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Southern Utah News Front Page: October 26, 2016

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Welcome to the Kanab Writer''s Conference

The annual Kanab Writers Conference is this Friday, October 28, 6-9:30 p.m., and Saturday, October 29, 8 a.m., to 3:30 p.m., at the Kanab Middle School. A myriad of courses in writing, photography, craft basics, graphic novels, children’s books, audio books, self-publishing, and accounting for authors will be available at this exciting and inspiring event. Registration is available online for $40, or at the door the day of the event for $50.

The 2016 event keynote speaker is Laura Wilson, an award-winning Texas based photographer and writer. She has published several acclaimed photo essay books and her work has appeared in such magazines as the New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker, Vanity Fair and GQ Magazine.

Wilson is currently working on two projects. “Writers” will become a book and exhibition for the Ransom Center at the University of Texas. It documents 35 distinguished writers who will have a lasting literary legacy. “Making Movies” documents directors, cinematographers, actors, and all those who contribute to the magic of movie making.

“A great program is planned and we are excited for Laura to join us in Kanab,” said Kelly Stowell, Center for Education, Business, and the Arts (CEBA) Director. “Laura is incredibly talented and this year’s program is one not to miss,” added Stowell.

In addition to Wilson’s keynote presentation, she will teach a two-hour master class on how to create a photo book. Participants will have the opportunity to interface with her in a casual setting.

Other presenters at the conference include Liz Adair, C. David Belt, Laura Bingham, Rebecca Blevins, Shanae Branham, Steven J. Clark, Raven Chiong, Betty Colston, Valerie J. O. Gardner, Jared Garrett, Kevin Grew, Annette Lyon, Rod Miller, Janette Rallison and Austin Soderquist.

Speakers and local writers attending the conference will have their books for sale in the conference bookstore located just inside the main door of Kanab Middle School. The public is invited to come browse the shop and authors will be on hand to sign books.

To register, view conference times, and for more general information, visit For more information about Laura Wilson, visit

Sponsors of the event include Kane County, Kanab City, Mormon Pioneer National Heritage Area, Southwest Applied Technology College, Utah Division of Arts and Museums, Red Rock Writers, Kanab Arts Council and CEBA.

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