June 9, 2013

Wyoming Writers Annual Conference

I got no volunteers for Wyoming this year—a hint to those Wyoming residents involved in the progress of writing—so I improvised finding this notice in one of my groups and found it of interest. 
As a neighbor to Wyoming, and personally fond Laramie Peak and Devils Tower—oh, and Hell’s Half Acre and Ayers Bridge—and let’s not leave out one of my favorites, Yellowstone National Park, I enjoy a visit to this unique state occasionally.  My publisher, www.whiskeycreekpress.com is based in Casper, Wyoming and I’ve heard somewhere in that lovely town is an ice cream parlor not to be missed.  Next time I’m through that city, I’m finding it. 

It’s late for this year’s conference as it ends today but mark the main page for next year.  www.wyowriters.org

The Wyoming Writers, Inc., Annual Conference will be held from June 7 through June 9 at the Hilton Garden Inn & UW Conference Center in Laramie, Wyoming. 

The conference features workshops in fiction, poetry, short stories, children’s fiction, and nonfiction.  Participants include award-winning novelist Margaret Coel, award-winning children’s author Eugene Gagliano, poet and essayist Rick Kempa, short-story writer Michael Shay, and editor-historian-nonfiction author Tom Rea.  Agent Katharine Sands, with the Sarah Jane Freymann Literary Agency in New York and Sandra Bond of the Bond Literary Agency in Denver, will each present one workshop and accept pitch sessions throughout the conference.  Award-winning editor and wildlife journalist Chris Madson will present the Friday evening program. The conference begins at 2:15 p.m. June 7 with roundtables and pitch sessions.  A bookstore and open mike will also be available. 

Lodging at the conference hotel is available for $105 per night.  Registration is first come, first served. Early-bird registration (postmark May 10) $160/nonmember $195; late registration $185/nonmember $215.  Regular membership $35, student $10.  Early registration guarantees the discounted prices.  Registration includes Saturday
breakfast, lunch, and dinner, as well as Sunday breakfast, all breaks, workshops, and conference events.  One-day registration, Saturday-only for $150, includes only Saturday’s events.  Meal tickets for guests not registered for the conference (a spouse or child, for example) must be purchased separately by June 3rd, or a 30% surcharge by the hotel will be added for each meal. Conference registration will be available at the door, but hotel meals cannot be guaranteed and the surcharge will apply.

This conference is supported in part by a grant from the Wyoming Arts Council, through funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, and by the Albany County (Wyoming) Tourist Board.  Please visit the
WW, Inc., website for more information: www.wyowriters.org .  Wyoming Writers Inc., P.O. Box 999, Sundance, WY 82729-0999.
(pictures provided by author/natronacounty-wy.gov/convercounty.org)


  1. Never been to Wyoming...except in the movies...most namely Close Encounters of the Third Kind. Looks like Wyoming is noted for its outstanding scenery.

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  2. Wow! I've been to Wyoming twice and want to go back again. The first time, my husband and I spent three days in and around Yellowstone. He went horseback riding at the Cody ranch while I wrote and sent pictures back home. On the second trip, we stayed on a dude ranch for a week, my husband going up into the high elevations to elk hunt while I explored and wrote. Quite a change from North Carolina. The Rockies are so majestic!


  3. Wyoming is one of the most beautiful and wild states in the US. I've traveled through the state and I was so impressed by its openess and gorgeous landscape.


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