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Writers of the Purple Sage

Center for Education, Business, and the Arts (CEBA)

Friday, October 19, 2012 at 7:00 PM - Saturday, October 20, 2012 at 8:00 AM (PDT)

Writers of the Purple Sage

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“Writers of the Purple Sage” taking place October 19-20, 2012 in Kanab

Writers of the Purple Sage, one of Utah’s most prestigious emerging writer retreats, will convene in Kanab, starting at 7:00 pm on Friday, October 19th, and starting at 8:00 am on Saturday, October 20th. This year’s writing retreat covers a broad array of literary genres and the Center for Education, Business, and the Arts (CEBA) is presenting the event in conjunction with the Utah Humanities Council Book Festival happening throughout Utah, during the month of October. Topics for the purple sage retreat include lessons from experienced Utah writers, self-publishing and e-books, compelling writing, working with an editor, on-the-spot creative writing instruction, and resources for Utah writers. 

“The topics being addressed by this year’s line up of speakers is simply as good as it gets, and the experience based retreat has become one of CEBA’s signature functions.” explained Kelly Stowell, CEBA Executive Director. Stowell also remarked, “the event is one way we are fostering and providing educational opportunities to sharpen and update our written language skills through community collaboration right here in Kanab.”

Keynote speakers for the retreat include authors Max Werner, Logan Hebner, Sr. Stephen Armstrong, Jana Richman, and a group presentation from Writers Cubed. The event begins on Friday, October 19, with an evening reception and book presentation by Max Werner, a featured speaker from the Authors on Main Street (AMS) program from the Utah Humanities Council. The AMS is designed for groups and organizations to host Utah authors to engage readers through dialogue and discussion about the ideas raised in the authors books. 

On Saturday, October 20, starting at 8:00 am, break-out sessions of the day address ways to improve communication skills through the literary arts with seminars devoted to learning how the featured speakers became successful in their literary craft. In addition, presenters will discuss important topics such as working with an editor and resources available to help writers succeed in Utah, with David Pace, literary director of the Utah Division of Arts and Museums. 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. 

Stowell also commented, “the event has direct benefits for everyone ranging from aspiring writers to the local business community, who must continually find ways to connect with customers in order to stay competitive in today’s global economy. The event also builds on our local heritage and offers another value added experience for visitors to our area.”

A unique component of the “Writers of the Purple Sage” is presented by Dixie State College with English Professor Steve Armstrong, and professors from the English Department will be available to consult individually with event attendees to assess their works and provide feedback and recommendations. 

The event registration fee is $15.00, and the fee includes breakfast and lunch on October 20. Everyone is invited to attend the reception on October 19, at no cost thanks to the Utah Humanities Council AMS program. To register for “Writers of the Purple Sage,” visit For more information interested parties can call Kelly Stowell directly at (435) 899-0443, or by sending an email to Ask Stowell about how to obtain an available scholarship as well.

The event is presented by CEBA and generously supported with funds from the Utah Arts Division of Arts and Museums and the Utah Humanities Council. Event sponsors also include Canyon Book, CEBA, Dixie State College, Friends of the Kanab Library, Kanab Arts Council, Utah Division of Community and Culture, Kane County Economic Development, Kanab Area Chamber of Commerce, Kanab City, Kane County Office of Tourism, Mormon Pioneer National Heritage Area, National Endowment for the Arts, Southern Utah University, Southwest Applied Technology College, and Willow Canyon Book and Outdoor Supplies.

Have questions about Writers of the Purple Sage? Contact Center for Education, Business, and the Arts (CEBA)

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Kanab Middle School
690 S Cowboy Way
Kanab, UT 84741

Friday, October 19, 2012 at 7:00 PM - Saturday, October 20, 2012 at 8:00 AM (PDT)

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