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April Speaker

April 17, 2024 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 noon, PDT

Our speaker will be Beverly Parayno. 
Her subject will be “Drawing from Lived Experience to Write Fiction.”
This meeting will be held in the Rose Room at Auburn City Hall.
The public is invited. The meeting is free to attend.
Click here for Rose Room address, map, and directions. Also, info on Rose Room parking, now offsite only.

Beverly Parayno is the author of the debut story collection Wildflowers (PAWA Press, 2023). Her fiction, memoir, essays, and author interviews appear in Narrative MagazineBellingham ReviewThe RumpusWarscapesHuizache, and Southward: New Writing from Ireland. She serves on the board of Philippine American Writers and Artists, and the Munster Literature Centre in Cork, Ireland. In 2023, she participated in and moderated events for the Cork International Short Story Festival.  You can visit her website at







T0 The winners of the 2024 Gold Country Writers Poetry Contest: First place Catharine Brankamp; Second place Lisa Schliff; Third place Leslie Warren.  The 16 entries were judged by three published poets from Lincoln, who compared language usage, mood development, and overall story success to pick the winning poems. Leslie Warren’s poem, “Baja Morning,” about a trip to Mexico took third place. Lisa Schliff’s emotional poem, “Downhill Slide,” about her aging cat, took second place. Catharine Bramkamp’s poem “Lilith,” about Adam and his first wife, took first place. The celebration of winners was held on April 3, 2024, and included all of the submitted poems being read for an audience of 35. Randy Whitwell served as emcee, with Chery Anderson and David Anderson as co-chairs. 

To Roseann McHenry for holding her Book Signing and Launch party on Sunday, April 14, 2024, from 2 pm – 4pm at Canyon View Community Center, 471 Maidu Drive in Auburn.  Her book is Tales from a Rogue Ranger. View her flyer here.

To Joan Griffin for hosting a new monthly series of Local Author Interviews at OLLI at Sierra College titled “The Spotlight on Local Authors Lunch Pail Series.”

To Dorothe Kress, Frank Nissen, Rebecca Inch-Partridge, Nanci Woody, Catharine Bramkamp, and Mary Helen Fein for getting interviewed later in the year by Joan Griffin at Sierra College (see above).





Regular Monthly Meetings on Wednesdays

1st Wednesday of every month – Business Meeting

2nd Wednesday of every month – Drop-in Critique

3rd Wednesday of every month – Guest Speakers & Workshops

4th Wednesday of every month – Drop-in Critique

5th Wednesday of certain months – Social Event

In-person meetings are normally held at The Rose Room, Auburn City Hall
Click here for Rose Room at City Hall map, address, and directions. Also, info on Rose Room parking.

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