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[graphic dot]Mark Bouton
[graphic dot]Judy Entz
[graphic dot]Jim Hoy
[graphic dot]Nancy Julien Kopp
[graphic dot]Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg
[graphic dot]Kevin Rabas
[graphic dot]Ann Zimmerman

Mark BoutonMark Bouton earned degrees in sociology and law, and then became a FBI special agent for thirty years, investigating criminal violations and terrorism. He nabbed killers, kidnappers, bank robbers, con men, and terrorists. He then turned to writing and has five published thriller novels, as well as a non fiction book. He is currently working on another novel, and another non fiction book. Mark will share his knowledge of writing techniques in his presentation. He will discuss the basics that anyone wishing to craft a book length work of fiction needs to consider.  This will include tips about how to find an idea, how to plot a novel, and how to develop a winning protagonist.  Mark will also explain techniques for writing dialogue, setting, narrative, description, and workable scenes..
[graphic dot]"Let's Write a Novel"

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Judy EntzJudy Entz works as a printing consultant at Mennonite Press Inc. Her specialty is working with self-published book authors. She advises authors on how to present their book in printed and bound form, how to obtain book registration, and how to market to a receptive audience. She advises authors on how to package their book appropriate to their subject, and how to edit with the reader in mind. Judy has a B.A. in Art and Sociology from Bethel College. She studied Printing Science at Ball State University, and has a Certificate in Calligraphy and Bookbinding from Roehampton Institute, London, England.
[graphic dot]"In the Know Concerning Self-Publishing"

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Jim HoyJim Hoy is Professor of English at Emporia State. Reared on a stock ranch near Cassody, he has lived in the Flint Hills area all of his life, except for graduate school in Missouri, and a teaching stint in Idaho. Jim holds a B.S. degree from Kansas State University, a M. A. from Emporia State, and a Ph. D. from the University of Missouri-Columbia. His chief interest is the folklife of ranching, both historical and contemporary in various parts of the world, with special emphasis on the Great Plains and particularly the Flint Hills of Kansas. Jim will do two presentations.
[graphic dot]"Serendipity, the Writer's Best Friend" .

[graphic dot]"Finding Gold in the Flint Hills or Wherever You Live" .

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Nancy Julien KoppNancy Julien Kopp writes to reflect both her growing-up years in Chicago and many years of living in the Flint Hills of Kansas. She has published stories, articles, essays, children's stories and poetry in magazines, newspapers, online and in several anthologies including twelve Chicken Soup for the Soul books. She is a former teacher who still enjoys teaching via the written word.
[graphic dot]"Creative Nonfiction and Writing for Anthologies"

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Caryn Mirriam-GoldbergCaryn Mirriam-Goldberg is both our keynote speaker and workshop presenter. Caryn is the 2009-2012 Poet Laureate of Kansas, and is a long time Transformative Language Artist. As a poet, fiction and non-fiction writer, teacher, mentor, and facilitator, she explores and celebrates how the spoken, written and sung word can help us live more meaningful and vibrant lives. Founder of Transformative Language Arts at Goddard College, and facilitator of Brave Voice workshops, she values social and personal transformation through the spoken, written and sung word.
[graphic dot]"These Are the Materials; The Transformative Power of Fiction"
[graphic dot]also, Keynote: "Wreckage, Wonder and Ways Through the Impossible; Writing Life's Hard Stuff in Poetry, Fiction and Non Fiction"

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Kevin RabasKevin Rabas co-directs the creative writing program at Emporia State and edits Flint Hills Review. He has three books: Bird's Horn, Lisa's Flying Electric Piano, a Kansas Notable Book and Nelson Poetry Book Award Winner, and Spider Face: stories. Kevin is the winner of the Langston Hughes Award for Poetry, The Victor Contowski Poetry Award, The Jerome Johanning Playwriting Award, and the Salina New Voice Award. In this session Rabas will introduce some of the approaches and techniques that both flash fiction and narrtive poems share. Kevin will provide examples and exercises that work for both poets and writers, including diverse examples by Barthelme, Forche, Kincaid, Hempel, Frost, Edson, and Hall. All experience levels are welcome.
[graphic dot]"Writing Flash Fiction and Narrative Poems"

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Ann ZimmermanAnn Zimmerman sings the prairie into universal language. Her music celebrates the joy, sorrow, grandeur, and silliness of life, especially life on the windy plains. Blending old and new traditions with her own award-winning songs, Ann's music tells stories and paints portraits, brilliantly-colored and unexpected, enhanced by an irresistible stage presence. Between musical performances, she is lawyer with a degree from Harvard Law School and works on mediation of legal conflicts. Her workshop covers lyric writing, fitting original words to familiar tunes, rhyme, rhythm, and the use of vivid language and creative imagination.
[graphic dot]"Songwriting Should Not Be Left to the Pros"

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