A Bouquet of Spring Writing Conferences – With One More Flower


I am so embarrassed to have left out SummerWords in yesterday’s blog post! Forgive me! Especially since the amazing Rita Dove is the SummerWords Keynote! So, let’s try this all again:

Spring is definitely in the air! The birds are chirping, the bees are buzzing en masse around my lemon tree and its buds, and the days are lengthening, filling me with energy to write! I hope you, too, are feeling the call of your own words.

There are so many wonderful opportunities to connect with other writers this spring. Here is a sampling of the best writing conferences in our area in the next few weeks. The first two are this Saturday, April 12–so get your calendars ready! (And keep it ready, as I will post future conference newsletter editions.) Happy writing!


Sacramento Poetry Center Annual Spring Conference ~ THIS Saturday, April 12, 9-5

See the fabulous workshop leader lineup the day’s schedule at sacramentopoetrycenter.org!

Saturday April 12 from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Sacramento Poetry Center at 1719 25th Street
All events $30 (Includes access to all three sessions for talks AND all readings) [$20 for members]
Pay at the door or send check to: SPC 1719 25th Street Sacramento, CA 95816

Student scholarships available!
This year, SPC is offering full scholarships for up to ten Creative Writing students from the Capital region.
If you’re in a creative writing class at a Northern California college, or are a senior in a high school poetry class, just send us a 25-word letter that answers the question: Why do I write poetry?
Email your letter to sacpoet2012@gmail.com. Any questions, please contact Bob Stanley at the above email address.


Our Life Stories Conference: THIS Saturday, April 12, 8:30-4:30

See the wonderful conference schedule and speaker bios here!
Saturday, April 12, 2014
8:30 am to 4:30 pm
Cosumnes River College
8401 Center Parkway, Sacramento, CA

Conference Fee – $35.00 (Includes morning refreshments, lunch, workshops, and materials)
Registration Deadline: April 4, 2014. Space is limited.
Late Registration Fees (After April 4): $40


Gold Rush Writers Conference

Come join the ninth annual Gold Rush Writers Conference, May 2, 3, & 4, at the historic Leger Hotel in picturesque Mokelumne Hill where writing professionals will guide you to a publishing bonanza through a series of panels, specialty talks, workshops and celebrity lectures. Go one-on-one with successful poets, novelists, biographers, memoirists and short story writers.
The conference includes a picnic supper in a Victorian garden Friday evening, Saturday dinner and Sunday brunch.

$185. For schedule and speaker information, head to goldrushwriters.com.


SummerWords: The American River College Creative Writing Colloquium

May 29-June 1, 2014 ~ $95 ~ View program presenter bios and schedule, and buy your tickets here!

Join American River College’s vibrant and accomplished creative writing faculty for three days and nights of workshops, panels, and readings featuring a keynote reading by nationally acclaimed poet Rita Dove.  Click the links at the left for more information or click below to purchase tickets. Sponsored by The Albert and Elaine Borchard Foundation and the American River College Foundation.

AWA Festival of Writing

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