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Indigo Moor, Erika Mailman, and Sally Kaplan are delighted to announce we have partnered to create Open Page Writers. Open Page Writers provides a series of mostly-monthly, Second Saturdays virtual offerings, which include workshops, interviews, panels and author presentations — and sometimes bonus events within the month. Writers of all levels and backgrounds are welcome. Open Page Writers is an inclusive, uplifting haven of literary encouragement. We welcome participants of any race, ethnicity, nationality, gender, gender expression, sexual orientation, religion, age, or disability.

If circumstances allow, we hope to provide an in-person writers conference in northern California in Fall 2021, the first of an annual celebratory series. Stay tuned for more about these exciting new developments!

Visit, like and share Open Page Writers Facebook page for updates.



Sally Kaplan enjoys a background in film and television writing and producing. She served as Director of Gold Rush Writers Conference from 2016-2020. She is thrilled to join forces with co-directors Erika Mailman and Indigo Moor to create Open Page Writers.

In addition to writing/directing prize-winning short screenplays, her prose appears in Changing Course: Women's Inspiring Stories of Menopause, Midlife, and Moving Forward as well as in publications by International Documentary Association and the Desert Report.

A gifted teacher, Kaplan has offered courses at NYU, UCLA, University of Colorado, Naropa Institute as well as locally in Gold Country, California, where she resides. Kaplan and her husband David Vassar own a documentary production company, Backcountry Pictures:



Poet Laureate Emeritus of Sacramento, Indigo Moor's fourth book of poetry Everybody's Jonesin' for Something, took second place in the University of Nebraska Press' Backwater Prize and will be published spring 2021. His second book, Through the Stonecutter's Window, won Northwestern University Press's Cave Canem prize. His first and third books, Tap-Root and In the Room of Thirsts & Hungers, were both part of Main Street Rag's Editor's Select Poetry Series.

In addition to poetry, Indigo has produced award-winning plays, short fiction, and essays. His stage-turned-screenplay Live! at the Excelsior was optioned as a full-length film. He is an established presenter and instructor at Gold Rush Writers Conference, a former teacher at the Stonecoast MFA Program, and a Cave Canem fellow. Indigo sits on the advisory board for both the Modesto Stanislaus Poetry Center and the Sacramento Poetry Center. A 10-year veteran of the US Navy and a twice-decorated Gulf War Veteran, Indigo divides his time between writing, teaching, and Integrated Circuit Layout Engineering for computer companies. 


Erika Mailman is the author of The Witch's Trinity, a San Francisco Chronicle Notable Book; Woman of Ill Fame, nominated for a Pushcart Press Editor's Book Award; and The Murderer's Maid:   a Lizzie Borden Novel, which won an IPPY gold medal in historical fiction and was a National Indie Excellence winner. She holds an MFA in poetry from the University of Arizona and has been a Yaddo fellow and Bram Stoker Award finalist. Under the pen name Lynn Carthage, her young adult trilogy includes Haunted, Betrayed and Avenged. Her nonfiction has been published in the Washington Post, Smithsonian, Rolling Stone, Lit Hub, Fodor's, and more.


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