The 2019 Gold Rush Writer's Conference will be held May 3rd, 4th, and 5th 2019

Featured Speakers and Workshop Leaders:
Bestselling Authors: Kathleen Kent and Joe Quirk


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Gold Rush Writers
Sally Kaplan Executive Director
PO Box 746
Arnold, CA 95223
310 927-6929
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This year, we are pleased to offer locals the opportunity to sign up for individual workshops at $40 per 90 minute session
If you are interested in this special offer please
email Sally Kaplan

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Come join the fourteenth annual Gold Rush Writers Conference, May 3rd, 4th, & 5th 2019 , 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 Friday evening, Saturday dinner and Sunday lunch.

Kathleen Kent
After Dinner Speaker (Saturday night)
Kathleen Kent's fourth book, The Dime, is a contemporary crime novel set in Dallas, and is based on a short story published in the crime anthology Dallas Noir. It was shortlisted for the Edgar Award. The New York Times picked The Dime as one of their "Latest and Greatest" in crime fiction, March 2017.

A Kirkus starred review says, "Kent's detective is Sam Spade reincarnated as a brilliant modern woman."

Ms. Kent is also the author of three bestselling historical novels, The Heretic's Daughter--recipient of the David J. Langum Sr. award for American historical fiction-The Traitor's Wife, and The Outcasts, which was the recipient of the American Library Association's 2014 top choice for Historical Fiction, as well as the recipient of a Will Rogers Medallion Award for Western fiction.

Joe Quirk
Lunch Headliner

Joe Quirk is a science writer, novelist, and memoir ghostwriter, with a national bestseller in each category. He is co-author with Patri Friedman of Seasteading: How Floating Nations Will Restore The Environment, Enrich The Poor, Cure The Sick, and Liberate Humanity from Politicians, which was an Amazon bestseller in the category of marine engineering. He has consulted for Pixar, who volunteered to illustrate his public speaking for college students.

His novel The Ultimate Rush, about a bike messenger on roller blades conquering San Francisco's scariest downhills, led to his filing a Hollywood lawsuit.

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Co-Director
Kathy Isaac-Luke
Kathie Isaac-Luke
Kathie Isaac-Luke's poetry collection, Chrysalides, was recently published by Dragonfly Press. Editor of caesura, the journal of Poetry Center San Jose for five years, she is a freelance writer for the Union Democrat. Kathie's short story, The Collection, was nominated for a 2015 Pushcart prize.

She is a freelance writer for the Union Democrat newspaper in Sonora.
She has two poems in the new anthology, Wine, Cheese and Chocolate published by Manzanita Writers Press.


Executive Director
Sally Kaplan
Sally Kaplan
Sally Kaplan is a long-time member of Antoinette May’s writing critique group. With a background in non-fiction film/television producing, she came to Gold Rush Writers in 2016, became co-director in 2017, and Executive Director in 2018.
In addition to writing/directing prize-winning short screenplays, her prose appears in Changing Course: Women's Inspiring Stories of Menopause, Midlife, and Moving Forward, and Wine, Cheese & Chocolate.

Kaplan is a gifted teacher and has offered courses at NYU, UCLA, University of Colorado, and Naropa Institute. In association with Manzanita Writers Press, she serves as an editor as well as a team-member teaching writing to elders. Kaplan and her husband David Vassar own a documentary production company, Backcountry Pictures: www.backcountrypictures.com


Co-Director
Erika Mailman
Erika Mailman
Erika Mailman is the author of The Witch's Trinity, a San Francisco Chronicle Notable Book; Woman of Ill Fame, nominated for a Pushcart Press Editor's Book Award; House of Bellaver; and The Murderer's Maid: a Lizzie Borden Novel, which won an IPPY gold medal in historical fiction and was a National Indie Excellence winner. She holds an MFA in poetry from the University of Arizona, and has been a Yaddo fellow and Bram Stoker Award finalist. Under the pen name Lynn Carthage, her young adult trilogy includes Haunted, Betrayed and Avenged. www.erikamailman.com

Founder
Antoinette May

Antoinette May
Antoinette May
Antoinette May's third novel, The Determined Heart: the Tale of Mary Shelley and Her Frankenstein was published in October by the Lake Union Publishing Division of Amazon Press. Her first novel, Pilate's Wife, published in 2007 by William Morrow, has been translated into 18 languages. The Sacred Well, her second William Morrow novel, was chosen best of 2009 by the San Francisco Book Festival.

