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Gold Country Writers on Auburn Community TV

Gold Country Writers member Phil Jacques is the Studio Manager for Auburn Community Television (ACTV). Beginning in March, 2022, Phil has made videos of some of our 3rd Wednesday Speaker Meetings, 10:00 to noon, held in the Rose Room at Auburn City Hall.  Links for viewing our speaker meetings are given below. For other videos from ACTV, visit their YouTube Channel here: https://m.youtube.com/user/actv20 


Amy Rogers  9/21/2022

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Amy Rogers gave her “Write a Thriller Novel Using Craft Tips From the Pros” presentation to Gold Country Writers on Wednesday, September 21, 2022. Amy Rogers, MD, PhD, is a Harvard-educated scientist, novelist, journalist and educator. She is author of three science-themed thriller novels—PetroplagueReversion, and The Han Agent—using real science and medicine to create plausible, frightening scenarios in the style of Michael Crichton. Her nonfiction book, Science in the Neighborhood, is a compilation of local science journalism she wrote for INSIDE Magazine. She is a full member of International Thriller Writers and a long-time participant in the Sacramento writing community. https://www.amyrogers.com


Dierdre Wolownick   7/20/2022

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Dierdre Wolownick gave her “How to Succeed at Anything” presentation to Gold Country Writers on Wednesday, July 20, 2022. Dierdre began rock climbing at age 59 and at 66, she became the oldest woman to climb Yosemite’s El Capitan. She shares her intimate journey in her memoir, The Sharp End of Life: A Mother’s Story. Last year, she celebrated her 70th birthday by going up El Capitan again—breaking her own record!—and this time camping on the summit. Her son, Alex Honnold, is featured in Free Solo, the Academy Award-winning documentary that depicts his ropeless ascent of El Capitan. Dierdre’s remarkable life story is featured in an upcoming film, Climbing Into Life. See trailer:   https://vimeo.com/729298002 

Joan Griffin   6/15/2022

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Joan Griffin gave her “Spice Up Your Writing With Sensory Details” workshop presentation to Gold Country Writers on Wednesday, June 15, 2022. Joan is a memoirist, an editor, and an educator. She teaches women’s history, literature, and writing classes through OLLI—the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute—at Sierra College and UC Davis. She has completed a manuscript for her adventure memoir, Force of Nature, that recounts the tale of her long-distance backpacking trek through California’s Sierra Nevada on the iconic John Muir Trail. https://joangriffin.substack.com/

James L’Etoile    5/18/2022

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James L’Etoile gave his presentation, “Exploring Character,” to Gold Country Writers on Wednesday, May 18, 2022. James is the author of five novels: At What CostBury the PastLittle River: The Other Side of ParadiseBlack Label, and the latest to be published in July 2022, Dead Drop. He is a former associate warden in a maximum-security prison, a hostage negotiator, and director of California’s state parole system. He is a nationally recognized expert witness on prison and jail operations, and has received a number of awards for his novels. You can view James’ website at https://www.jamesletoile.com

Mary Helen Fein      3/16/2022
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Mary Helen Fein gave her presentation, “Writing Family History ~ A Process,” to Gold Country Writers on Wednesday, March 16, 2022. Mary Helen is the author of Stitching a Life: An Immigration Story—an historical novel based on the life of her grandmother, Helen Breakstone Fein, who immigrated from Lithuania to New York City in 1900. In February 2022, Mary Helen was interviewed by New York City’s Tenement Museum. Her Virtual Book Talk was recorded and available to watch via the museum’s YouTube channel. Her first novel is Loss of Deliverance. You can view Mary Helen’s website at:  https://www.maryhelenfein.com