Sierra Writers Holiday Party
Sunday, December 12, 2010     5 – 8 PM

Hosted by the Rector Family
449 Washington Street, Nevada City

All members plus their guests are invited.
Don’t forget to RSVP to Babette at

S.W. provides the main course, non-alcoholic beverages, plates, etc.
Guests are asked to bring other beverages of choice and a buffet food item based on last names.

* A – C      Appetizers or Finger Foods
* D – H     Vegetables or Other Main Dishes
* I – M      Salads
* N – Z      Desserts or Sweets

Hope to see you there!
Babette Donaldson Rector

Sierra Writers Calendar

December Meeting
Our December meeting is our annual members-only party.
Members and their guest are welcome.We will not be hosting our monthly speaker at the library.

January Meeting
Wednesday, January 12, 2011
Madelyn Helling Library Community Room
980 Helling Way, Nevada City

From the Editor

Sierra Writers is pleased to announce the Sands Hall Writers’ Workshop on January 8. There is only 1 slot left and it is for the afternoon session. For more information, see

Writers Workshop with Sands Hall – Fiction and Nonfiction

Sierra Writers presents a writers workshop led by Sands Hall, author of Tools of the Writer’s Craft, and of the novel, Catching Heaven, a Random House Reader’s Circle selection and a Willa Award Finalist, Best Contemporary Fiction.

Workshop Details:
Date:     Saturday, January 8, 2011
Time:     Two identical workshops #1 8:30 – 12:30; #2 1:30 – 5:30 PM (One workshop per person)
Place:     Eskaton Village, Grass Valley
Workshop Title: To be announced (Open and suitable for fiction and nonfiction writers)
Limit:     12 participants for each workshop – Initially open only to members of Sierra Writers; Open to the public Dec. 1
Cost:     Special offer to members of Sierra Writers – Now through Dec. 1- $35
Dec. 1 – $40 for Sierra Writers members; $50 for non-members
Watch for updates

This will fill up quickly and is open to the first 24 members who register and are current on their Sierra Writers dues.
Send checks to:
Sierra Writers
PO Box 1595
Grass Valley, CA 95945
*Indicate on the checks that this is the Sands Hall workshop. Be sure you include current contact information with email. You will receive email confirmation and updates.

SANDS HALL is a graduate of the Iowa Writers Workshop and holds a second MFA in Theatre Arts; her experience as director, actor, and playwright gives her a unique perspective on the writing process. She is currently Visiting Assistant Professor of Creative Writing Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. In addition, she facilitates private workshops, is on the staff of the Community of Writers at Squaw Valley, and has taught for the last nineteen years for the Iowa Summer Writing Festival. Her work with the University of California, Davis, Extension Programs earned her an Excellence in Teaching and Outstanding Service Award. She is the author of a book of writing essays and exercises, Tools of the Writer’s Craft, and of the novel, Catching Heaven, a Random House Reader’s Circle selection and a Willa Award Finalist, Best Contemporary Fiction. Recent stories and nonfiction have been published by Iowa Review, Green Mountains Review, and Tahoe Quarterly.

News for Members of Sierra Writers

A number of Sierra Writers members have expressed interest in starting a poetry group. Susan Conlon, our new publicity person, has volunteered to get the ball rolling on this. If you are interested in this, contact

Get involved. Sierra Writers is looking for help with publicity the website, newsletter, and special events. If you are interested in helping, contact Babette Donaldson or Lucinda Porter

Dues Reminders: If you have not paid your dues,  mail a check for $25 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. Questions can be directed to Shirley Zeff, Membership Coordinator

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

A new feature of the Sierra Writers website is a page listing links to our members’ blogs. Check to see if yours is listed. If it isn’t, send a link to

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

Hope to see you at our next meeting.

Calendar of Events

Miners Foundry Presents Readers Theatre
When: December 5, 2010 at 4:00 p.m. (doors at 3:30 p.m.)
Where: Miners Foundry Cultural Center, 325 Spring Street, Nevada City , California 95959 530 265 5040
Why: A way to support local arts and this wonderful venue for artists, speakers, musicians and cultural events.  (There is a ticket fee of $10 to raise money for the Miners’ Foundry our fabulous local, historical venue.)

Readers: David Iorns, Bruce Kelly, Elizabeth Appell, Betsy Graziani Fasbinder
The Kugelmass Episode – Woody Allen
The Greatest Man in the World – James Thurber
Unexpected Turnings – Elizabeth Appell
MFCB & Who Will This be to Me – Betsy Graziani Fasbinder
Author Event: Diane Dean-Epps
Saturday, December 11 from 2:00 to 3:30pm
Sierra Mountain Coffee Roasters and Tomes
671 Maltman Dr, Suite 2, Grass Valley
Comedienne and mom, Diane Dean-Epps pokes fun at baby boomers and generation y-me?! In her new humor book, I’ll Always Be There for You…Unless I’m Somewhere Else?!
Speak It Here Poetry Series
The first Wednesday of every month (Call to confirm)
Copper Top Lounge in Downtown Grass Valley
For more information, call Jean Varda 210-6010

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

Sierra Writers’ Board Members

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

PO Box 1595
Grass Valley, CA 95945