Past Events

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Past Events

Speaker Meeting – Bill George
May 15, 2024

View ACTV Video of Bill George’s Talk 

Bill George gave his “How a Maverick Coach Upended Society and Led a Group of Young Swimmers to Olympic Glory” presentation to Gold Country Writers on Wednesday, May 15, 2024. He is a historian and the author of Victory in the Pool (Rowman & Littlefield), an inspiring story about the swimmers from a Sacramento swim club who won 20 Olympic Gold medals — at the 1968 Mexico City Games and at the 1972 Munich Games. The swimmers included Mark Spitz, Debbie Meyer, Sue Pedersen, Mike Burton, John Ferris, and Jeff Float, and their coach was Sherm Chavoor. Bill is also a film maker and founded Nimbus Films in 2011 and has written and produced seven award-winning documentary films for PBS  about California history. His films include “The Hidden Wonder of the World” about the construction of the Transcontinental Railroad from Sacramento to Donner Summit (with his companion book Rails, Tales and Trails), “Newcastle, Gem of the Foothills,” and “Rancho Cordova, from the Gold Rush to the Space Race.” For more about Bill, visit https://billgeorge1.com/.


Speaker Meeting – Beverly Parayno
April 17, 2024

Our speaker was Beverly Parayno, author of Wildflowers, her debut story collection. Her topic was “Drawing From Lived Experience To Write Fiction” — aka “Auto Fiction.”

 

You can view Beverly Parayno’s talk from April 17, 2024, on Auburn Community TV here:  GCW Beverly Parayno – YouTube


 

 

Poetry Contest Celebration
April 3, 2024

A celebration of Gold Country Writers Poetry Contest and winners was held at the Rose Room in the Auburn City Hall on Wednesday, April 3, 2024, from 12:30 pm to 3:00 pm. Congratulations to the three winners of the 2024 Gold Country Writers Poetry Contest. The 16 poems that were entered were judged by three published poets from Lincoln. They compared language usage, mood development, and overall story success to pick the winning poems.

Please click the links to read each poem and see a picture of the poet.

Leslie Warren’s poem, “Baja Morning,” about a trip to Mexico took third place.
Lisa Schliff’s emotional poem, “THE 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 included all of the 16 poems being read for an audience of 35. Randy Whitwell served as emcee, with Chery Anderson and David Anderson as co-chairs.

   

Speaker Meeting – Scott Thomas Anderson
March 20, 2024

Our speaker was Scott Thomas Anderson, California Journalist, author, professional crime reporter, and editor of the Sacramento News & Review. He wrote and produced the documentary crime podcast Trace of the Devastation, and the travel and cultural podcast Drinkers with Writing Problems. Listen on Apple Podcasts and Spotify.

Speaker Meeting – Lisa Schliff
February 21, 2024

You can view Lisa Schliff’s talk from February 21, 2024, on Auburn Community TV here:

Gold Country Writers Lisa Schliff – YouTube

Speaker Meeting – Lara Gularte
January 17, 2024

You can view Lara Gularte’s talk from January 17, 2024, on Auburn Community TV here:

Gold Country Writers persents poet Lara Gularte – YouTube.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Speaker Meeting – James L’Etoile
November 15, 2023

You can view James L’Etoile’s talk from November 15, 2023 on Auburn Community TV here: 

Gold Country Writers presents James L’Etoile  – YouTube


Speaker Meeting – Meera Ekkanath Klein
October 18, 2023

You can view Meera Ekkanath Klein’s talk from October 18, 2023 on Auburn Community TV here: 

Gold Country Writers, Meera Ekkanath Klein “Food and Fables in Fiction Writing.” – YouTube


Speaker Meeting – Sands Hall
September 20, 2023

You can view Sands Hall’s talk from September 20, 2023, on Auburn Community TV here: 

Gold Country Writers  Sands Hall – YouTube 

Sands Hall gave her “Overlapping Strategies in the Writing of Fiction and Memoir” presentation to Gold Country Writers on Wednesday, September 20, 2023. Sands Hall—author, professor, theatre artist, singer-songwriter—is the author of a novel, Catching Heaven; a book on the craft of writing, Tools of the Writers Craft; and most recently of the award-winning memoir, Reclaiming My Decade Lost in Scientology (Counterpoint Press); Blackstone Audio produced the audio book, read by the author. A popular teacher, she leads workshops and lectures at the Community of Writers — summer writing workshops in Olympic Valley, California. Sands also teaches courses on Scene, Point of View, and more. For details: https://sandshall.com.


