohde; the New York Times bestselling author, Erik Larson; New York Times chief Washington correspondent David Sanger, and many other writers. He has taught at Columbia University, the New School for Social Research, and his book, Conduct Under Fire: Four American Doctors and their Fight for Life as Prisoners of the Japanese, 1941-1945 (Viking/Penguin), based on his father’s experiences as a Navy doctor—and POW—in the Philippines and Japan, won the Colby Award for the best work of military non-fiction by a first-time author. In 2009 he was awarded a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation fellowship in nonfiction.

SUSAN GOLOMB founded the Susan Golomb Literary Agency in 1990 and for over twenty-three years has been known for finding bestselling and award winning fiction and nonfiction. Her authors include Jonathan Franzen, Rachel Kushner, Krys Lee, Tom Rachman, Gwyn Hyman Rubio, Brando Skyhorse and William T. Vollmann. Prior to founding her agency, Susan worked for Sydney Pollack’s film company, Mirage, Hearst Entertainment, and PBS’ Great Performances. She is a member of the Association of Authors’ Representatives, the Women’s Media Group and PEN International.


ALLISON LORENTZEN is a senior editor at Viking, an imprint of Penguin Random House, where she acquires fiction and narrative nonfiction. Her recent an upcoming titles include The Magician’s Land by Lev Grossman, The Ways of the Dead by Neely Tucker, Necessary Errors by Caleb Crain, and Dear Daughter by Elizabeth Little. A graduate of Wesleyan University, Lorentzen is a founding editor of n+1 magazine.

BJ ROBBINS established her Los Angeles-based agency in 1992 after a multifaceted career in book publishing, from publicity at Simon & Schuster to Marketing Director and later Senior Editor at Harcourt. She represents both fiction and nonfiction and her client list includes novelists Max Byrd, John Hough, Jr., Nafisa Haji, Eduardo Santiago, Laura Catherine Brown, Renee Swindle, and the late James D. Houston, and nonfiction authors J. Maarten Troost, James Donovan, Deanne Stillman, Dr. Pamela Nagami, Dr. Lisa Masterson, Tim Madigan, and LA Times syndicated columnist Chris Erskine.

ANDREA SCHULZ, Editor-in-Chief of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, has been at HMH for eleven years, acquiring and publishing both fiction and nonfiction. Her authors include Timothy Egan, Sara Gran, Temple Grandin, Ursula K. Le Guin, Elinor Lipman, and Paul Theroux, among others. She began her career at Coffee House Press and later worked in editorial jobs at Princeton University Press, Ballantine Books, Holt, and Da Capo before joining Harcourt.

ANDREW TONKOVICH edits the West Coast literary magazine Santa Monica Review and hosts a books show, Bibliocracy Radio, on Pacifica station KPFK in Southern California. He reviews and writes about favorite books for the Orange County Weekly at OC Bookly. Recent fiction and nonfiction appear in Best American Nonrequired Reading 2013, Los Angeles Review of Books, Ecotone, The Rattling Wall, Green Mountains Review and Faultline. He teaches Composition at UC Irvine, where he is president of UC-AFT Local

TERENCE CLARKE is a writer and editor is Director of Publishing at Red Room Press. He is the author of three novels and two short story collections, all critically acclaimed. His new novel The Notorious Dream of Jesús Lázaro and a book of stories, Autumn in New York, will both be published in 2014. He also writes regularly on the arts for Huffington Post.

RHODA HUFFEY is the author of The Hallelujah Side. She has published stories in Tin House, Ploughshares, Green Mountains Review, Santa Monica Review, and The Rattling Wall.

JANET FITCH is the author of the Los Angeles novels Paint It Black and White Oleander. Her short stories have appeared in such anthologies and journals as Black Clock, Room of One’s Own, and Los Angeles Noir. She teaches creative writing in the Master of Professional Writing program at USC. A contributing editor to the Los Angeles Review of Books, she also maintains a blog.

