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Writers conference is Oct. 6 [UPDATED]

Published 10:06am Monday, September 17, 2012 Updated 12:09pm Monday, September 17, 2012

Lake Region Writers Network (LRWN) brings its well-received writers’ conference back for the fourth year. Last year’s conference prompted comments such as: “A good rewarding experience that would bring out the writer in any of us.”

The 2012 conference, “The Writer’s Journey,” scheduled Saturday, Oct. 6, promises as much and more. Featured will be nationally-acclaimed writer Will Weaver, whose novels and short stories have earned the praises of reviewers from coast-to-coast.

His many awards include the Minnesota Book Award for Fiction for A Gravestone Made of Wheat & Other Stories (Simon & Schuster, 1989) and Striking Out, Farm Team, and Hard Ball (HarperCollins, 1993/95/98), which were honored as Best Books for Young Adults by the American Library Association. The Survivors, his latest book for young adults, will be published in January, 2012.

Like Weaver himself, the day-long gathering offers something for adult and young writers alike. Workshops range from “Young Adult Literature” by Will Weaver to “The Art of Description” by Barry Lane. Barnes and Noble offers tips on getting published in “Pubit!” while Mark Vinz and Athena Kildegaard share their accumulated wisdom in “What Editors Want.” Whether novice or accomplished, whether writer of screenplay, fiction, poetry, or memoir, participants will find workshops that inspire and instruct.

The conference will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6, at M State in Fergus Falls. Cost is $50, and includes lunch, the keynote address, workshops, and the Lake Region Review, Number 2.

Students may register for $40. Both beginning and established writers are invited to attend.

For conference details and to register, visit

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