Registration & Schedule

January 26

Conference, Critique & Lunch Order Instructions

Please read before purchasing your ticket.

Click the button below to purchase your Conference ticket.

Once the Conference selection has been made, you'll see the Additional Items screen (shown at the right). This is where you'll purchase a Critique Session ticket and lunch (both optional).

Please consider the Critique Session option carefully! *If the Critique Session is not selected at this time, you must send an email to before January 10th. In the e-mail you must specify which genre you wish to attend and bring a check for $20 to the registration table at the Conference.

An Audit Ticket ( $10 paid at the door and listening only) is available on conference day.


Early Bird Registration

Full-day Admission

$45 early bird

+ $20 for afternoon critique workshop

After January 15th

Full-day Admission


+ $20 for afternoon critique workshop

Student Admission

$15 early bird or at the door


9:15 Doors Open

10:00 Introduction by Sierra Writers and Sierra College

10:30 – 11:30 Workshops

Mary Volmer: “The Cat and the Pickle Dish: Creating Compelling Narratives Using Details Foreign and Familiar”

Gene Bergson: “The Surrealist Dream Catcher’s Poetry Practice Workshop”

Betsy Fasbinder: “Page to Stage: Tips to Instantly Improve Your Public Speaking”

Julie Baker: “Audience Development: How to build and earn the audience for your writing”

11:45 – 12:45 Workshops

Sands Hall: “Fictional Techniques for the Memoirist”

Larry Gold: “Lessons Learned after Writing Eighteen Novels”

Patricia Dove Miller: “Spilling Family Secrets”

Catharine Bramkamp: “Process;Turn personal stories into compelling fiction.”


1:30 – 2:30 Josh Weil, Keynote Speaker - “Into Your Fear: Writing What Scares You”

2:45 – 4:15 Critique Sessions

Critique Session Participation: Pre-registration required to participate. $10 at the door to audit (listening only).


After purchasing a Conference ticket, you may preorder lunch ($14).


  1. Avoturkey: Turkey, avocado, Provolone cheese, & sprouts on a Julian roll
  2. Havana: Smoked ham, bacon, Swiss cheese, dill spears, & mustard on Ciabatta
  3. Vegetarian: Roasted bell peppers, eggplant, onions, & squash over kale with Greek feta vinaigrette

Some lunches will be available for purchase at the Conference, but the choice will be limited to first-come-first-serve.