2011 Conference Recap

White County Creative Writers’16th Annual Writers’ Conference, held on September 3, 2011, was attended by 58 writers from Arkansas and her surrounding states. Topics will include Children’s Writing, Editors and Agents, Character Characteristics, and Playwriting.. Also featured were 16 writing contests, with contest awards presented during luncheon.

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FEATURED SPEAKERS

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Central Arkansas author, Shannon Taylor Vannatter’s award-winning Romance, AR series,set in Romance and Rose Bud, AR, is published by Heartsong Presents, a division of Barbour Publishing. The 18th annual Heartsong Presents Awards placed White Roses at #1 and White Doves #8 in the contemporary category. They also chose Vannatter #3 favorite new author. The Arkansas Democrat Three Rivers Edition called Vannatter one of 20 to Watch in 2011.
Shannon has taught fiction workshops for Life Press Christian Writers’ Conference in Memphis, TN, the Ozark Creative Writers’ Conference in Eureka Springs, AR. and others. In 2011, she will teach a continuing adult education course at the Arkansas State University, Heber Springs and workshops at the Ozark Romance Writers Conference and the American Christian Fiction writers conference.
She is currently working on a Texas rodeo series contracted by Heartsong Presents. Learn more about her at http://shannonvannatter.com http://www.shannonvannatter.com/blog.

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Dr. Peggy Sissel-Phelan, Ed-D., is an educator, advocate, and social entrepreneur dedicated to spreading the word about the developmental importance of reading to babies and the crisis of low literacy in this country. For the past 10 years she has been working to promote and disseminate the Reach Out and Read model of pediatric literacy intervention.
She is the founder and President of Brain Child Press, Inc., specializing in photo-illustrated picture books for Pre K- 2nd Graders that introduce basic information that supports their healthy growth and development. Categories include Food and Nutrition, Health and Safety, Fitness and Active Fun, Family and Child Development, Community and Country, and the Natural World and the Environment. They also produce teaching materials and games.
Dr. Sissel-Phelan has served on dozens of nonprofit boards and committees ranging from community service organizations, issue advocacy, professional associations, and conference planning. She is a former Kellogg Fellow, and has over 50 publications to her credit.
www.brainchildpress.com/home.html

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W.C.C.W. member Dorothy Hatfield, shared her knowledge on playwriting – the differences, the similarities, and things she has learned in having her own produced on the stage. More to follow…

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Dr. George Simon received his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Texas Tech University. He is a past President of the Arkansas Psychological Association and is Board Certified in Forensic and Clinical Psychology, and recently retired as a supervising psychologist for the Arkansas Dept. of Correction. Simon has conducted workshops and seminars, consulted to businesses and organizations, and provided support services to individuals in relationships with problem characters.

Dr. Simon’s first book, In Sheep’s Clothing, (Amazon’s 11th best selling book of all time in its category) is an international bestseller, published in 5 foreign languages. His second book, Character Disturbance also received critical acclaim and is on target to becoming a bestseller as well. Dr. Simon is on the faculty and is a major contributing author to an international blog on Psychology, Philosophy and Real Life. Dr. Simon’s work is also featured on many international sites.

Dr. Simon is the principal composer of Anthem for the Millennium (America, My Home!). The song gained popularity when a regional television station paired it with a video montage after the 9-11 attacks. It has now been performed live to audiences totaling over one million.
http://www.drgeorgesimon.com

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2011 Contest Winners

White County Creative Writers offers sixteen contests in conjunction with our 16th Annual Writers’ Conference. You did NOT have to attend the conference to enter. We extend a heartfelt “thank you” to all the sponsors that make these contests possible. Many of our sponsors are other writers and organizations in the state of Arkansas – Search for them, and give them your support.

NOTE: I thought I knew EVERYBODY, but apparently my brain went on vacation, so I’m searching for identities of some of those in the photos. If you have a clue ( or if I’ve got it wrong, or if it’s YOU!), click here and let me know, or e-mail to wcwriters@hotmail.com! I’ll update as I identify.

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DelGarrett, Jim Barton, Pat Oplinger, Peggy Sanders
Earl Belcher,– ,–,Cheri Lynn Quatrocchi
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Winners list for download!

