Closet scribblers and published writers alike are registering now for the seventh annual Kanab Writers Conference to be held October 12 and 13, at Kanab High School in scenic Kane County, Utah, near the Arizona/Utah border. This conference is beloved because of its intimate atmosphere and access to presenters, all successful writers.

Pulled together by a committee whose various members reside in Arizona, Utah and Nevada, the Kanab Writers Conference is unique for several reasons.

The first is the setting. Attendees come back year after year to enjoy the creative boost of the splendid red rock surroundings.

Another unique feature of Kanab Writers Conference is the plein air writing experience Friday morning. Attendees hike through a colorful landscape to find a place to perch and write undisturbed.

Friday afternoon is dedicated to a hands-on self-publishing segment. Attendees will each contribute to an anthology and participate in its development from manuscript to a book available on Amazon.

The “regular” part of the conference begins Friday evening. Twenty-three breakout classes cover craft basics, genre, marketing, editing, audiobooks, children’s books, the business of writing and much more. USA best-selling author Elana Johnson, both an indie and traditionally published writer, is the keynote speaker.

Kanab Writers Conference has received funding from the Utah Humanities. The Utah Humanities empowers Utahns to improve their communities through active engagement in the humanities. The conference also received funding from the Kane County Office of Tourism.

For more information, check out the affordable fees and to register for the conference, go to From now until October 3, receive a $25 discount on conference fees by entering the coupon code abrakanabra.

The website has information on area accommodations with hotels and hostels in all price ranges. There are many Airbnb units in the county as well. Attendees are encouraged to secure their housing early, as October is still tourist season in Kanab.