2022 Writers Conference

The 2022 Writers Conference will be Thursday, Nov. 17 - Sunday, Nov. 20.
The Conference Website is under construction and will be up soon! Check back for full details, and read here for a behind-the-scenes peek at what's happening this year.

Meet Our Presenters

Check back often as the Conference approaches to read more about our presenters. We'll introduce a new faculty member every few days!

Contest Prompt 

Our writing contests award each winner with a $200 honorarium and the chance to read their work at an upcoming event. Our current contest prompt is: 

ek.phra.sis (noun) - the use of detailed description of a work of art as a literary device 

They say a picture is worth a thousand words. Every person will look at the same picture and see something different, will describe it differently, will find their thoughts inspired in unique directions.   

This fall, we turn our gaze to the portraits created by Patricia Streeper, on display at the Central Resource Library. This prompt is ekphrastic in nature, meaning we want you to write in response to her work. You can simply view the images or immerse yourself by reading and listening to interviews by Streeper, researching the subject of one of her paintings, or you can offer up your first impressions. 

Fall Programs 

New to ekphrasis? Anne-Marie Oomen will provide a series of programs around ekphrasis on September 27, 28 and October 1. Read descriptions and register here.  

We have so much more to share with you, and this will be the main place we do so. So please, check back often, reach out via social media (we’re jocolibrary) on every platform (be sure to tag it #jocowrites so we are sure to see it!) and get ready for an amazing conference! 

Writers Conference PreGame
Thursday, September 22, 6:30 - 8 p.m.
Central Resource Library, Carmack Community Room

Excited for the November Writers Conference? Us too!

We’re so excited, in fact, that we can’t wait until November to start! If you also want to get a head start, join us for our first-ever Writers Conference Pregame. You can meet fellow writers and conference planners, review session descriptions, register, and pick up a free copy of our conference book, Creative Acts for Curious People: How to Think, Create, and Lead in Unconventional Ways by Sarah Stein Greenberg (as supplies last). Some of our faculty will join us (either in-person or virtually), and maybe we’ll enjoy some quick writing games.  

It’ll be fun . . . we promise!