EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR - Sally Kaplan is a long-time member of Antoinette May’s writing critique group. With a background in film and 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
FOUNDER - Antoinette May's third novel, The Determined Heart: the Tale of Mary Shelley and Her Frankenstein was published 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 nonfiction includes Adventures of a Psychic, which spent 44 weeks on the New York Times bestseller 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/
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
The Gold Rush Writers Conference was founded in 2005 by a dedicated group of writers who rendezvoused regularly in Mokelumne Hill. All of us were charmed and stimulated by the tiny village said to have once been the "biggest, baddest town" in the Mother Lode. Argonauts had struck pay dirt here and soon it seemed that we were as well.
Our goal is to share the wealth. By bringing together writers and poets for workshops, specialty presentations, and open-mic readings, it is hoped that all will "strike it rich."
The conference is a nonprofit venture made possible by Mokelumne Hill Friends of the Library and Blue Mountain Community Renewal Council. Additional support has come from Calavaras Community Foundation, Mokelumne Hill Community Historical Trust, Poets & Writers, Inc., and Calaveras County Arts Council.
Our combined efforts enable writers on all levels to receive insight on their work from established professionals. Opportunities abound for networking and the establishment of working communities with other like-minded artists. It's a "golden" opportunity. Come see for yourself.
Antoinette May Herndon, Sally Kaplan, and Erika Mailman
(Check back later - we’re trying to gather up all the names from the archives!)
Karen Joy Fowler, finalist for the Booker Prize
Ace Antonio Hall
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