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).
Her 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.
On Wednesday May 13, from 6:30-8:00 p.m. Sierra Writers invites you to flex your writing muscle with local author and writer Jan Fishler. During 2014 Fishler challenged herself to post a new writing prompt each day. Last month she assembled all of the prompts into the book, Flex Your Writing Muscle: 365 Writing Prompts, a month-by-month guide designed to jump-start your writing.
Over the years, Fishler discovered that prompts helped get her creative juices flowing and often, became the seed for blog posts, articles, essays. Fishler says, “I begin each day by responding to some source of inspiration. It could be a quote, a line from a poem, a newspaper headline, a Tarot card, or something I’ve recently read about. I then write for five minutes and see where it takes me. Sometimes five minutes turns into four hours and a completed article. If the inspiration doesn’t come, I move on to something else.”
In addition to writing prompts, during the May meeting, Fishler will introduce several tools she uses to make writing easier, faster, and more fun. Participants can either bring something they are working on or pick a prompt from Fishler’s book.
Jan Fishler is the author of Searching for Jane, Finding Myself (An Adoption memoir). She writes the bi-monthly “Healthy Options” column for The Union newspaper and regularly offers a variety of writing workshops. You can learn more about Fishler at www.janfishler.com. Fishler’s new book is available on Amazon in paperback and Kindle.
October 8 6:30 – 8:00
On Wednesday, October 8, from 6:30-8:00 PM at the Madelyn Helling Library, Sierra Writers monthly meeting will feature National Novel Writing Month veterans Richard S. Crawford and Katrina Templeton. Their presentation, “So You Want to Write a Novel? In a Month!” will explain how to write 50,000 words in thirty days without quitting your day job or losing your mind by participating in National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) According to their website, NaNoWriMo is “a fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to creative writing. On November 1, participants begin working towards the goal of writing a 50,000-word novel by 11:59 PM on November 30.”
Richard S. Crawford is a writer and web developer who lives in an appropriately ancient and drafty house in Sacramento, California. According to Tangent Online, “Crawford writes with a certain ease, showing a world where the strange is considered normal…” From horror to comedy, Richard S. Crawford sends ordinary people into extraordinary situations just to see what happens, and thinks you will be pleased with the results. Richard, who holds a degree in Philisophy from UC Davis, and isn’t afraid to use it, has been participating in National Novel Writing Month since 2001, and has won every year that he has participated. To learn more about Crawford, visit his website at underpope.com.
Since 2007, Katrina Templeton has been one of two National Novel Writing Month’s Municipal Liaisons for the Sacramento region. Her job involves keeping the message board curated, organizing get-togethers, kick-offs, and write-ins, and generally keeping the novelling torch in Sacramento lit. During the day she works as a Systems Analyst for Natoma Technologies, Inc.
With humor and encouragement, the presentation will explain the NaNoWriMo concept, including how writing 50, 000 words in thirty days is possible, and why on earth you would want to do it. The duo will also provide strategies for completing your book as well as resources to help you succeed.
Wednesday – September 10, 2014
Madelyn Helling Library
On Wednesday, September 10, from 6:30-8:00 PM at the Madelyn Helling Library, Sierra Writers kicks off the new season with Grover Cleveland, a photographer who writes and blogs about travels in the west. The topic of his presentation is, “So You Want to Be Published in a Magazine?”
Cleveland’s most recent work has emphasized the Lincoln Highway in the Great Basin, a place he often frequents with Mr. Beasley, his trusty canine companion. Recently, he has been featured in Nevada Magazine, and he is, “forever working on [his] book about the Lincoln Highway.” Cleveland also writes for some specialty magazines and has two article proposals accepted for his upcoming trip to India.
During the presentation, Cleveland will talk about his experiences producing the work for Nevada Magazine and the travel and thought behind the process. According to Cleveland, “Magazine writing is a great opportunity to learn about proposals, marketing, and about discipline. Working with editors will drive you nuts and delight you at the same time. Bending to others’ requirements will teach you humility. Deadlines will strengthen you. Seeing the article in print will embolden you to write more.”
Born in England during World War II, Cleveland discovered photography in high school. He completed an MFA at Claremont Graduate School in California in 1974, and taught various classes in photography and photojournalism for many years, shaping his mainly editorial approach to images and writing. Cleveland also worked as a technical and marketing writer.
“Self-Motivation and Goal-Setting for Writers”
Wednesday, June 11 6:30-8:00
Madelyn Helling Library Community Room
Sierra Writers invites the community to hear KNCO radio personality and Toastmaster, Jerri Glover, kick off the summer break with the lively. informative, and interactive presentation, “Self-Motivation and Goal-Setting for Writers.” Using examples and practice exercises, Glover’s sixty-minute talk will cover the 10 habits of highly prolific writers as well as provide specific tips and strategies for reaching writing objectives and staying on track. According to Glover, “Whether you’re a writer or an entrepreneur, setting realistic, measurable, and attainable goals is the key to a successful outcome.”
In addition to being an experienced Toastmaster, Glover is the owner of Workshop Wrangler, a business event planning service that handles all the details for business events including workshops, seminars, cross promotional events and power partnering. She is also the co-owner and inspiration behind Nevada County Makes (www.nevadacountymakes.com)–an online community and marketplace for artists, artisans, crafters and makers in Nevada County California. She also hosts a monthly meeting where goal setting, motivation, and other topics related to business development are discussed. And, she is married to a writer, so she “gets it.”