The 2014 Gold Rush Writer's Conference will be held May 2, 3, 4.

Featured Speakers and Workshop Leaders:
Award winning novelist CHRISTIAN KIEFER
Debut Novelist LUCY SANNA



Historic Hotel Leger
8304 Main Street
Mokelumne Hill CA  95245
(209) 286-1401

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Come join the ninth annual Gold Rush Writers Conference, May 2, 3, & 4, at the historic Leger Hotel in picturesque Mokelumne Hill where writing professionals will guide you to a publishing bonanza through a series of panels, specialty talks, workshops and celebrity lectures.

Go one-on-one with successful poets, novelists, biographers, memoirists and short story writers.
The conference includes a picnic supper in a Victorian garden Friday evening, Saturday dinner and Sunday brunch.

Christian Kiefer
Featured Speaker and Workshop Leader

Christian Kiefer is a full-time professor at American River College. Infinite Tides is his first published novel. Rave reviews have appeared in Publishers Weekly and Booklist.

Christian will also conduct a workshop Flaubert’s Barometer: On Setting In Fiction on Sunday.

Lucy Sanna
Brunch Headliner

Lucy Sanna has found success in fiction and nonfiction alike. With an education in English literature, a nose for research and a passion for sensual detail, Lucy easily moves through time, place and voice, bringing both creative fancy and authenticity to her work.

Lucy wlll also conduct a workshop on a skill that every writer needs to acquire: Winning Strategies For Getting An Agent.

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Founder
Antoinette May

Antoinette May
Antoinette May
Antoinette May has recently completed her third novel, Mary's Monster.   Her first novel, Pilate's Wife, published in 2007 by William Morrow, has been translated into 18 languages. The Sacred Well, her second novel, was chosen best novel of 2009 by the San Francisco Book Festival.

Antoinette's non-fiction includes the New York Times best seller, Adventures of a Psychic, a biography of psychic Sylvia Brown. Antoinette was the 1999 recipient of La Pluma de Plata, an award conferred by the Mexican Government for the best travel article on their country.

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Pilate's Wife

novel Pilate's Wife

Sacred Well

Latest novel Sacred Well


Co-Directors

Kathy Isaac-Luke
Kathie Isaac-Luke
Kathie Isaac-Luke was editor of caesura, the journal of Poetry Center San Jose, for five years. Her poetry collection, Chrysalides, recently published by Dragonfly Press, was selected as runner-up at the 2014 Los Angeles Book Festival. Kathie's short story, "The Collection," was nominated for a 2010 Pushcart prize. She is a freelance writer for The Union Democrat newspaper in Sonora. She has poems forthcoming in two new anthologies to be published in 2014. Ginger Griffin
Ginger Bennett Griffin
Ginger Bennett Griffin, helped coordinate this conference for many years. She was part of our lives and is greatly missed. Pam Mundale
Pam Mundale
Pam Mundale writes short stories and novels. She has completed one novel and is finishing up the second.

Faculty

Christian Kiefer
Christian Kiefer

Christian Kiefer

Christian Kiefer earned his Ph.D. in American literature from the University of California, Davis, and is on the English faculty of American River College in Sacramento. He is an active poet, songwriter, and recording artist, and lives in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains in Northern California with his wife and six sons. The Infinite Tides is his first published novel.

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Infinite Tides

Infinite Tides


Lucy Sanna
Lucy Sanna

Lucy Sanna

Lucy Sanna's, debut novel, AFTER HE’S GONE, is scheduled for publication by William Morrow in May 2015. In the meantime, while planning her book launch, Lucy is at work on her next novel. Regarding former publications, Lucy has been featured on national television and radio, including CBS, NBC, NPR and FOX, and recognized in such press as Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Examiner, Playboy Magazine and Men's World Magazine, to name a few. Her two self-help books (Random House) have been published in six languages. For the past ten years, Lucy has served on the Strategic Planning Committee for the National Kidney Foundation's annual San Francisco Authors Luncheon, founded by Amy Tan and Ann Getty. Lucy has also served on the Board of the California Writers Club, San Francisco Peninsula Branch. In 2010 Lucy received a month-long residency fellowship to Vermont Studio Center, where she finished the final draft of an upcoming novel.

