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The first Sierra Writers' Conference was held in January, 2016, when over a hundred local and area writers came together to learn more about the craft of writing and the process of marketing and publishing their work.
Due to the overwhelming success of our first year, we are delighted to expand the conference from half a day to a full day with four learning tracks, an inspirational keynote kickoff and a panel of experts answering remaining questions at the end of the day.
As a just-for-fun activity, there is a First Sentence Contest with five winners receiving autographed books from authors in attendance. An optional Critique Fest will be held Friday afternoon before the conference to allow attendees to receive feedback on their work from peers and a published professional as well as learning how to give and receive feedback.
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.
Board of Directors:
Lynette Vrooman, Sierra College
Hock Tjoa, president, Sierra Writers
Janet Ann Collins is the author of five books for children and her work has appeared in several anthologies and many periodicals.
Joyce Wycoff is currently working on a contemporary woman's novel, Yellowstone Howling, intended to be the first in a series. She is also the author of Sarana's Gift, a young adult, fantasy novella.