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Author: Lisa Redfern

The World of Self-Publishing and How to Build an Author Platform with Betsy Fasbinder – December 2017

Workshop: The Goldilocks Dilemma for Memoirists and Novelists: Is Your Story “Too Small” or “Too Big” or “Just Right”?Betsy

Betsy Fasbinder is an author, coach, and professional speaker. Her recently published book, Filling Her Shoes is a series of linked memoir stories. She is s non-fiction writer as well as a short story and fiction writer. She has been honored with The Floyd Salas Award for Fiction, The Jack London Award, and two awards for short memoir. Four of her stories were produced as Reader’s Theater, directed by Tim O’Connor at the historic Miners’ Foundry Theater in Nevada City, California.

Betsy will also be delving into building an author platform by utilizing social media and branding.

Wednesday,  December 13th
6.30 p.m. –  8 p.m.
Community Room of the Madelyn Helling Library
Free to the Public

Betsy will be a presenter at Sierra Writers Conference 2018 on Saturday, January 20th at Sierra College, Nevada County Campus

Dynamism of the Young Adult Genre with Kim Culbertson – November 2017

Wednesday,  November 8thkim-culberton
6.30 p.m. –  8 p.m.
Community Room of the Madelyn Helling Library
Free to the Public

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Contemporary YA novels are known for their risk-taking approaches to topics like gender issues, sex, drugs, divorce, and illness across all genres.

Kim Culbertson is the author of the YA novels Songs for a Teenage Nomad (Sourcebooks 2010), Instructions for a Broken Heart (Sourcebooks 2011), which was named a Booklist Top Ten Romance Title for Youth: 2011 and also won the 2012 Northern California Book Award for YA Fiction, Catch a Falling Star (Scholastic 2014), The Possibility of Now (Scholastic 2016), and The Wonder of Us (Scholastic 2017). Much of her inspiration comes from her background teaching high school since 1997. In 2012, Kim wrote her eBook novella The Liberation of Max McTrue for her students, who, over the years, have taught her far more than she has taught them.

Untethering Poetry (or Prose) Workshop with Ingrid Keriotis – October 2017

Wednesday,  October 11th
6.30 p.m. –  8 p.m.
Community Room of the Madelyn Helling Library
Free to the Public

Workshop:
In this workshop, we will enjoy and examine a few contemporary poems to see how the poems transcend their initial jumping off place and travel to a different scenario/image, thereby transporting the reader and broadening the philosophical weight of the poem. Afterwards, we will work with some prompts to write our own “untethered” poem (or piece of poetic prose) that will widen its scope to give the reader that sense of movement and breadth by the end of a poem.

Ingrid KeriotisIngrid Keriotis received her MFA from Eastern Washington University. Her poems have recently appeared in Blue Unicorn, Talking River, and Steam Ticket. She lives in Grass Valley where she teaches English at Sierra College and spends time with her family, swimming in the Yuba River and walking under the pines.

Open Read – September 2017

Bring a draft of something you’re working on for an open, genteel, and round table critique.people-2599316_640

Open to all genres.

Wednesday,  September 13th
6.30 p.m. –  8 p.m.
Community Room of the Madelyn Helling Library
Free to the Public

Sierra Writers’ Open Reads are intended to be a safe place for writers to experiment with their craft, share their vision and voices, in a gentle, kind, and supportive environment.

Submitted writing will be read aloud by a group member. Considerate, brief, and tactful feedback will be given.

The author must be present at the reading and may choose to identify themself after comments are given.

Fiction, Nonfiction, and Poetry Submission Guidelines:

  • word limit –  750 words (2-3 pages double spaced) – use Times New Roman 12 point font or similar
  • one prose piece per person, or three short poems
  • the piece will be read blind–please do not include your name on the work

Please join us for this constructive and engaging process.

Please remember that membership dues should be paid now for 2017-2018.

Read / Sign / Sell Event – Saturday, August 26th

Book Promotion Event
August 26, 2017
1 to 4 p.m.
Open Book

 Enjoy a cool, literary afternoon with local authors, snacks, and books!

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Authors & Reading Times

1:00 P.M.

Cherry 1 pm 8-24Ron Cherry is reading from Three Legs of the Cauldron

Horning 1 pm 8-24Linda Horning is reading from Buhari, A Family Odyssey in Nepal

 

Powers 8-24Matt Powers is reading from Ghosts of Manor House

 

murray 8-24Tim Murray will be reading from Thumar

 

2:00 P.M.

collins 8-24Janet Collins will be reading from several of her titles.

Harris 8-24Ken Harris is reading from How Throckmorton Quattlebottom
Became King of North San Juan (A Read Aloud Book)

 

buck 8-24 Shelley  Buck will be reading from East: A woman on the Road to Kathmandu as well as from her upcoming book.

 

3:00 P.M.

