We are pleased to announce: Blue Mountain Community Renewal Council (BMCRC) now serves as our not-for-profit fiscal sponsor. As a project under the banner of BMCRC, we can now accept fully tax-deductible donations. We welcome donations since Poets and Writers cut back their support which compensates workshop presenters and instructors.

PLEASE DONATE by sending checks to Blue Mountain Community Renewal Council PO Box 1441 West Point, CA 95255. In subject line write Gold Rush Writers. We thank you for your support!

   
The 2018 Gold Rush Writer's Conference will be held May 4th, 5th, and 6th

Featured Speakers and Workshop Leaders:
best Selling Author: Karen Joy Fowler
Prize Winning Author Ace Antonio Hall



Gold Rush Writers
8437 Center Street
Mokelumne Hill CA  95245
(209) 286-1320

This year, we are pleased to offer locals the opportunity to sign up for individual workshops at $35 per 90 minute session
If you are interested in this special offer please
Email Antoinette

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Come join the thirteenth annual Gold Rush Writers Conference, May 4th, 5th, & 6th , 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.

Karen Joy Fowler
After Dinner Speaker (Saturday night)

Karen Joy Fowler is the author of six novels and three short story collections. She’s written literary, contemporary, historical, and science fiction.

Her most recent novel, We are all completely beside ourselves, won the 2013 PEN/Faulkner, the California Book Award, and was shortlisted for the Man Booker.

Karen has also published four collections of short stories and edited four anthologies. She received the coveted Nebula award for her story, "What I Didn't See."
Karen joined with Pat Murphy to establish the James Tiptree Jr. Award. a literary prize for science fiction or fantasy that "expands or explores our understanding of gender."

She lives in Santa Cruz, California where she is currently pretending to write a new book.

Ace Antonio Hall
Brunch Headliner

Acemandese Nzondi Hall, under the pseudonym, Ace Antonio Hall (born July 4th, 1966), is an American urban fantasy and horror writer. He is best known as the creator of Sylva Slasher, a teenage zombie slasher who also raises the dead for police investigations, which includes novels and short story collections.

His non-fiction book, Lord of the Flies: Fitness for Writers was published by Omnium Gatherum.

Among his many short stories that were published in anthologies and print magazines, Hall’s short story, Raising Mary: Frankenstein, was nominated for 2016 horror story of the year for the 19th Annual Editors and Preditors Readers Poll.
Additionally, three of his short stories were on the Horror Writers Association Reading list for the 2017 StokerCon Awards.

A former Director of Education for NYC schools and the Sylvan Learning Center, the award-winning educator earned a BFA from Long Island University. Hall currently lives in Los Angeles.

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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



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.


Co-Director
Sally Kaplan
Sally Kaplan
Sally Kaplan 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 short screenplays.

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.


Faculty

Karen Joy Fowler
Karen Joy Fowler

Karen Joy Fowler

Karen Joy Fowler is the author of six novels and three short story collections. She’s written literary, contemporary, historical, and science fiction.

Her most recent novel, We are all completely beside ourselves, won the 2013 PEN/Faulkner, the California Book Award, and was shortlisted for the Man Booker.

Karen has also published four collections of short stories and edited four anthologies. She received the coveted Nebula award for her story, "What I Didn't See."
Karen joined with Pat Murphy to establish the James Tiptree Jr. Award. a literary prize for science fiction or fantasy that "expands or explores our understanding of gender."

She lives in Santa Cruz, California where she is currently pretending to write a new book.

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Jane Austen Book Club
Jane Austen Book Club

We are Completely Beside Ourselves
We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves
Sarah Canary
Sarah Canary
Sister Noon
Sister Noon
What I Didn't See
What I Didn't See
Sarah Canary
Wit's End
Ace Antonio Hall
Donna Levin

Ace Antonio Hall

Acemandese Nzondi Hall, under the pseudonym, Ace Antonio Hall (born July 4th, 1966), is an American urban fantasy and horror writer. He is best known as the creator of Sylva Slasher, a teenage zombie slasher who also raises the dead for police investigations, which includes novels and short story collections.

His non-fiction book, Lord of the Flies: Fitness for Writers was published by Omnium Gatherum.

Among his many short stories that were published in anthologies and print magazines, Hall’s short story, Raising Mary: Frankenstein, was nominated for 2016 horror story of the year for the 19th Annual Editors and Preditors Readers Poll.
Additionally, three of his short stories were on the Horror Writers Association Reading list for the 2017 StokerCon Awards.

A former Director of Education for NYC schools and the Sylvan Learning Center, the award-winning educator earned a BFA from Long Island University. Hall currently lives in Los Angeles.

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The Lord of the Flies: Fitness for Writers

Confessions

The Confessions of Sylvia Slasher

Confessions

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.

