I always wanted to see a Writers Workshop with successful writers teaching those aspiring writers. And, Writers Unlimited, under the guidance of Monica Rose, made it happen this weekend at the Native Son's Hall.
Glen has a new book out, River Of Skulls.
Over the years, Glen has portrayed, quite humorously, a couple of the characters he has written ballads about, notably Black Bart, the bandit. He writes ballads about contemporary characters as well. For instance a bunch of guys were hanging out at the Murphys Hotel. A guy comes in with a nice gold nugget and plops it in his beer glass and it passes from one hand to another for everyone to gaze and gawk. One guy decides to chug-a-lug the beer and the nugget. Then all hell broke loose. His ballad tells the full story in verse.
Or the ballad about the rancher from Valley Springs who got arrested for "Drunk Riding" when he left the bar drunk on his horse. Was he driving? He claimed the horse knew the way, he didn't have to drive him.
The Writers Unlimited, for locals who may want to join, writers meet at 6:30 p.m. at the Calaveras County Arts Council Offices in San Andreas, on the 2nd and 4th Mondays. Writers collectively publish their work in a book called Manzanita. A website for Manzanita is: http://manzanitacalifornia.org
As for things to do in the Mother Lode? I attended the symposium to anchor a CCTV local Public Access Station's video of the symposium. One never lacks for something to do in the Mother Lode.