Kathy Boyd Fellure and her daughter,
Jennifer Fellure co-founded Amador Fiction Writers Critique Group in December of 2007. The local newspaper, The Ledger Dispatch, ran an article written by Scott Thomas
Anderson on Wednesday, November 28th stating the new group's goals of writing, critiquing and submitting for publication.There was an overwhelming response from the local community.
The group originally met at the Fellure home in Ione for the first nine months, then moved their bi-monthly meetings to Hein & Co Bookstore in Jackson. Transition and growth eventually relocated AFWCG back to their roots in Ione when Clark's Corner opened for business. More than a coffee house, Clark's offered a platform stage; perfect for future literary reads and wing back chairs with coffee cup ottomans creating an ambiance well suited to inspire future great works of written art.
AFWCG writes in a variety of genres - screen writing, historical, children's picture and board, fantasy, sci-fi, contemporary literary, mystery, romance, young adult, and poetry. The group meets every other Monday evening to critique manuscripts and discuss business. Members attend writers conferences, seminars, workshops and reads to hone their writing skills and keep abreast of the constantly changing writers market. Some of the conference favorites are: Mt. Hermon Christian Writers, Squaw Valley Community of Writers, Redwood Writers Retreat, Christian Writers Guild, Gold Rush Writers Retreat, ACFW and SCBWI.
AFWCG networks with several other California writing groups: Manzanita Press, Writers Unlimited, Willow Glen Writers Group, The Cliff Hangers, Foothill Scribblers aka The Aging Fruitcakes, Sacramento Christian Writers and Inspire Christian Writers.
AFWCG held their first annual literary event, a "Late Winter Read", on March 14 of 2009 at Clark's Corner, to standing room only.Guest reader, author of the newly released novel, The Sacred Well, Antoinette May, made the evening interesting. An "Early Spring Read" is scheduled at Clark's for April 3rd of 2010 ~ featuring our new published author of the children's picture book, No, No, Nanette ~ Annette England Conway. Guest reader, author of The Color of Grace, Tonia Colleen, will also show her art. Pianist, Jake Guidi will open and close the evening. Clark's hosted A Poetry & Prose Read, A Season of Change, on September 10th, 2009, with AFWCG, guest, Scott Thomas Anderson and featuring our very own new children's author - Judy Layne and her book, "Hector's Flight to Friendship".
Our 2nd annual read, An Early Spring Read, was held at Clark's Corner in Ione on April 3rd, 2010 with author/artist, Tonia Colleen Triebwasser as guest reader. Her art was exhibited for sale. Young and talented Jake Guidi was our pianist who sang amazing Italian opera, acappella to close the evening.
A Midsummer Night's Read, AFWCG's 3rd annual literary read is scheduled for June 4th at Clark's Corner at 6 pm. Guest reader to be announced in March. Jake Guidi is returning to play piano and sing for us.
Amador Fiction Writers
March 14 of 2009
Late Winter Read
Featured Guest Reader:
Author of the newly released novel:
The Sacred Well
Photo published in
May 13 of 2009
© Kathy Boyd Fellure
Original AFWCG members: Judy Layne, Jennifer Fellure, Kathy Boyd Fellure,
Annette England Conway, Bo Howard and Victoria Collier. June of 2008 at
Tea Era's in Sutter Creek, California.
Our first social outing as a group to get to
know each other better, no manuscripts
allowed! Tea Era's in Sutter Creek, California.
The first holiday event was held at my home. I thought it would be nice to alternate hosting at eachother's homes so everyone has an opportunity to share their talents and hospitality.
Autumn Tea at Kathy's home in Ione, November of 2008.
Our first annual winter holiday celebration.
New members; April Quist, Lisa Lucke and Betty Weatherby taking the photo,
with original members - Kathy Boyd Fellure, Victoria Collier, Judy Layne and Annette Conway.
Inspire Writers Tri-Group Press Card, Photo Shoot and Luncheon event, held at Beth Thompson's home in Elk Grove, California. L to R: Beth Thompson, Denise Aspinall, Nanci Ann Ralph, Judy Layne, Kathy Boyd Fellure, Stephen A. Holmes & Betty Weatherby. Sacramento Christian Writers & Amador Fiction Writers Critique Group, participated. Not pictured: Leslie Vasquez & Melissa Holmes Beeson.
SCW's Dana Sudborough clowning around
with AFWCG's, Betty Weatherby.
Appetizer Merrymaking Christmas Party, December of 2009, at Annette England Conway's
home in Jackson. We ate, drank and were merry, had a book exchange and played,
"Book Thieves". L to R:back row: Nanci Ann Ralph, April Quist, Kathy Boyd Fellure,
Judy Layne, Annette Conway. Front row: Betty Weatherby & Jo Sarti.
Scott Thomas Anderson arrived a little too early to be in the picture.
2010 Christmas dinner at Betty Ruth Weatherby's clubhouse in Jackson.
2010 Summer Social at Jo Sarti's home. Time to relax and share.
Kathy's Contract Signing Roast & our mascot ~ Mr. Smiley.
2011 AFWCG Summer Social at Judy & Nanci's
Judy & Nanci Scott, John, Nanci & Judy
Jo Sarti & Scott
Judy & Kathy
A Bleating Goat Greeting
2012 Summer Social - August 11, Rancho Murieta
at the home of John & Anne Clewett
Kathy & hubby, Joe are in a very good mood!
Our host John prepared the salmon with a pesto sauce.
Playing the game of the month of August trivia that John created for fun. We had to follow a path and try to figure out the answers to questions he looked up that had either a literary or historical bent. Not so easy but loads of fun. And nobody kept score but we still got cool booby prizes!
Way to go, John!
John giving us the answers to "test".
There were, no high scores.
2012 Press release photo shoot by Vince Murdock of
December of 2012 ~ Annual Christmas dinner and Book Thievery
Our hostess, Betty Ruth at the Highland Clubhouse.
Kathy & Jo dressed in shades of red.
Let the book thievery begin!
Cecil ready to carve the roast chicken! She looks just a tad bit too eager with that knife!
Betty and her granddaughter, Lizzy set the buffet for everyone.
The food wad delicious, as usual.
The company was delightful and Cecil made the game an adventure in hilarity.
This was out first welcome event for Tom and Kitty Haspel.
Enjoyed Donna's husband, Jerry joining us for the evening.
Kathy's hubby Joe made the night interesting ~ stealing books from sweet little elderly ladies.
Kathy baked our traditional wild rice, spinach and mushroom casserole.
John brought yummy pies.
And no critiquing!