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Listed here are 2003 past Alliance of Writers writing
workshops and writing seminars. All author events were
held in the beautiful mountains of southern California!
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Fran Dancing Feather is a writer, editor, teacher, artist and natural health consultant. She teaches Methods of Natural Healing, Science of Natural Healing and Circle of Relations and provides personal consultations for healing through herbology, mind-body work, spirituality and 12-step work.

Rita Robinson is a former health and psychology reporter, now full-time writer with more than 1,000 articles in magazines on four continents, and author of 11 books. Her new new book (with Dancing Feather) on Native American spirituality was just released. Her books include:

 Exploring Native American Wisdom: Lore, Traditions, and Rituals That Connect Us All
Rita Robinson is the author of a diverse number of books. Order via the links and support this site. Discover Yourself Through Palm Reading
Survivors of Suicide
When Women Choose to Be Single
When Your Parents Need You : A Caregiver's Guide
  Color Your World : Using the Power of Color and Light in Your Life
  The Palm : A Guide to Your Hidden Potential
  Umbrella Guide to Grand Old Hotels of Southern and Central California
  Center of the World : Native American Spirituality
  Health in Your Hands : A New Look at Modern Palmistry and Your Health
  Tom Core has been writing professionally since 1975. In 1987 he became a contributing journalist to the Big Bear Grizzly with his popular column, "Bearly Remembered." After 16 years, this historical column remains the favorite of the paper's readership. Core is president of the Big Bear Historical Society. His current release, Big Bear:The First 100 Years contains 100 stories about the local area. Tom is also the author of Ghost Town Schoolmarm.
  Heather C. Williams has traveled and taught extensively through Europe, Mexico, Australia, Italy and Canada. She teaches art from her studio and as a teacher in San Diego County. She has worked with AIDS patients, with teens and adults suffering addictions, mental health issues, and learning difficulties. A resident of Vista, she is owned by two dogs.
  Drawing As a Sacred Activity: Simple Steps to Explore Your Feelings and Heal Your Consciousness
  Robena Schaerf is a transplant from Tasmania, Australia. In 1995 she completed her degree with the Institute of Children's literature. Schaerf is an active member of Romance Writers of America, a mother of two children and a 100 pound dog.
  Granton Manor
  Carolyn Gross is a professional speaker, facilitator, and trainer. Her book and presentation will help attendees discover how to become calm, centered, and poised. You'll learn how to be more productive by reducing the stress in your life.
  Staying Calm in the Midst of Chaos: How to Keep Positive in an Unsettled World
  Sophie Lalazarian talks about what it takes to put together an anthology, what editors look for, and how to be successful in that arena.
  Mike Foley has worked as a journalist, freelance writer and editor. With a wide variety of experience and over 700 published works, he has a wealth of knowledge to share. He runs Writer's Review (a critique service), teaches writing for the UC-Riverside Extension, and conducts writing retreats here in the local mountains.
  Writing Through the Back Door
  Rona Edwards has held numerous roles in the industry and has formed her own production/management company for both feature film and television. She has taught Introduction to Feature Film Development at UCLA extension the past three years. Edwards is a member of the Producers Guild of America, The Independent Film Project/West and The Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. She will delve into what happens to your screenplay or book when you submit it to a producer and/or studio. Some do's and don'ts as well as honest advice on how to submit your work.
  Jo Condrill shares her experiences in writing, promoting, and marketing. Her focus will be a dynamic interchange about what challenges you may face in writing, publishing, and marketing your works. Author and motivational speaker, Condrill has published three books, signed at the Barnes and Noble store in Rockefeller Center, New York, and across the country, conducted a book signing tour, and published in magazines. Her book, From Book Signing to Best Seller, won an award from the Bay Area Book Publishers Association: Best Writer's Reference Guide 2001-2002.
  From Book Signing to Best Seller
  Take Charge of Your Life
  101 Ways to Improve Your Communication Skills Instantly
  Kathy O'Fallon is an award-winning fiction and poetry writer. Her work Lost and Found was runner-up in the San Diego Book Awards of 2000 for best unpublished poetry manuscript. O'Fallon has hosted writers' retreats and workshops in the Florida Keys and taught at Stanford University, University of San Diego, and University of California at San Diego. She is a recent transplant to the San Bernardino Mountains.
