Ozarks Writers League Writing Inspired Conference Nov 18-19, 2016

No matter where you live, there's probably a group for writers. I highly recommend being involved, as it will inspire you and give you a kick in the seat to sit down and write. This month my regional group, Ozarks Writers League,  hosts our quarterly conference. The theme this time is "Writing Inspired."

Sometimes I am super excited about the speakers. Sometimes, not. But I still go. I've been surprised more than once by how interesting and relevant  subject ended up being for me.

Even if the topics at your local conference don't excite you, go anyway. It's a great way to connect with others who engage in that mostly solitary act of writing. If you have books, you may be able to have a book table. I will have copies of my best selling peace book The Peace Seed. I've donated 1500 of these little books to prisons to hopefully bring some peace and unity to troubled people.

Here's a photo of the handmade card. You can follow me on Instagram too!

If you're in the Branson area, come join us at the Honeysuckle Inn Saturday, Nov. 19th. Jemma and I will be there.

Here are the speakers:

WALTER BARGEN 

Missouri's 1st Poet Laureate has published nineteen books of poetry.  His most recent books are: Days Like This Are Necessary: New & Selected Poems (2009), Endearing Ruins (2012), Trouble Behind Glass Doors (2013), Quixotic (2014), Gone West (2014), and Three-Corner Catch (2015).  He was appointed the first poet laureate of Missouri (2008-2009).  His awards include a National Endowment of the Arts Fellowship (1991), Quarter After Eight Prose Prize (1996), the Hanks Prize (1996), the Chester H. Jones Foundation prize (1997), the William Rockhill Nelson Award (2005), Short Fiction Award– A cappella Zoo (2011). His poems, essays, and stories have appeared in over 300 magazines, including American Literary Review, Georgia Review, International Quarterly, and Missouri Review.

JO VAN ARKEL

She is a professor of English and chair of the department of Languages and Literature at Drury University. She is the author of four books of poetry and prose, as well as the librettist to an opera on Thomas Hart Benton. She recently launched Pencil Box Press, a micro press which publishes limited edition anthologies and books and also serves as editor of the Gingko Tree Review, a literary magazine which is supported by a Missouri Arts Council grant. She is currently at work on a new collection of stories and prose

MICHAEL CZYZNIEJEWSKI

The author of I Will Love You For the Rest of My Life, Michael Czyzniejewski is the author of two more collections of stories: Elephants in Our Bedroom (Dzanc Books, 2009), and Chicago Stories: 40 Dramatic Fictions (Curbside Splendor, 2012).  In 2010, he received a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship for his fiction.  He is an assistant professor at Missouri State University and Managing Editor of Moon City Review.  He lives in Springfield Missouri, with his family.

SOURCE: Ozarks Writers League website

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  • Mark Wiley

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