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Goldrush Writers Conference

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Date(s) - 05/04/2018 - 05/06/2018
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Hotel Leger


Mokelumne Hill’s historic Hotel Leger will be the scene of the 13th annual Gold Rush Writers Conference to be held May 4, 5 & 6. The event will offer a choice of 16 interactive workshops covering all facets of the writing craft lead by award winning novelists, memoirists, academics, poets and journalists as well as readings and specialty talks.

Our headliners this year are Karen Joy Fowler and Ace Antonio-Hall. Both will be dinner speakers and lead workshops.

Karen Joy is the author of six novels and three short story collections. She has written literary, contemporary, historical, and science fiction. Her most recent novel, “We Are All Simply Beside Ourselves,” won the 2013 PEN/Faulkner, the California Book Award and was shortlisted for Man Booker Award in 2014.

Ace Antonio Hall is an urban fantasy and horror writer. He is best known as the creator of Sylva Slasher, a teenage zombie who raises the dead for police investigations in numerous novels and short story collections. He recently turned to non-fiction with “Lord of the Flies: Fitness for Writers.”

Best selling author Antoinette May, founding director of the conference, will repeat her workshop, “The Novel You Were Born to Sell.” May’s debut novel, “Pilate’s Wife,” was translated into 17 languages. Her most recent book is “The Determined Heart, the Tale of Mary Shelley and her Frankenstein.” Co-chairs of the conference are Sally Kaplan and Kathie Isaac-Luke.

Sally Kaplan and her husband run Backcountry Pictures, a production company in Murphys, California. In addition to working in non-fiction, film and television, she 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” was screened in numerous film festivals and “Man on the Plane” received accolades from screen-writing contests.

Co-chair Kathie Isaac-Luke of Sonora will conduct a poetry reading Friday evening, May 4. She is the author of the poetry collection, “Chrysalides,” and is an acclaimed short story writer.

The price of $195 includes a choice of four out of 16 timely workshops, a picnic supper in a Victorian garden, dinner at the Hotel Leger and a poolside brunch also at the Leger. Individual workshops, Saturday dinner with speaker and Sunday Brunch with speaker may be purchased individually for $35 each.

For additional information, go to www.goldrushwriters.com or call

Antoinette May at 209-286-1320. The Gold Rush Writers Conference is an affiliate of the Calaveras Arts Council Literary League and made possible by Poets & Writers, Inc. through a grant received from the James Irvine Foundation, as well as a grant from the Friends of the Mokelumne Library and the Mokelumne Trust.