Antoinette's non-fiction includes Adventures of a Psychic which spent 44 weeks on the New York Times best seller list. She was the recipient of La Pluma de Plata, an award conferred by the Mexican Government for the best travel article on their country. She writes weekly columns for the San Francisco Chronicle and SF Gate and is a frequent contributor to the Sierra Lodestar. Antoinette's articles have appeared in Cosmopolitan, Self, Country Living, San Francisco and Sacramento magazines.
Visit antoinette's website http://www.antoinettemay.com/

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Determined Heart

novel The Determined Heart

Pilate's Wife

novel Pilate's Wife

Sacred Well

Latest novel Sacred Well


Faculty

Kathleen Kent
Kathleen Kent

Kathleen Kent

Kathleen Kent's fourth book, The Dime, is a contemporary crime novel set in Dallas, and is based on a short story published in the crime anthology Dallas Noir. It was shortlisted for the Edgar Award. The New York Times picked The Dime as one of their "Latest and Greatest" in crime fiction, March 2017.

A Kirkus starred review says, "Kent's detective is Sam Spade reincarnated as a brilliant modern woman."

Ms. Kent is also the author of three bestselling historical novels, The Heretic's Daughter--recipient of the David J. Langum Sr. award for American historical fiction-The Traitor's Wife, and The Outcasts, which was the recipient of the American Library Association's 2014 top choice for Historical Fiction, as well as the recipient of a Will Rogers Medallion Award for Western fiction.

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The Dime
The Dime
The Heretic's Daughter
The Heretic's Daughter
The traitor's Wife
The Traitor's Wife
The Outcasts
The Outcasts
Joe Quirk
Joe Quirk

Joe Quirk

Joe Quirk is a science writer, novelist, and memoir ghostwriter, with a national bestseller in each category. He is co-author with Patri Friedman of Seasteading: How Floating Nations Will Restore The Environment, Enrich The Poor, Cure The Sick, and Liberate Humanity from Politicians, which was an Amazon bestseller in the category of marine engineering. He has consulted for Pixar, who volunteered to illustrate his public speaking for college students.

His novel The Ultimate Rush, about a bike messenger on roller blades conquering San Francisco's scariest downhills, led to his filing a Hollywood lawsuit.

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Seasteading

Seasteading

Call to Rescue

Call

It's Not You
It's Biology

Its

The Ultimate Rush

the

Exult

Exult

Kathie Isaac-Luke
Kathy Isaac-Luke

Kathie Isaac-Luke

Kathie Isaac-Luke was editor of caesura, the journal of Poetry Center San Jose, for five years. Her poetry collection, Chrysalides, published by Dragonfly Press, was selected as runner-up at the 2014 Los Angeles Book Festival. Kathie's short story, "The Collection," was recently published by the Dragonfly Press Ezine, DNA, and was nominated for a 2015 Pushcart prize. She is a freelance writer for the Union Democrat newspaper in Sonora. She has two poems in the new anthology, Wine, Cheese and Chocolate published by Manzanita Writers Press.

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Chrysalides

Chrysali8des

Sally Kaplan
Sally Kaplan

Sally Kaplan


Sally Kaplan moved from Los Angeles to Calaveras country in 2010. She and her husband David Vasser run Backcountry Pictures, a production company in Murphys, California (see bcpfilms.com).

In addition to working in non-fiction film and television, Kaplan has written and/or directed prize-winning original screenplays. Her script Crossroads developed into a short film at the American Film Institute's Directing Workshop for Women; Dybbuks and Chicken Soup screened in numerous film festivals and Man on the Plane received accolades from screen-writing contests.

Her prose appears in the anthologies: Changing Course: Women's Inspiring Stories of Menopause, Midlife, and Moving Forward, and Wine, Cheese & Chocolate, published by Manzanita Press. With a degree in dance and creative writing from Hampshire College, Kaplan has taught courses at NYU, UCLA, University of Colorado. www.backcountrypictures.com

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Kevin Arnold Kevin Arnold

Kevin Arnold

Kevin Arnold, from the San Francisco Bay Area, was one of the founders of Gold Rush Writers.
He's has published sixty stories and poems in such quarterlies as Seattle Review, Slippery Elm, and Mudfish.

The President of Poetry Center San Jose for twelve years, he was selected by the San Francisco / Peninsula California Writer’s Club as Writer of the Year, and chosen for the national website Your Daily Poem six times.

His novel, The Sureness of Horses, published by Manzanita Writer’s Press, is available in hardcover, paperback, and electronic formats, and forthcoming as an Audible Audiobook later this spring. Kevin will be one of five speakers for the Bay Area's 28th Annual Writer’s Salon on March 30.

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Nineteen Poems and Beyond

Nineteen Poems and Beyond

Sureness of Horses

Sureness of Horses

Kathy Boyd-Fellure
Kathy Boyd-Fellure

Kathy Boyd Fellure

Kathy Boyd Fellure is author of four children's books, and her debut contemporary women's fiction novel that released January, 2018. The Language of the Lake is the first book in the completed ~ On the Water's Edge Tahoe Trilogy.

