• Essential Craft for Writers of Fiction and Memoir – Sands Hall

  • Diving Into Historical Fiction: A Primer for the Brave – C. W. Gortner

  • The First Page of the Novel You Were Born to Write – Antoinette May and Erika Mailman

  • Finding Your Voice – Kevin Arnold

  • Don’t Tell Me, Show Me: Film Techniques for Writers – Sally Kaplan

  • Inviting Tony & Oscar – Indigo Moor

  • Beginnings, Endings & the Practiced Magic In Between – Indigo Moor

  • Sexuality on the Page – Lucy Sanna

  • Getting Your Query Through the Slush Pile – Gina L. Mulligan

  • Scene Stealer: Learn to Write Killer Scenes – Jordan Rosenfeld

  • How to Write With Page-Turning Tension – Jordan Rosenfeld

  • Write Like a Literary Classic: Weave Figurative Language Into Your Prose – Monika Rose

  • Finish What You Started – Kathy Boyd Fellure

SANDS HALL's most recent publication is a memoir, but she is also an award-winning novelist, a writer of stories and essays, a playwright, and a singer/songwriter, as well as an actor and director. Sands will discuss how the techniques and practices of one art form can be useful in the creation of another. How did being a playwright and a director help her with her fiction? What did she learn from writing and teaching fiction that she found essential as she composed her memoir? How did being a Shakespearean actor influence her songs and, indeed, all her writing? Sands will also address the differences between the art and the craft of writing, and how inextricably they are bound up in each other—while also delivering a variety of techniques that can be applied to your own work.

Join us for the 15th annual Gold Rush Writers Conference, October 2-4, 2020, in the picturesque town of Mokelumne Hill. Writing professionals will guide you through a bonanza of presentations, workshops and open-mic readings.

 This intimate event includes successful poets, novelists, screen and play writers, memoirists & short story writers.


In addition to a choice of workshops held in and around the historic Hotel Léger, the conference includes a picnic supper on Friday evening, Saturday dinner, and Sunday lunch.

C.W. GORTNER's the acclaimed, bestselling author of a dozen historical novels, which have been translated in 21 languages and sold over 400,000 copies. He holds an MFA in writing  with an emphasis on Renaissance Studies. In his talk, Being a Writer in the 21st Century, he'll address how, with so many changes in how people access written material, writers are facing new opportunities and challenges in the 21st century. The dream of publishing the Great American Novel can now take on several forms, from traditional to indie, physical to audio. He will talk about the startling changes he's experienced in the fifteen years since he was first published and how we can survive and thrive being a writer in the 21st century.

Saturday Night

Sunday Afternoon


$195 - Returning Conference Attendees - BEFORE September 1st


$200 - Early Bird Registration - BEFORE September 1st


$215 - Everyone - AFTER September 1st


SPECIAL OFFER TO LOCALS: you may sign-up for individual workshops at $45 per 90 minute session by check or cash only.  Meals and Headline Presentations are available also for an additional cost.

If you are interested in this special offer please send a message through the CONTACT page.

Hello All,

We have rescheduled the Gold Rush Writers Conference to be October 2 - 4, 2020!

And as such, there may be a few necessary adjustments to the programming, but you can still register now. We will keep you informed of any changes as they happen.

If you have already registered, please do not re-register. We have your information.


Hang in    there.  Stay healthy.  Reach out if you need support. And continue to be creative.

Together, we will all make it through this.

Thank you for your support,

Sally Kaplan, Erika Mailman, Antoinette May

Gold Rush Writers Team

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