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“I think the Sinclair Lewis Writers Conference in Sauk Centre is one of the eventbest values going in the Midwest. It allows aspiring writers to plug in for a day with well-known authors and fellow book lovers. You’ll learn a lot, and it’s downright fun.”   Will Weaver

One of the longest-running, most respected writers’ conferences in the upper Midwest is back in Sauk Centre for its 25th year! The conference has attracted such renowned keynote speakers as Frederick Manfred, Robert Bly, Jon Hassler, Carol Bly, Leif Enger, Bill Holm, Will Weaver, Patricia Hampl, Kevin Kling, Don Shelby, Jim Klobuchar and Gary Paulsen. This year’s keynote speaker is Kevin Kling, distinguished journalist, author, columnist and speaker. Kling will be joined by three other professional writers who will share their writing and marketing expertise:

Kim Ode will discuss the autobiographical poem
Mary Casanova will examine artistic and personal strategies to crafting short stories
William Kent Krueger will talk about e-readers and their impact on writers and agents
The day-long gathering will again look at the process of writing as well as selling what you write. The conference is on Saturday, October 11, 2014 at the Sauk Centre High School auditorium. Cost is $60, including lunch, breaks and a reception following at the Palmer House Hotel. College students and senior citizens may register for $55; high school students may attend for free, but must register and pay $15 for lunch and breaks.

Both beginning and established writers are invited to attend the conference. Participants will have the chance to hear three different presentations, the keynote talk, and a panel discussion during the day.

If you’d like to attend, make your check payable to “Sinclair Lewis Writers Conference” and mail it to Jim Umhoefer; 39336 Wild Rose Ct; Sauk Centre, MN 56378. For conference details, go to www.saukherald.com/writers or call Jim Umhoefer at 320-429-0825 (evenings).

Contact Jim Umhoefer to arrange an interview with any of the presenters.


The Sinclair Lewis 2014 Writers Conference is made possible by the financial sponsorship of the following organizations: The Stearns History Museum, Minnesota National Bank of Sauk Centre, First State Bank of Sauk Centre, Central Minnesota Credit Union, Stearns Electric Association, and the Sinclair Lewis Foundation. The conference is also funded, in part, by an appropriation from the Minnesota State Legislature, through a grant from the Central Minnesota Arts Board, with money from the State’s general fund. Private donors include Pat Hanauer, Dick and Pat Lewis and Dave and Linda Simpkins. Sauk Centre Community Education is a co-sponsor of the event.

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