MICHELLE LATIOLAIS is Professor of English at the University of California at Irvine. She is the author of the novel Even Now which received the Gold Medal for Fiction from the Commonwealth Club of California. Her second novel, A Proper Knowledge, was published in 2008 by Bellevue Literary Press. She has published writing in three anthologies, Absolute Disaster, Women On The Edge: Writing From Los Angeles and Woof! Writers on Dogs. Her stories and essays have appeared in ZYZZYVA, The Antioch Review, Western Humanities Review, Santa Monica Review, Iowa Review and the Northwest Review. Widow, a collection of stories, involutions and essays, was released in January 2011 from Bellevue Literary Press. She has work forthcoming in ZYZZYVA, Santa Monica Review and Juked.

JORDAN FISHER SMITH is a 2001 alumnus of Squaw’s nonfiction program. For two decades he had a day job as a park and wilderness ranger. His narrative nonfiction book Nature Noir was a Booksense Bestseller, Audubon Editor’s Choice, a San Francisco Chronicle Best Book, and is now an audio book from He has written for Men’s Journal, Backpacker, the Los Angeles Times Magazine, Orion, and Discover. Jordan appeared in and narrated the film Under Our Skin, which was on the 2010 Oscar shortlist for Best Documentary Feature. His nonfiction book on manipulation of nature in national parks will be published by Crown-Random House in 2015.

AMY TAN’s novels are The Joy Luck Club, The Kitchen God’s Wife, The Hundred Secret Senses, The Bonesetter’s Daughter, and Saving Fish from Drowning, all New York Times bestsellers. She was co-writer and co-producer of the film The Joy Luck Club, and was the librettist for an opera based on The Bonesetter’s Daughter, which premiered in San Francisco in 2008. She has also published a memoir, The Opposite of Fate; two children’s books, The Moon Lady and Sagwa; and numerous articles for magazines including The New Yorker, Harper’s Bazaar, and National Geographic. Tan’s work has been widely anthologized and translated into 35 languages. She also serves on the Board of Directors of the Community of Writers. Her latest novel, The Valley of Amazement, was released in 2013.

HECTOR TOBAR is a Los Angeles born writer. He is the author of three books. His most recent, the novel The Barbarian Nurseries, (Farrar, Straus and Giroux) was named a New York Times Notable Book. The Barbarian Nurseries was translated into French, German and other languages, also won the California Book Award Gold Medal for Fiction. For two decades, he's worked for the Los Angeles Times: as a city reporter, national and foreign correspondent (on assignments from Alaska to Patagonia, and from East Los Angeles to Iraq), and was part of the reporting team that won a Pulitzer Prize for coverage of the 1992 L.A. riots. He was The Times bureau chief in Buenos Aires and Mexico City. For several years he wrote a column for the Los Angeles Times, and has also worked as Features Editor at the LA Weekly and as editor of the bilingual San Francisco magazine El Tecolote. He is also the author of Translation Nation: Defining a New American Identity in the Spanish-Speaking United States, and The Tattooed Soldier, a novel. He's married, the father of three children and the son of Guatemalan immigrants.

Oscar Villalon is the managing editor of ZYZZYVA. The former book editor at the San Francisco Chronicle and a longtime board member of the National Book Critics Circle, he has published work in the Believer, Black Clock, VQR,, the Los Angeles Times and other publications. He lives with his family in San Francisco.

Each summer, recently published alumni are invited to return to Squaw Valley to read from their books and talk about their journey from unpublished writers to published authors.

Alumni who have been part of this reading series include Anita Amirrezvani, Eddy Ancinas, Ramona Ausubel, David Bajo, Aimee Bender, David Corbett, Charmaine Craig, Frances Dinkelspiel, Heather Donahue, Cai Emmons, Alex Espinoza, Joshua Ferris, Amy Franklin-Willis, Jamie Ford, Vicki Forman, Alison Singh Gee, Tanya Egan Gibson, Alan Grostephan, Glen David Gold, Judith Hendricks, Susan Henderson, Sara J. Henry, Rhoda Huffey, Michael Jaime-Becerra, Alma Katsu, Krys Lee, Regina Louise, Michael David Lukas, Marisa Matarazzo, Mark Maynard, Christina Meldrum, Janis Cooke Newman, Jessica O'Dwyer, Victoria Patterson, Ismet Prcic, Frederick Reiken, Robin Romm, Elizabeth Rosner, Adrienne Sharp, Alice Sebold, Julia Flynn Siler, Jordan Fisher Smith, Scott Sparling, Ellen Sussman, Lisa Tucker, Brenda Rickman Vantrease, Mary Volmer, Dora Calott Wang, M.D., Andrew Winer, and Alia Yunis among others.


