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Sierra Writers Conference
On Saturday, January 21, the Nevada County Campus in Grass Valley will be hosting the second annual Sierra Writers Conference.
Saturday: January 21, 2017 from 9:00-5:00 - $65 early bird and $85 after Dec. 31st (general admission) and $15 for students early or at the door.
- 8:15 - Doors open for registration, conversation, book sales. Coffee and light breakfast.
- 9:00 - Welcome by Lynette Vrooman, Sierra College and Hock Tjoa, Sierra Writers' Group Emcee:Jordan Fisher Smith, welcoming remarks and introduction of keynote speaker
- 9:30 - 10:30 -Molly Fisk keynote on the Creative Writing Life
- 10:30 - 10:50 - Break and book sales. Refreshments
- 10:50 - 11:50 - Session 1 Choices: Tracks & Instructors
- Craft of Writing - Jordan Fisher Smith, nonfiction
- Marketing & Publishing - Catharine Bramkamp fiction, writing coach
- Guided Critique** - Rachel Howard, nonfiction, memoir, writing coach
- The Road to Success - Kim Culbertson, young adult fiction
- 11:50 - 1:00 - Lunch with 2 roundtable sessions with authors
- (Box lunches can be ordered in advance.)
- 1:10 - 2:10 - Session 2 Choices: Tracks & Instructors
- Craft of Writing -Chris Olander, poetry
- Marketing & Publishing - Judie Rae, articles and essays
- Guided Critique** - Bob Jenkins, science fiction
- Success Stories/Q&A - Mary Volmer, historical fiction
- 2:10 - 2:30 - Break and book sales. Refreshments
- 2:30 - 3:30 - Session 3 Choices: Tracks & Instructor
- Craft of Writing -C.S. Lakin, fiction, writing coach
- Marketing & Publishing - Mark Wiederanders, historical fiction
- Guided Critique** - Dimitri Keriotis, fiction
- The Road to Success - Frank DeCourten, nonfiction
- 3:30 - 3:40 - Proceed to auditorium.
- 3:40 - 4:00 - Poetry interlude with Iven Lourie and The Poets Quartet
- 4:00 - 4:50 - Panel discussion focusing on the themes of the day and last questions:
- Kim Culbertson, moderator,Jordan Fisher Smith, Mary Volmer and Mark Wiederanders
- 4:50 - 5:00 - Go forth and write! closing remarks: Jordan Fisher Smith, Lynette Vrooman, Hock Tjoa
Workshops: Saturday workshop author/instructors organized by track and session time.
Theory/Info: Craft and Inspiration - how to, with details and examples.
- Jordan Fisher Smith: Finding the Power in your Nonfiction Story,Session 1, 10:50 - 11:50
- Chris Olander: The Love Poem, Session 2, 1:10 - 2:10
- C.S. Lakin: How Fiction Writers Can Effectively Show Emotion in Their Scenes, Session 3, 2:30 - 3:30
Theory/Info: Marketing and Publishing - how to, with details and examples.
- Catharine Bramkamp: A million other voices - Social Media. How to start, how to stay, how to conquer. Session 1, 10:50 - 11:50:
- Judie Rae: Build Your Author Platform and Market Articles, Essays and Poetry. Session, 2, 1:10 - 2:10
- Mark Wiederanders: Finding Subjects to Write about that Up the Odds of Publication, Session 3, 2:30 - 3:30:
Experiential: Guided Critique** - hands on exploration of examples or attendees’ work.
- Rachel Howard: The Art of Going Deeper: How to Move Out of "Fix It" Mode to Offer (and Receive) Truly Helpful Feedback, Session 1, 10:50 - 11:50
- Bob Jenkins: * The Magic of Feedback that “Lifts” Your Work (Fiction), Session 2, 1:10 - 2:10
- Dimitri Keriotis: Finding Your Arc, Session 3, 2:30 - 3:30
Experiential: The Road to Success - highlights of author's writing successes with extended Q&A session.
- Kim Culbertson: The Writing Life (Fiction), Session 1, 10:50 - 11:50
- Mary Volmer: The Artist and the Athlete (Fiction), Session 2, 1:10 - 2:10
- Frank DeCourten: Telling Nature's Story: transforming scientific research into literature(Nonfiction), Session 3, 2:30 - 3:30
* Bob Jenkins would like for attendees to submit their writing samples in advance. Please see his page for specific instructions.
** If you plan to attend one or more of the Guided Critique sessions, please bring a brief piece of your work (no more than 1000 words) that can be shared in class. Each instructor will design your time together in their own ways and you may or may not get a chance to share your work.
Lunch Note: All the instructors will be available at lunch roundtables (which may or may not be square). You will have two rounds of 30 minutes to chat with authors of your choice.