2018 Press Release


 Contact: Rosanne Bernardy                                    

Tel: 916-808-1590

E-mail: hartcrcwritersconference@yahoo.com



Sacramento, CA: “Our Life Stories,” a cross-generational writers’ conference, will be held on Saturday, April 28, 2018, at Cosumnes River College (CRC), in Sacramento. Sponsored by the City of Sacramento’s Hart Senior Center and Cosumnes River College, the focus of the annual event is the collection and writing of family stories and memoirs.

The Conference features a variety of workshops led by experienced and nationally-recognized writers. Presenters include Sandra Wheeler Abeyta, Emily Bond, Marcus Crowder, Kerstin Feindert, Kathryn Mayo, Ginny McReynolds, Indigo Moor, Bob Sylva, Marie Taylor, and Susan Wooldridge.

The Conference runs from 8:45 to 4:15. The $35 fee includes workshops, lunch, and book sales and signings. During the luncheon, the Sacramento Poetry Center will also offer a networking session to identify writing resources in our community.

All writers are welcome, but space is limited! Registration is required by Friday, April 13, and online registration is preferred. To register, visit the website www.ourlifestories.org. For questions about the conference, call the Hart Center at 916-808-5462, or email hartcrcwritersconference@yahoo.com.


Workshop Descriptions

Out Loud: Reading Your Work to an Audience with Sandra Wheeler Abeyta

Bring a selection of three-minutes in length and receive instant feedback on building your skills in reading aloud.

Establishing Setting: Using Research Skills to Unlock the Past with Emily Bond

Learn how to employ historical research to explore the past and make it come alive for your readers.

 The People in Our Lives: Details Tell Their Stories with Marcus Crowder

Learn exercises to search for visual descriptive scenes which reveal character and develop one of them in depth.

Painting with Words: Creating Atmosphere in Settings with Kerstin Feindert

The focus is on techniques to create atmosphere and include exercises to create the mood of a place and time to bring the past to life.

Amalgamation: Mixing Genres to Pass on Wisdom and Stories with Kerstin Feindert

Learn how to mix genres to share stories and pass on skills and wisdom.

Intimate Narratives:  Family Photographs, Beloved Objects and the Personal Story with Kathryn Mayo

Explore the development of the personal story and weave narratives through visual prompts such as family photographs and beloved objects.

How to Create a Blog to Share Your Story with Ginny McReynolds

Learn the steps starting a blog and keeping it going including a focus/topic/name, getting a host and domain name, establishing a schedule, using art and graphics, and developing an audience.

Writing to History and Culture: Bringing the Past Alive with the Tools of the Present with Indigo Moor

Learn the seven effective conventions in mooring a poem to a specific, time, place, etc., and practice so you can choose the proper elements to bring your work alive.

Self-publishing: One Happy Ending with Bob Sylva

The key steps, challenges, and opportunities to self-publish your book.

Finding Your Voice with Marie Taylor

Learn how to discover and hear your uniquely creative voice. Ideal for those who want to develop a relaxed, personal style for essays, memoirs, blogging, magazine, or letter writing.

Freeing your Life with Words with Susan Wooldridge

In this workshop, we will playfully experience how language can help us discover and express our soul’s calling in poems, essays, and books.

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For more information Tel: 916-808-1590, or e-mail: hartcrcwritersconference@yahoo.com.


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