The annual Kanab Writers Conference has a different focus – if you’ll pardon the pun – this year. Not only will there be 26 classes for beginner and experienced writers, but there will be a strand Saturday morning for people who have thought they might like to do a book of their own photographs.

The conference will be held this year on Friday evening, October 28, and all day Saturday, October 29, at Kanab Middle School, 690 South Cowboy Way, Kanab. Because the conference is supported by the City of Kanab, fees for the conference are lower than would be expected for an event of this caliber.

Online registrants will pay $40; registration at the door on Friday evening is $50. People who are interested in the Saturday photography strand only will pay $25. Lunch is included.

Saturday morning’s keynote speaker will be Laura Wilson. Besides being mother to actors Owen and Luke Wilson and actor/director Andrew Wilson, Ms. Wilson is famous in her own right as a photographer and writer. Her work has appeared in such magazines as The New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker, and Vanity Fair. She has won numerous awards for her photo essay books; she has done five since 1989.

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 people who contribute to the magic of movie making.

In addition to giving the keynote address, right after Saturday’s 8 a.m. registration for the conference, Wilson will teach a two-hour master class on how to do a photo book. Because of the boutique nature of the conference, attendees will have the chance to interface with Ms. Wilson in a casual setting. Her website is at

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

There will be classes in craft basics, as well as graphic novels, children’s books, audio books, marketing, self-publishing, and accounting for authors. Check out the website at to see all the classes offered and to register.

Presenters 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. Bookstore hours are Friday, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., and Saturday, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

The public is invited to come and browse. Authors will be available to visit with shoppers and sign their books.