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14th Annual Gold Rush Writers Conference

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Date(s) - 05/03/2019 - 05/05/2019
6:00 pm - 2:00 pm

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14th Annual Gold Rush Writers Conference will land at the Hotel Leger in charming downtown Mokelumne Hill, California May 3-5, 2019.

The goal of Gold Rush Writers’ Conference is to provide creative writers of all levels a chance to participate one-on-one with established professionals through workshops, lectures, panels and readings. Limited to approximately 80 participants, Gold Rush Writers’ Conference prides itself on its intimacy and charm. Opportunities abound for networking and developing community with like-minded individuals who share a passion for the written word. Even those who just love to listen are encouraged to attend. The Gold Rush Writers’ Conference was founded in 2005 by New York Times best-selling author and Mokelumne Hill resident Antoinette May with the help of a dedicated group of fellow writers. Gold Rush Writers’ Conference draws participants from the tri-county region of Tuolumne, Calaveras, and Amador, with some attendees traveling from as far away as Sacramento, the Bay Area, and beyond. Over the years, nearly 800 individuals have benefited from the conference and numerous attendees choose to return year-after-year.

Past attendee Marianne Barisonek, a freelance journalist from Portland, Oregon, states, “I’ve attended twice and would go again in a heartbeat. The quality of the workshops has been outstanding. You’ll meet interesting people and be inspired. If you want to try a writer’s conference without spending a fortune, this is a good place to start.” The 14th Annual Gold Rush Writers’ Conference jumpstarts Friday night, May 3, with a picnic supper in a Victorian garden at the home of Antoinette May, followed by a reading from featured guests. (The address for the picnic dinner will be provided to all pre-registered attendees). Saturday, May 4th offers a rich array of workshops throughout the day and ends with a dinner, followed by a presentation (open to the public) by best-selling and prize-winning novelist Kathleen Kent.


After the evening presentation, attendees are welcome to participate in an open mic reading before meandering over to the bar to ‘schmooze’ with friends and enjoy a ‘night cap.’ Sunday May 5 offers additional morning workshops, then the conference winds down with a lunch and special presentation by best-selling author Joe Quirk.

2019 presenters and instructors include: Antoinette May (Founder), Erika Mailman (Co-Director), Sally Kaplan (Executive Director), Kathleen Kent, Joe Quirk, Kevin Arnold, Lucy Sanna, Amy Smith, Monika Rose, Anara Guard, Kathy Boyd Fellure, Indigo Moor and Kathie Isaac-Luke (conference Co-Director).

For more information and to register, please visit: or call Sally Kaplan at 310 927-6929.