The 2016 Gold Rush Writer's Conference will be held April 29, 30 and May 1st

Featured Speakers and Workshop Leaders:
Award winning novelists:
Mark Wiederanders
Erika Mailman



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

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Come join the eleventh annual Gold Rush Writers Conference, April 30,31 and May 1st & 3, 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.

Mark Wiederanders
Dinner Speaker

Mark Wiederanders writes historical fiction about the private lives of famous authors. His novel about Robert Louis Stevenson's love affair with an American woman, Stevenson's Treasure was published by Fireship Press in 2014, after placing as a Short List Finalist in the William Faulkner Society's Novel-in-Progress competition.
His screenplay about William Shakespeare's family, Taming Judith was a finalist in the Academy of Motion Pictures' screenwriting competition and was optioned by a film company.

Mark wlll also conduct a workshop on "Five Steps to Writing and Selling HistoricalL Fiction".

Erika Mailman
Brunch Headliner

Erika Mailman is the author of historical novels Woman of Ill Fame (Heyday), and The Witch's Trinity (Crown), which was a Bram Stoker finalist and a San Francisco Chronicle Notable Book.
Under the pen name Lynn Carthage, Erika writes Y.A. fiction, with Haunted: The Arnaud Legacy and Betrayed (Kensington) as the first two books in a trilogy. Erika holds an MFA in poetry from the University of Arizona, and teaches novel writing online. She has been a Yaddo fellow and a juror for the Shirley Jackson Awards.

Her workshop will be Character and Voice in Young Adult Fiction

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Founder
Antoinette May

Antoinette May
Antoinette May
Antoinette May's third novel, The Determined Heart: the Tale of Mary Shelley and Her Frankenstein was published in October by the Lake Union Publishing Division of Amazon Press. Her first novel, Pilate's Wife, published in 2007 by William Morrow, has been translated into 18 languages. The Sacred Well, her second William Morrow novel, was chosen best of 2009 by the San Francisco Book Festival.

Antoinette's non-fiction includes Adventures of a Psychic which spent 44 weeks on the New York Times best seller list. She was the recipient of La Pluma de Plata, an award conferred by the Mexican Government for the best travel article on their country. She writes weekly columns for the San Francisco Chronicle and SF Gate and is a frequent contributor to the Sierra Lodestar. Antoinette's articles have appeared in Cosmopolitan, Self, Country Living, San Francisco and Sacramento magazines.
Visit antoinette's website http://www.antoinettemay.com/

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Determined Heart

novel Pilate's Wife

Pilate's Wife

novel Pilate's Wife

Sacred Well

Latest novel Sacred Well



Co-Director

Kathy Isaac-Luke
Kathie Isaac-Luke
Kathie Isaac-Luke's poetry collection, Chrysalides, was recently published by Dragonfly Press. Editor of caesura, the journal of Poetry Center San Jose for five years, she is a freelance writer for the Union Democrat. Kathie's short story, "The Collection," was nominated for a 2015 Pushcart prize.

Faculty

Mark Wiederanders
mark Wiederanders

Mark Wiederanders

Mark Wiederanders writes historical fiction about the private lives of famous authors. His novel about Robert Louis Stevenson's love affair with an American woman, Stevenson's Treasure was published by Fireship Press in 2014, after placing as a Short List Finalist in the William Faulkner Society's Novel-in-Progress competition.

His screenplay about William Shakespeare's family, Taming Judith was a finalist in the Academy of Motion Pictures' screenwriting competition and was optioned by a film company. Mark has earned residencies at the Vermont Studio Center, the Martha's Vineyard Writers' Residency and the New York Mills Regional Cultural Center. Mark is also a psychologist who did research on the criminally insane. He lives in Sacramento. where he is now finishing a novel about Jack London.

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Stevenson's Treasure

Stevenson's Treasure


Erika Mailman
Erika Mailman

Erika Mailman

Erika Mailman Erika Mailman is the author of historical novels Woman of Ill Fame (Heyday), and The Witch's Trinity (Crown), which was a Bram Stoker finalist and a San Francisco Chronicle Notable Book.
Under the pen name Lynn Carthage, Erika writes Y.A. fiction, with Haunted: The Arnaud Legacy and Betrayed (Kensington) as the first two books in a trilogy. Erika holds an MFA in poetry from the University of Arizona, and teaches novel writing online. She has been a Yaddo fellow and a juror for the Shirley Jackson Awards.

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Woman of Ill
Fame

Crown of Dust

Witches
Trinity

Crown of Dust

Oakland
Hills

Oakland Hills


Kevin Arnold Kevin Arnold

Kevin Arnold

Kevin Arnold is a poet, teacher, and fiction writer from Portola Valley, CA. He holds an MFA in Creative Writing from San Jose State University, 2007. Kevin served as President, Poetry Center San Jose, 2000-2012. In the last year, he's published in Slippery Elm, Fresh Hot read, Wine, Cheese and Chocolate, the Willow Glen Poetry Project and as had three stories in Fault Line.

His novel, The Sureness of Horses, is being serialized on a literary website called USREPRESENTED, where he writes a weekly column called "Kevin's Much-Loved Poems. Based on a story extracted from one of his novel, the San Franciso/Peninsula California's Writers' Club named him Writer of the Year, 2014-2015

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Nineteen Poems and Beyond

Nineteen Poems and Beyond


Rob Swigart
Rob Swigart

Rob Swigart

Rob Swigart is the author of more than a dozen novels, including Little America, The Time Trip, and The White Pig. Xibalba Gate and Stone Mirror were published as archaeology textbooks. Tablet of Destinies, a sequel to his thriller The Delphi Agenda, is in press.

