Mark your calendar!

White County Creative Writers’ 22nd Annual Writers’ Conference will be held on September 2, 2017 on the second floor of the American Heritage Conference Center at Harding University in Searcy, AR.

Also featured are several writing contests, with contest awards presented during luncheon.

Conference Registrations must be postmarked by August 28, 2017. A registration fee of $25.00 includes the luncheon. Participants may also register the morning of the conference, but lunch may not be included. Click here to download a registration form.

Tables for book sales must be reserved in advance @$5.00 for ½ table (approx. 30″ x 36″).

Make checks payable to White County Creative Writers, and mail to:

c/o Kim Vernon
P.O.Box 444
Pangburn, AR 72121

NOTE: Contest entry fees are NOT included in the conference fee. See Contest Regulations for details.

Questions? Call 501-268-6426 or email

Meet Our Conference Speakers

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Peggy ArcherPeggy Archer

Peggy Archer writes fiction, poetry and non-fiction for children. Her newest picture book, A Hippy-Hoppy Toad, won the SCBWI (Society of Children’s  Book Writers & Illustrators) Work-in- Progress award for picture book text, and will be published by Schwartz  & Wade in Spring 2018.

Some of Peggy’s picture books include Name That Dog! Puppy Poems from A to Z, (Dial Books for Young Readers, Penguin), From Dawn to Dreams: Poems for Busy Babies (Candlewick Press) and the New York Times Best Seller Turkey Suprise (Dial Books for Young Readers, Penguin).

Her board books include Find It At The Construction Site and Find It At Bedtime (Highlights Press). Peggy’s story, Double Exposure, appears in Chicken Soup For the Soul, Angels and Miracles, 2016.

Peggy has worked as a pediatric nurse and school nurse. A native Hoosier from Indiana, she now lives with her husband in O’Fallon, Missouri.

Learn more about Peggy at her website:

Frank W. Brown MDFrank W. Brown

Born in Searcy, Arkansas and raised in White County, Frank graduated from Searcy High School in 1976 as Valedictorian. He attended Harding College where he met his future wife, Pam; they were married in 1979. Frank and Pam attended the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences where they obtained their medical degrees and completed residency training.

After moving to Georgia in 1989, Frank joined the Emory University School of Medicine in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. Frank served 17 years as the Chief Medical Officer for Wesley Woods Geriatric Hospital. He is currently the Chief Quality Officer of Emory University Hospital in Atlanta and the Vice-Chairman for Clinical Operations for the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Emory. He is a past-President of The American College of Psychiatrists and a former Treasurer of the American Psychiatric Association. Frank and Pam reside in Stone Mountain, Georgia.

Frank has authored many articles, chapters and reviews for numerous professional texts, journals and newsletters. He is the author of Guardian of the Memories: Searcy (2008 co-winner of the Cloie Presley Writers’ Award) That book chronicles Franks recollections about growing up in White County, Arkansas.

Shannon Taylor Vannatter

Taylor Vannatter writes contemporary Christian cowboy romance and has over a dozen published titles. After nine and a half years of striving for publication in the traditional market, her debut novel, White Roses, won the Inspirational Reader’s Choice Award.

She gleans fodder for her fiction in rural Arkansas where she spent her teenage summers working the concession stand with her rodeo announcing dad and married a Texan who morphed into a pastor.

Vannatter loves teaching at writer’s meetings and conferences. She is  available to speak for schools, colleges, churches, book clubs, and civic organizations.

In her spare time, she loves hanging out with her husband and son, flea marketing, and doing craft projects.

Learn more at her website: