Ozark Creative Writers Conference happens annually in Eureka Springs, Arkansas. For those of you unfamiliar with the area or conference, this is a low cost, win-win affair.
A group of good old gals (Lou Turner, Delois McGrew, Chrissy Willis and Donna Volkenannt to name a few) combined talents to pull the 2015 two-day conference together with speakers, authors, publishers, and others to give a mighty bang for your conference buck. Yep. Top-notch presenters. Tiffany Schofield of Five Star Press (ME) led the attendees in “Searching for Your Voice” while L.D. Whiteaker author of Geese to a Poor Market handed out “Guerrilla Marketing” tips. Wyoming native Tom Eaton used his Stories from Mission County as a springboard to explore place in writing scenes and shaping characters. Elizabeth Lyon (OR) rolled out a cornucopia of session topics from how to begin a story, choosing a title (yes, titles matter) and developing characters, suspense and subtext. The Village Writing School gave us a mini demonstration on various cyber programs, apps, and writing tips. Aside from the conference presentations, there are opportunities for that priceless ingredient calling networking.
Place is another part of any conference equation. Eureka Springs offers compelling scenery, gourmet eateries, quaint pubs, and classic hand-made pottery and jewelry in spades. Known as the Switzerland of the Ozarks, Eureka Springs is a great place to hang before, during, and after any conference. Mark your calendar: October 2016.