Redfern 8-24

Lisa Redfern is reading from Phases of Gage, After the Accident Years

Story Arc Workshop: How to Apply it to Your Work – with Carolyn M. Crane

Wednesday,  June 14th
6.30 p.m. –  8 p.m.
Community Room of the Madelyn Helling Library
Free to the Public

Whether writers intuit the story arc or embed it explicitly, it is a fundamental structure that every person equates with a good story–a story that works for the reader.

  • We’ll analyze a story’s arc.  Story arc exercise sheet
  • Apply theory to your own work.
  • Be ready to share your work with others.

*Bring the completed exercise with you as well as a piece of narrative or drama you are currently working on. 

carolyn crane rtCarolyn M. Crane is a produced playwright and published essayist and poet. She has taught creative writing privately through her website lightcampfarm.com and at The University of Phoenix online. She will be teaching a five-week creative writing class in Grass Valley through Sierra College extension this fall. 20170614a

group story arc exercises

group story arc exercises

Celebration of Teen and Tween Writers

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We warmly invite all participants in the competition and supporters of young writers to this event!
Wednesday,  May 10th
6.30 p.m. –  8 p.m.
Community Room of the Madelyn Helling Library.
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Kim Culbertson has graciously agreed to make the presentations; she will also address both the writers and others present.

First-prize winners of the Young Writers Competition:

These winners will read their winning pieces.
High School Fiction, Owen Knight (“Cuban/Smoked”), Forest Charter
High School Poetry, Anjali Figueria (“Fluffiness”), Forest Charter
Middle School Fiction, Natalie Trogdon (“Kelly Fredericks”), Home School
Middle School Nonfiction, Rachel Trogdon (“Searching for home”), Home School
Middle School Poetry, Mary Rose Athas “Valentine”), Home School.
Second and third place prizes will also be awarded.

April 12th – Query Writing, the Elevator Speech & Writing Cover Copy – Wendy Hornsby

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Wednesday, April 12th
6.30 p.m. –  8 p.m.
Community Room of the Madelyn Helling Library.

According to NPR, by day Edgar Allan Poe Award-winning author WENDY HORNSBY is a genteel Professor of History, but by night is the purveyor of fictional murder most foul. Published internationally, she writes the Maggie MacGowen and Kate and Tejeda mystery series, as well as many short stories.

In addition to the Edgar Award, her work has been awarded the Mystery Scene Reviewers Choice Award, the Romantic Times Best Contemporary Suspense Award, and nominated for the Anthony Award, le Grand Prix de littérature policiere (France), and le Prix Du Roman D’Adventures (France). Publishers Weekly selected her 77th Street Requiem as one of its five best mysteries of the year. Her short stories can be found in a variety of anthologies, including several annual editions of The Best American Mystery Stories. They are collected in Nine Sons and Other Mysteries (Crippen & Landru).

Disturbing the Dark jpg wbHer most recent mystery, Disturbing the Dark, (Perseverance Press. April 2016) finds filmmaker Maggie MacGowen in Normandy, France. In the spring, Maggie’s ninety-two-year-old grandmother planted carrots in a field at the family’s farm estate in Normandy.  In August, she harvests bones.  Publisher’s Weekly declared Disturbing the Dark to be “Captivating”. Carolyn Hart found it to be, “Tense. Taut. Terrific.”

A retired Professor of History, Wendy lives with her husband in the Gold Rush country of Northern California. For more about the author, go to www.wendyhornsby.com.

 

Open Read- March 8th – Hear Your Words & Listen to Feedback with Moderator Amy Rutten

Free & Open to the Public

  • Wednesday
  • March 8th
  • 6:30 p.m. 
  • Madelyn Helling Library, Community Room
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Nevada City writer Amy Rutten is an author, architect, and librarian. A member of Sierra Writers, Rutten heads Alumni Relations and Development for the Community of Writers at Squaw Valley.

Sierra Writers’ Open Reads are intended to be a safe place for writers to experiment with their craft, share their vision and voices, in a gentle, kind, and supportive  environment.

Submitted writing will be read aloud by a group member. Considerate, brief, and tactful feedback will be given.

The author must be present at the reading, and may choose to identify themself after comments are given.

Fiction, Nonfiction, and Poetry Submission Guidelines:

  • word limit –  750 words (2-3 pages double spaced) – use Times New Roman 12 point font or similar
  • one prose piece per person, or three short poems
  • piece will be read blind–please do not include your name on the work

Please join us for this constructive and engaging process.

Guidelines and Details 

Sierra Writers’ Conference 2017

Learn ~ Share ~ Grow ~ Be Inspired

Saturday January 21, 2017

9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Sierra College, Nevada County Campus
Building N-12

Building N-12

Hock at 2016

Hock Tjoa, President of Sierra Writers welcomes attendees to Sierra Writers Conference 2016. —Photo Credit; Catharine Bramkamp, Instagram.

Conference Tracks

The Craft of Writing
Marketing & Publishing
Guided Critique
The Road to Success
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Tweets from 
Sierra Writers’ Conference
2016

 

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