Writers of the Purple Sage, one of Utah’s most prestigious emerging writing retreats, will convene in Kanab, starting at 7 p.m. on Friday, October 19, and 8 a.m. on Saturday, October 20. 

This year’s writing retreat covers a broad array of literary genres presented by the Center for Education, Business, and the Arts (CEBA), in conjunction with the Utah Humanities Council Book Festival, which is happening throughout Utah during the month of October.

Topics for the Purple Sage Writer’s Retreat include lessons from experienced Utah writers, self-publishing, e-books, compelling writing, working with an editor, on-the-spot creative writing instruction, and resources for Utah writers. 

“The topics being addressed by this year’s line-up of speakers is simply as good as it gets, and the experience based retreat has become one of CEBA’s signature functions,” explained Kelly Stowell, CEBA Executive Director. Stowell also remarked, “the event is one way we are fostering and providing educational opportunities to sharpen and update our written language skills through community collaboration right here in Kanab.”

Keynote speakers for the retreat include authors Max Werner, Logan Hebner, Sr., Stephen Armstrong, Jana Richman, and a group presentation from Writers Cubed. The event begins on Friday, October 19, with an evening reception and book presentation by Max Werner, a featured speaker from the Authors on Main Street (AMS) program from the Utah Humanities Council. The AMS is designed for groups and organizations to host Utah authors to engage readers through dialogue and discussion about the ideas raised in the author’s books. 

On Saturday, October 20, breakout sessions of the day address ways to improve communication skills through the literary arts, with seminars devoted to learning how the featured speakers became successful in their literary craft. In addition, presenters will discuss important topics such as working with an editor, and resources available to help writers succeed in Utah, with David Pace, literary director of the Utah Division of Arts and Museums. Writers Cubed, founders of the Teen Author Boot Camp, will teach how writing can work for you in: corporate freelancing, blogging/marketing, and traditional/independent publishing.