Sierra College Hosts the 2024 Sierra Writers Conference, Feb. 5 – 15

January 25, 2024

Focusing on Finding Family: Connecting with Your Writing Community

Sierra College Press will host the 2024 Sierra Writers Conference to support and inspire area writers and Sierra College students. Virtual and in-person workshops (Rocklin, Nevada County Campus (NCC) in Grass Valley, and Tahoe-Truckee campuses) are scheduled from February 5 – 15, focusing on various elements of storytelling, writing and community. 

“We look forward to celebrating the craft of writing and the Sierra College Press with everyone joining us,” said Lynette Vrooman, managing editor of Sierra College Press and professor of English at Sierra College. “This is a great opportunity to collaborate and learn from our incredible guest writers.”

Workshops and Sessions

Monday, February 5 

5-6:30pm – Grant Faulkner, Creativity Under Constraint (Online) 

Tuesday, February 6 

5-6:30pm – Charles Hood, Subjective Nature: Trusting Your Voice as a Nature Writer (Online) 

Wednesday, February 7 

4-5:30pm – Nikki Shannon Smith, Letting Your Inner Child Guide Your Writing (Rocklin) 

Thursday, February 8 

1:30-2:50pm – C.E. Shue, Connecting with Community Through Your Authentic Voice (Rocklin) 

5-6:30pm – Open Mic Readings: On Ugly Ducklings and Cross-Eyed Hens (Tahoe-Truckee)

Saturday, February 10  

9:30-10:45am – Obi Kaufmann, Ecological Philosophy and California’s Past and Future History (NCC) 

11am-12:20pm – Workshops (NCC):  

  • Kim Culbertson, Unlocking the Magic of 100-word Stories
  • Catharine Bramkamp, The Fictional Family
  • Gary Noy, How to Write a Nonfiction Book Proposal 

1:20-2:35pm – Steve Wasserman, A Writer’s Space (NCC) 

2:50-4pm – Deborah Miranda, Writing Prompts from the Ancestors: Using Archives to Create a Hybrid Memoir (NCC) 

Monday, February 12 

5pm-6:30pm – Rosanna Xia, Lessons on Climate Storytelling from an Environmental Journalist (Online) 

Tuesday, February 13 

5-6:30pm – Misha Nogha, Integrating the Narratives of Nature into Your Writing (Online) 

Wednesday, February 14 

4-5:30pm – Sands Hall, Creating Effective Characters (Fiction, Playwriting, Memoir) (NCC) 


Registration and conference information is available at:

The 2024 Sierra Writers Conference is $65 to attend the full conference for the public, $25 for online only, and free to Sierra College and OLLI (Osher Lifelong Learning Institute) students and staff.  

About Sierra College

Sierra College District is rising to the needs of our community. Sierra College serves 3,200 square miles of Northern California with campuses in Roseville, Rocklin, Grass Valley, and Truckee. With approximately 125 degree and certificate programs, Sierra College is ranked first in Northern California (Sacramento north) for transfers to four-year universities, offers career/technical training, and classes for upgrading job skills. Sierra graduates can be found in businesses and industries throughout the region. More information at 

About Sierra College Press

The Sierra College Press is one of the very few academic presses operated by a community college in the United States. The Sierra College Press was formed in 2002, and since then has expanded its role and function to become a wide-ranging academic press and information outlet. Learn more at