Community of Writers at Squaw Valley
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Programs

Description
The Poetry Program is founded on the belief that when poets gather in a community to write new poems, each poet may well break through old habits and write something stronger and truer than before. To help this happen we work together to create an atmosphere in which everyone might feel free to try anything. In the mornings we meet in workshops to read to each other the work of the previous twenty-four hours; each participant also has an opportunity to work with each staff poet. In the late afternoons we gather for a conversation about some aspect of craft. On several late afternoons staff poets hold brief individual conferences.
Budget
$82,000
Program Successes
Within the last three years the Community of Writers has increased the number of minority writers who have access to the program by partnering with other national groups such as Cave Canem in order to provide scholarships to people of color. We have increased the number of scholarships available in general by cultivating our donor base and reaching out to friends and alumni. Scholarships increase the likelihood that the most talented and deserving writers are able to attend. We have increased the quality of our applicants and attendees by partnering with MFA programs at several universities and colleges around the state of California. We have developed and launched a new website that raises awareness of our programs to the general public and also offers ways for our Alumni to keep in contact with each other and share the news of their accomplishments. We have heard from many alumni that they enjoy using this service.
Description
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, as well as brief individual conferences. The morning workshops are led by the writer-teachers, editors, or agents of the staff. 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.
Budget
$160,800
Program Successes
Within the last three years the Community of Writers has increased the number of minority writers who have access to the program by offering more scholarships that target minority groups. In 2015 the Community of Writers offered a Young Adult segment of programming, and 2016 offered segments targeted toward screenwriters. We have increased the number of scholarships available in general by cultivating our donor base and reaching out to friends and alumni. We have increased the quality of our applicants and attendees by partnering with MFA programs at several universities and colleges around the state of California. In 2015 the Community of Writers was awarded the Barbary Coast Award by Litquake, the San Francisco area literary festival. The award goes to "a dynamic Bay Area author or literary organization for a lifetime of literary achievement." We have developed and launched a new website that raises awareness of our programs to the general public as well as offers ways for our Alumni to keep in contact with each other and share the news of their accomplishments.