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Keynote Speaker

Ginger Rutland began her journalism career in television, first as a general assignment reporter for a Sacramento station and later as the state capitol reporter for the NBC affiliate in San Francisco. After seventeen years in television, she switched to print, joining the editorial board of The Sacramento Bee.  While at The Bee, she also recorded regular commentaries for Capitol Public Radio. Amidst the torrent of headline issues she tackled, from immigration to homelessness, nuclear power to global warming, political races to pesticide poisoning, Ginger also writes about her mother, father, sisters and brother, intimate stories about her family, and her life beyond the newsroom. It’s this softer side of her career she will share with you.

Workshop Presenters

Beth Daugherty is a reference services librarian who works at the Sacramento Public Library.  Since 2007 she has planned the genealogy programs at the Central Library in downtown Sacramento.  She teaches beginning genealogy classes at the Central Library, and serves as the secretary of the Genealogical and Historical Council of Sacramento Valley, helping plan events such as Family History Day.  Beth’s favorite part of her job is coordinating and planning the genealogy programs, as well as learning more about genealogy every day.  

Jacqueline Doyle has published flash prose in Sweet, elimaeMonkeybicycle, Vestal Review, The Rumpus, Prime NumberCorium, and Café Irreal, among others. A Pushcart Prize nominee, she has recent creative nonfiction in Cold Mountain Review and Southern Humanities Review, and a Notable Essay listed in Best American Essays 2013. She teaches at California State University, East Bay.

Dale Flynn has taught for thirty years in the University Writing Program at UC Davis.  She has published interviews with physician-writers, including Oliver Sacks, Richard Selzer, Perri Klass, John Stone, Lawrence Schneiderman, and Jonathan Miller.  For the University Writing Program she developed and taught advanced composition courses in, among other things, scientific writing, writing in the health sciences, and science journalism.  She has also taught Humanities and Medicine for the Humanities Department.  She presently facilitates a Literature/Medicine program at the VA Hospital in Sacramento.


Oildale native (and former CSU Sacramento Hornet football player) Gerald Haslam’s collection of personal essays, Coming of Age in California, was selected as one of the 20th century’s top 100 nonfiction books from the West by a 1999 San Francisco Chronicle poll. In both fiction and nonfiction—including most recently the critically heralded biographies (written with wife, Jan) Leon Patterson: A California Story and Thought and Action: The Enigmatic Life of S.I. Hayakawa—he has personalized subjects effectively. His earlier prize-winning volumes include: Workin’ Man Blues, Straight White Male, That Constant Coyote, and Haslam’s Valley among others. His shorter pieces have appeared in publications as diverse as The Nation, Sierra, L.A. Times Magazine, Boom, This World, Savior, and he has served as a contributing writer of columnist for The Los Angeles Times Book Review, West, San Francisco Chronicle, California English, and presently writes op-eds for The Sacramento Bee. Critic David Peck in the Long Beach Press-Telegram called Haslam: “The quintessential California writer.”

Jeff Knorr is the current Poet Laureate of Sacramento. He is the author of three books of poetry, The Third Body (Cherry Grove Collections), Keeper (Mammoth Books), and Standing Up to the Day (Pecan Grove Press).  His other works include Mooring Against the Tide: Writing Poetry and Fiction (Prentice Hall); the anthology, A Writer’s Country (Prentice Hall); and The River Sings: An Introduction to Poetry (Prentice Hall).  His poetry and essays have appeared in numerous literary journals and anthologies including: Chelsea, Connecticut Review, The Journal, North American Review, Red Rock Review, Barrow Street, and Like Thunder: Poets Respond to Violence in America (University of Iowa).  Knorr is a professor at Sacramento City College.

Ginny McReynolds is the author of the blog: Finally Time for This: A Beginner's Guide to the Second Act of Life—www.finallytimeforthis.com. She is a local writer and longtime community college teacher and administrator. She is at work on a book of essays about growing up gay in the 1950s and 60s.

Saturday, April 23, 2016
8:30 am to 4:30 pm
Cosumnes River College
8401 Center Parkway, Sacramento, CA


Conference Fee - $35.00 (Includes morning refreshments, lunch, workshops, and materials)
Registration Deadline: April 8, 2016. Space is limited.
Late Registration Fees (After April 8): $40

For registration information and additional details:
Telephone - Hart Center at (916) 808-5462
Email - hartcrcwritersconference[at]yahoo.com
Website - www.hart-crcwritersconference.org


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