Keynote Speaker, Max McCoy
Workshop Presenters
Program Schedule

2009 Youth Writing Contest Winners
2009 Writing Contest Winners
2009 Awards of Merit
2009 Membership Awards
2009 Book Awards
2009 Convention Photos

Writing Is a Capital Idea, 2009 Kansas Authors Club Convention, Topeka, Kansas

After the Youth Awards presentation on
Friday evening, October 16, we sponsored a
Flashlight Tour of the Kansas State Capitol

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  • Service Award—
    Maryann Barry , District 2 , Bucyrus: Active D2 Member, 2 years as state assistant recording secretary and current state secretary. 2010 Convention Planner. Musician and Song Writer.
  • Service Award—
    Evie Green, District 1, Topeka: Active D1 Member. District Vice President and Program Manager/Coordinator. Past Youth Contest Manger. Advocate for Youth Service Programs.
  • Special Recognition—
    Carol Yoho, District 1, Topeka: Electronic Face of KAC. Mapping Kansas Literature Website. Visible, outspoken and enthusiastic representative of KAC.

See also: photos of 2009 Awards of Merit winners


10 Years Membership
Eunice Boeve, D6
Ivan Pfalser, D3
Ursula Turner, D3
Joann Williams, D2

15 Years Membership
Ralph Allen, D5
Barbara Curry, D2
Leslie Gentry, D6
Marie Marshall, D2
Gail Martin, D5
Cynthia Ross, D5
Rosemary Torrez, D1
James Yoder, D5
Max Yoho, D1

20+ Years Membership
Lily Angle, D5
Betty Berney, D6
Evelyn Boal, D5
Ralph Dagenais, D5
Sandra Detrixhe, D4
Pauline Fecht, D7
Marjorie Gentry, D6
Fred Haney, D5
Lorena Joyce Herrmann, D7
Sharon Kidwell, D6
Robert Lawson, D1
Margie Marang, D3
Anne Mart, D6
Raymond Nelson, D5
Elizabeth Nichols, D1
Frankie Roland, D3
Doris Schroeder, D6
Margaret Shauers, D6
LeNore Stumpf, D4
Ruth Stunz, D5
Madeline Cowell, D1
Betty Foster, D5
Jack Fredericks, D1
Gwendolen Funston, D1
Jean Jackson, D2
Robert Lawson, D1
Trudy McFarland, D1
Phil Morris, D1
Elizabeth Nichols, D1
George Paris, D1
Rosemary Torrez, D1


See also: photos of 2009 Book Awards Ceremony and 2009 Book Awards Reviews

Max McCoy, 2009 Kansas Authors Club keynote speaker   Max McCoy is an award-winning novelist, screenwriter, and investigative reporter.
    Born in Baxter Springs, Max is a life long resident of Kansas, yet travels frequently to do research and attend speaking engagements. Kansas and Missouri tend to figure heavily in his novels.
   McCoy's recent work includes I, Quantrill, Hellfire Canyon, A Breed Apart, Indian Jones and the Secret of the Pheonix, The Moon Pool, and Into the West, a novelization of the Stephan Spielberg epic television miniseries.
   The Moon Pool is also a screenplay that was first optioned to a Hollywood production company. In addition, McCoy is an independent filmmaker, and Spoils of War, a short film is based on his award-winning stories.
   McCoy has won first place investigative reporting awards from the Associated Press for The Killing Season, a story about a pair of missing teen-aged girls from rural Oklahoma, a double murder, and a serial killer on Texas Death Row. The year before, he won first place awards for Ordained by Hate, an investigation into white supremacists in the Ozarks and the Christian Identity movement, which holds that Anglo-Saxons are the true chosen people of the Bible. Both pieces were published as special sections in the Joplin (Missouri) Globe, in a competition including investigations by the Kansas City Star and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
   Jesse: A Novel of the Outlaw Jesse James, was noted for its offbeat take on the mythic outlaw – who survives the assassin’s bullet and lives to tell his story to Mark Twain. Jesse was a named a finalist for Best Original Paperback by the Western Writers of America.
   In 1992, McCoy won the 1992 Medicine Pipe Bearer’s Award for Best First Novel from the Western Writers of America for The Sixth Rider, a novel about the 1892 Dalton raid on Coffeyville's banks. Other westerns include Sons of Fire, Home to Texas, and The Wild Rider. All were published by Doubleday or Bantam.
   As an investigative writer, McCoy has written hundreds of freelance magazine and newspaper stories, many under the pseudonym of Rheuben Buckner. The magazines he’s written for include The Wilson Quarterly, Fortean Times, Front Page Detective, American Photographer, and others. McCoy won a fellowship at the National Institute for Computer Assisted Reporting (NICAR) at the University of Missouri, Columbia.
   In 1986, McCoy was the recipient of the Hibakusha Travel Grant, funded by a consortium of Japanese and American newspapers, to travel to Japan and spend six weeks interviewing survivors of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The result was a series of reports and a photo essay entitled "Ghosts."
   McCoy has an MA in English from Emporia State University and a BA in Communication from Pittsburg State University. He’s a member of the Western Writers of America and the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America. He regularly speaks at writers conferences across the country. McCoy currently He teaches journalism at Emporia State University. Visit his web site.
Workshop Presenters:

