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CWC to host Outdoor Writers Conference
A blind adventurer who has climbed the summit of the highest mountains on each of the seven continents is the keynote speaker for Central Wyoming College’s first Wind River Outdoor Writers Conference at the CWC Sinks Canyon Center August 24 to 25.
“Erik Weihenmayer, a world-class athlete and climber, brings unique power to the conference as the keynote speaker on Saturday evening,” organizer and CWC English faculty member Buck Tilton said. Weihenmayer is the author of “Touch the Top of the World” and was honored as the Outdoor Industry Association’s 2011 inspirational Person of the Year.
“The conference is a gathering of writers - from novice to professional, from merely interested to deeply involved - who work with words in various forms of writing related to the outdoors,” Tilton said.
Himself a columnist for Backpacker Magazine and the author of multiple books on the outdoors, Tilton said the conference will present many opportunities for writers including presentations with authors, publishers, magazine writers and editors and bloggers as well as small discussion groups.
Among the publications represented at the conference are Globe-Pequot Press, FalconGuides, and Backpacker Magazine.
Anyone wishing to have a sample of their writing evaluated by a professional can do so by emailing, as an attachment, a short article, essay, or book chapter at least two weeks prior to August 24. The writers of these samples must be registered for the conference and will meet privately with their evaluators in order to maximize the learning experience.
The conference fee includes catered meals, and one credit hour in English is available through Central Wyoming College.