Her 4th novel, Across the Pond and her WIP, Harper House, are both set in England. Kathy is a member of CWC, ACFW, and is the founder of Amador Fiction Writers. She hosted, wrote & produced the TSPN TV Show ~ Authors, Writers, Books & Beyond from 2012- 2015.
Kathy has served as a judge for the NCPA book awards in 2017-18. She guest speaks, teaches at writer conferences, hosts an annual literary read, exhibits her photography, and is agented with Books & Such Literary Agency. Kathy Boyd Fellure currently lives in the foothill gold country of California with her family and three stand-up comedian rescue dogs.
http://www.kathyboydfellure.com/

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Language of the Lake

Language of the Lake

Nana's Tin of Buttons

Nana's Tin of Buttons

Mr. Snowman Ate Our Picnic Lunch
Mr. Snowman ate our lunch
Bear Cub Adventure

Bear Cub Adventure

The Birdies Came to Tea
When the Birdies Came to Tea

Lake Cottage Book Haven Lake Cottage Book Haven


Erika Mailman
Erika Mailman

Erika Mailman

Erika Mailman is the author of four historical novels: The Witch's Trinity, which was a San Francisco Chronicle Notable Book which Khaled Hosseini called "gripping"; Woman of Ill Fame, which is about a Gold Rush prostitute; House of Bellaver, which is a literary ghost story set in Oakland; and The Murderer's Maid: a Lizzie Borden Novel.

Mailman holds an MFA in poetry from the University of Arizona, has been a Yaddo fellow and served as a juror for the Shirley Jackson Awards.
Her website is www.erikamailman.com . She also writes Y.A. fiction under the name Lynn Carthage, with a neo-Gothic trilogy published by Kensington. www.lynncarthage.com.

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Woman of
Ill Fame

Crown of Dust

Witches
Trinity

Crown of Dust

House of
Bellaver

House of Bellaver

Murder's
Maid

The Murder's Maid

Oakland
Hills

Oakland Hills

Antoinette May

Antoinette May
Antoinette May
Antoinette May's third novel, The Determined Heart: the Tale of Mary Shelley and Her Frankenstein was published in October by the Lake Union Publishing Division of Amazon Press. Her first novel, Pilate's Wife, published in 2007 by William Morrow, has been translated into 18 languages. The Sacred Well, her second William Morrow novel, was chosen best of 2009 by the San Francisco Book Festival.

Antoinette's non-fiction includes Adventures of a Psychic which spent 44 weeks on the New York Times best seller list. She was the recipient of La Pluma de Plata, an award conferred by the Mexican Government for the best travel article on their country. She writes weekly columns for the San Francisco Chronicle and SF Gate and is a frequent contributor to the Sierra Lodestar. Antoinette's articles have appeared in Cosmopolitan, Self, Country Living, San Francisco and Sacramento magazines.
Visit antoinette's website http://www.antoinettemay.com/

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Determined Heart

novel The Determined Heart

Pilate's Wife

novel Pilate's Wife

Sacred Well

Latest novel Sacred Well

Indigo Moor
Indigo Moor

Indigo Moor

Poet Laureate of Sacramento, Indigo Moor is also a scriptwriter and author. His first book Tap-Root was published as part of Main Street Rag's Editor's Select Poetry Series. His second book of poetry, Through the Stonecutter's Window, won Northwestern University Press's Cave Canem prize. As with Tap-Root, Indigo's 2017 release, In the Room of Thirsts & Hungers, is an Editor's Select choice from Main Street Rag.
Three of his short plays, Harvest, Shuffling, and The Red and Yellow Quartet debuted at the 60 Million Plus Theatre's Spring Playwright's festival. His full-length stageplay Live! at the Excelsior was a finalist for the Images Theatre Playwright Award and has been optioned for a full-length film.

Indigo teaches at the Stonecoast MFA Program, where he graduated in 2012 with an MFA in poetry, fiction, and scriptwriting. He is the former poetry editor for the Bookends Review Literary Journal. He is on the advisory boards for the Sacramento Poetry Center and Modesto Stanislaus Poetry center, a Cave Canem fellow, the resident artist at 916 ink, and a graduate member of the Artist's Residency Institute for Teaching Artists. Indigo spends his days cleverly disguised as a mild-mannered Physical Design Engineer for computer companies.

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In the Room of Thirsts & Hunger

In the Room of Thirsts & Hunger
Through the Stonecutter's Window
Stonecutter's Window
Tap Root
Tap Root
Monika Rose
Monika Rose

Monika Rose

Monika Rose, at home in the foothills of Calaveras County, founded Manzanita Writers Press, a nonprofit literary publisher housed in the Manzanita Arts Emporium, a new art center in Angels Camp. She is published in several anthologies and literary magazines, and her book of poems, River by the Glass, by GlenHill Publications, is available from Amazon and Small Press Distribution as a print and eBook.

