2010 Convention, One Free Nation, Many Voices, Lawrence, KS, Oct. 1-3, 2010
2010 Book Awards
Workshop Presenters List
2010 KAC Convention Schedule
Workshop Presenters Biorgraphies
2010 Youth Writing Winners
2010 Writing Contest Winners
2010 Awards of Merit
2010 Convention Photos
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October 1-3, 2010
Lawrence, Kansas

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2010 KAC Book Awards:

  • Coffin Award:
    Hometown Appetites: The Story of Clementine Paddleford,
    the Forgotten Food Writer Who Chronicled How America Ate

    by Cynthia Harris, District 4, Randolph, & Kelly Alexander
  • Nelson Poetry Award:
    Lisa's Flying Electric Piano, by Kevin Rabas, District 2, Lawrence
  • Ferguson History Award:
    My Flint Hills Childhood, Growing up in 1930s Kansas,
    by Gail Lee Martin, District 5, El Dorado

Nancy Pickard, keynote speaker, KAC Convention 2010   

Nancy Pickard

“One Agent, 7 Editors,
4 Publishing Houses, & 18 Novels Later. . .”

Nancy Pickard reveals the funny, the scary, the strange, the inspiring, and the truth about surviving three decades of publishing.

Nancy Pickard is the author of three popular mystery series, dozens of short stories, and the co-author of Seven Steps on the Writer's Path, a non-fiction book of advice for writers. Her novel, Three recent books by Nancy PickardThe Virgin of Small Plains, was a Kansas Notable Book and the Kansas Reads Book for 2009. She is a four-time Edgar Award nominee, and the winner of multiple Agatha and Macavity awards. She has also won the Shamus, Barry, and Thorpe Menn Awards. Pickard is a former board member of the Mystery Writers of America and a founding member and past president of Sisters In Crime. Her latest novel, The Scent of Rain and Lightning, is set in west-central Kansas. She is currently writing her third “Kansas” book, to be set in the southeast part of the state, and is publishing a daily writer's journal about it on Facebook. She lives in Merriam, Kansas.

Download delicious recipes used for foods offered at convention in our Hospitality Room. Recipes are courtesy of our caterer, Becky Bridson of Cool Beans Catering.
Peg Nichols, D2, Olathe, kept a One Free Nation Blogspot, which will remain available on-line. Now that the 2010 convention is complete, Peg has begun another blog, KansasPlains Blogspot, which will continue her take on writing in Kansas.
Workshop Presenters:
Cultural Diversity in Children's Literature
Successful Memoir Writing
Secrets to Writing a Great Novel or Short Story
Taking the Mystery Out of Mystery Writing
Writing Suspense into Your Historical Fiction
Songwriting Secrets
The Art of Haiku Writing
From the Inside Out: Sonnet Writing
Computer Savvy for Writers
Self-publishing: the Pros, the Cons—and the Con Artists

2010 KAC Convention Schedule:
FRIDAY, Oct. 1
from 2 p.m.
from 3 p.m.
6:30- 8:30 p.m.
7 p.m.
8:30 p.m.
Early convention check-in, Registration Desk,
Hospitality Area open (Beverages and snacks provided)
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.

10:00 - 11:30 a.m.

9:45-10:45 a.m.

11:00 a.m. - Noon

12:15 -1:30 p.m..
1:45– 2:45 p.m..

3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

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

8-15 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.

9:00 - 10:30 p.m.

State Board Meeting
Book Rm/Silent Auction check-in
Convention check-in, Registration Desk

Historic Downtown Lawrence Architectural Walking Tour
Led by Brenna Buchanan, starts at Lawrence Farmer's Market

Workshop Block 1:
Christine Taylor-Butler —Cultural Diversity in Children's Literature
Michelle BlackSelf-publishing: the Pros, the Cons—and the Con
Norm Ledgin —Writing Suspense into Your Historical Fiction

Workshop Block 2:
Brian Daldorph —The Art of Haiku Writing
Tom MachThe Secrets to Writing a Great Novel or Short Story
Mike Bosch & Lance Keltner —Computer Savvy for Writers

Luncheon .
Workshop Block 3:.
Michelle BlackSelf-publishing: the Pros, the Consand the Con   

Brian DaldorphFrom the Inside Out: Sonnet WrIting
Gordon Kessler Taking the Myster Out of Mystery Writing

