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State Writing Conference & Convention
October 10-12, 2014
Hutchinson •
Ramada Inn, 1400 N Lorraine Street
Hosted by Districts 6 & 7

"Salt of the Earth"

Roger Cornich, KWCH-TV, KAC 2014 Convention keynote speaker


Banquet Speaker:

Roger Cornish
"Television: Changing more than just the channel" —Roger will go through some of the major changes he's seen in his 37 years in local television.

[graphic dot]Roger Cornish has been involved with KWCH-TV News, Channel 12, in Wichita for over 35 years and news anchor there for over 25 of those years. Roger is a leader in the newsroom — the first to get in front of the camera to break-in with a story and the first to offer to post it to the web site. Roger has moved with the times, embraced technological developments and leads the way in the newsroom

2014 Convention Speakers and Topics:

Roy Beckemeyer - Technical Writing
Allen Krehbiel - Songwriting Workshop
Nancy Julien Kopp - The Basics of Writing—Building a Strong Foundation
Marilyn Hope Lake, Ph.D. - Writing & Illustrating a Book for Children
Tom Mach - Stories with a Twist
Ronda Miller - Standup Poetry
Roy Wenzl - Telling True Stories
Salt Lecture - The History of the Salt Industry in Hutchinson

We will have a Winners' Read Around after the banquet on Saturday afternoon, as well as other prime time reader rounds. Contest winners from the last two years will be able to read a three minute excerpt from their work.


2014 Convention Schedule:
Friday, October 10
7:00 pm

Youth Contest Awards

  lf you are interested in an excursion to Stratica, the Underground Salt Mine Museum, please indicate so on your Registration Form and we will provide transportation. to be scheduled Friday evening for interested individuals. Cost would be $21.50 per person. More information will be provided to those who indicate an interest.
Saturday, October 11
8:30-9:30 am State board meeting
8:30 am - ??? Convention check-in at the registration desk
9:45-10:45 am Workshops Block One
Roy Beckerneyer - Technical Writing
Allen Krehbiel - Songwriting Workshop
Tom Mach - Stories with a Twist
11:00 AM - Noon Workshops Block Two
Ronda Miller - Standup Poetry
Roy Wenzl - Telling True Stories
Nancy Julien Kopp - The Basics of Writing
12:15 -1:30 pm Lunch on your own
1:45 -2:45 pm Workshops repeat Block One
3:00-4:00 pm Workshops repeat Block Two
4:15-4:45 pm The History of the Salt Industry in Hutchinson
5:00-5:45 pm Winners Read around
6 PM Banquet, Awards, and Keynote speech
Sunday, October 12
8:00-9:00 a.m. General Business Meeting
9:15-10:30 a.m. Worship Service, including honoring our departed members
10:45-11:45 a.m. Workshop
Marilyn Lake -Writing & Illustrating a Book for Children
Noon Luncheon, followed by announcement of 2014 Writing Competition Awards & by the invitation to attend the 2015 Convention, Topeka

The Registration Form posts registration fees based, in part, on your choice of meals. View the form, choose your level of participation, and save $15 on the cost of full registration by registering on or before September 1st!
(Registrations are accepted, however, until September 28th.)


Convention Meal Menu:

Saturday banquet:

  • Chicken fried steak, mashed potatoes/cream gravy, garden salad, garden medley vegetables, apple pie
    OR
  • Vegetarian

Sunday noon meal:

  • Roasted pork loin, oven roasted potatoes, honey-glazed carrots, cheese cake
    OR
  • Vegetarian

Lodging Information:

Lodging will be at Ramada Hotel and Convention Center, 1400N. Lorraine St., Hutchinson, KS, 67501

Room rate is $79 + taxes and fees
Call the hotel —620-669-9311— and mentions "Kansas Authors Club Convention" for your special rate. Room rate includes onsite parking and free breakfast. Up to four persons per room.


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2013 Literary Contest Results

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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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