He taught creative writing at San Jose State University for 34 years, worked as a journalist, technical writer at Apple and was a research affiliate at the Institute for the Future, and designed and wrote computer games, including Portal, the first truly interactive novel which led to helping found the Electronic Literature Organization. He is currently developing a novel about the French poet Gérard de Nerval.

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The Delphi Agenda

Nana's Tin of Buttons

The Time
Trip

The Time Trip

Xilbalba Gate

Xilbalba Gate

Stone Mirror
Stone Mirror
Vector
Vector
Venom
Venom
Kathy Boyd-Fellure
Kathy Boyd-Fellure

Kathy Boyd-Fellure

Kathy Boyd Fellure has recently completed a trilogy, The Language of the Lake, Lake Cottage Book Haven, and Azure Shores, which is being marketed by Wendy Lawson of Books & Such Literary Management. She's currently working on a fourth novel, Across the Pond. Kathy is also the author of four Tahoe-themed children's books. A children's book of a very different kind is due for release this summer.

For the past three years Kathy has written, produced and hosted a cable show, "Authors, Writers, Books & Beyond," for TSPN TV. (Links may be found on You Tube.) She's the founding director of Amador Fiction Writer's Critique Group that meets bi-weekly at Hein and Company Bookstore in Jackson.
Kathy also hosts an annual literary "read" which is open to the public.

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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
Sally Kaplan
Luisa Giulianetti

Sally Kaplan


Sally Kaplan moved from Los Angeles to Calaveras country in 2010. She and her husband run Backcountry Pictures, a production company in Murphys, California. In addition to working in non-fiction film and television, Kaplan has written and/or directed prize-winning original screenplays. Her script Crossroads developed into a short film at the American Film Institute's Directing Workshop for Women; Dybbuks and Chicken Soup was screened in numerous film festivals and Man on the Plane received accolades from screen-writing contests.

Her works of prose appear in the anthologies: Changing Course: Women's Inspiring Stories of Menopause, Midlife, and Moving Forward, and Wine, Cheese & Chocolate, published by Manzanita Press. With a degree in dance and creative writing from Hampshire College, Kaplan has taught courses at NYU, UCLA, University of Colorado, .

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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, published by Dragonfly Press, was selected as runner-up at the 2014 Los Angeles Book Festival. Kathie's short story, "The Collection," was recently published by the Dragonfly Press Ezine, DNA, and was nominated for a 2015 Pushcart prize. She is a freelance writer for the Union Democrat newspaper in Sonora. She has two poems in the new anthology, Wine, Cheese and Chocolate published by Manzanita Writers Press.

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Chrysalides

Chrysali8des

Monika Rose
Monika Rose

Monika Rose

Monika Rose, at home in the foothills of Calaveras County, founded Manzanita Writers Press, a nonprofit literary publisher housed in the Manzanita Arts Emporium, a new art center in Angels Camp. She is published in several anthologies and literary magazines, and her book of poems, River by the Glass, by GlenHill Publications, is available from Amazon and Small Press Distribution as a print and eBook.

She has edited anthologies such as the recently released A Taste of Literary Elegance: Wine, Cheese & Chocolate, and the ongoing Manzanita series of literary prose and poetry, Wild Edges. With a Masters Degree in English, she teaches courses in writing and literature at Delta College as an Adjunct Associate Professor. Monika is currently writing a novel while editing other writers' books, readying them for publication. Contact her at www.manzapress.com or her website ~ you can also email her at mrose209@gmail.com.

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River by the Glass
River by the Glass
Wine, Cheese and Chocolate Wine Cheese Chocolate
Lucy Sanna
Lucy Sanna

Lucy Sanna

Lucy Sanna's historical novel, The Cherry Harvest (HarperCollins 2015), was named Book Club Book of the summer by the Wisconsin State Journal and the Midwest Independent Booksellers Association's Book Club Pick for July. For this and previous works, Lucy has been featured on national television and radio, including CBS, NBC, NPR, and FOX. Her books have been recognized by national press, including the Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Examiner, Wisconsin Journal, San Jose Mercury-News, Playboy Magazine and Men's World Magazine.

Lucy is a sought-after speaker and workshop leader at writers' conferences, including San Francisco's Litquake, the Wisconsin Book Fest, the Chicago Tribune's Book Fest, the Chicago Tribune's Printers Row, the University of Wisconsin's Writers Institute, the University of Wisconsin's Write-by-the-Lake Retreat, and the Sterling North Book & Film Festival. Since 1999, Lucy has served on the Executive Planning Board for the National Kidney Foundation's annual San Francisco's Authors Luncheon, the premier authors' event of the San Francisco Bay Area. She has also served on the Board of the California Writers Club, San Francisco Peninsula Branch. She divides her time between Madison, WI and the SF Bay Area.
Lucy's website: www.lucysanna.com

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The Cherry Harvest

Cherry Harvest

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

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 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, April 30

  • 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 other conference participants will be featured. This is an open mic reading and open to the public as well. Bring your own work to share.

Saturday, April 31

Sunday, May 1st

  • 9:30 a.m. Inspirational talk.
  • 10:00 to noon. Workshops.
  • Noon Brunch. Afternoon speaker: Erika Mailman on The Tourist, the Expat and the Native: A Traveler’s Guide to Writing Historical Fiction.

Workshop Schedule Saturday, 1:30 to 3:00 p.m.-choose one: Saturday, 3:15 to 5:00 p.m. -Choose one: Sunday, 10:00 a.m. to 12 noon -Choose one:
Pricing: Friday's picnic supper, Saturday dinner and Sunday brunch included.
  • $165 --Early bird registration before April 1st
  • $155 --Conference returnees before April 1st
  • $185 --Thereafter
   

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