  Gayle Brandeis shared her valuable insights to the writing process with her award winning book of 2002. (Bellwether Prize) Her meditations and writing exercises challenge writers to really go within. She is coming back to share her newest project.
  The Book of Dead Birds
  Diana Johnson is a historical novelist and direct descendent of the great medieval king, Charlemagne. She is the winner of the BPSC IRWIN Award in Fiction and the Jack London Award for service to the California Writers Club. Her topic will be, "Writing Historically 1,2,3--Research, Organize, Write."
  Destiny's Godchild
  Pepin's Bastard
  Quest for the Crown
  Joyce Spizer is an award-winning author and former private investigator who has sleuthed out the key to successful book sales. Spizer, who writes more than just mystery and true crime, has been a favorite of local and regional writing groups throughout southern California. She is the author of seven books, a two-act musical, and is scheduled to host a television series similar to Unsolved Mysteries. Her talk will focus on how to successfully market published works -and she will be sharing some of her entertaining stories.
  Join best-selling author Steve Hodel as he discusses his book, the Black Dahlia Avenger in the intimate setting of Mill Creek Manor in Big Bear Lake. The "High Tea" dinner is a fundraiser for the Alliance and the Big Bear Valley Friends of the Library. Fee to attend is $40 and is limited to 40 and deadline for reservations is 9/12/03. Books are available for an additional fee. SOLD OUT!
  Join author William Sarabande for an enthralling session on the writing life. Known for his accurate archaeological details, he has the distinction of being a best-selling author on multiple continents, not once--but four times. Sarabande has been is the recipient of many awards, but the biggest surprise to many is that she is also a mountain resident named Joan Cline. Cline sold her first story at the tender age of 17 and is currently working on her 14th book.
  Far Horizon
  Spirit Moon : The First Americans Saga Continues (August 2000)
  Time Beyond Beginning (October 1998)
  Face of the Rising Sun (October 1996)
  Shadow of the Watching Star (May 1995)
  The Edge of the World (December 1993)
  Thunder in the Sky (November 1992)
  Wolves of the Dawn (April 1992)
  The Sacred Stones (October 1991)
  Walkers of the Wind (September 1990)
  Forbidden Land (September 1989)
  Corridor of Storms (June 1988)
  Beyond the Sea of Ice (December 1987)
  David J. Sherman has been writing for more than twenty years. Writing full-time since October 1998, he is an active member of Mystery Writers of America, National Writers Union, Sisters in Crime, Private Eye Writers of America, and the American Crime Writers League. His short stories and poetry have been published in America and abroad. He is coming back to present his second mystery novel.
  The Dark Side
  Skip Press is well known within the Hollywood community. He has never made up his mind as to what he wants to do and so dabbles in film, journalism, television, and websites. You won't want to miss this all day event where he personally shares his experiences to help YOU! His books include: How to Write What You Want & Sell What You Write, The Writer's Guide to Hollywood Producers, Directors and Screenwriting Agents, and the Complete Idiot's Guide to Screenwriting. His screenwriting career course is available in over 700 schools. Take advantage of this day-long seminar. Advance tickets are $150 and include lunch. This event was cancelled due to the speakers scheduling conflict.
  Diana L. Guerrero is one of our own! Join us for the release party for her new book. We will be celebrating the release and she will be signing books! Meet her on Book Tour 2004
  What Animals Can Teach Us About Spirituality (2003)
  Resources for Crisis Management in Zoos & Other Animal Care Facilities
  Dora Levy Mossanen is the author of Harem (Scribner). A graduate of the USC Masters of Professional Writing Program and active writer, her debut novel covers three generations of remarkable women struggling to achieve security respect and independence in ancient Persia. Her exotic and high-spirited style has been described as a cross between Colette and Sir Richard F. Burton. This event was cancelled due to the California Wildfires.