Workshop Block 4:
Karen Williams, Maryann Barry & Rachel Black Songwriting Secrets
Carolyn Hall Successful Memoir Writing
Norm Ledgin, Gordon Kessler, Tom Mach & Brian Daldorph Publishing Panel: The Perks and Perils of Publishing

Awards Banquet .
    Keynote speaker: Nancy Pickard, "One Agent, 7 Editors, 4 Publishing
          Houses & 18 Novels Later... ".--
    Presentation of Book Awards
    Presentation of Service Awards
    Presentation of Membership Awards

After-dinner Music & Dancing
    Jazz Haus BandBues, Swing, Jazz & More

Read-Around, 3-minute limit per reader

SUNDAY, Oct. 3

8 a.m.
8:30 - 9:15 a.m.
9:30 - 10:30 a.m.
10:45 - 11:45 a.m.

Rosemary Time Don Pady, KAC Archivist
Worship/St. Luke AME Gospel Choir
General Business Meeting
Writer's Roundtable1: Creating Workable Writing "Space"
   Moderator: Elizabeth Black
Writer's Roundtable2: Critique Groups: Secrets to Success
   Panel: Dawn Allen, Natasha Hanova and Marsha Lytle

10:30 a.m - noon

Book Room Check-out
    KAC Writing Contest Awards   —Poetry/Prose Contest managers
    Karnowski Youth Poetry Awards —William J. Karnowski
    Invitation to Convention 2011—District 3 Membe


2010 Service Award Receipient:
Don Pady , District 1, Topeka, 2010 KAC Archivist
      Don assumed the responsibilities of KAC State Archivist when Gail Martin chose to retire, no easy task because Gail's shoes were hard to fill. Don has succeeded admirably. In addition to maintaining his normal workload for KAC; keeping accurate records of members' books in the Spencer Library at KU, filing copies of our annual yearbook, memorabilia and other official records, and officiating at what we call Rosemary Time at our yearly convention, honoring deceased members, Don also initiated a new awards program last year whereby membership tenure for 10, 15 and 20+ years is recognized each year. His efforts were greatly appreciated and he most definitely deserves this service award. —Nominated by Joann William

2010 Service Award Receipient:
Prem Bajaj
, District 5, Wichita , 2010 KAC State Vice-Presdient
     Prem has been a great asset to KAC, serving first as our Financial Secretary, and more recently as our State Treasurer. Prem has gone above and beyond in his duties as Treasurer. He not only discovered a discrepancy in our records, but took it upon himself to track down, research, and correct the error with the help of Fred Haney and Ralph Dagenais. So now our financial records are accurate and we are solvent. He also assumed extra duties, lending a hand when and where ever possible while Fred Haney, our Financial Secretary, recuperated from a broken hip after a nasty fall. In addition, Prem is very prompt in responding to our expense reports and paying any KAC incurred debts. He too, deserves this Service Award.—Nominated by Joann Williams

2010 Special Accomplishment Award Recipients:
Joann Williams, District 2, Princeton
Ann Everett, District 5, Haysville
Vicki Julian, District 2, Lawrence
      These ladies were nominated for their accomplishment of having KAC classified as a 501(c)3 charitable organization with the IRS, a journey that took a couple of years, including a complete review and revisions of our by-laws, collection of our financial statements and documenting evidence of our work in Kansas communities as a club. —Nominated by Tracy Million Simmons

2010 Achievement Award Recipient:
Dr. Glenn W. Fisher
, District 5, Wichita
      Dr. Fisher is author or co-author of five academic books, along with many articles, and technical reports.
      These were published during a distinguished forty-six year career as a college professor, the last twenty-eight years at Wichita StateUniversity, where he retired in 1993 as Regent’s Professor Emeritus of Urban Affairs. The latest of these books is: The Worst Tax? : A History of the Property Tax in the United States (University of Kansas Press.)
      After retiring, Dr. Fisher’s love of writing led him to explore other genre. A book-length memoir came first: Not to Reason Why: The Story of a One-eyed Infantryman in World War II—he served as a combat infantryman in WW II earning the Purple Heart. He next became intrigued by the short story, several were published, and he went on to write the delightful collection of Christian satire: Beginnings: A Journalistic Journey through the Old Testament. He is presently developing his skills in poetry. —Nominated by: Ralph H. Allen, Jr.

KAC Convention 2009 —Topeka
2009 Literary Contest Results

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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