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43rd annual Community of Writers workshops next week

Every summer, writers of all stripes — poets, novelists, screenwriters and writers of memoirs, histories, essays and short stories — descend on Squaw Valley for a week of intensive literary activity. The valley, normally active in the winter as a ski resort, buzzes with metaphors flying and manuscripts flapping, as more than 250 writers, editors and publishers convene in two separate weeklong workshops in poetry, fiction, nonfiction, memoir and screenwriting July 7 through 14.

The 43rd annual Community of Writers at Squaw Valley will convene again this month with workshops in fiction and screenwriting. Writing workshop participants meet each day in workshop, as well as attend presentations on the craft and the business of writing. Most of these events are free and open to the public. Members of the public who are interested in attending can download a full schedule of events at http://squawvalleywriters.org/readings.html or call 530-581-5200 or email info@squawvalleywriters.org for information.

Highlights of this summer’s week include:



•  Reading and book signing with authors Max Byrd Grant, “The Paris Deadline”; Alex Espinoza, “The Five Acts of Diego León”; Karen Joy Fowler Sarah Canary, “We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves”; Gail Tsukiyama, “Women of the Silk,” “The Samarai’s Garden.”

At 8 p.m. Tuesday (Olympic House) $10/$5 students – Please call to reserve a seat.




• Film screening — Tom Rickman will screen and speak about her 2008 Hallmark Hall of Fame American drama, “Front of the Class” at 8 p.m. Wednesday.

• Reading and book signing with recently published Community of Writer alums Eddy Ancinas (’72) “Tales from Two Valleys — Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows”; Alison Singh Gee (’07, ’01) “Where the Peacocks Sing: A Prince, a Palace, and the Search for Home”; Alan Grostephan (’09) “Bogatà”; Mark Maynard (’08) “Grind”; Amy Franklin-Willis (’09, ’06, ’05) “The Lost Saints of Tennessee.” This free event is at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, July 11 (Olympic House). Please call to reserve a seat.

There are also additional readings and book signings. For a complete schedule, go to http://squawvalleywriters.org/events.html.


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