Mark your calendar!

White County Creative Writers’ 21st Annual Writers’ Conference will be held on September 3, 2016 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 27, 2016. A registration fee of $25.00 includes the luncheon. Participants may also register the morning of the conference, but lunch may not be included.

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 e-mail

Meet Our Conference Speakers

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Cara BrookinsCara Brookins

Cara is a writer with eight published books and has been speaking at events since 2004. Brookins’ works include the thriller Little Boy Blu, the Timeshifters trilogy, Treasure Quest, and the middle grade Gadget Geeks and Doris Free novels.

Her latest book, Rise, is a memoir about escaping domestic violence and stalking with her four children and building Inkwell Manor, their 3,500 square foot home, from the ground up with their own hands.

Cara’s #RaiseMyRoof lectures motivate audiences around the country to build a new life and a new perception of self.

A large social media presence on Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Instagram, and Facebook connect her to millions every month.

Garry Craig PowellGarry Craig Powell

Born in England and educated at Cambridge University and Durham University, Garry Craig Powell is a fiction writer and professor of Creative Writing at the University of Central Arkansas. Before settling in Arkansas he lived in Spain, Poland, Portugal, and the United Arab Emirates. During these years, he played semi-professionally in a band, visited Africa and the Far East, trekked the Himalayas, and scoured Europe ala D.H.Lawrence.

Having taught female undergraduates at an Arab university, he developed some insights into the cultural and psychological gulfs in the oil-rich emirates, so began developing Stoning the Devil, a novel-in- stories about the region. Stoning the Devil was published by Skylight Press in 2012. Extracts have appeared in many US magazines.

His website is

Talya BoernerTalya Boerner

As the daughter of an Arkansas farmer, Talya grew up playing in the cotton fields of Mississippi County while perfecting the art of making mudpies. After high school, she moved to Texas for college, graduating from Baylor University with an economics degree primarily because her Daddy said, “If I’m paying for college, you’ll get a business degree.” So that’s what she did.

In 2011, after an “aha” moment, she left a thirty year Dallas banking career to pursue her dream of writing. Now she lives in Fayetteville with her husband and splits time between Northwest Arkansas and her family’s farm in Mississippi County.

Talya’s first novel, The Accidental Salvation of Gracie Lee, debuted in January 2016 through Southern Yellow Pine Publishing. Although the story is (mostly) fiction, the characters and setting are familiar and relatable, especially to those with southern roots, less than perfect families, and questions about life in general.

Talya is a regular contributor to Arkansas Farm Bureau’s Front Porch Magazine, Only in Arkansas(dot)com, and Delta Crossroads. Her work has been published in Arkansas Review, Postcard Shorts, Deep South Magazine, and The Write Life. For more juicy details, she constantly overshares on her personal blog, Grace Grits and Gardening.

Tayla’s website is : Grace, Grits and Gardening