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Patricia Dove Miller’s Creative Writing Classes for March, April, May, June



patricia.jpb copyBirdsong Writing Practice Group.

Teaches basic “Writing Practice” (based on Natalie Goldberg’s Writing Down the Bones), a cumulative series of short exercises. Quiet your inner critic, delve into your unconscious, go deeper into your writing, and increase your creativity. Helps you learn how to write, to improve your writing, or to overcome writers’ block.  For all levels of writers.
Wednesday mornings, 10:30 to noon. March 19, March 26 (skip April 2), April 9, April 16.
Deadline to register: March 5. Fee: $50.  (A second 4-week series will run from April 23 to May 14.)

The Art and Craft of Creative Writing. 

Learn the specific craft techniques you need in order to begin writing or improve your writing. We’ll do many inspiring exercises to generate material for your stories. Receive gentle, optional feedback. For both beginning and intermediate writers.
Wednesday evenings, 630 pm to 830 pm. March 19, March 26, (skip April 2), April 9, April 16, April 23, April 30. Deadline to register: March 5. Fee: $120.

Joyous Expression

A Day of Meditation and Writing Practice. Mt. Stream Meditation Center Daylong Retreat. Saturday, March 29, from 10 am to 4:30 pm, at the Mercy Center in Auburn. “Writing Practice” will be integrated with sitting meditation and walking meditation. Will be held mostly in gentle silence, except when reading our work or discussing writing issues. For all levels of writers and meditators. Limited to twenty writers.  To register:  call or email Mary Helen at 530-887-9400 or (See ONLY ONE SPOT LEFT, AND A WAITING LIST.

Half-moon Workshop

Join us once a month to do Writing Practice integrated with sitting meditation and walking meditation. Saturdays, 10 am to 1 pm. April 26, May 31, and June 28. Fee: $45 per session. Come to one session, two sessions, or all three.

Women’s Weekend Writing Retreat

Experience a peaceful weekend focused on your writing with a small group of women. Will include craft talks, exercises, feedback, discussion, readings, and time to write on your own. For intermediate and advanced writers. Limited to ten writers.
May 16-18 at a retreat center in Nevada County. Will let you know exact location and price very soon.

Advanced Critique Workshop. This ongoing class is currently full. There may be some openings in April.

 Private lessons. To meet your individual needs: coaching, editing, or manuscript consultation. Available any time.

If you have questions or want to register for any of these classes, please call or write me as soon as possible.

Patricia Dove Miller
530-265-5165 (home); 619-300-1265 (cell)

Let Them Speak! Using Dialogue to Power Your Writing – April 10

Let Them Speak!  Using Dialogue to Power Your Writing

Sierra Writers hosts a free workshop for writers with Director Sandra Rockman on Wednesday, April 10, 6:30 pm in the Madelyn Helling Library Community Room.  In this hands-on class, Sandra will show how to strengthen your writing through dialogue, using examples from novels and plays. Participants are encouraged to bring a short one-page narrative section of their work for an exercise in adding dialogue to narration for a more powerful “show” rather than “tell.”

Sandra moved to Nevada County in 1978 and joined the nascent Foothill Theatre Company, first as an actress, then director, and finally Artistic Director until 1992.  She has acted in or directed more than 30 productions, including the 2012 Sierra Stages’ “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum,” for which she received an Elly nomination for Best Director of a Musical. She currently teaches workshops in acting, improvisation and playwriting. Sandra’s articles, stories and essays have also been published in newspapers, journals and anthologies including Chicken Soup for the Mother’s Soul II.

Sierra Writers offers free monthly meetings for writers of all genres, experience and expertise to meet, share and learn. Meetings are the second Wednesday of every month at 980 Helling Way, Nevada City.  For more information, log on to or call 205-5068.

Nevada County Arts & Magic Lantern Film Society Announce Pages to Reel

CONTACT: Jesse Locks,, (916) 548-7716
MARCH 15, 2013

Nevada City, CA – Nevada County Arts and the Magic Lantern Film Society present “Pages to Reel” a unique experience that combines the appeal of a book club with the opportunity to be a film critic.

Many of the greatest films of all time were adapted from great works of literature, for example, Casablanca, A Room With a View, The Great Gatsby, No Country for Old Men, Brokeback Mountain, and The English Patient, to name just a few.

Every other month a novel will be selected, and the film based upon the novel will be shown followed by a lively discussion.

“Nevada County Arts is pleased to collaborate with the Magic Lantern Film Society to fulfill our mission of promoting literature and film and enhancing the experience of each,” said JoAnn Marie, of the Board of Directors for Nevada County Arts.

On Friday, April 5th, Pages to Reel kicks off with “On the Road” starring Kirsten Dunst, Viggo Mortensen, Kristen Stewart (Twilight series), and Amy Adams, directed by Walter Salles (The Motorcycle Diaries) and produced by Francis Ford Coppola, at the Magic Theatre, an intimate 60-seat Art House Theatre in the 7-Hills Business District in Nevada City.