Speaker Meeting – Two Programs
August 16, 2023


Speaker Meeting – ML Hamilton
July 19, 2023


Speaker Meeting – Richard Meredith
June 21, 2023

Speaker Meeting – Lois Ann Abraham
May 17, 2023

Our speaker was Lois Ann Abraham, author of Deborah’s Gift and other works. Her topic was “Feelings, Nothing More Than Feelings.”

You can view Lois Ann Abraham‘s talk from May 17, 2023, on Auburn Community TV here: 

Gold Country Writers Lois Ann Abraham – YouTube


Speaker Meeting – Susan M. Osborn
April 19, 2023

Our speaker for April 2023 was Susan M. Osborn, author of Awful Bosses Coloring Book and other works. Her topic was “Creating Flash Fiction.”

You can view Susan M. Osborn’s talk from April 19, 2023 on Auburn Community TV here: 

Gold Country Writers  Susan M. Osborn – YouTube 

Speaker Meeting  – Barbara Young – March 15, 2023

Our speaker was Barbara Young, author of “The Heart That Rocks Health Care: Nurses—Move from Stress to Success, Empowerment and Influence.” Her topic was “Manifesting Your Book.”

You can view Barbara Young’s talk from March 15, 2023 on Auburn Community TV here: 

Gold Country Writers  Barbara Young – YouTube

Speaker Meeting  – Kathy Lynne Marshall – February 15, 2023

Our speaker was Kathy Lynne Marshall, author of seven books that record the lives of her European and enslaved African American ancestors. Her topic was “Research for Writers.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Speaker Meeting Wednesday, January 18

You can view Georgette Unis’ talk from January 18, 2023, on Auburn Community TV here: 

Gold Country Writers Georgette Unis – YouTube

 

 

Holiday Party & Potluck December 14

In December, our 2nd Wednesday meeting will be a Holiday Party. This event will be held in-person at the Barnstormer Room at the Auburn Municipal Airport. Map, address, and directions are on our home page.

For information, please email goldcountrywriters1849@gmail.com

Speaker Meeting (Third Wednesday) Brian Wallace

November 16 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm PST

The third Wednesday of each month is our Speaker Meeting. For November, our speaker will be Brian Wallace, an award-winning artist. His topic will be “Finding Inspiration and Staying Inspired.” Brian will talk about the five things that helped him stay inspired to write, illustrate, and publish his first children’s book, Daisy and the Dirty Dozen.

This event will take place on November 16, 2022, from 10am to noon. The public is invited.

This meeting will be held at the Barnstormer Room at the Auburn Municipal Airport. Map, address, and directions are on this page.



Speaker Meeting (Third Wednesday) Joey Garcia

October 19 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm PDT   (No video available for this event.)

 

Gold Country Writers will be meeting at the Barnstormer Room at the Auburn Airport throughout the month of October, including the above meeting. The change is because of water remediation in the Rose Room at City Hall. Thanks to Frank Nissen, above is a map to help you find the Barnstormer Room. Address and directions are below the map.


On Saturday, September 24, at 1:00 pm, Gold Country Writers celebrated Our 10-Year Anniversary Gala at the Barnstormer Room, Auburn Municipal Airport. Click here to see wonderful photos!


 

On Saturday, September 8 – 11, Gold Country Writers will have a booth at the Gold Country Fair. 

 


You can view Amy Rogers’ talk from September 21, 2022 on Auburn Community TV here: 

Gold Country Writers Amy Rogers – YouTube


 

You can view Dierdre Wolownick’s talk from July 20, 2022 on Auburn Community TV here: 

Gold Country Writers Dierdre Wolownick – YouTube

You can view Joan Griffin’s talk from June 15, 2022 on Auburn Community TV here  Gold Country Writers Joan Griffin – YouTube

You can view James L’Etoile’s talk from May 18, 2022 on Auburn Community TV here  Gold Country Writers Jame L’Etoile – YouTube

 



You can view Mary Helen Fein’s talk from March 16, 2022 on Auburn Community TV here GCW Mary Helen Fein – YouTube