Writers’ Night
Moderated by Jason Hinojosa


March 2, 2022, from 6 – 8 p.m.
Matthews Library, 2636 Latham Drive, Sacramento, CA 95864

On March 2, English teacher and author Jason Hinojosa will moderate a panel discussion on various literary genres and formats including poetry, historical fiction, graphic novels, and historical non-fiction. Adults and high school students fascinated by literature and the writing process can come together to learn from professional writers as they discuss aspects of both craft and career. Authors will discuss their work with the moderator and then answer questions from the audience.

This event is sponsored by the Sacramento Writers’ Workshop

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About the Panel

Moderator Jason Hinojosa

Jason Hinojosa is the author of numerous award-winning short stories and two novels, The Last Lawsons and The Conception of Zachary Muse. In the last decade, Jason has lived and worked in Hong Kong, India, Rwanda, and the United States. He recently completed his MFA in fiction at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, studying with Marilynne Robinson, Ethan Canin, Ayana Mathis, and Paul Harding. His fiction focuses primarily on themes of family, time, sexuality, place, and perspective.  Jason has taught literature and creative writing courses at various levels including university, continuing education, high school, and middle school programs. He currently teaches at Sacramento Country Day School and serves as the High School English Department Chair.

Panelist Shelley Blanton-Stroud

Shelley Blanton-Stroud grew up in Bakersfield, the daughter of Dust Bowl immigrants who made good on their ambition to get out of the field. She recently retired from teaching writing at Sacramento State University and still consults with writers in the energy industry. Shelley co-directs Stories on Stage Sacramento, where actors perform the stories of established and emerging authors, and serves on the advisory board of 916 Ink, an arts-based creative writing nonprofit for children. She has also served on the Writers’ Advisory Board for the Belize Writers’ Conference. Copy Boy is her first Jane Benjamin Novel. Tomboy (She Writes Press 2022) will be her second. The third, Working Girl, will come out in November 2023. Shelley also writes and publishes flash fiction and non-fiction, which can be found at such journals as Brevity and Cleaver. She and her husband live in Sacramento, around the corner from Sacramento Country Day School, with an aging beagle and many photos of their out-of-town sons. 

Panelist William Burg

William Burg is the author of seven books and approximately one hundred articles about Sacramento history, transportation, culture, art, and architecture. He holds a Master of Arts degree in Public History from Sacramento State and currently works as a historian for the California Department of Parks and Recreation. His most recent publications are Midtown Sacramento (2014) and Wicked Sacramento (2019), both published by History Press. He currently lives in midtown Sacramento, and serves as the President of Preservation Sacramento and Sacramento Heritage, Inc.

Panelist Jon Chad

Jon Chad lives in Sacramento, CA, where he is obsessed with giant robots, pinball, and bookmaking. He is the author of numerous graphic novels about science including Leo Geo, Science Comics: Volcanoes, and the illustrator of Science Comics: Solar System. Along with cartoonist Alec Longstreth, Jon Chad created seven issues of the pinball magazine Drop Target Zine. Jon also drew the art package for The Jetsons pinball machine for The Pinball Company and Spooky Pinball.

Panelist Susan Kelly-DeWitt

Sacramento resident Susan Kelly-DeWitt is the inaugural poet in the California Poets Series with her book Gatherer’s Alphabet (February 2022). She is a former Wallace Stegner Fellow and the author of Gravitational Tug (Main Street Rag Publishing, 2020), Spider Season (Cold River Press, 2016), The Fortunate Islands (Marick Press, 2008), and a number of previous small press and online collections. Her work has also appeared in many anthologies, and in print and online journals at home and abroad. Her past professional and writing life includes having been a reviewer for Library Journal, the editor-in-chief of the online journal Perihelion, the Program Director of the Sacramento Poetry Center and the Women’s Wisdom Arts Program, a Poet in the Schools and a Poet in the Prisons, a blogger for Coal Hill Review, and a longtime instructor for the UC Davis Division of Continuing Education. She is currently a member of the National Book Critics Circle, the Northern California Book Reviewers Association and a contributing editor for Poetry Flash. She is also an exhibiting visual artist. For more information, please visit her website at www.susankelly-dewitt.com.