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“Our Life Stories” Writers’ Conference

Conference participants listen to keynote speaker

The Our Life Stories is sponsored by the City of Sacramento’s Ethel MacLeod Hart Senior Center and Cosumnes River College. Due to Coronavirus, we are rescheduling our annual “Our Life Stories” cross-generational writers’ conference to April 17, 2021.

For those who have already registered for this year’s conference, refunds will be made soon. If paid by check, a refund check will be mailed to you. If paid by credit card, a credit will be provided back to that same card.

Although the 2020 Our Life Stories writing conference has been rescheduled to April 17, 2021, the following links to websites, blogs, and podcasts might be of interest to you and inspire you to continue writing. Some of these sites were recommended by two of the scheduled presenters for the 2020 conference as well as the Davis, CA poet laureate.

Emily Bond, librarian at CRC, suggests these podcasts from Apple Podcasts:
The Penguin Podcast;  Writer's Who Don't Write;  Grammar Girl Podcast;  I Should Be Writing;  Family Tree Podcast; and Genealogy Gems Podcast.

Dale Flynn, a retired English professor at UCD and a master gardener, recommends these sites on garden writing:
Julie Zickefoose, http://juliezickefoose.blogspot.com
Margaret Roach,
Marlene Simon, https://simonsaysgardening.wordpress.com

James Lee Jobe, Davis Poet Laureate, has a blog for poems. Yolo County is name of the blog, and you can find it at Or you can mail poems to  Put "Poems" in the subject line. He says, send poems on "any topic, but family friendly, please." You may include a one-sentence bio if you want.

You can also Google memoir writing and you will find numerous sources. A word of caution here: avoid the sites that are ads, and be wary of any site wanting you to send money. You might begin with this page: 4 Helpful Websites for Writing Memoir. These four sites seem helpful and legitimate. Top 10 Memoir Blogs & Websites to Follow in 2020 is another site you might want to investigate.

We hope you will find some of these sites useful. We encourage you to continue writing, perhaps even explore genres you haven't tried before.

Thank you for your understanding; stay home and stay well!


Our Life Stories Planning Committee