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State Writing Conference & Convention
Hosted by District 2
Sept. 30-Oct. 2, 2016
Doubletree Inn, Lawrence
200 McDonald Drive, Lawrence, KS 66044
Phone: 785-841-7077

Eric McHenry Poet Laureate of Kansas, 2015–2017
Odd Evening, by Eric McHenryPotscrubber Lullubies, by Eric McHenryMommy Daddy Evan Sage, by Eric McHenryPeggy of the Flint Hills, edited by Eric McHenry
“Poems Are Hard to Read”
Eric McHenry, Kansas Poet LaureateEric's new book of poems, Odd Evening, was published by Waywiser Press in March. His previous collections include Potscrubber Lullabies, which won the Kate Tufts Discovery Award in 2007, and Mommy Daddy Evan Sage, a children's book illustrated by Nicholas Garland. He also edited and introduced Peggy of the Flint Hills, a memoir by Zula Bennington Greene. His poems have appeared in The New Republic, Yale Review, Cincinnati Review, Field, Orion, The Guardian (U.K.), Poetry Daily and Poetry Northwest, from whom he received the 2010 Theodore Roethke Prize. His poetry criticism appears in The New York Times Book Review, Slate, and other publications. He lives in Lawrence with his wife and two children and teaches creative writing at Washburn University.

2016 Convention Speakers and Topics:
"The Poet Converses w/ Art - Ekphrastic Poetry" (poetry)
"Using Elements of Theater to Optimize Presentations of Your Work"
Dan Close:    
"Little Free Libraries" (youth/family)
"Haiku 202 + Japanese Forms" (poetry)
"Freelance Writing for Magazines"
Ann Fell:    
"Note by Note/Scene by Scene: the adventure of crafting a suspense novel"
Mike Graves:    
"Leaving a Shadow: Recreating the Life of an Ancestor"
James Gunn:    
"Star-Begotten" (youth/family)
Mike Hartnett:    
"Writing for Magazines"
Warren Lane:    
"Working with Illustration" (youth/family)
Chad Lawhorn:    
"Writing Tips from a Journalist's Notebook"
Darcy Leech:    
"Marketing Your Book in the Social Media Era"
Nancy Richard:    
"Scrivener Software is the Writer's Friend"
Mark Scheel:    
"Blogging on a Shared Site for Fun and Fame!"
"Kansas Authors Club 101: Making the Most of Your KAC Membership"
Sunday Panel Discussion— 
Randy Attwood:    
"E-Publishing Today" discussion
Sally Jadlow:    
"E-Publishing Today" discussion
"E-Publishing Today" discussion
Dennis Smirl:    
"E-Publishing Today" discussion
  Music & Poetry
Family Entertainment
Greg Field:    
Performance with The River Cow Orchestra

2016 Convention Schedule:
Friday, September 30
6:00 pm

Kansas Authors Read ( 5 minutes/author—members must sign up in advance) - public invited

Saturday, October 1
8:00 am + Convention check-in at the registration desk
8-9:00 am KAC Board Meeting
9:30-10:20 am Workshops
James Gunn - “Star-Begotten” (youth/family)
Chad Lawhorn - “Writing Tips from a Journalist’s Notebook”
Mark Scheel- "Blogging on a Shared Site for Fun and Fame!"
10:30-11:20 am Workshops
Danny Close - “Little Free Libraries” (youth/family)
Michael D. Graves “Leaving a Shadow: Recreating the Life of an Ancestor”
Darcy Leech - “Marketing Your Book in the Social Media Era”
11:30 am - 12:20 pm Workshops
Nancy Richard - “Scrivener Software is the Writer’s Friend”
Warren Lane - “Working with Illustrations” (youth/family)
Dennis Etzel Jr. - "Haiku 202 + Japanese Forms” (poetry)
12:30-1:40 pm Lunch provided
2:00 -2:50 pm

Annette Hope Billings - "Using Elements of Theater to Optimize Presentations of Your Work” (youth/family/poetry)
Tracy Million Simmons - “Kansas Authors Club 101: Making the Most of Your KAC Membership"
Mike Hartnett & Katherine Dinsdale - “Writing for Magazines”

3:00 pm Youth Awards Ceremony - ChrisTopher Enneking Introduction/presentation
6:00- 8:00 pm

Banquet, Awards, and Keynote Speaker
Eric McHenry's Keynote speech: "Poems Are Hard to Read"
Followed by Barry Barnes Street Performance (15-20 minutes)

Sunday, October 2
8:00-8:40 am Rosemary Time, including honoring our departed members
8:45-9:45 am General Business Meeting —all members are encouraged to attend
10:00-11:15 am E-Publishing Today Panel
Roy Beckemeyer - “The Poet Converses with Art - Ekphrastic Poetry” (Poetry)
Ann Fell  - “Note by Note/Scene by Scene - the adventure of crafting a suspense novel” 
11:20 am-
12:15 pm
Greg Field & The River Cow Orchestra - Poetry/Spoken Word with Improvisational Jazz. Live band performance
12:15-3:00 pm Luncheon
Writing Awards

to the 2017 KAC Convention, to be hosted by District 3

2016 Registration Form Registration:

Attached, find our 2016 Convention Registration Form. This form has two pages and will allow you to also join Kansas Authors Club if you are not already a member. You must print and mail this form to register.
Register on or before August 31 to receive a $15 full-convention discount!
IF you prefer to only open and print the registration form as a slingle page, click here for a one-page file.

D2 Organizers:
Registration: Vicki Julian
Bookroom: Mark Scheel
[Details to be published. Contact Mark with questions.]
Silent Auction Head: Maryann Barry

D2's focal point has been directed at securing a variety of presenters for the state convention hosted in Lawrence Friday, Sept. 30th -Sunday, 0ct. 2nd, at The Holidome. The hotel changes its name to The Doubletree Inn in May. We are marketing to KAC to youth/families. One-fourth plus of the presentations will be directed specifically with them in mind.

D2 has moved youth awards from Friday evening to early Saturday afternoon. (this should help families across the state with travel time, attending presentations, and include additional KAC members in attendance for youth awards)

Plans are being made to host a reading, open to the public on Friday evening to garner additional interest in the convention and to help authors sell books. (we will still have a book room and silent auction)

Convention cost - early bird registration - is $110 by September 1st, and $125 for registration following. Walk-ins will be accepted but registration for meals will need to be made by September 26th.

  • District 2 will once again host a Book Room in which KAC authors/members only will be allowed to sell their books. .Mark Scheel is Book Room manager. Contact Mark with a list of your books, your name, the number of books you'll bring, and the price for each book. Authors selling their books in the Book Room will be individually responsible for working with the Kansas Department of Revenue in paying sales tax on their books sold.
    Mark would like you to register your books with him by Sat., Sept. 24th!
  • District 2 will also hold a Silent Auction, should members care to donate something toward that end. Maryann Barry is our Silent Auction chair. Contact Maryann with what you are willing to contribute and when you'll get the items to her.

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Doubletree Inn, 200 McDonald Dr., Lawrence, KS 66044
Reservations for lodging should be made directly with the hotel.

Room rate is $99.00/night and reservations can be made by calling 785-841-7077. Mention Kansas Authors Club to secure this rate.

How about this to welcome you after a drive across beautiful Kansas? The Doubletree Inn has been totally renovated and will make you feel 'write' at home!



Archived Past KAC Conventions:

KAC Convention 2015 —Topeka
2015 Literary Contest Results

KAC Convention 2014 —Hutchinson
2014 Literary Contest Results

KAC Convention 2013 —Wichita
2013 Literary Contest Results

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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