Community of Writers Workshops in Nonfiction and Memoir

Olympic Valley, California, United States

Aug 1 - Aug 6, 2021



CONTACT: Brett Hall Jones
PHONE: 5304708440

The Community of Writers Workshops in Nonfiction and Memoir will be held entirely online in the Virtual Valley.

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. In addition to their workshop manuscripts, participants may have a second manuscript read by a staff member who meets with them in individual conferences. Nonfiction or memoir submissions should be in a narrative form. Travel, self-help, how-to, or scholarly works will not be considered.


Featured Writers Include:

Frances Dinkselspiel, Alex Espinoza, Glen David Gold, Debra Gwartney, Sands Hall, Lauren Markham, Greg Pardlo, Julia Flynn Siler, Grace Talusan


Creative nonfiction


Olympic Valley
California, United States

Community of Writers


The mission of the Community of Writers is to assist talented writers with diverse cultural perspectives to achieve their goals in the genres they pursue. Through the interplay of talented participants, professionals, and established writers in a community atmosphere, fiction writers are assisted in their arduous journey from writer to author, poets to achieve a resonant framework for their collected words, and screenwriters to see their work realized in film. In addition, the Community of Writers serves the West— California, Nevada, and the Tahoe-Truckee region area in particular—as an active literary and media arts center, providing access to readings, talks and films by the nation’s most prominent writers.


For 50 summers, the Community of Writers has brought together poets, prose writers, and screenwriters for separate weeks of workshops, individual conferences, lectures, panels, readings, and discussions of the craft and the business of writing. Our aim is to assist writers to improve their craft and thus, in an atmosphere of camaraderie and mutual support, move them closer to achieving their goals. The Community of Writers holds its summer writing workshops in Squaw Valley in the ski lodge at the foot of the ski slopes. Panels, talks, staff readings and workshops take place in these venues

with the spectacular view up the mountain.

• Writers Workshops in Fiction, Nonfiction & Memoir: July 11-16, 2021

• Poetry Workshop: June 19 - 26, 2021


• Published Alumni Reading Series

• Omnium Gatherum & Alumni News Blog

• Writers Workshop in a Book (edited by Alan Cheuse and Lisa Alvarez)

An anthology of craft talks from the workshops published by Chronicle Books)

• Annual Benefit Poetry Reading in California

• Notable Alumni Webpage (

• Facebook Alumni Groups

• Annual Poetry Anthology – Written Here: The Community of Writers Poetry Anthology

(edited & published by the participant poets themselves)| (530) 470-8440 | PO Box 1416 • Nevada City, CA 95959