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Southern Utah News Front Page: October 11, 2018

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Do you love words? Try Kanab Writers Conference

Author Elana Johnson is the keynote speaker at the Kanab Writer’s Conference this weekend in Kanab.


Do you love a good pun? Do you admire a nicely turned phrase? Do you dream in narrative? If so, you may be a writer-in-embryo, and you should think about attending the Kanab Writers Conference, held this Friday and Saturday at the Kanab City Library and at Kanab High School.

Closet scribblers and published writers alike are gearing up for the seventh annual conference – beloved because of its intimate atmosphere and access to presenters, all successful writers. Also, because it is funded in part by the Kane County Office of Tourism and Utah Humanities, it costs a lot less than a conference of comparable caliber elsewhere.

There will be a public lecture at the library Thursday evening at 7 p.m. by Dr. Ron Shook, an authority on racing at the Bonneville Salt Flats. There will be a bookstore set up featuring books by conference presenters and attendees, and the public is invited to attend the lecture and browse the bookstore.

The conference itself begins Friday morning with an optional hike and plein air writing experience led by Raven Chiong. All those interested are to meet at the Office of Tourism building at 8 a.m. sharp.

Hikers will join people who are interested in the self-publishing process at the library at noon on Friday for lunch and then a hands-on experience designed to prove, “Yes, I can self-publish a book!”

Presenters, attendees and the bookstore will move to the high school at 5 p.m. for registration, supper, and the beginning of the ‘conference’ part of the program. There will be a welcome session and two breakout sessions of four classes each on Friday evening.

Saturday morning’s session begins at 8 a.m. with Keynote Elana Johnson speaking on “There is a Door for You.” A speculative fiction author and USA Today bestseller under the name Elana Johnson and an inspirational adult romance author under the pen name of Liz Isaacson, her work includes the young adult dystopian romance series Possession, published by Simon Pulse (Simon & Schuster), Elevated, the Elemental series, the Songs of Life fantasy series, the Redwood Bay romance series, and the #1 bestselling Three Rivers Ranch Romance series. Learn more at

The rest of Saturday will be filled with 16 more breakout classes, networking, and browsing the bookstore.

To find out more information, check out the affordable fees, and register for the conference, go to the website at

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