Wednesday, January 28, 2015


2015 Wyoming Writers Conference Faculty Wyoming Writers 2015 Conference Presenters By Tom Spence MARK THE DATE If you have the 2015 edition of your calendar (the one with the Harley Davidson motorcycles, or mountain scenes, or vintage cars, or fuzzy pets) write it in– June 5, 6, 7. Put the…

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Wyoming Writers, Inc. 41st Annual Conference in Cheyenne, WY will be coming to Cheyenne, Wyoming on June 5, 6, 7. Just take a look at the outstanding authors, editors, and poet extraordinaire who will be here. I know I will be there for sure. Writing is a learning experience, and that learning never stops. 

Come join me. This is open to everyone. Learn what's happening in the industry. Pitch your great stories. All this and more. June is a great month in Wyoming. It just got better.

Take a peek below as further enticements for you to come.

Blaze McRob 


 Milkweed Editions editor Patrick Thomas is coming to the Wyoming Writers, Inc. 41st Annual Conference in Cheyenne to present a workshop on the state of publishing, and to receive pitches. June 5-7, 2015.


 More news from our upcoming Conference 2015, Cheyenne: Meghan Saar, senior editor of True West Magazine wants to hear pitches and give advice on the non-fiction of Western lore—history, memoir, remembrances. That is the focus of True West Magazine.


“Kent Nelson has published more short stories than almost any other American writer in our time.” (Kent Haruf, best-selling author of Plainsong). “(Nelson’s)… descriptions of land and light create perfect backgrounds for characters who struggle to find meaningful ways to live their lives….This new collection [Spirit Bird: Stories; University of Pittsburgh Press; 2014; winner of the Drue Heinz Literature Prize.] shows why he’s so frequently published. It’s simply because he’s so good.”
The Wyoming Writers Board is proud and excited that Kent is coming to our 2015 Conference. He will be discussing many aspects of short fiction, not just crafting a good story, but getting it placed, anthologized; or...

Tiffany Schofield, a University of Maine graduate, joined Five Star Publishing in 1999, and her passion is all things Five Star. She currently manages the Five Star Publishing list, as well as managing the western fiction large print lists for Thorndike Press and Wheeler Publishing, cousin imprints to Five Star. Tiffany oversees the editorial process of acquiring eighty-four unpublished manuscript projects each year for the three Five Star Publishing genre lists which are Western, Mystery, and Frontier Fiction. She enjoys working with writers and agents directly and is passionate about discovering exciting new voices in fiction publishing. Under Tiffany’s vigilant editorial leadership, several Five Star Publishing novels have been selected as award finalists and winners. In 2013, Five Star Publishing was awarded the Western Writers of America Lariat Award. This special award is given to those who have achieved distinction in their support of Western Writers of America and the literature of the West.
Tiffany is looking for all types of crime fiction from cozy to thriller, as well as traditional western fiction and Frontier Fiction stories that are set in the pre-1920s American West

Laura Pritchett will be our featured presenter on the novel—not just the big picture and big problems, but the nitty-gritty too. Her “breakout” novel, Stars Go Blue (Counterpoint Press, 2014) was “starred” by Booklist and the Library Journal: “…a brilliant novel filled with heartache and humor that will strike a chord with many readers. A heart-wrenching exploration of a family in crisis.” Laura’s collection of stories, Hell’s Bottom Colorado (Milkweed Editions, 2014), was the winner of the PEN USA award and the Milkweed National Fiction Prize.
Laura has a B. A. and an M. A. from Colorado State University, and PhD. in English from Purdue University. She is a member of the faculty of Pacific University’s MFA program. But, that’s not all. She does non-fiction, essay and memoir, writes nature and environmental issues; she has a fondness for re-cyclers (see: Going Green: True Tales from Gleaners, Scavengers, and Dumpster Divers; University of Oklahoma Press; 2009.).

The Board of Wyoming Writers is excited to have the poet, Aaron Abeyta, from Adams State University in Alamosa, Colorado, as our presenter in poetry workshops, and as our keynote speaker. When the word got out that Aaron was coming, we got messages from people praising the choice. Poets, writers, and teachers who have had the privilege of working with Aaron in a variety of workshop and classroom settings were enthusiastic about both his writing and his thoughtful approach to teaching and motivating poetry from the roots up.
Aaron says: “The poet must be both ‘piper’ and ‘bard,’ tender and turbulent, dangerous and comforting; the poet must be able to understand, as Czeslaw Milosz put it: ‘In the very essence of poetry there is something indecent: a thing brought forth which we didn’t know we had in us, so we blink our eyes….’ ( Ars Poetica)” In our correspondence he excerpted another poet from workshop material, the American, Mary Oliver: “‘…just/ pay attention, then patch/ a few words together and don’t try/ to make them elaborate, this isn’t/ a contest but the doorway…’ (from Praying). In short, we must be observant and ‘prayerful’ in our watchfulness of the world around us.”
Aaron has a B. A. in English, and an M. F. A. in Poetry from Colorado State University. His most recent collection: Letters from the Headwaters (Western Press Books) in out this year. An earlier collection, Colcha won the American Book Award for Poetry, and the Colorado Book Award. His list of publications and appearances is lengthy.

1 comment:

  1. Sounds so exciting Blaze. I wish I could make it :(