Visit Lucy at www.lucysanna.com.

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How to Romance the Man You Love

How to Romance the Man You Love

How to Romance the Woman You Love

How to Romance the Woman You Love


Helen Bonner
Helen Bonner

Helen Bonner

Helen Bonner, PhD, is founder of Starthistle Press. Her novel, Cry Dance, is the winner of a 2012 Sharp Writ Book Award in the coveted general fiction category. In 2013, her sci-fi novel Dolphin Papers was a finalist for the prestigious Eric Hoffer award. Her two memoirs, Laid Daughter and First Love Last, are becoming classics. MsDemeanors, a novel of the seventies, came out in 2013 to great reviews and her current project, non fiction, will be called Send Me Your Poor.

Dr. Bonner taught creative writing at Ohio University and Minnesota State U. Her short story, Roadside Trinity, won several Best Short Story awards, and her screenplay on Congresswoman Jeannette Rankin has been optioned.
Her website is: http://www.hbonnerbooks.com/

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Dolphin Papers

Dolphin Papers

MsDemeanors


MisDemeanors

Cry Dance

Cry Dance

First Love Last

First Love Last

Kevin Arnold Kevin Arnold

Kevin Arnold

Kevin Arnold is a poet, prizewinning short story writer, teacher and novelist. He’s published two books of poetry, forty short stories and poems. A story extracted from one of his novels won the 2009 San Francisco Book Festival for short fiction; his poems have been featured three times on national website www.YourDailyPoem.com He was invited to read at the Yale Writing Workshops in 2012 and 2013.

He holds an MFA in Creative Writing, fiction, from San Jose State University, 2007; was Co-founder and teacher, Gold Rush Writers, 2005-present. He served as President, Poetry Center San Jose, for thirteen years, 2000-2012. See http://redroom.com/member/kevin-arnold.

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Nineteen Poems and Beyond

Nineteen Poems and Beyond



Sally Ashton
Sally Ashton

Sally Ashton

Sally Ashton is the author of Some Odd Afternoon, Her Name is Juanita, and These Metallic Days. She is Editor-in-Chief of the DMQ Review, an online journal featuring poetry and art. Honors include a fellowship from Arts Council Silicon Valley and a residency at Montalvo Arts Center. She was Poet Laureate of Santa Clara County (Silicon Valley), 2011-2013. Ashton earned her MFA at Bennington Writing Seminars. She teaches at San José State University and will be teaching a two-week workshop again in Lisbon this summer, 2014, through Disquiet: International Literary Program.

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Her Name is Juanita

Her Name is Juanita

Some Odd Afternoon

Some Odd Afternoon

These Metallic Days

These Metallic Days


Erika Mailman
Erika Mailman

Erika Mailman

Erika Mailman is the author of The Witch’s Trinity, a Bram Stoker finalist and a San Francisco Chronicle Notable Book, and Woman of Ill Fame, a Pushcart Press Editor’s Book Award nominee. While writing The Witch’s Trinity, she learned she was the descendant of a woman accused twice of witchcraft in the decades predating Salem’s furor and, surprisingly, acquitted. Her first in a series of young adult novels tentatively titled The Arnaud Legacy will be forthcoming from Kensington in 2015. Erika has been a Yaddo fellow and a juror for the Shirley Jackson Awards. She is a freelance writer and teaches novel writing through www.mediabistro.com and www.erikamailman.com

Visit Erika's website, www.erikamailman.com, for further information about her books and upcoming events, and classes.

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Woman of Ill Fame

Woman of Ill Fame

The Witch's Trinity

The Witchs trinity


Sal Manna
Sal Manna

Sal Manna

Sal Manna’s writing life has been all about writing life stories, most recently co-authoring DYN-O-MITE! Good Times, Bad Times…Our Times: A Memoir with comedian Jimmie Walker and The King of Sting: The Amazing True Story of an All-American Outlaw (#1 among Crime Biographies on Amazon.com). Manna’s work has also appeared in Time, Playboy, People, and the Los Angeles Times, among other magazines and newspapers. His interviews have been featured in Conversations with Maya Angelou and Titanic: 100 Years Later, and been referenced in several books, including His Song: The Musical Journey of Elton John and To The Limit: The Untold Story of the Eagles. Also a historian, Manna co-authored the Northern Calaveras County and Angels Camp and Copperopolis Images of America volumes and continues to pen the Something From Nothing magazine series.