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Kevin Arnold Kevin Arnold

Kevin Arnold

Kevin Arnold is from Portola Valley, California. He served as President of the Poetry Center San Jose for twelve years.
He's recently published poems in Slippery Elm; Fresh Hot Bread; Wine, Cheese, and Chocolate; Mudfish 19; and the Willow Glen Poetry Project anthology.

Based on a story extracted from one of his novels, the San Francisco / Peninsula California Writer’s Club named him Writer of the Year. His novel, The Sureness of Horses, is forthcoming from Manzanita Writer's Press in early 2018.

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Nineteen Poems and Beyond

Nineteen Poems and Beyond

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

Dan Harder
Dan Harder

Dan Harder

Dan Harder has published dozens of articles and features in the Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, other newspapers, magazines, and academic journals. His commentaries have been heard on NPR as well as other radio programs. Dan's stage plays have been performed in over thirty theaters in Europe and the States (including just up the road at Murphys Creek Theater!). He's won a San Francisco Bay Area Playwrights Award and his play, A Killer Story, was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize.

He has published three books of poetry: Rave, Generous Misgivings, and Askew; two photo-essay books: San Francisco Points of View, and France; and two children's books: A Child's California and Colliding with Chris, which received the Children's Choice Award.

Dan wrote the libretto for the opera Zipperz which premiered at the Paramount Theater in Oakland and was released on CD and MP3 by Warner Brothers six months ago. Dan's past includes working as a cowboy, a translator and crępe chef in France, a swing-shift worker pulling chain in an Oregon lumber-mill, and co-owner of a successful restaurant in San Francisco. He recently received a commission to write the libretto for another opera.

Zipperz

Zipperz


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. Indigo is the Poetry Editor for the Bookends Review Literary Journal. He is on the advisory board for the Sacramento 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 divides her time between Madison, WI and the SF Bay Area.
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


Philip Shafer
Philip Shafer

Philip Shafer

Philip Shafer was born in Ohio and raised in La Jolla, California. His diverse career includes naval officer, commercial helicopter pilot, history teacher, planning consultant, campaign manager, government bureaucrat, and corporate officer. Of curious interest, Shafer is a California certified Smoke Reader, and for several years wrote the crossword puzzle for a newspaper.

After a history, a book on seismic safety, and several geothermal technical articles, Philip Shafer began writing romance-thriller novels. My Own Back Yard Publishing (MOBY) in Forestville has published nine novels for Shafer. Three of those have been San Diego Book Award Finalists. A fourth, Shepherd's Secrets, won their award for best romance in 2012.

The loss of key staff for MOBY brought Philip Shafer into the publication process. He recently became owner of MOBY Publications. Somersault, an anthology under MOBY's imprint, Ingly Publications, has been surprisingly successful. Philip has traveled widely in the Far East and extensively in France. He lives in the beach community of San Diego. He can be found on-line as authorphilipshafer and at mobybookpub.com.

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Sheperd's Secrets
Shepard's Secrets
Empire and Resistance
Empire and Resistancer
Merchants of Flesh
Merchants of Flesh
Worth their Weight in Gold
Worth Their Weight in Gold
The Scars of War
The Scars of Warh
Tonkin Gold
Weight in Gold


CONFERENCE SCHEDULE

Friday, May 4th

  • 6:00 p.m. Registration and poolside picnic at Charles and Antoinette (May) Herndon's home, 8437 Center St., Mokelumne Hill, CA.
  • 7:30 p.m. Poetry Reading at Mokelumne Hill Library. Work by Monika Rose, Kathy Isaac Luke, and other conference participants will be featured. This is an open mic reading and open to the public as well. Bring your own work to share.
  • Saturday, May 5th

    Sunday, May 6th,

    • 9:30 a.m. Talk: Lucy Sanna: Let Your Senses Tell Your Story
    • 10:00 to 11:30. Workshops.
    • Noon Brunch. Afternoon speaker: Ace Antonio Hall on: The Art of Branding: How to Get More Exposure and Sell More Books

    Workshop Schedule
    Saturday 10:15 to 11:45 -choice of one Saturday, 1:30 to 3:00 p.m.-choice of one: Saturday, 3:15 to 5:00 p.m. -choice of one: Sunday, 10:00 a.m. to 12 11:30 -choice of one:
    Pricing: Friday's picnic supper, Saturday dinner and Sunday brunch included.
    • $165 --Conference returnees before April 1st
    • $175 --Early bird registration before April 1st
    • $195 --After April 1st
       
    Click Here for Registration Form

    This year, we are pleased to offer locals the opportunity to sign up for individual workshops at $35 per 90 minute session If you are interested in this special offer please Email Antoinette directly

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