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... coming soon to a town near you

Monday, April 12, 2021

Write Engaging Blog Posts

Thinking about starting a blog, journaling your travels, or need some inspiration for the blog you're already writing? The process starts with identifying your unique way of seeing and putting words on paper. You’ll discover how to keep your words fresh and select the right photos to engage your readers. 

Join us for a three-session online zoom class through Sierra College Community Education in April/May 2021.

Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Start Organizing Your Book Today

PREFACE, INTRODUCTION, FOREWORD....Did you give up on writing a book after the thrill of writing the first 20 pages left you dizzy. Or maybe you got to the end of the story and were too exhausted to assemble the other pieces required to complete your book project.

Spend some time with award-winning author Ingrid Lundquist and learn how to navigate the mysterious land of book parts. She explains the different elements of a book in layman’s terms, shows you what’s important and what’s not, and explains why. 

You’ll get tips to ease you through the writing and assembly of the essential, but non-creative, parts of your book. In the end you’ll no longer be miffed by the book parts – you’ll know how to turn your story into a real book without feeling like you forgot something in the rush to get done.

Four sessions (March 3, 10, 17 24) offered through Sierra College Community Education - see 2021 Tour (to the right)

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Giving Thanks in Turbulent Times


FREE online ZOOM writing workshop focused on finding grace and gratitude while navigating a chaotic world

 Tues., Nov. 24, 4-6pm PST

Writers Giving Thanks

Jennifer Basye Sander,

NY Times Best Selling Author

At this FREE online zoom workshop, former Random House Senior Editor and memoir writing coach Jennifer Basye Sander will help you rid yourself of pandemic negativity and revitalize the desire to write by giving writers freedom to dispel fears and foster optimism. This uplifting writing experience promises to leave you with an open heart, able to recognize and appreciate acts of kindness occurring during the pandemic. 

  Revitalize your desire to write - toss aside negative attitudes

  Modify your thought process - access positive writing energy

  Recognize the sweet spot of your new world experience

  Generate new material to get back into the flow

  Share a creative experience in the company of fellow writers

  Prepare for an unusual holiday season


The Little Book of Christmas Joy: True Holiday Stories to Nourish the Heart     

by Jennifer Basye Sander, 2020

A lovely anthology of 55 short heartwarming holiday stories written by authors from coast-to-coast. Enchiladas, love letters, blind dates, and candle wax all find their way into the stories that will make your 2020 Holiday season sweet and warm like a cup of hot cocoa. 

Available at your local bookstore or online.

Seasons greetings for a hopeful future 

from The Book-in-Hand Roadshow






Saturday, October 5, 2019

Create an Anthology: Turning Special Stories into Gift Books

Learn how to gather your special stories and turn them into a gift book. Compiling an anthology is far easier than you think! 

You'll learn how to capture and organize special moments and memories before they flitter away. As the book compiler, you don’t even have to write all the stories yourself. An anthology can be a fun project for any group, organization, or family.

Topics covered include how to: compile an anthology, select a theme, involve other authors, organize and format the content, and how to launch and distribute the book.

Saturday, September 21, 2019

Letting Pictures Drive the Words: writing travel stories that entice your readers to return

Whether it’s a travel blog, journal or the next great novel, your writing will capture the interest of the reader when the visuals drive the story. 

Join award-winning author and street photographer, Ingrid Lundquist, to learn her method of ‘photo-driven’ storytelling. 

Learn how to build a ‘photo-driven’ story, edit your photos to tell the right story, and then identify information to leave out and information to include to enrich your writing and bring your audience back time-and-again. 

NOTE: This four-hour workshop is taking place on Sat, Oct 5 at the Nevada County Campus of Sierra College in Grass Valley. Open to all levels of interest and experience.

Sunday, September 15, 2019

Miffed by the Book Parts

The very important, but often-ignored-until-the-last-minute, grey area of the book is referred to simply as “the book parts.” These are the free-standing written pieces (introduction, foreword, preface, dedication, index, table of contents, etc.) are combined with your manuscript, graphic design and formatting before your story ever makes it to book-in-hand.

There’s a reason the elements exist and a way to write them to add value to your work. You'll learn important tips on how to write the book parts to your marketing advantage and insider-secrets on hooking different audiences.

Sunday, August 11, 2019

Write Blogs that Entice and Inspire

Looking to enhance your writing? 

Learn to ignite your stories and inspire your readers with fresh vocabulary and photography during this two-day literary workshop featuring lectures, discussions, writing exercises, and oral readings.

Surrounded by breathtaking architectures and art that spans centuries, the Crocker offers the perfect environment to release your inner talents. 

No experience is required. Museum hours 10am-5pm on Sundays. Come early, have lunch in the cafe and check out the galleries.
Free parking on Sundays.