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DYN-O-MITE!

Dynomite

The King of Sting

King of Sting

Calaveras County Images

Calaveras County Images

Angels-Copperopolis


Angels-Copperopolis


Pam Mundale
Pam Mundale

Pam Mundale

Pam Mundale (Pamela Dunn) has a B.A. in Creative Writing and a Masters in Library Science. A novelist and short story writer, she is an active member of several Mother Lode area writing groups. Her short story "Who Reads Anymore" won the second place prize for short fiction and will be published in Wine, Cheese, and Chocolate in early 2014. Pam just completed her debut novel, Trash Can Notes, set Cincinnati's nightclub scene. Her second novel Once Upon a Blue Moon, merging ancient myth and the modern occult in Santa Cruz, is nearing completion.

Visit Pam's website, www.psdunn.com/ or her blog psdunn.wordpress.com/, for further information about her books and upcoming events.

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Amy Smith
Amy Smith

Amy Smith

Amy Elizabeth Smith, originally from Pennsylvania, teaches creative and professional writing at the University of the Pacific in Stockton, CA. Her recent memoir, All Roads Lead to Austen: A Yearlong Journey with Jane, recounts a year traveling in six Latin American countries learning Spanish and holding reading groups on Jane Austen; it was praised by Booklist, Publishers Weekly, and Kirkus. You can visit her website at allroadsleadtoausten.com.

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All Roads Lead to Austen

All roads lead to Austen


Kathy Boyd-Fellure
Kathy Boyd-Fellure

Kathy Boyd-Fellure

Kathy Boyd Fellure is the author of the four Blake Sisters Lake Tahoe Adventure Illustrated Children's books. Kathy is currently represented by Books & Such literary agent, Wendy Lawton, and is busy writing her third novel in a trilogy, Lake Cottage Book Haven. Kathy, a Sacramento native, currently resides in the gold country of California where she founded the Amador Fiction Writers Critique Group.

One of Kathy's poems, "The Bloom", was published in the book - Immortal Verses, by Poetry.Com, The International Library of Poetry. Her poem, "Mad Dash to the Tea House", and three of her photographs were published in Vol 6, Wild Edges book by Manzanita Writers Press.

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Nana's Tin of Buttons

Nana's Tin of Buttons

Mr. Snowman Ate Our Picnic Lunch
Mr. Snowman ate our lunch
Bear Cub Adventure
Bear Cub Adventure
The Birdies Came to Tea
When the Birdies Came to Tea
Kathie Isaac-Luke
Kathy Isaac-Luke

Kathie Isaac-Luke

Kathie Isaac-Luke was editor of caesura, the journal of Poetry Center San Jose, for five years. Her poetry collection, Chrysalides, recently published by Dragonfly Press, was selected as runner-up at the 2014 Los Angeles Book Festival. Kathie's short story, "The Collection," was nominated for a 2010 Pushcart prize. She is a freelance writer for The Union Democrat newspaper in Sonora. She has poems forthcoming in two new anthologies to be published in 2014.

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Chrysalides

Chrysali8des


Monika Rose
Monika Rose

Monika Rose

Monika Rose, writing in the Mother Lode foothill region of Calaveras County, California, edits the Manzanita: Poetry and Prose of the Mother Lode and Sierra series of anthologies with a new anthology due out in Spring 2014 called Wine, Cheese and Chocolate: A Taste of Literary Elegance from Manzanita Writers Press, a nonprofit literary publisher, which she founded, serving as director and editor. She teaches high school and college English in the Central Valley, with a Masters Degree in English, and lives in the foothills of Calaveras County on a small cattle ranch. She has been published in Tule Review, Rattlesnake Review, Poetry Now, Mindprint Review, Squaw Valley Review, The Journal, Refrigerate After Opening, Mokehillion Review, Your Daily Poem, and Yosemite Poets, among other publications. Her collection of poems, River by the Glass, by GlenHill Publications, is available from her web site and from Small Press Distribution, and from Amazon as a print book and an eBook, as well as from the publisher. Currently, she is writing a humorous thriller—a novel about surveillance and voyeurism—and working on a historical novel based on her parents’ WWII stories in Europe. Contact her at www.manzapress.com or at her web site www.monikarosewriter.com.

