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The 14th annual Gold Rush Writers Conference will be held May 3 – 5th in the picturesque Gold Country town of Mokelumne Hill at the historic Hotel Leger.

Sally Kaplan, Co-Director of the Gold Rush Writers’ Conference was Friday’s KVML “Newsmaker of the Day”.

The goal of the Gold Rush Writers Conference is to provide creative writers of all levels a chance to learn from established professionals through workshops, lectures, panels and readings. Limited to 80 participants, the 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 conferences began in 2005 by New York Times bestselling author and Mokelumne Hill resident Antoinette May, with the help of a dedicated group of fellow writers.

The Gold Rush Writers Conference draws participants from Tuolumne, Calaveras, and Amador counties, 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 conference jumpstarts Friday night, May 3, with a picnic supper in a Victorian garden at the home of Antoinette May, followed by a poetry reading from featured guests and a chance for attendees to join at the open mic.

Saturday, May 4, offers a rich array of workshops throughout the day and ends with a dinner, followed by a presentation (open to the public) by bestselling novelist Kathleen Kent.

After the evening presentation, attendees are welcome to participate in an open mic reading before meandering over to the hotel’s saloon to ‘schmooze’ with friends and enjoy a ‘nightcap’.

Sunday, May 5, offers additional morning workshops, then the conference winds down with a lunch and special presentation by bestselling 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.

• What: Gold Rush Writers Conference
• When: May 3 – 5, 2019
• Where: Hotel Leger, 8304 Main St, Mokelumne Hill, CA 95245,, telephone: (209) 286-1401. Google Map:
The address for the May 3 evening picnic supper will be provided long in advance to all registered attendees.
• Registration Prices: Please visit the website at
• Other: Individual Offerings available for $40 and May 4 After Dinner Presentation Featuring Best Selling Author Kathleen Kent is open to the public. $5 at the door.

Kaplan states, “For nearly 14 years, the Gold Rush Writer’s Conference has been a bit of secret gem for those who already know about it or heard about it word-of-mouth. This year, we’d like to share its riches of knowledge from our attending world-class authors with a wider public.”

The “Newsmkaer of the Day” is heard every weekday morning at 6:45, 7:45 and 8:45 on AM 1450 and FM 102.7 KVML.

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