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Squaw Valley Community of Writers – Writers Workshop

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The Community of Writers holds its summer writing workshops in Squaw Valley, California. Squaw Valley is located in the California Sierra Nevada mountain range, close to the north shore of Lake Tahoe. A ski resort in the winter, it offers a warm and sunny playground for the summer conference goers, where participants have opportunities to hike to the local waterfalls, take nature walks up the mountain, swim in Lake Tahoe, and play tennis, ice skate, or bike along the Truckee River.

Admission Fees

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.


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

Contact Information

Community of Writers
PO Box 1416
Nevada City, CA 95959
info @squawvalleywriters . org


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