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Keynote Speaker, Charlotte Hinger
Workshop Presenters
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2008 Youth Writing Contest Results
2008 Literary Contest Results
2008 Awards of Merit
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Come West and Go Wild with Words “Come West and Go Wild   With Words”
    2008 KAC Convention
      October 3, 4, and 5, 2008 at the
      Dodge House Hotel & Convention Center
      2408 West Wyatt Earp, Dodge City, KS




2008 Book Awards:
   • J. Donald Coffin Memorial Book Award: Targets of Rage by Sam Pierson
   • Nelson Poetry Book Award: The Uni Verse by Tom Mach
   • Kansas History Book Award: The Best Ever: A centennial celebration in Montgomery
           County, Kansas
by Richard P. Tanos

Charlotte Hinger    Charlotte Hinger grew up on a farm in Lone Elm, Kansas. She spent her childhood listening to the world-class story-tellers and natural born liars who populated this tiny community. Her father influenced her life-long interest in Kansas history, and her mother's matchless insight in people's motivations set the stage for her bent toward writing mystery stories.
     Charlotte attended Kansas State University before marrying Don Hinger. They have three daughters. She recently acquired a master's degree in history from Fort Hays State University. Her thesis was "African American Activists: The Pioneer Politicians of Nicodemus, Kansas, 1877-1880." She has completed a novel on Nicodemus, Kansas and is expanding her thesis for submission to a university press.
     After publishing several short stories in national magazines, and editing a two volume county history she completed her first novel, Come Spring. It was published in hardcover by Simon and Schuster, Warner Books in paperback, condensed by Reader's Digest and published in UK and Norway. Come Spring won the Medicine Pipe Bearer's Award in the Spur Award Competition sponsored by Western Writer's of America (WWA). She subsequently published a number of mystery short stories and articles. Her short story, "The Family Rose," first published in the Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine was later included in two anthologies, Murder to Music and Death on the Verandah.
     Charlotte lives with her husband outside of Hoxie, Kansas, a town that is peculiarly well-suited to the writing life. It has fabulous internet service and few distractions.
     Charlotte will be speaking on historical writing and mystery writing. Visit her web site.

Workshop Presenters:
Allen D. Bailey – Local Trademark
Prem Bajaj – Letters to the Editor
Amy Becker – Approaching Writing as a Sport
Eunice Boeve – Children’s Writing
Charlotte Hinger – History, Mystery
Jane Holwerda – Poetry; Creativity
Gary Kraisinger – Historical Cattle Trails
Charlene Scott – How to Write Witty
Mark Simmons – Science Fiction Writing

2008 KAC Convention Schedule:

FRIDAY, Oct. 3
2 p.m.
2 p.m.
6:30- 8:30 p.m.
7 p.m.
8 p.m.
Hospitality Area open
Early registration
Book Rm/Silent Auction check-in
Youth Contest Awards
Read-Around, 3-minute limit per reader
8:30 – 9:30 a.m.
8:30-10 a.m.
8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
10 - 11 a.m.

10:30 a.m.
11 a.m. -1:30 p.m..
1:30 – 2:30 p.m..

2:45 – 3:45 p.m.

4-5 p.m.
6 p.m.

8-10 p.m.
State Board Meeting
Book Rm/Silent Auction check-in
Workshop Block One
  • Charlotte Hinger — History
  • Amy Becker — Approaching Writing as a Sport
  • Prem Bajaj — Writing Letters to the Editor
Book Rm/Silent Auction open
Lunch on your own .
Workshop Block Two.
  • Gary Kraisinger — Historic Cattle Trails
  • Jane Holwerda — Creativity
  • Charlene Scott — Newspaper Writing
Workshop Block Three
  • Charlotte Hinger — Mystery
  • Jane Holwerda —Poetry
  • Eunice Boeve — Children's Writing
Entertainment by Allen D. Bailey, Dodge City Marshal
Awards Banquet:
    Keynote Address — Charlotte Hinger
    Presentation of Book Awards
    and Service Awards
Read Around
SUNDAY, Oct. 5
8-10 a.m.
8-9 a.m.

