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Annual conference nears for Lake Region Writers

Submitted photo Nationally acclaimed author, Will Weaver, will keynote the Oct. 6 Lake Region Writers Network Conference in Fergus Falls.

The fourth annual Lake Region Writers Network Conference is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 6 at M State in Fergus Falls from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Writers at all levels are invited to attend. 

The 2012 conference, "The Writer's Journey," will feature nationally acclaimed writer Will Weaver, whose novels and short stories have earned the praises of reviewers from coast to coast.

Weaver's many awards include the Minnesota Book Award for fiction for "A Gravestone Made of Wheat & Other Stories" (Simon and 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 2013.

The daylong conference will offer something for adult and young writers alike.

Workshops will range from "Young Adult Literature," by Weaver, to "The Art of Description," by Barry Lane. Barnes and Noble will offer tips on getting published in, "Pubit!" while Mark Vinz and Athena Kildegaard will share their accumulated wisdom in "Poetry: What Editors Want."

Whether novice or accomplished, whether writer of screenplay, fiction, poetry, or memoir, participants will find workshops that inspire and instruct.

Cost is $50, including keynote address, workshops, lunch, opportunities for networking and book browsing.

For conference details and to register, visit

Lake Region Writers Network serves writers in the nine-county west central Minnesota area. The group promotes networking among writers and serves as an informational exchange for literary events, educational opportunities and online resources.