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.

2017 Press Release



Come to Our Life Stories, a cross-generational writers’ conference, focused on collecting and writing your family stories, April 22, 2017.

Please join us at Cosumnes River College (CRC) for the tenth-anniversary Our Life Stories writers’ conference. We will feature nationally-recognized writers on Saturday, April 22, 2017, 1PM to 5PM.

Pulitzer Prize winning political cartoonist and essayist Jack Ohman, poet and short story writer James Cagney, and comedienne Allison Page will speak on the intersection of humor and memoir at the tenth-annual Our Life Stories writers’ conference Saturday, April 22, at Cosumnes River College, in Sacramento. The conference will focus on memoir writing (particularly family stories) with an emphasis on humor. The event also includes a catered reception and resource fair. All writers are welcome.

The event, sponsored by the City of Sacramento’s Hart Senior Center and CRC, runs from 1PM to 5PM. The conference fee is $25, and registration is required by Friday, April 21st. Space is limited! 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.

About Jack Hamilton Ohman

Since 2013, Jack Hamilton Ohman has been the editorial cartoonist and Associate Editor at The Sacramento Bee, where he draws five cartoons per week, in addition to a Sunday column. He also writes editorials. He previously worked at The Columbus Dispatch from 1981-1982, and then at the Detroit Free Press from 1982-1983. He then went to The Oregonian, where he worked until 2012.

His work is syndicated to 200 newspapers through Tribune Content Agency. When he signed with the Chicago Tribune-New York News Syndicate in 1980, he was the youngest-ever nationally syndicated cartoonist at age 19. Ohman won the 2016 Pulitzer Prize, and he was a finalist in 2012. He has also won the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award, the Sigma Delta Chi Award from the Society of Professional Journalists, the Scripps Howard Award, the National Headliner Award, the Overseas Press Club Award, and two first place Best of The West Awards. He was a finalist for the Herblock Prize in 2013.

Ohman is the author of ten books, four on the subject of fly fishing. He did freelance artwork for ABC News Nightline from 1984-1985. He drew the comic strip Mixed Media, which appeared in 170 newspapers, from 1994-1998. He was a regular contributor to Foreign Policy Magazine from 1994-1998.

About James Cagney

James Cagney is a poet and writer from Oakland. Since 1995, Cagney has appeared as a featured poet at venues in San Francisco, Vancouver, Sacramento, Chicago, and Mumbai. Over the years he has performed at countless readings series including (but not limited to) the East Bay Beast Crawl, San Francisco Litquake, Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco Public Library, and Masonic Auditorium. His work has been published online and in print via Eleven Eleven, Tandem, Lime Hawk, Print Oriented Bastards, and Typehouse Magazine. Visit his blog at https://thedirtyrat.blog/.

About Allison Page

Allison Page is a writer/actor/playwright/Artistic Director of San Francisco sketch comedy company Killing My Lobster. She is originally from northern, rural Minnesota, has been in the Bay Area for eight years, and spent most of her early 20s as a hairstylist trimming mullets in a Walmart. Her writing has been featured in Women of Letters, Write Club SF, Shipwreck, The SF Olympians Festival, SF Theater Pub and others. Her published works include HILARITY, a full length drama about comedy, and an autobiographical piece in Airmail: Women of Letters from Penguin Australia. Her commissioned full length play KILGALLEN/JONES will have its world premiere in San Francisco at the EXIT Theatre in March 2017. She is fascinated and terrified by politics. Occasionally she posts things on Medium @AllisonLynnPage.

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