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Writers Conference in Nevada County

The Sierra Writers Conference is the first of the new year!  

The theme is Process:  Pre-write  to Promotion.   

Writers All … come to the Sierra Writers Conference to work on your process, join a community of writers, and participate in professional critique sessions. Join us for a day of learning, sharing, growing and being inspired to craft your words into the stories, articles and books that only you can write.

Jan 26, 9:15 AM – 4:15 PM

9:15: Doors Open

10:00: Introduction by Sierra Writers and Sierra College

10:30–11:30: Workshops

  • Mary Volmer: “The Cat and the Pickle Dish: Creating Compelling Narratives Using Details Foreign and Familiar”
  • Gene Bergson: “Black Thy Page”
  • Betsy Fasbinder: “From Page to Stage: Public Speaking Tips for Writers Before, During, and After Publication. OR From Page to Stage: Tips to Instantly Improve Your Public Speaking”
  • Julie Baker: “Audience Development: How to Build and Earn the Audience for Your Writing.”

11:45–12:45: Workshops

  • Sands Hall: “Fictional Techniques for the Memoirist”
  • Larry Gold: “Lessons Learned after Writing Eighteen Novels”
  • Patricia Dove Miller: “Spilling Family Secrets”
  • Catharine Bramkamp: “Process: Turn Personal Stories into Compelling Fiction”


1:30–2:30: Josh Weil, Keynote Speaker – Into Your Fear: Writing What Scares You

2:45–4:15: Critique Workshops


NCC Campus N12 (Multipurpose Center)

250 Sierra College Dr., Grass Valley, CA 95945


$45 early bird and $20 for afternoon critique workshops. After Jan. 15th (full-day general admission) $65 and $20 for afternoon critique workshops. $15 for students early or at the door.

Contact – Lynette Vrooman, to find out more.


Catharine Bramkamp is a successful writing coach and author. She has published over 300 newspaper and magazine articles in publications like Modern Maturity (AARP), SF Chronicle and Santa Rosa Magazine. She was a contributor to two Chicken Soup Books and has published anthologies of her work, non-fiction works and novels. Her work has also appeared in a number of poetry and fiction anthologies. She has experimented with the self-publishing world since 2001. She has published and self-published seven books through companies like Author House, author assist companies like 3L Publishing and through traditional publishers like Write Life. Her poetry collection, Ammonia Sunrise, will be released in August 2011 by Finishing Line Press and her mystery novel, In Good Faith will be released by Write Life in 2011. Catharine holds a BA in English from UCSB and a MA in English from Sonoma State University. She is a 25 year member of California Writer’s Club. She is an adjunct professor for the University of Phoenix. She works with authors of both fiction and non-fiction to make their dream of producing a book come true. For more information on that, visit her at Catharine has lived in Sonoma County for 25 years and considers wine a food group. She is married to an adorable and very patient man who complains he’s never featured in any of her books. Her grown children who are featured in a few of her books have fled the county.

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