She has edited anthologies such as the recently released A Taste of Literary Elegance: Wine, Cheese & Chocolate, and the ongoing Manzanita series of literary prose and poetry, Wild Edges. With a Masters Degree in English, she teaches courses in writing and literature at Delta College as an Adjunct Associate Professor. Monika is currently writing a novel while editing other writers' books, readying them for publication. Contact her at www.manzapress.com or her website ~ you can also email her at mrose209@gmail.com.

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River by the Glass
River by the Glass
Wine, Cheese and Chocolate Wine Cheese Chocolate
Lucy Sanna
Lucy Sanna

Lucy Sanna

Lucy Sanna's historical novel, The Cherry Harvest (HarperCollins 2015), was named Book Club Book of the summer by the Wisconsin State Journal and the Midwest Independent Booksellers Association's Book Club Pick for July. For this and previous works, Lucy has been featured on national television and radio, including CBS, NBC, NPR, and FOX. Her books have been recognized by national press, including the Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Examiner, Wisconsin Journal, San Jose Mercury-News, Playboy Magazine and Men's World Magazine.

Lucy is a sought-after speaker and workshop leader at writers' conferences, including San Francisco's Litquake, the Wisconsin Book Fest, the Chicago Tribune's Book Fest, the Chicago Tribune's Printers Row, the University of Wisconsin's Writers Institute, the University of Wisconsin's Write-by-the-Lake Retreat, and the Sterling North Book & Film Festival. Since 1999, Lucy has served on the Executive Planning Board for the National Kidney Foundation's annual San Francisco's Authors Luncheon, the premier authors' event of the San Francisco Bay Area. She has also served on the Board of the California Writers Club, San Francisco Peninsula Branch. She is currently working on her next WWII historical novel.
Lucy's website: www.lucysanna.com

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The Cherry Harvest

Cherry Harvest

How to Romance the Man You Love
How to Romance the Man You Love

How to Romance the Woman You Love How to Romance the Woman You Love


Amy Smith
Amy Smith

Amy Smith

Amy Smith

Amy Elizabeth Smith, originally from Pennsylvania, teaches creative and professional writing at the University of the Pacific in Stockton, CA. Her memoir, All Roads Lead to Austen: A Yearlong Journey with Jane, recounts a year traveling in six Latin American countries learning Spanish and holding reading groups on Jane Austen; it was praised by Booklist, Publishers Weekly, and Kirkus.
She is currently at work on the first novel of a mystery series set in 1920s Buenos Aires.

You can visit her website at allroadsleadtoausten.com.

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All Roads Lead to Austen

All roads lead to Austen

Anara Guard
Anara Guard

Anara Guard

Anara Guard is an author and editor. With her partner, she runs New Wind Publishing in Sacramento. This small independent press has issued a 10-book series of realistic teen fiction (with book 11 due out later this year), as well as other titles.

Anara's two collections of short stories are The Sound of One Body and Remedies for Hunger. She has been a participant in fiction workshops at both Breadloaf Writers Conference and Community of Writers at Squaw Valley.
Her poetry has been published in numerous publications, and has earned her the John Crowe Ransom Poetry Prize from Kenyon College and, more recently, third place in the Jack Kerouac Poetry Competition in Davis.
www.newwindpublishing.com and www.anaraguard.com

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The Sound of One Body

The Sound of One Body

Remedies for Hunger

Remedies for Hunger



CONFERENCE SCHEDULE
Friday, May 3
  • 6 p.m. Registration and Dinner Picnic at founder Antoinette May's Home: 8437 Center, Mokelumne Hill
  • 7:30 p.m. Poetry Reading at Mokelumne Hill Library, led by Kathie Isaac Luke. This is an open mic reading and open to the public as well. Please bring your work to share!

Saturday, May 4
Sunday, May 5
  • Morning: breakfast on your own.
  • 9:30 a.m. Sally Kaplan gives a motivational talk: Don’t Tell It, Show it - Just Like The Movies
  • 10-11:30 Workshops : Sunday Session
  • 12 noon Lunch. Featured speaker: Joe Quirk
  • 2:00 Antoinette bids us goodbye until next year!

Workshop Schedule
Saturday, Morning Session
10:15-11:45: choice of one
Workshop Schedule Saturday, Afternoon Session I 1:30-3 p.m.: choice of one
Workshop Schedule Saturday, Afternoon Session II 3:15-5 p.m.: choice of one Sunday Session
10-11:30 a.m.: choice of one
Pricing: Friday's picnic supper, Saturday dinner and Sunday lunch included.
  • $185 --Conference returnees before April 1st/
  • $195 --Early bird registration before April 1st
  • $215 --After April 1st
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