This week-end, the Kansas Authors Club State Convention is being held in Salina, Kansas at the Ramada Inn. On Saturday, there will be workshops covering several areas of writing.
To promote interest by younger writers, the planning committee made a decision to allow all college students with a valid ID to attend the Saturday sessions for free. What a great deal!
The workshops begin at 10 a.m and run through 3:45 p.m. The convention theme is "Encouraging Words" and that's exactly what those attending will receive from the following presenters:
Judy Entz In the Know Concerning Self-Publishing
Kevin Rabas Writing Flash Fiction and Narrative Poems
Jim Hoy Serendipity, the Writer's Best Friend & Finding Gold in the Flint Hills Or Wherever
Ann Zimmerman Songwriting Should Not Be Left To The Pros
Mark Bouton Let's Write A Novel
Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg These are the Materials: the Transformative Power of Fiction
Nancy Julien Kopp Creative Nonfiction & Writing for Anthologies
It's a good line-up with varied topics. Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg is the Poet Laureate of Kansas. I find it interesting that she also has a recently published novel (The Divorce Girl) to her credit.
I hope area students will take advantage of this offer. All the presenters are published or work in the publishing world. What a tremendous opportunity to learn more about the writing world and all for free.
Anyone not a college student can still show up on Saturday morning and pay the registration fee to attend the workshops, the Saturday evening banquet, the Sunday morning panel discussion and wards luncheon.