Statewide Writer’s Convention


By Doris Schroeder

The Kansas Authors Club (KAC) is holding their yearly convention Oct. 10-12 at the Hutchinson Ramada Convention Center, 1400 N. Lorraine in Hutchinson.

All interested writers are invited to attend.

It is one of the longest running writer’s group in the United States, having begun in 1904 in Topeka, it has had such illustrious members as George P. Morehouse, Arthur Capper and William Allen White. It is a statewide group divided into seven districts. Each district takes a turn in running the convention.

The convention begins at 7 p.m. on Friday night with the awards for the young people from 1st grade through high school.

On Saturday, the first workshop begins at 9:45-10:45 and is repeated at 1:45-2:45. They are as follows: Technical writing: Roy Beckemeyer,  Song writing: Allen Krehbiel, and Stories with a twist: Tom Mach.

The second workshops are from 11-12 and is repeated from 3-4. The classes are as follows: Stand up poetry: Ronda Miller, Telling true stories: Roy Wenzl, and The Basics of writing: Nancy Julien Kopp.

The evening banquet will begin at 6 p.m. Various honor awards will be given to the different members. Keynote speaker will be Roger Cornish who will portray “Television: Changing more than just the Channel.” Roger is a native of Hutchinson.

The Sunday schedule begins with  general business meeting from 8-9 a.m. From 9:15- 10:30 a.m. is an inter-denominational worship service preceded by the remembrance of this year’s past deceased members. This will be followed by a service by Pastor Wayne Pittman talking on the Biblical “Salt of the Earth.”

One workshop on Sunday from 10:45-11:45 on Writing & Illustrating a book for Children will be given by Marilyn Lake.

At the noon luncheon, the contest awards will be given out by the contest Chairmen.

You may attend all or part of the convention.

For reservation information: or call Sharon Kidwell, 620 663-2620 or Doris Schroeder 620-662-0197



or call Sharon Kidwell, 620 663-2620 or Doris Schroeder 620-662-0197


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