2011 CONTESTS –

1. Jean Gipson Award – Short Story – Sponsored by White County Creative Writers

1st Place – “Trying Again” by Laura Loomis, Pittsburg, CA

2nd Place – “The Future’s so Bright…” by Christine Henderson, Searcy, AR

3rd Place – “The Unraveling” by Mary Chandler, Reno, NV

1HM – “Me and Sally” by Lee Ann Russell, Springfield, MO

2HM – “Shadows” by Lisa Collins, Rose Bud, AR

3HM – “Rosebud” by Linda Hamon, Hot Springs Village, AR

2. FWCA Award – Writers’ Choice, short story, fiction, any genre, sponsored by Fiction Writers of Central Arkansas

1st Place – “Palmer’s Frankenstein,” by Gary Hoffman, Okeechobee, FL

2nd Place – “Middleton Gym” by Terry Alexander, Porum, Ok

3rd Place – “Encounter” by Madelyn F. Young, Hot Springs Village, AR

1HM – “Shades of Morn” by Patricia A. Oplinger, Cherokee Village, AR

2HM—“Swan Song” by Jim Barton, Huttig, AR

3HM – ‘Sylvia and the Birds” by Mary Chandler, Reno, NV

3. Things that go Bump in the Night – Poetry, sponsored by The Penpoint Group

1st Place – “Boogey Man” by Beecher Smith, Memphis, TN

2nd Place –“This Very Night” by Marilyn K. Smith, FairGrove, MO

3rd Place – “The Stalking” by Mary Sangster, Ft. Smith, AR

1HM – “Shakespeare’s Dreams” by Peggy Sanders, Searcy, AR

2HM – “Ghosts and Goblins” by Gordon Smith, Hot Springs, AR

3HM – “Ghost Tails” by Jim Barton, Huttig, AR

4. Central Arkansas Writers Award – Creative Non-Fiction based on childhood memory, sponsored by Central Arkansas Writers

1st Place – “The Picture Show” by Arline Chandler, Heber Springs, AR

2nd Place – “Wild Blackberries and Dwarves” by Mary Chandler, Reno, NV

3rd Place – “The Coal Boy” by Florence M. Bruce, Memphis, TN

1HM – “Magic Cake” by Beecher Smith, Memphis, TN

2HM – “Sprouted Secret” by Geneva King Emerson, Smithville, AR

3HM – “Running Away” by Christine Henderson, Searcy, AR

5. Westward Ho! Award – Western Short Story or First Chapter of Western Novel, Sponsored by Dusty Richards

1st Place – “Tough Enough for Texas” by Del Garrett, Jacksonville, AR

2nd Place – “Courtship – Texas Style” by Nancy Peacock, Ft. Smith, AR

3rd Place – “Incident at Shadow Creek” by Gary R. Hoffman, Okeechobee, FL

1HM – “The Unholy Alliance” by Cheri Lynn Quattrochi, Cherokee Village, AR

2HM – “Tidewater Terror” by C.J.Clark, Hardy, AR

NO 3HM

6. Did You Listen? – Poetry or Prose using 5 poetic devices, sponsored by Pat Laster

1st Place – “Autumn, Far Beneath” by Peggy Sanders, Searcy, AR

2nd Place – “Midway” by Caroline Zarlengo Sposto, Memphis, TN

3rd Place – “Monologue after the Moon” by Ellaraine Lockie, Sunnyvale, CA

1HM – “We Pull the Weeds” by Faye Adams, Desoto, MO

2HM – “This Year’s Garden” by Gary R. Hoffman, Okeechobee, FL

3HM – “All My Illusions” by Catherine Moran, Little Rock, AR

7. Baker Nichols Award – Short Story, Fiction, sponsored by Freeda Baker Nichols

1st Place – “Tilly and the Mouth Organ” by Mary Chandler, Reno, NV

2nd Place – “Inherit the Kingdom” by Peggy Sanders, Searcy, AR

3rd Place – “A Simple Task” by Earl W. Belcher, Cave City, AR

1HM – “Free at Last” by Nancy Peacock, Ft. Smith, AR

2HM – “Midsummer’s Enchantment” by Alice Recker, Pleasant Hill, MO

3HM – “Aunt Betty’s Cure” by Helen Dacus, Searcy, AR

8. Tweaking the Myth – Short Story retelling a myth in secondary character POV – sponsored by Carol Hodges

1st Place – “ A Most Preposterous Princess: Cinderella” by Peggy Sanders, Searcy, AR

