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Southern Utah News Front Page: October 22, 2014

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Kanab Writers Conference this weekend at Kanab Middle School

The Kanab Writers Conference begins this Friday, October 24, at 7 p.m. at Kanab Middle School and continues all day Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The charge for thE conference is $40 if you register online at It will be $50 if you pay at the door.

“It’s a bargain either way,” conference chairman Liz Adair says. “A conference of this caliber would cost at least three times that in another location. And, in another location, you wouldn’t have the beautiful red rock scenery. It’s a win all the way around.”

Teachers attending the conference can earn 10 recertification hours from Southwest Applied Technology College.

Friday’s keynote is by Dr. Don D. Fowler and Dr. Kay Fowler, professor’s emeriti of University of Nevada at Reno, who will speak about the archaeological and anthropological research done in the Glen Canyon area prior to the formation of Lake Powell. Dr. Don D. Fowler wrote a memoir of his time participating in some of that research, and that book, The Glen Canyon Country, will be on sale at the conference bookstore.

The Friday keynote is free to the public. The Fowlers will be in the bookstore afterward to visit with the public, and Dr. Don D. Fowler will be glad to sign copies of his book.

There will be one breakout session after the Friday keynote for people attending the writers conference. The conference will then resume Saturday morning at 8 a.m. with the keynote at 8:30 a.m.

Saturday’s keynote is award-winning novelist J. Scott Savage, author of 13 published novels. He has presented at over 50 writers conferences and taught dozens of writing classes. Savage also has been very successful at writing middle grade fiction and will teach a breakout class on that genre.

In addition to the two keynotes, Janette Rallison, Angie Lofthouse, Michael Young, Marsha Ward, Rod Miller, Ron Shook, Amanda Sowards, Marily Richardson, Liz Adair, Carla Kelly, Raven Chiong and Tanya Parker Mills will teach breakout classes.

“Our lineup is topnotch,” Adair says. “Among the fiction presenters we have four Spur Awards, two Rita Awards, four Whitney Awards and three Whitney finalists. On top of that, we feed you lunch.”

Adair also notes that the Kanab Writers Conference likes to include an element of scholarly or nonfiction writing. “We want to provide something for teachers who come for recertification who aren’t interested in writing fiction. This year, we have the Fowlers doing a class on scholarly research, a class on the essay, one on memoir, and one on writing as a spiritual practice.” She adds that those interested can find out about the schedule and presenters at the web site:

The bookstore will feature the published works of presenters and attendees, and authors will be on hand during the day to sign books. Located in the main corridor of Kanab Middle School, the bookstore is open to the public during all hours of the conference.

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