Thursday, February 2, 2017

Suzanne Marriott on Sierra Writers' Conference 2017

Suzanne Marriott
 Suzanne Marriott shared an article she wrote for the Wolf Creek Lodge cohousing newsletter:

From January 20-21 I attended the Sierra Writers’ Conference on the Sierra College campus in Grass Valley. It was a most informative and inspiring event put on by Sierra Writers (, a club to which I belong.

Bob Branstrom
The weekend included professional and peer critique sessions on Friday and a full schedule of events on Saturday, including an inspiring keynote speech by local poet Molly Fisk, followed by small groups sessions on The Craft of Writing, Marketing & Publishing, The Road to Success, and more, each lead by a published author. I was most impressed by the wealth of talent here in Nevada County, and I appreciated the opportunities to learn from and share with other writers.

As the conference was held on the same Saturday as the Women’s March, we were in solidarity with and in support of this effort, as witnessed by the pink pussy hat worn by Wolf Creek Lodge member, Bob Branstrom. He was not alone.

I would like to share a quote that also appeared in our wonderful Conference Journal created by local writer Joyce Wycoff (

“We are lonesome animals. We spend all our life trying to be less lonesome. One of our ancient methods is to tell a story begging the listener to say - - - and to feel - - -  ‘Yes, that’s the way it is, or at least that’s the way I feel it. You’re not as alone as you thought.’” -- John Steinbeck