Come join the tenth annual Gold Rush Writers Conference, May 1, 2, & 3, at the historic Leger Hotel in picturesque Mokelumne Hill where writing professionals will guide you to a publishing bonanza through a series of panels, specialty talks, workshops and celebrity lectures.

Go one-on-one with successful poets, novelists, biographers, memoirists and short story writers. The conference includes a picnic supper in a Victorian garden Friday evening, Saturday dinner and Sunday brunch.  Sign up early for a discount.


Our main speakers this year will be Alex Espinoza and Mary Volmer.  In addition Lucy Sanna (Gold Rush Writers faculty member) will be discussing her new book The Cherry Harvest due out in June 2015

Alex Espinoza:  His first novel, Still Water Saints, was published by Random House in 2007 and was named a Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers Selection.  His second novel, The Five Acts of Diego León, was published by Random House in March 2013.  Alex will conduct a workshop on Writing Place In Fiction.

Mary Volmer is the author of Crown of Dust (Soho Press, 2010).  Mary has been awarded fellowships from the Vermont Studio Center and Hedgebrook. Her non-fiction has appeared in Full Court Press, Women’s Basketball Magazine and NPR’s “This I Believe” series. Her short fiction has most recently appeared in the Farallon Review. Look out for her second novel, Reliance (Soho Press), in 2016.

Her workshop will be Out Of The Woods: Tools for Revising and Finishing Abandoned or Unsuccessful Stories.

A list of additional presenters:

Kevin Arnold – Short Stories and Finding Your Voice
Gillian Bagwell – Will be presenting Giving Your Writing the Reading it Deserves
Helen Bonner – will be presenting Plot:  Keep ’em Guessing
Kathy Boyd-Fellure – Finding Your Way in the Changing Literary Publishing World
Luisa Giulianetti –  Fictionalizing Reality and  Writing to History and Culture
Jennifer Tristano –  What Now? – How to Market and Sell Your eBook
Kathy Issac-Luke – Short Stories
Indigo Moor – Fictionalizing Reality and Writing to History and Culture
Pam Mundale (Pam S. Dunn) – Character and Point of View
Amy Smith – Memoir: Making Your Life Speak
Dawn Spinella – Screenwriting
Monika Rose – Flesh Out Your Prose With Silent Dialogue
 Lucy Sanna – Turning a Singular Event into a Novel


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