Kate’s “short list” of upcoming regional conferences – something for everyone!

Dearest Writers,

What a fantastic valley we live in, indeed, to have such a delicious selection of upcoming writing conferences! And this is a very short list, focused primarily on Sacramento and environs. Are there others you know of? Send their info my way, and I will be happy to post!

If you will indulge me for a moment, I do wish to draw your attention to this first listing, the Sacramento Poetry Center’s annual Spring Conference, coming right up on Saturday, April 13. I am honored to be leading a short workshop (in the morning segment) and giving a lunch-time reading in very esteemed company. My workshop is open to all genres, as is the conference, though many of the workshops will focus on poetry. I hope you will think about attending–it’s a Saturday that’s intimate and casual, full of hidden gems.

Yours, as always, in writing,



2013 SPC Writer’s Conference

Juliana Spahr, Thomas Centolella, Michael

Zapruder, Jon Woodward, Judy Halebsky, Kate Asche

Saturday, April 13, 2013 from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM


Register now.     All events $30 (Includes access to all three sessions for talks AND all readings) [$20 members]
For questions and reservations respond to tnklbnny[at]mongryl[dot]com or call (916) 714-5401




Our Life Stories

Saturday, May 4, 2013

8:30 am to 4:30 pm

Cosumnes River College

8401 Center Parkway, Sacramento, CA

Conference Fee – $35.00 (Includes lunch, workshops, and materials)

Registration Deadline: April 26, 2013. Space is limited.

Late Registration Fees (After April 26): $40

For registration information and additional details:

Telephone – Hart Center at (916) 808-5462

Email – hartcrcwritersconference[at]yahoo.com

Website – www.hart-crcwritersconference.org



The 2013 Gold Rush Writer’s Conference will be held May 3, 4, and 5


Featured Speakers and Work Shop Leaders:

Award winning debut novelist Amy Franklin-Willis

Science writer and author Judith Horstman


Historic Hotel Leger
8304 Main Street
Mokelumne Hill CA  95245
(209) 286-1401
Accommodations      Maps

Email Antoinette: toni@antoinettemay.com

Pioneer Members (2006 Participants) Must register before March 30th for this discount: $130.00

All others:

$145 –Early bird registration before March 30th

$175 –Thereafter





SummerWords: The American River College Creative Writing Colloquium, May 30 – June 2, 2013

Keynote Speaker T.C. Boyle

Sponsored by
The Albert and Elaine Borchard Foundation and the American River College Foundation

The Creative Writing Faculty at American River College invite you to play, work, and write.

$95 / Registration is open now at





First Annual Creative Writing Conference at the University of the Pacific’s beautiful main campus in Stockton, California, June 14-16, followed by an optional week-long class/workshop, Monday, June 17 – Thursday, June 20, 6-9:30 p.m.

The Keynote Address “Twenty Years to Over-Night Succes,”will be given by New York Times best-selling author John Lescroart.
This conference is a collaboration of the Benerd School of Education, the Center for Professional & Continuing Education and the College of the Pacific’s Department of English.


3-day Conference Price: $230
1-day Conference price: $140
Dinner Banquet Fee: $60





For Women Writers: Write by the Lake Retreats with Jennifer Basye Sander


Spend the weekend in Lake Tahoe in a quiet room at “Write By the Lake” with other women writers, lots of wine, and wonderful food, hosted by Jennifer Sander, author of The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Getting Published and some fifty other titles. A former Random House editor and long time book packager and publishing consultant, Jennifer is happy to build a cozy fire and chat all night long about the trials and tribulations of the publishing world.


(Special note: I—Kate—have personally had the pleasure of attending these retreats and highly recommend them to committed writers at any level.)







Writing By Writers

Creating a rigorous and compassionate environment to learn the art of reading and writing from accomplished authors. Now accepting applications for the Workshop at Tomales Bay! (Limited scholarships available)



Ron Carlson, Pam Houston, Fenton Johnson, Antonya Nelson, Carl Phillips, Cheryl Strayed




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