About the Kanab Writers Conference

The Kanab Writers Conference began in 2010 as “Writers of the Purple Sage,” a nod to Zane Grey and his use of Kane County as a setting in some of his westerns.  It was hosted by the Kane County Center for Education, Business, and the Arts (CEBA). In those days the conference was smaller and focused on different genre’s of writing, for example, historic fiction or poetry, each year.

In 2013, the focus of the writers conference shifted to a broader base and targeted presentations directed more toward building individual writing skills. Under the direction of Liz Adair, the event was renamed the Kanab Writers Conference.

Since that time, the conference has grown into a diverse and inspiring community with presenters and attendees from all over the country and every walk of the publishing life. Every year more and more world-class authors, publishers and editors join our faculty.  We look forward to your participation since every new writer brings something new and unique to our community.

Our conference committee may be some of the best people on the planet. They volunteer countless hours to putting together a great conference. Without them, none of it would be possible. Many of us pull double and triple duty to make the conference happen. So, who are we?

Committee Chairperson: Kayeleen Hamblin

Housing coordinator: Michael Schoenfeld

Photography: Lance Jackson

Door Prizes: Betsy Love

Presenter care, Staffing, etc: Liz Adair and Cindy Williams

Time keeper: Cindy Williams and Kent Douglass

Registration: Raven Chiong

Marketing, Social Media, and Publicity: Tiffany Unsworth, Raven Chiong, Mary Shook, Kent Douglass

Bookstore: Mary Shook with Liz Adair as assistant

Venue management: The City of Kanab Office of Tourism  and The Volunteer Center of Kanab (Special thanks to Vickie Hooper and Josie Sprecher)

Treasurer: Liz Adair

Self-publishing event: Tony Schoenfeld

Community Engagement: Kane County Center for Education, Business, and the Arts (Special thanks to Kelly Stowell)

Social activities: Betsy Love, Tiffany Unsworth

Technology: Tony Schoenfeld

Food coordinator: Carolyn Grygla and Liz Adair

Plein Air Hike and Retreat: Raven Chiong and Liz Adair

Where are you located?

Located in Kanab, Utah, where the cliffs are red, the scenery is awe-inspiring, and the folks are friendly. We’re close to Zion National Park, Bryce Canyon National Park, The Grand Canyon, Grand Staircase-Escalante Monument, Lake Powell, and several other interesting sites.

That’s great, but where’s the actual conference?

This year, our conference is being held in the brand new Kanab Civic Center. Currently under construction, the building is right in the heart of downtown Kanab. We’re excited to be able to use this new asset to the community of Kanab for our conference this year.

When is the conference?

The conference will be held November 7-9. We’ll kick things off with the Plein Air hike and writing retreat on Thursday Afternoon. Friday morning, we’ll host the Self-Publishing seminar. We’ll start the annual conference in the afternoon, followed by a dinner, a community engagement event and social, with 32 classes throughout the day on Friday and Saturday.

How much does the conference cost?

Each element of the conference is separate, with its own pricing structure.

The Thursday evening community engagement lecture is free and open to the public, including the locals from Kanab.

The Plein Air hike will be $10.00.

The Self-Publishing Anthology seminar will be $40.00.

The Annual Writing Conference will be $100.00.

An early bird discount of $25.00 will be offered until one month before the conference date.

What's included in the cost of the conference?

If you opt to attend all the events at the conference, you’ll pay $150.00. Included in that is:

  • Plein Air hike
  • Writing retreat and critique party
  • Self-Publishing Anthology Seminar
  • Friday lunch
  • Friday breakout sessions
  • Friday Dinner
  • Book signing and community event
  • Friday evening social
  • Saturday keynote address
  • Saturday lunch
  • Saturday breakout sessions
  • Publishers panel
  • Inclusion in the bookstore, if desired

For an additional cost, you can purchase the following:

  • Pitch session with Shadow Mountain
  • Pitch session with Immortal Works
  • Pitch session with Pink Umbrella Books
  • Manuscript consult with Pink Umbrella Books
  • Entry into the writing contest/anthology

How and when do I register?

Registration is here on our website through our online store.

You can register, beginning on April 20th.

Early bird discount will apply until September 1st. After September 1st, full price will apply, but other discount opportunities will be available.

You can also register at the door, but the price will go up another $25.00.

Is there a cap on registration?

The regular conference does not have a cap. Bring your friends! We want to see all of you at the conference this year!

Can I submit something to the KWC First K Contest anthology?

Yes! The anthology this year will consist of entries from our KWC First K Contest.

As the name indicates, you can enter any piece up to 1000 words. It could be the first chapter of a book, a personal narrative, poetry, fiction, nonfiction, etc. All entries will be included in the anthology. (You’ll retain rights to your work.) Winners in each category will win an award and the overall contest winner will be awarded free entry to next year’s conference.

Each entry will be judged anonymously and costs $10.00.

Can I sell something in the bookstore?

Yes, please! When you are registering, there will be a check box for you to mark if you have books you’d like to include in our bookstore. Anyone who is a registered attendee or presenter can sell something in our bookstore.

What's the weather like in Kanab in November?

Weather here in November can be really beautiful, but it is fall, so a sweater might be a good addition to your suitcase. The daytime temperatures average around 60*, but it drops to the mid 30s at night.

What if I haven't found the answer to my question?

If there is something that you want to know and haven’t been able to find the answer, you can email us at kanabwritersconference@gmail.com or you can ask us on our facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/kanabwritersconf/

The city of Kanab has a lot to offer. The area is beautiful and close to many national parks and outdoor treasures. It’s a great family get away, or perfect for a private retreat. Within a two-hour drive, you can visit Bryce Canyon National Park, Zion National Park, the Grand Canyon North Rim, and more. There’s also a well-established and marked trail system for hiking.

Kanab has a trading post and several historic sites and museums. There’s also some fine dining. Kanab also hosts events throughout the year, such as the Little Hollywood Roundup, Balloons and Tunes, and the Western Legends Roundup.

To learn more, you can check out the Kane County Tourism department for things to do and see, as well as places to eat and stay while you are in Kanab.

For questions or comments, please contact us by email at kanabwritersconference@gmail.com or on our facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/kanabwritersconf/