Sixty participating poets presented by the the Squaw Valley Community of Writers will write one poem every day in a boot-camp-style regimen while working with staff poets: Pulitzer Prize winner Robert Hass, Brenda Hillman, Cathy Park Hong, Major Jackson and Sharon Olds.
In addition to a week-long writer’s workshop, the Squaw Valley Community of Writers also is having a poetry reading on Friday, July 15, 2011 at 7 pm at the Setzer Auditorium, Crocker Art Museum, 216 O St., Sacramento. The cost: $20 general, $15 students. The purpose of the poetry reading is to raise funds in order to provide financial aid to 2012 poetry workshop participants. To buy tickets online, visit the website, Brown Paper Tickets.
Sacramento’s vibrant and active poetry community will be at the Crocker Art Gallery on Friday evening. Have you linked up with the Squaw Valley Community of Writers and its annual writing conferences poetry benefit–if you can afford the tuition for the week-long workshop of writing (not just the one evening of reading)? In addition to Friday’s poetry reading at the Crocker Art Museum, there also will be a poetry writing workshop from Squaw Valley Community of Writers. This year the week-long workshop will be held from Saturday July 16 to Saturday July 23, 2011.
Every summer for 42 years, the Community of Writers at Squaw Valley has brought together poets and prose writers for separate weeks of workshops, individual conferences, lectures, panels, readings, and discussions of the craft and the business of writing, according to its website. The Squaw Valley Community of Writers has a goal, which is to assist writers to improve their craft and thus move them closer to publication. The Community has a competitive admissions procedure and the level of writing is high, but interested writers and poets should not hesitate to apply.
Looking for a writer’s workshop in addition to the poetry? Check out the writers and screenwriting workshops.
- POETRY: July 16 – 23
- WRITERS WORKSHOPS: August 6 – 13
- SCREENWRITING WORKSHOP: August 6 – 13
Make sure your submission/application arrives before the deadline. All submissions will be read and evaluated before any admissions decisions are made.
The tuition for the week-long writer’s workshop is relatively expensive. Check out the July 11, 2011 Sacramento Bee article by, Whitney Mountain, “Poetry benefit at Crocker.” Interestingly, across the nation, some people who write poetry do it as a labor of love, unless they are chosen as poet in the schools for a year, if funds are available. And others teach poetry writing. Yet there are plenty of patrons of the arts who go to poetry reading and writing benefits to support poets. Are you a patron of the arts? If so, gather your friends and come to the Squaw Valley Community of Writers annual poetry reading.
In 2010 the benefit raised $7,500 for this year’s poetry workshop participants, providing need-based aid for 21 of the 60 poets. If you are attending the week-long poetry workshop, it will cost you a tuition fee of $820 for the week – not including room and board. But the proceeds will help participants of next year’s poetry workshop.
Since 1969, the Community of Writers has been considered among the country’s most renowned literary conferences, along with the Sewanee and the Bread Loaf writers conferences. Each year this high-class literary troupe holds three genres of workshops: one for screenwriters; one for fiction, nonfiction and memoirs; and most important to Sacramento, one for poetry. On Friday, the Crocker Art Museum will serve as the location of the annual Community of Writers Poetry Reading Benefit. For more than 20 years, the benefit was held in San Francisco, but this year, in 2011, it’s going to take place in Sacramento at the Crocker Art Gallery.