The President’s Corner

Dear Writers,
We’ve been quiet for two months now. But it’s time to begin our new 2010-2011 program year.

Each SW season brings some new faces to our board and usually, a few swaps in our roles as your board. It is my pleasure to present this year’s line-up, all of us hoping to see you at many of our monthly and special events.

Shirley Zeff – Membership Coordinator
Eunice Banks – Publicity
Claudine Chalmers – Program Coordinator
Carol York – Hospitality
Chuck Jaffee – Young Writers Contest
Marty Austin – Treasurer
Lucinda Porter – Newsletter and Webmaster
Babette Donaldson – President

The Board, representing the membership, elected to honor Phylis Wardy with a Lifetime Membership in appreciation for her many years of service both as a board member in many capacities and as the creator of our Young Writer Award Program.

We have some new features this year, beginning with our September program and new creative work on our Website and Newsletter.

I hope to see you at many of our meetings and events.
Welcome Back!
Babette Donaldson

Our Next Meeting
Our first meeting will be September 8 at 6:30 at the Madelyn Helling Library Community room. We will kick off the year with something a bit different; our theme is Welcome Back from Summer. We will introduce our new board members and talk about our future together as an organization and as writers. There will be refreshments and writing exercises, so bring paper, pen, and your writer’s mind. We will network and find ways to support each other’s craft.

Free raffle tickets will be given to all members of Sierra Writers who attend the meeting and have paid their dues. Friends and family are welcome and anyone who joins Sierra Writers before the raffle will be eligible for prizes.

News for Members of Sierra Writers
We have some excellent speakers lined up for 2010-2011. Watch for announcements about some exciting offers.
Dues are due on Sept 1. Bring your check to the next meeting (Sept 8) or mail to Sierra Writers, P. O. Box 1595, Grass Valley, CA 95945
This year we offer a student rate of $10 for students in high school or college.

Sierra Writers Members may use this newsletter to promote their book, classes, or other workshops. Send information to

The Sierra Writers website is constantly changing. Members may have their own web pages, which they may use in a variety of ways. Members may use their page to introduce themselves, to link users to information on how to purchase their books, or to link back to their own website. Check it out at

Critique groups are open to members of Sierra Writers
For information about the fiction critique group,
contact Ron Cherry (530) 478-5616;
For information about the nonfiction critique group,
contact Jan Westmore (530) 265-0718;

Sierra Writers is sad to announce the death of Duane Newcomb, an honorary lifetime member of Sierra Writers. Our condolences to his wife Karen and their family.

Calendar of Events
Sierra Writers
Wednesday, September 8, 6:30PM
Madelyn Helling Library Community Room
980 Helling Way, Nevada City
Welcome Back from Summer – General meeting to discuss upcoming changes, introduce our board members. There will be a writing exercise, free raffle for current members, refreshments, and more…

Friends of the Nevada County Libraries Author Night
Francisco L. Lovato, author of Survivor, a biography of his father, Frank Lovato survivor of the WWII Bataan Death March
Thursday, September 9, 7:00PM
Madelyn Helling Library Community Room
980 Helling Way, Nevada City
For more information, call 265-1407

Women’s Writing Salon
Saturday, September 11, 4:00PM
Sierra Mountain Coffee Roasters
11671 Maltman Drive, Suite 3, Grass Valley

Walk-a-Mile for Literacy
Saturday, September 18, 9:30AM
Fundraising event for the Nevada County Library literary service
For more information, call Linnea at 470-2677 or Alan at 470-2772

Barry Lopez: Nature Writer and National Book Award finalist
The Center for the Arts presents two events:
Friday, October 8, 8:00PM Reading, Commentary, and Book Signing
Saturday, October 9 10:00AM 90 minute writing workshop with Q & A
For more information, call 274-8384

Speak It Here Poetry Series
The first Wednesday of every month
Copper Top Lounge in Downtown Grass Valley
For more information, call Jean Varda 210-6010

Sierra Writers
Wednesday, October 13, 6:30PM
Madelyn Helling Library Community Room
980 Helling Way, Nevada City
Annual Autumn Open Read

Members of Sierra Writers and organizations that serve the writing community of Nevada County may submit announcements to upcoming event. Send information to