Max McCoy, Novelist/Journalist, Emporia State U.
    Keynote –– "The Seven Secrets of Writing Well"
    Workshop ––"The Hero's Journey "
Thomas Fox Averill, Author & Writer in Residence, Washburn University
    Workshop –– "A Novel Process: writing, agents, editors & book tours"
Barbara Baldwin, Author of poems, fiction and non-fiction
    Panel—"Ways to Get Published"
Mark Bouton, Mystery/suspense novelist
    Workshop –– "Jump-start Your Fiction with a Hook"
Lisa Harkrader, Children's author
    Workshop —"Writing for the Kid Within"
Angela Johnson, Historical Romance
    Workshop ––"A Romance Writer's Journey: From First Draft To Publication"
Denise Low, Kansas Poet Laureate
    Workshop –– "Publishing Poetry: Start Local, Go Global"
T. Dawn Richard, Mystery novelist
    Workshop –– "Using Humor in Your Fiction"
    Luncheon ––"Making the Most of Your Writing Lifestyle"

2009 KAC Convention Schedule:

FRIDAY, Oct. 16
from 2 p.m.
from 3 p.m.
6:30- 8:30 p.m.
7 p.m.
8 p.m.
8 p.m.
Registration Desk, Early convention check-in
Shawnee Room C, Hospitality Area open (Coffee, Decaf, Soft Drinks, Water
Homestead Room, Book Rm/Silent Auction check-in
Emerald Ballroom I & II, Youth Contest Awards
Emerald Ballroom IV, Read-Around, 3-minute limit per reader
Kansas State Capitol Flashlight Tour
8:30 – 9:30 a.m.
8:30-10 a.m.
8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
9:30 - 10:30 a.m.

10:30 a.m.
11:00 - Noon

Noon -1:30 p.m..

2:00 – 3:00 p.m..

3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m..

8-10 p.m.
Pioneer Room, State Board Meeting
Homestead Room, Book Rm/Silent Auction check-in
Registration Desk,, Convention check-in
Workshop Block One:
   River Room, Tom Averill, "A Novel Process: writing, agents, editors & book tours"
   Bison Room, Denise Low, "Publishing Poetry: Start Local, Go Global"
   Wheat Room, Mark Bouton, "Jump-start Your Fiction with a Hook"
Homestead Room, Book Rm/Silent Auction open
Workshop Block Two:
   River Room, Tom Averill, "A Novel Process: writing, agents, editors & book tours"
   Bison Room, Denise Low, "Publishing Poetry: Start Local, Go Global"
   Wheat Room, T. Dawn Richard, "Using Humor in Your Fiction"
Emerald Ballroom I & II, Noon luncheon .
   w/ T. Dawn Richard, "Making the Most of Your Writing Lifestyle "
Workshop Block Three:.
   River Room, Barbara Baldwin, "Boy Meets Girl and What Happens Nest—The
        Magic of Writing Romance
   Bison Room, Mark Bouton, "Jump-start Your Fiction with a Hook"
   Wheat Room, Lisa Harkrader, "Writing for the Kid Within"
Workshop Block Four:
   River Room, Angela Johnson, "A Romance Writer's Journey: From First Draft To
   Bison Room, Max McCoy, "The Hero's Journey"
   Wheat Room, Lisa Harkrader, "Writing for the Kid Within"
Emerald Room I, II & III, Banquet .
    Keynote by Max McCoy, "The Seven Secrets of Writing Well".--
    Presentation of Book Awards
    Presentation of Service Awards
    Presentation of Membership Awards
Emerald Ballroom IV, Read-Around, 3-minute limit per reader
SUNDAY, Oct. 18
8-10 a.m.
8-9 a.m.

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

Registration Desk,, Convention check-in
Wheat Room, Worship/Meditation -- pastor
     Rosemary Time -- Don Pady, KAC Archivist
Homestead Room, Book Rm check out
Shawnee A, General Business Meeting (All members)
Shawnee A, Panel Discussion, w/ Denise Low, Lisa Harkrader,
     Barb Baldwin, Mark Bouton, "Ways to Get Published"

Emerald Room I & II, Noon luncheon.--
    KAC Writing Contest Awards   —Poetry/Prose Contest managers
    Karnowski Youth Poetry Awards —William J. Karnowski
    Invitation to Convention 2010 —District 2 Members

Our special thanks to these businesses and individuals who supported our work with funding, and with give-away items shared:
Businesses, organizations and individuals include: Arbys, Bank of America, Center for Kansas Studies, CiCi's, Cracker Barrel, Hardee's, HyVee,.IHOP, Kitchen Gallery, Perkins, Subway Restaurant, Walgreens, Trudy McFarland, Walt McFarland's Restaurant, Wheeling Lake Erie Railroad and Wolf Creek Nuclear Operating Corp. Authors and presses who donated books for giveaways include: Rachel Brady, Hollie Castillo, Martha Cheves, Peggy Erhart, Angie Fox, Elizabeth H. Groundwater,Reaona Hemmingway, Peg Herring, Larry Karp, Harley Jane Kozak, Dawn Kravagna, Susan McBride, Ann Parker, Sam Pierson, and The Pikestaff Press. Have we forgotten someone? Contact web site manager and we'll update this information.

KAC Convention 2008 —Dodge City
2008 Literary Contest Results

KAC Convention 2007 —Wichita
2007 Literary Contest Results

KAC Convention 2006 —Junction City
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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