The film is an adaptation of Jack Kerouac’s seminal 1957 novel of the same name.  The story is based on the years Kerouac spent traveling the United States in the late 1940s with his friend Neal Cassady and several other figures who would go on to fame in their own right, including William S. Burroughs and Allen Ginsberg.  “On the Road” is considered a defining work of the postwar Beat Generation and portrays the story of a fierce personal quest for meaning and belonging. On the Road was released at an interesting point in American history when conformity was praised and outsiders were suspect.

After the film, attendees are encouraged to stay and take part in discussion on the many themes Kerouac touched on in the novel including religion and spirituality, masculinity and patriarchy, travel and self-discovery, among others, lead by renowned local poet Chris Olander.  He will speak about the social and political backdrop of the novel and the novel’s influence on American culture.

“Pages to Reel is a fantastic opportunity for people to learn something new about film, literature, and screenwriting; meet like-minded people; and of course, have fun,” said Jesse Locks, Festival Director of the Nevada City Film Festival who also oversees the festival’s Magic Lantern Film Society.

Copies of the book On the Road can be purchased at Harmony Books and The Book Seller.

About Nevada County Arts
Nevada County Arts facilitates collaborative efforts that promote and sustain the visual, literary and performing arts of Nevada County in order to advance the cultural, social and economic life of our community.

About Magic Lantern Film Society
For 13 years, the Nevada City Film Festival (NCFF) has brought top independent cinema to the beautiful gold rush era town of Nevada City, CA. In 2008, NCFF formed the Magic Lantern Corporation, a non-profit 501(C)3 organization, to better serve Nevada County and nearby regions by providing art, entertainment, education, and culture through the
medium of film and video. In 2011, the Magic Lantern Film Society was established to encourage membership, local partnerships, and a year-long program of film.

What:  Nevada County Arts and The Magic Lantern Film Society present
Pages to Reel: On the Road
When: Friday, April 5, 2013
Where: Magic Theatre, 107 Argall Way, Nevada City, 95959
Doors 630pm, Film 7pm, Discussion 9pm
Tickets: $9/GA, $7/Student and Senior, Discount to NCArts and Magic
Lantern Film Society Members
Seating limited to 60
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Community Writing Events

Writers Forum – Feb. 4th
Mike Lambert, Publisher – Wildwood Literary Review

The members of the Wildwood Writers’ Workshop are presenting some of their favorite writing products in a Writers Forum to be held on Feb. 4th in the Community Center. This will be the 2nd annual celebration of their work; a similar event was held last year in early Feb. The Workshop members will provide readings, re-enactments, and excerpts from their original writing pieces from the last couple of years that they are most proud of. The Forum will be held from 2 to 4:30 p.m. in the Oak Room at the Community Center. An extra feature of the event will be a Decadent Dessert Buffet that will be offered at the break period for the session. Admission is $3 per person and seating is limited to only 80 people.  Deserts will be provided by some of the attendees – you can get free admission if you wish to bring your favorite desert instead of buying a ticket. Buy tickets to this event at the Recreation Department office at the Comm. Center. Or, pick up a ‘will bring desert chit’ there, too. Contact Mike Lambert if you’d like to attend.

Write Your Story – Feb. 10th
Jan Fishler, Author/Workshop Leader

Local author Jan Fishler will present “Write Your Story,” a memoir-writing workshop, at The Parsonage Bed and Breakfast on Broad Street in Nevada City on Sunday, February 10, from 12:30 p.m. until 4:30 p.m. The event is open to people of all ability levels who wish to record a legacy for family, bring life experiences to the printed page, or heal a painful memory.

Fishler’s workshop is designed to help aspiring writers start the creative process and stay motivated. In her four-hour session, she will teach participants a quick and easy methodology that enables them to write painlessly and effectively. States Fishler, “By escaping our judgmental left brain and tapping into the power of the subconscious, our stories come to life and practically write themselves. Even individuals who think they can’t write find themselves becoming amazingly productive.”

The cost of the workshop is $60 per person, and space is limited to 15 participants. For additional information, visit or call Fishler at 530-264-5105.

About Jan Fishler:
Jan Fishler is the author of Searching for Jane, Finding Myself (An Adoption Memoir). She presents her memoir-writing method to small groups and national organizations. Her professional background includes 25 years as a corporate scriptwriter, video producer, instructional designer, and freelance writer for profit and nonprofit sectors. She is the producer of the DVD writing series The Path to Publication, distributed by Films for the Humanities and Sciences. Her work has been featured on National Public Radio and in The Huffington Post.

About The Parsonage Bed & Breakfast:
The Parsonage Bed & Breakfast is filled with history dating back to the mid-1800s. It is located at 427 Broad Street in downtown Nevada City and provides a comfortable setting for engaging the writing process.

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