Wednesday — April 11 —  6:30 PM

Madelyn Helling Library


Succeeding as a Writer – A Panel Discussion

What does it take to succeed as a writer in today’s market? Whether you’re a poet, fiction or magazine writer, or someone who would like to write for a living, you’ll want to hear what published authors from our area—Kim Culbertson, Larry Gold, Marc Davis, and Julie Valin—have to say about writing in a lively panel discussion at the Sierra Writers April 11 meeting, which begins at 6:30 p.m. at the Madalyn Helling Library Community Room. This is an opportunity to ask questions, join the conversation, and gain tips and insight into publishing in your field and thrive as an author.

In the young adult category, Kim Culbertson has written Songs for a Teenage Nomad (2010, originally Hip Pocket Press, 2007), and her second YA novel Instructions for a Broken Heart (2011) which was named a Booklist Top Ten Romance Title for Youth: 2011. Kim’s short fiction has appeared in Cicada, Canary, and The Smoking Poet.
Larry Gold’s medical-based adult fiction First, Do No Harm was published in April 2007. No Cure for Murder was released in August 2011, and For the Love of God in January 2012.  He submitted his screenplay, Rage to the 80th Annual Writer’s Digest contest and won honorable mention (57 out of 11,000).

Marc Davis specializes in non-fiction magazine articles.  He has been a regular contributor to Rock & Gem Magazine, a nationally distributed publication, since 1986.  Marc has also sold to other national magazines such as Western & Eastern Treasures and Gold and Treasure Hunter. In addition to his writing, Marc has sold hundreds of photos that accompany his articles, and has a book cover photo to his credit.

Julie Valin’s poetry has been published in Chiron Review, Primal Urge Magazine, Red Fez Journal, and others.  Her new book of poetry, The Distance Between, was recently published by Six Ft. Swells Press.  Julie devotes her time to freelance editing and writing; assisting authors through the self-publishing process for their novels or poetry books; and being a poet-teacher for CA Poets in the Schools.

Sierra Writers provides a venue for writers of all types to meet, share and learn, and offers writers a wide range of experience and support. Meetings are held at 6:30 p.m. on the second Wednesday of every month except July, August, and December at the Madelyn Helling Library. Meetings feature six speakers per year, two “Open Reads” per year where anyone can submit a few pages anonymously to be read aloud and critiqued constructively, and the May meeting honors the winners of the young writers contest. Meetings are open to the public. More information can be found at