The Community of Writers is delighted to celebrate the success of these writers and to present them to the participants, staff, and the public.

KEVIN ALLARDICE (‘06/’12) is the author of the novel Any Resemblance to Actual Persons (Counterpoint). His short fiction, winner of the of the Donald Barthelme Prize, has appeared in The Santa Monica Review, The Florida Review, Gulf Coast, The North American Review, and elsewhere. He attended the Community of Writers in 2006 and 2012.

EILEEN CRONIN (‘05/’06/’09) is the author of Mermaid: A Memoir of Resilience (W.W. Norton). She won the 2008 Washington Writing Prize in fiction and has a notable essay in Best American Essays. She was an assistant editor for Narrative magazine. Her fiction and essays have appeared in several literary magazines and newspapers, including the Washington Post. She has a small psychology practice in Los Angeles.

PEGGY HESKETH’s (‘93) writing has appeared in Calliope and the Antietam Review, and her short story was selected by Elizabeth George for inclusion in her anthology Two of the Deadliest. A long-time journalist, Peggy teaches writing and rhetoric at the University of California, Irvine. Her first novel, Telling the Bees was published by G.P. Putnam’s Sons in 2013.

MONICA WESOLOWSKA (‘97/’98) is the author of the memoir Holding Silvan: A Brief Life, which was named a “Best Book” of 2013 by Library Journal, is also forthcoming in German and Polish. She also is a speaks at institutions about motherhood, medicine, and grief. Her fiction and nonfiction have appeared in other venues including The New York, Literary Mama, The Carolina Quarterly, and Best New American Voices. She has developed and taught writing courses at UC Berkeley Extension and elsewhere for over a decade.

Past Past Writers Workshop participants: If you attended the last two years do not apply this year, (i.e. attendance is allowed for 2 out of every 3 years.) Once you have taken a year off, you are welcome to apply again.

Deadline for Application receipt extended to April 5

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  • Past Writers Workshop participants: If you attended the last two years do not apply this year. (I.e. attendance is allowed for 2 out of every 3 years.) Once you have taken a year off, you are welcome to apply again
  • Applicants, including past participants, should submit a sample of their best, unpublished prose.
  • Attach a digital file of your submissions ms. to the online application form, or mail a copy to the address below.
    (Digital version preferred.)
  • Writing sample submission ms. may consist of a story or two, essay(s) or chapter(s). Book chapters should be
    accompanied by a one-page synopsis of the plot. (Add to the end of ms.)
  • Submission ms. (excluding synopsis) must be less than 5,000 words.
  • Submission ms. must be typed, double- spaced and 12 pt., with your name in the upper right-hand corner of each page.
  • Request participation in the Finding the Story Workshop in the online Application Form.
  • If applying in more than one category, please send separate submissions.
  • A $35 reading fee will be due with submission, payable by check (see address below) or via credit card, online
  • Manuscripts will not be returned; they will be recycled instead.
  • Deadline for receipt of application/submission: April 5, 2014
  • To complete the Application Form and to upload a Word doc of your manuscript, follow this link:
  • If any difficulty is encountered uploading your digital manuscript, simply mail a hard copy to the address below.
  • Once you have completed the online form, you will receive an email confirmation.
  • Those who require financial aid, should complete the separate Financial Aid Application.
  • Address for mailed ms and/or check. Only mail ms if you have trouble with upload:

    Brett Hall Jones
    S.V. Community of Writers - WW
    16191 Indian Flat Rd.
    Nevada City, CA 95959

  • Notification of acceptance by May 10.

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