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River by the Glass
River by the Glass
Wild Edges
Wild Edges

Tom Johnson
Tom Johnson

Tom Johnson

Tom Johnson's 35-year career in journalism has taken him from the classroom to the newsroom and back. He began using computers to tease meaning out of data while a Ph.D. candidate in the early '70s and studying the impact of technology on urban spaces.

By the early '80s he was writing about dedicated word processing systems (think $13,000 in 1978 dollars) and covering the early stages of personal computing in Silicon Valley for TIME and Popular Science. He worked for Time Magazine in El Salvador in the mid-'80s, was the start-up editor of MacWeek, and a deputy editor of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

His areas of interest are analytic journalism, dynamic simulation models of publishing systems, complexity theory, the application of Geographic Information Systems in journalism, and the impact of the digital revolution on journalism and journalism education. He often teaches and lectures in Latin America and is the founder and co-director of the Institute for Analytic Journalism, Santa Fe, New Mexico. Websites: www.indiepubwest.com and www.jtjohnson.com     E-mail:  tom@jtjohnson.com

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Latest book published by Tom Johnson's IAJ Press

Lou Gonzalez
Lou Gonzalez

Lou Gonzalez

Lou Gonzalez writes technical books and novels. To publish his technical book, Creating Your eBook, he combined his engineering & programming degrees, and his experience in computer design, with his work in converting manuscripts into Kindle & Nook eBooks. In addition, Lou teaches creative writing, lectures about novel structure and eBooks, and for the last nine years has been the moderator for a Barnes & Noble writing workshop. For his Eric Sandoval mystery novels, he draws on his ethnic background in the Mexican-American community in Los Angeles to present the challenges and opportunities that America offers to all its citizens. His novels center on accomplishment, danger, drug lords, and political corruption in Los Angeles.

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Jennifer Tristano
Jennifer Tristano

Jennifer Tristano

Jennifer Tristano's many years in software programming have given her a powerful insight into the technology behind eBooks. That combined with her love of writing, and her teaching the art and craft of writing allow her to translate the technical eBook information into terms that any writer can understand and utilize. Jennifer, along with Lou Gonzalez, is a co-facilitator of writing workshops at her local Barnes & Noble bookstore. There she presents specific writing techniques and offers advice on how to improve story presentation and characters. In addition, she presents writing & eBook mechanization techniques at conferences and writing events. Jennifer is in the final rewrite of her first Fantasy novel.

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CONFERENCE SCHEDULE

Friday, May 2nd

  • 6:00 p.m. Registration and poolside picnic at Charles and Antoinette (May) Herndon's home, 8437 Center St., Mokelumne Hill, CA.
  • 7:30 p.m. Poetry Reading at Mokelumne Hill Library. Work by Monika Rose, Kathy Isaac Luke, and Helen Bonner will be featured. This is an open mic reading. Bring your own work to share.

Saturday, May 3rd

Sunday, May 4th

  • 9:30 a.m. Critique Groups. How will you shape your writing life? Join Kevin Arnold and others to learn how writing critique groups can enrich your lives.
  • 10:20 to noon. Workshops.
  • Noon Brunch. Lucy Sanna on Crawling into Your Story
  • 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Workshops.
  • 4:30 p.m. Ballroom - Wrap-Up.

Workshop Schedule

Saturday 10:15 to 11:45 a.m.

Saturday, 1:30 to 3:00 p.m.

Saturday, 3:15 to 5:00 p.m.

Sunday, 10:20 to 12 noon

Sunday, 1:30 to 4:30 p.m.


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