Successful authors, at-home writers invited to Kanab Writers Conference

A man finds inspiration while writing among the red rocks during the Kanab Writers Conference near Kanab, Utah, October 2017 | Photo courtesy of Kanab Writers Conference, St. George News

KANAB — Closet scribblers and published writers alike are invited to the seventh annual Kanab Writers Conference to be held next Friday and Saturday at Kanab High School.

This conference is beloved because of its intimate atmosphere and access to presenters, who are all successful writers. Pulled together by a committee whose various members reside in Arizona, Utah and Nevada, the Kanab Writers Conference is unique for several reasons. The first is the setting. Attendees come back year after year to enjoy the creative boost of the splendid red rock surroundings.

Another unique feature of Kanab Writers Conference is the “plein-air” writing experience the morning of Oct. 12. Attendees hike through a colorful landscape to find a place to perch and write undisturbed.

The afternoon is dedicated to a hands-on self-publishing segment. Attendees will each contribute to an anthology and participate in its development from manuscript to a book available on Amazon.

The main part of the conference begins Friday evening. Twenty-three breakout classes cover craft basics, genre, marketing, editing, audiobooks, children’s books, the business of writing and much more. Bestselling author Elana Johnson, both an indie and traditionally published writer, will be the keynote speaker.

Kanab Writers Conference has received funding from the Utah Humanities, which empowers Utahns to improve their communities through active engagement in the humanities. The conference supported by the Kane County Office of Tourism.

Attendees are encouraged to secure their housing early, as October is still tourist season in Kanab.

Event details

  • What: Kanab Writers Conference.
  • When: Friday and Saturday, Oct. 12-13.
  • Where: Kanab High School.
  • Cost: $100 per person for the conference. The “plein-air” hike is $10, and the self-publishing anthology is $40.
  • More information on the event or information on how to register can be found online.

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