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"Writer''s of the purple Sage" October 19-20, at Kanab Middle School
: Arts & Culture

“Writers of Purple Sage” Retreat

October 19 & 20, 2012


Retreat Agenda


October 19

(All opening night activities are offered at no cost to the public)



7:00 PM Retreat Reception, Meet the Speakers,

Book Sale & Signing, Registration

Redrock Review Presentation 

Maximilian Werner, Featured Author on Main Street presenter, Utah Humanities Council


October 20


8:00 AM Retreat Registration, Welcome, and Continental Breakfast Kelly Stowell

8:15 AM Keynote:  Writing is your busine$$!     Writer’s Cubed         Lois Brown, Jen Jenkins, James Lewis,       Margie Jordan, Jo Schaffer, and Tahsha Wilson


9:15 AM Keynote: “Traversing Worlds: the evolution of Southern Paiute: a Portrait”     Logan Hebner,   

10:15 AM Networking and Book Signing Break


10:30 AM Keynote: “Queries and Proposals: Connecting with Editors" Stephen Armstrong,  


11:00 AM Keynote: Resources from the Utah Division of Arts and Museums     David Pace, 


11:30 AM Panel: “Lessons from Utah Writers” Moderator David Pace, Panelists: Logan Hebner,   Jana Richman, Maximilian Werner, Stephen Armstrong


12:15 PM Lunch


12:30 PM Keynote: “Why We Write” Jana Richman,


At various times throughout and immediate after the retreat, poets and other writers will have the opportunity to consult with a unique resource from Dixie State College. Poets and authors will have approximately 15 minutes to  present their work to a team of Dixie State College creative writing faculty, creative writing students and Southern Quill editors who will provide feedback and recommendations.  They can also answer questions about writing in general. Stephen B. Armstrong, John Chavez, Jim Haendiges, Elaina Westegaard, Elaine Wilson-Sharpe, Garrett Faylor, Erica Campbell










Stephen B. Armstrong earned his Ph.D. in English (Creative Writing) from Florida State University in 2004. He has published articles and reviews in numerous  publications, including Film Score Monthly, Film Quarterly, Filmfax, Classic Images and Films of the Golden Age. He is the author of two books: Pictures About Extremes: The Films of John Frankenheimer (McFarland, 2008) and Andrew V. McLaglen: The Life and Hollywood Career (McFarland, 2011). His latest book project, for which he signed a contract with Scarecrow Press last year,  is a collection of interviews given by John Frankenheimer. His short story, "Coney Island," is set to appear in the forthcoming issue of Criminal Class Press. Armstrong is also the director of Return to Little Hollywood (2009), which chronicles the history of motion picture production in southern Utah; the documentary has had television broadcasts in Oregon and Utah and has been screened at film festivals across the nation. Armstrong is an associate professor of English at Dixie State College. 


Maximilian Werner is the author of Black River Dreams, a collection of literary fly fishing essays, and the novel Crooked Creek.  He has two books coming out in spring of 2013, a memoir/natural history titled Chronicles of the Pleistocene Mind (Torrey House Press, June) and the memoir Gravity Hill (University of Utah Press, March).  Mr. Werner's poems, fiction, creative nonfiction, and essays have appeared in several journals and magazines, including Matter Journal: Edward Abbey Edition, Bright Lights Film Journal, The North American Review, ISLE, Weber Studies, Fly Rod and Reel, and Columbia.   He lives in Salt Lake City and teaches writing at the University of Utah.


Writers Cubed WRITING  IS YOUR BUSINE$$: Lois Brown, Jen Jenkins, James Lewis,Margie Jordan, Jo Schaffer, and Tahsha Wilson.

Some think of writing as their hobby. Others use it as therapy. Why not make it your business as well? In today’s world,  people who know how to write have ways of turning that skill into something profitable. Writers Cubed, founders of the Teen Author Boot Camp, will teach how writing can work for you in: corporate freelancing, blogging/marketing, and traditional/independent publishing.


David Pace is a writer, editor, critic and arts administrator.  His fiction and creative non-fiction has appeared in Dialogue and Quarterly West, among other journals and magazines.  For over ten years he was a freelance theater critic, first in Salt Lake City and then in New York.  He is currently Literary Arts & Arts Education Specialist at the Division of Utah Arts & Museums (Utah Arts Council).


Logan Hebner moved to southwest Utah in 1981, opening an award-winning restaurant and working as a river guide. He met his wife Angie on a peace walk from Leningrad to Moscow in 1987, and together they founded International Legislative Exchange, working with new parliaments emerging from ex-Soviet republics. With their sons, Jordan and Sean, they live on a mesa overlooking Zion Canyon. Hebner has been published in High Country News, Best of Writers at Work and Northern Lights. 


Jana Richman is the award-winning author of two books.: Riding in the Shadows of Saints: A Woman’s Story of Motorcycling the Mormon Trail, a memoir published by Crown, and The Last Cowgirl, a novel published by William Morrow/HarperCollins, which won the 2009 Willa Award for Contemporary Fiction and the 2009 Utah Artys Award for Best Fiction. She is also the author of numerous periodical publications including articles, essays, reviews, interviews, and editorials. Jana’s provocative prose has been compared to that of Pam Houston, Barbara Kingsolver and Pat Conroy.

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