About Us

The first Sierra Writers' Conference was held in January 2016.

The conference is a joint offering from Sierra College and Sierra Writers'.

Sierra College - Located in the Sierra Foothills community of Grass Valley, the Sierra College-Nevada County Campus serves the citizens of Western Nevada County. The beautiful 105-acre campus was built overlooking the city of Grass Valley atop what was formerly Litton Hill.

Sierra Writers' - Writers helping each other - supports writers of all genres in Nevada County. Organized in 1982, we continue to offer a variety of prominent speakers and open reads. Members are encouraged to participate in fiction and non-fiction critique groups.



Planning Committee:



Lynette Vrooman Lynette Vrooman teaches composition, literature, and creative writing full time at Sierra College, Nevada County Campus.  She earned her Bachelor and Master of Arts in English at California State University Sacramento and is currently finishing a Master of Arts in Humanities at CSU Dominguez Hills.  

Hock Tjoa, president, Sierra Writers studied history at Brandeis and Harvard and taught European history and Asian political thought at the University of Malaya in Kuala Lumpur. He has published seven books. Recently, Hock has been focusing on translating and adapting selected works of Chinese history and literature. The Battle of Chibi is the first of these projects. Hock teaches Accounting part-time at Sierra College and is involved with community theater.

Janet Ann Collinis the author of five books for children and her work has appeared in several anthologies and many periodicals.

Carolyn Crane is a published playwright, poet, and essayist. For fifteen years she was a radio personality and news reporter for KVMR-FM in Nevada City, California. Carolyn began her teaching career with California Poets in the Schools, and now teaches English at both Sierra College in Rocklin, California, and University of Phoenix, Online.

Ingrid Keriotis received her MFA from Eastern Washington University. Her poems have recently appeared in Blue Unicorn, Talking River, and Steam Ticket. She lives in Grass Valley where she teaches English at Sierra College and spends time with her family, swimming in the Yuba River and walking under the pines.


Iven Lourie worked as Poetry Editor at Chicago Review in the 1960's, and he has pursued editing, writing performance art since. He participated in demonstrations and readings against the Vietnam war during the '60's and '70's. After completing his MFA at U. of Arizona (1978), where he studied with poets Richard Shelton and Peter Wild, he moved to Northern California where he works as Editor for Gateways Books and Artemis Books, teaches composition and literature at Sierra Community College, and leads the Cafe Writers critique group.





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