Conference Chairman Pleased With Event

Past Wyoming Writers President Pat Frolander of Sundance, and Aaron Holst, conference chairman. (Photo by Pat Blair)
Past Wyoming Writers President Pat Frolander of Sundance, and Aaron Holst, conference chairman. (Photo by Pat Blair)
Editor and guest panelist Chuck Sambuchino. (Photo by Pat Blair)
Editor and guest panelist Chuck Sambuchino. (Photo by Pat Blair)

Sheridan writer Aaron Holst said Sunday he was pleased with this year's Wyoming Writer's Conference.

He was chairman of the event, which happened over the weekend at the Sheridan Holiday Inn. He said he thought the conference went very well, with a possibly record-setting attendance reported.

He cited two reasons for the larger-than usual attendance. This was the 40th anniversary of Wyoming Writer's, and Sheridan is where the state organization began in 1974, and there was a first-rate faculty at this year's event. They included Cody author Mark Spragg and Wyoming Poet Laureate Echo Klaproth. Other presenters included two agents from New York, Writers Digest Books editor Chuck Sambuchino, and “Creative Nonfiction” magazine founder and editor Lee Gutkind.

The conference chairman said along with attending workshops presented by these people, writers had a chance to meet one-on-one with the agents and digest books editor.

The Cody author was keynote speaker at Saturday night's banquet, where he talked about the importance of writing and reading, and compared the pastimes to watching a movie.

The conference ended late Sunday morning. Next year's event will be held in Casper.

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