10-11 a.m.
9:15 - 10:15 a.m.
10:30 - 11:30 a.m.

Worship/Meditation -- Pastor Andrew Becker
     Rosemary Time Don Pady, KAC Archivist
Book Rm check out
General Business Meeting (All members)
Workshop Block Four
  • Small Publishers Panel, Multiple Contributors
  • Mark Simmons — Science Fiction
Noon Luncheon .
    KAC Writing Contest Awards
    Poetry/Prose Contest managers
    Karnowski Youth Poetry Awards William J. Karnowski
    Invitation to Convention 2009-- District 1 Members

2008 KAC Merit Award Results:
See also: Photos of honorees

  • Service Award: Tracy Million Simmons, District 2 , Emporia.
    Tracy, is a dedicated, unpretentious KAC member who assumed the position of our Yearbook Editor in recent years. As everyone knows, this position is a very time consuming, detail orientated job and Tracy has fulfilled this responsibility, adding her own unique touches, in a manner which bring her well deserved, unending compliments. We also have Tracy to thank for suggesting and creating our KAC State Board global e-mail, for which we are grateful because it makes our jobs so much easier. In addition, Tracy was one of the several who stepped up and assisted in issuing a much needed KAC State Newsletter prior to our 2007 convention when our Newsletter Editor was ill and unable to perform her duties. —presented by Joann Williams, KAC State President
  • Service Award: William J. Karnowski, District 4 , Wamego.
    Bill has created and manages Karnowski Youth Poetry Contest and past District IV President and has published several books of poetry. —presented by Sandra Detrixhe, 2008 New Members chair
  • Service Award: Tom Mach, District 2, Lawrence.
    Tom had numerous nominations so presenter will give a summary of his talents and service. He was a leader of our club as Board Secretary, District President of District II, presenter classes to for conventions and many other functions as per nomination forms. —presented by Susie Nightingale, District 2
  • Achievement Award: Ralph Allen, District 5, Wichita.
    Ralph Allen is a long time member of KAC. His first book was published in 1977. From that time to present, he has had three books published. Approximately forty short stories, fifty poems and numerous articles---- his accomplishments are varied with many awards received with great recognition as listed by the nominator Glenn Fisher. —presented by Virginia Hayes, District 5 President
  • Achievement Award: Lenore Stumpf, District 4, Axtell.
    LeNore joined KAC in 1986 as a member in D 1 and in 1990 transferred to D 4 she lived in numerous states and overseas as her husband was in the service making her experiences varied to make a writing career colorful as a columnist and author of four published books, the last one, “Bits of Wisdom” just out in the market. —presented by Cynthia Ross, District 5
  • Special Accomplishment Award: Margie Marang, District 3 , Coffeyville.
    Margie had been a member of KAC for about 25 years, her forte is poetry and she always fulfills the Night Writers assignments by putting into the form of a poem. Fellow members stand in awe of her ability to see poetry in common things. Being a sharing person she gives of her time and love of poetry to students in any classroom to which she is invited. She rarely misses a meeting and most importantly, she is always ready to volunteer for anything such as supplying goodie bags to our district meetings. Being over 80 years of age and continues to help out, she is “Mrs. Hospitality!” —presented by Ursula Turner, District 3 President

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2006 Literary Contest Results

KAC Convention 2005 —Coffeyville
2005 Literary Contest Results

KAC Centennial Convention 2004 —Topeka
2004 Literary Contest Results

KAC Convention 2003 —Emporia
2003 Literary Contest Results

KAC Convention 2002 —Hutchinson
2002 Literary Contest Results

J. Donald Coffin Award
Ferguson Kansas History Book Award
Nelson Poetry Award

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