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Kansas Twister, Kansas Authors Club 2015 Convention and Writing Conference, Topeka, KS, October 2-4
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State Writing Conference & Convention
October 2-4, 2015
Ramada Inn Downtown, Topeka
420 E 6th St, Topeka, KS, 66607
Phone:785-234-5400


Hosted by District 1

“Kansas Twister”

 

Elle Lothlorien
Banquet Speaker:
Elle Lothlorien
"Kissing Frogs and Tumbling Down the
Rabbit Hole: The
Topsy-Turvy State of Publishing"

Elle's first self-published romantic comedy, The Frog Prince, became an Amazon bestseller in December 2010, and peaked at #1 on Amazon’s Top 100 List for Humor in 2012. She was one of the first self-published authors to take advantage of Amazon’s“ free promo days,” and gave away 45,000 copies of her books on Valentine’s Day, 2012 —catapulting her second novel,  Sleeping Beauty, to Amazon’s bestseller list.
Read more about Elle and her writing

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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2015 Convention Speakers and Topics:
  Know What You're Doing: Craft, structure, genre, story in fiction writing

Mark Bouton

  Tips for Writing a Novel

Elle Lothlorien

  Dating Your Book: Understanding the Amazon Algorithm Through Online Dating

Esther Luttrell

  Creating Dynamic Dialogue and Believable Characters

  Writing and Publishing an Autobiography That's More Than A Memoir

Max McCoy

  The Three Keys of Effective Research

Kevin Rabas

  Writing Mediatative Poetry

Kevin Rabas

  Using Decription and Imagery in Poetry and Prose

T. Dawn Richard

  Using Screenwriting Techniques to Plot Your Novel

T. Dawn Richard

  The Butler Did It! Tackling the unique challenges of writing a mystery

Dennis Smirl

  A Century of Science Fiction


 

2015 Convention Schedule:

Friday, October 2
7:00 pm

Youth Contest Awards

Saturday, October 3
8:30 am + Convention check-in at the registration desk
8:00-8:50 am KAC Board Meeting
9:05-9:50 am Workshops
Tom Averill (Room A) - Know What You're Doing! Craft, structure, genre, story in fiction writing
Esther Luttrell (Room B) - Creating Dynamic Dialogue and Believeable Characters
T. Dawn Richard (Room C) -Using Screenwriting Techinque to Plot Your Novel
10:05-10:50 am Workshops
Tom Averill (Room A) - Know What You're Doing! Craft, structure, genre, story in fiction writing
Esther Luttrell (Room B) - Writing and Publishing an Autobiography That's More Than A Memoir
Elle Lothlorien (Room C) - Dating You Book: Understanding the Amazon Algorithm Through Online Dating
11:05 - 11:50 am Workshops
Max McCoy (Room A) - Wylde's West: A Paranormal Mystery Series Set in Historic Dodge City
Mark Bouton (Room B) - Tips for Writing a Novel
Kevin Rabas (Room C) - Writing Meditative Poetry
Noon -1:15 pm Lunch on your own
See a listing of Topeka dining options
1:30 -2:15 pm Book signing by convention speakers in Book Room
2:30-3:15 pm Max McCoy (Room A) - The Three Keys of Effective Research
Kevin Rabas (Room B) - Using Description and Imagery in Poetry and Prose
Elle Lathlorien (Room C) - When You Wish Upon a (Review) Star You Get the Pointy End: Why Authors Should Always Respond to Negative Reviews
3:30-4:15 pm

Dennis Smirl (Room A) - A Century of Science Fiction
Mark Bouton (Room B) - Tips for Writing a Novel
T. Dawn Richard (Room C) - The Butler Did It! Tackling the Unique Challenges of Writing a Mystery

6:00- 8:00 pm Banquet, Awards, and Keynote speech, by Elle Lothlorien
Keynote speech: "Kissing Frogs and Tumbling Down the Rabbit Hole: The Topsy-Turvy State of Publishing"
8:30- 10:00 pm Group Read-Around. Attendees can each read briefly.
Sunday, October 4
8:00-9:00 am Rosemary Time, including honoring our departed members
9:15-10:15 am General Business Meeting
10:15-11:30 am Potpourri Panel: Elle Lothlorien, Mark Bouton, T. Dawn Richard and Esther Luttrell - Ask the authors your writing or marketing questions
Noon-2;30 pm Luncheon
Writing Awards
Musical entertainment

Speaker: T. Dawn Richard - "Evoking Sensation in the Reader"
Invitation
to the 2016 KAC Convention, to be hosted by District 2

The Registration Form posts registration fees based, in part, on your choice of meals.
View the form
, choose your level of participation.


Convention Meal Menu:

Saturday banquet:

  • London Broil Four Seasons, cracked black pepper, cabernet sauce, scallop potatoes, chef's fresh vegetable, dessert, coffee / decaf / tea
  • Vegetable Manicotti, served with garlic bread, coffee / decaf / tea

Sunday noon meal:

  • Classic Deli Buffet: Ham, turkey, roast beef, genoa salami, relish platter, assorted cheeses, assorted fresh slice breads, potato salad, pasta salad, chief's soup du jour, assorted condiments, cookies & brownies, drinks

Meal prices are listed on our Registration Form.


Lodging Information:

Lodging will be at Ramada Inn Downtown Topeka, 420 E 6th St, Topeka, KS, 66607  

Room rate is $89. + taxes and fees
Call the hotel —785-234-5400— and mention "Kansas Authors Club Convention" for your special rate.

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J. Donald Coffin Award
Ferguson Kansas History Book Award
Nelson Poetry Award


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REGISTRATION FORM
Registration Form is in PDF format
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2015 Convention Registration Form
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Note: each individual registration needs to be entered as a separate purchase.

I am registering for:
Member of District#
Saturday Menu Option
Sunday Meal
Name as preferred on name tag:


A
Book Room
will sell books by KAC members

Book Room 2015 Guidelines:

  • Payment will be accepted in cash or with check, made to KAC, for books and auction items purchases. Authors will be paid later by check.
  • Book sellers need to be conference attendees.
  • Register at least two weeks prior to our convention. (Deadline is Fri., Sept. 18, 2015)
  • Authors, price your books in even dollar amounts, including tax. Note: Individual authors are personally responsible for filing sales taxes on your convention book sale
  • Submit this completed form to: Fred Appelhanz, 21415 T4 Rd., Holton KS 66606-1338 or email Fred.

Register using our
Book Room Form, PDF file

Book Room Registration
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Will you find yourself with free time on your hands while visiting Topeka? GoTopeka offers suggestions of places to see while visiting the Topeka area.

Topeka Area Attractions
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Topeka Dining
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Would you consider donating items for the Convention's Silent Auction? If so, please download and fill out copies of this
Silent Auction Form
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