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27 authors
(KAC members and/or Our Town speakers) attended the
Grand Book Signing

Saturday, Oct. 5, from 1-2:00 p.m.
    This event was open to the public
Signing authors included:
Eunice Boeve • Vicki Hermes-Bond • Billy Branson • Pat Davids • Arlene Rains Graber • Hazel Hart • Patricia Hatch • Conrad Jestmore • Vicki Julian • William J. Karnowski • Carol Katsantoness • Gordon Kessler • Stephanie A. Mann • Ronda Miller • Marci Penner • Ray "Grizzly" Racobs • Cynthia Ross • William Sheldon • Tracy Million Simmons • Ken Spurgeon • B.D. Tharp • Ursula Turner • Mike Watson • Katie Funk Wiebe • Jeb Wright • Max Yoho • Gloria Zachgo •

Even more authors, including Maryann Barry, Cathy Callen, Millie Horlacher, Donald S. Pady, and Nancy Larsen-Sanders, joined us at the convention's Our Town Bookstore.

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Previous Conventions, Archived

  State Writing Conference & Convention
  October 4-6, 2013
  Holiday Inn, Wichita East •
Hosted by District 5

Marcie Penner2013 Convention Theme, Our Town









Banquet Speaker:
Marci Penner

[graphic dot]"8 Wonders of Kansas Guidebook, by Marcie PennerBehind the Scenes of the 8 Wonders of Kansas Guidebook"  
The public sees a beautiful picture book of Kansas. Attendees heard some of the stories that took place behind the scenes in order to get the photographs and to choose the 216 entries for the 8 Wonders of Kansas. Marci Penner shared the "back story" of her book. Through numerous images, she described many of her memorable first-hand experiences traveling our diverse and wondrous state and meeting some of its most interesting and unforgettable residents. No one tells it better than Marci!

2013 Convention Speakers and Topics:

Eunice Boeve - Children's Stories
Dan Close - Critiquing & Editing
Pat Davids - Amish Fiction
Paul E. Jackson - Songwriting & Lyrics for Musicals
Nancy Julien Kopp - Preserving the Best of Past Practices: How to Bring Back the Good Ol' Days (Sunday discussion)
Stephanie A Mann - Non-fiction Niche Marketing & Relationship Building
William Sheldon - Poetry
Tracy Million Simmons -Publishing Tools for Today & the Future (Sun. discussion)
Ken Spurgeon - Historical Storytelling / Documentary Filmmaking
Patsy Terrell - Marketing & PR
B.D. Tharp - Fiction
Katie Funk Wiebe - Personal Family History Writing
Jeb Wright - Interviewing, Blogging & Rock 'n' Roll
Carol Yoho - Publishing Tools for Today & the Future (Sun. discussion)

2013 Convention Schedule:

FRIDAY, October 4, 2013
3:00-midnight Coffee Shop / Breakroom open
3:00-8:00 pm Registration
3:00-8:00 pm Our Town Bookstore & Silent Auction open
  Dinner on your own
6:30-9:30 pm Youth Events: (theatre seating) All KAC members are encouraged to attend. You'll enjoy hearing our future.
6:30-7:30 pm Youth: Welcome & read-around
7:30-8:30 pm Youth: Awards Ceremony, including Karnowski Youth Poetry Awards
8:30-9:30 pm Youth: Reception. Serve cake & punch
9:00-10:30 pm Open Read-around
SATURDAY, October 5, 2013
  Breakfast on your own
7:00 am-midnight Coffee Shop / Breakroom open
8:00 am-5:00 pm Our Town Bookstore and Silent Auction open
8:00 am-5:00pm Registration
8:00-8:50 am District Presidents' Meeting
9:00-9:50 am State Board Meeting
9:00 am-12:45 pm Vendors open (also open 2:15-5:30 pm today)
10:00-10:50 am Workshops Block 1 (classroom seating)
  Patricia Davids: "It Takes More Than a Bonnet. How to ride the buggy of Amish fiction all the way to the bank."
  Stephanie Mann: "Marketing a Non-Fiction Book to a Niche Audience: It's Quite a F.E.A.T."
  Eunice Boeve: "Emotions/Feelings Never Change—Writing the Children's Story"
11:10am - noon Workshops Block 2 (classroom seating)
  Dan Close: "Coaching Your Way to Constructive Criticism— Or Does Your Writing Sparkle or Suck?"  [Read handout]
  Katie Funk Wiebe: "Everyone has a story to tell. If you don't tell it, who will?"
  Jeb Wright: "Interviewing, Blogging & Rock 'n' Roll"
12:00-2:00 pm Lunch on your own
1:00-2:00 pm Booksigning in Our Town Bookstore
2:10-3:00 pm Workshops Block 3 (classroom seating)
  Ken Spurgeon: "Historical Storytelling"
  B.D. Tharp: "How to Keep Readers Turning the Page"
  Paul Jackson: "From Big Ben to The Keeper of the Plains— Adapting Dickens' A Christmas Carol for a new Wichita Audience"
3:10-4:00 pm Workshops Block 4 (classroom seating)
  Ken Spurgeon: "From Story to Film"
  Bill Sheldon: "These are Your Poets and Your Poems: Kansas Voices"
  Patsy Terrell: "Marketing 101"
4:00-10:00 pm Cash bar in the lobby alcove
6:00-8:00 pm Awards Banquet (Book Awards, Service Awards, Membership Awards, maybe more)
  Marci Penner keynote speaker: "Behind the scenes with the 8 Wonders of Kansas Guidebook"
  TennKan Band and Dance to follow
9:30-11:00 pm Open Read-around
SUNDAY, October 6, 2013
  Breakfast on your own
7:00 am-noon Coffee Shop / Breakroom open
8:00-11:00 am Silent Auction open. Bidding ceases at 11:00 am
8:00 am-noon Bookstore open
8:00-8:30 am Devotions & Rosemary Time
8:45-9:50 am General Business Meeting
10:00-10:50 am Panel Discussion # 1: "What's Hot and Trending" with Tracy Million Simmons and Carol Yoho  [Read handout]
11:00-11:50 am Panel Discussion #2: "How To Bring Back The Good Old Days" with Nancy Julien Kopp
noon Deadline to check out of hotel
12:30-2:00 pm Awards luncheon
  Prose and Poetry Writing Awards
  Invitation to 2014 Convention-Districts 6 and 7
3:00 pm Convention closes - Happy Trails Until We Meet Again

KAC Convention 2012 —Salina
2012 Literary Contest Results

KAC Convention 2011 —Coffeyville
2011 Literary Contest Results

KAC Convention 2010 —Lawrence
2010 Literary Contest Results

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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