2nd Place – “The Bear Facts” by Jim Barton, Huttig, AR

3rd Place – “The Three Crooked Pigs” by Beecher Smith, Memphis, TN

1HM – “Sole Sister” by Christine Henderson, Searcy, AR

2HM – “Misunderstood Me” by Barbara Chamberlain, Aptos, CA

3HM – ‘Cinderella’s Godmother” by Sara Gipson, Scott, AR

9. Four-Leaf Clover Award – Poem Praising Ireland or Irish people

1st place – ‘Ireland’s Emerald Islet” by Melinda LeFevers, Searcy, AR

2nd place – “For the Irish in Me’ by Jim Barton, Huttig, AR

10. First Chapter – of a romance Novel, sponsored by Shannon Vannatter

1st Place – “My Noble Nemesis” by Heather Sutherlin, North Little Rock, AR

2nd Place – “Amber Frasier”(working title) by Illene Stewart, Edgemont, AR

3rd Place – “Pocket Change” by Debbie Archer, Walnut Ridge, AR

1HM – “Secrets” by Christine Henderson, Searcy, AR

2HM – ‘Journey to Healing” by M. Nichole Hall, Beebe, AR

3HM – “A Princess Too Pure” by Sara Gipson, Scott, AR

11. That’s What You Get (for $1.79) – Short Story, sponsored by Peggy Sanders

1st Place – “The Save” by Steve Whisnant, Little Rock, AR

2nd Place – “Cyber-Spook” by Marilyn K. Smith, Fair Grove, MO

3rd Place – “My Favorite Alien” by Sara Gipson, Scott, AR

1HM – “Econ 101” by Gary R. Hoffman, Okeechobee, FL

2HM – “Treasure Chest” by Jennifer Miller, Judsonia, AR

NO 3HM

12. It Could Be Verse – Lyric Poem, sponsored by Glassworks Ink

1st Place – “The Timeless Stream” by Gordon Smith, Hot Springs, AR

2nd Place – “Taking Issue with Marcelino” by Ellaraine Lockie, Sunnyvale, CA

3rd Place – “The Fullness of Time: A Winter’s Moon” by Peggy Sanders, Searcy, AR

1Hm – “Reaching Through the Paint” by Catherine Moran, Little Rock, AR

2HM – “Take Me to the Fair” by C.J.Clark, Hardy, AR

3HM – “One of Life’s Mysteries” by Earl E. Smith, Searcy, AR

13. New Writer Contest – Essay or Short Story – Award in memory of WCCW member Lois Clay, sponsored by Dorothy Hatfield

1st Place – “My Christmas Wish” by Janice Havlik Votsmier, Mountain Home, AR

2nd Place – “Amends” by Carroll Head, Okeechobee, FL

3rd Place – “After Yellowstone” by Marlene Kloack, Hot Springs Village, AR

1HM – “Greed – Tragedy- Humor Experienced by a PGA Tournament Director” by Mickey Jordan, Hot Springs Village, AR

2HM – “Climbing Higher” by Geneva King Emerson, Smithvile, AR

3HM – “Que Pasa!” by Illene Stewart, Edgemont, AR

14. How’d They Do That? – Non-fiction how-to article sponsored by Christine Henderson

1st Place – “A Privy Secret; How to Build and Outhouse” by Peggy Sanders, Searcy, AR

2nd Place – “Cutouts” by Lori Goff, Walled Lake, MI

3rd Place – “Reader’s Choice” by Steve Whisnant, Little Rock, AR

1HM – “Complete Satisfaction” by Earl W. Belcher, Cave City, AR

2HM – “Tan, Don’t Burn – Make Your Own Copper Tone” by Del Garrett, Jacksonville, AR

3HM – “Sharing Love” by Mary Chandler, Reno, NV

15. Family Matters Award – Essay about a family member important to you sponsored by Debra Middleton

1st Place – “Something to Paint On” by Barbara Chamberlain, Aptos, CA

2nd Place – “My Ella” by Carol Nash Smith, Hot Springs, AR

3rd Place – “The Angel in My Life” by Earl W. Belcher, Cave City, AR

1HM – “Laura” by Mary Lou Moran, Hot Springs Village, AR

2HM – “Just a Heartbeat Away” by Janice Havlik Votsmier, Mountain Home, AR

3HM – “Love Gives Itself” by Patricia A. Oplinger, Cherokee Village, AR

16. For Kids – Short Story, sponsored by RobertsFamily Ark

1st Place – “The Nose” by Mary Chandler, Reno, NV

2nd Place – “The Stomping Woman” by Melinda LeFevers, Searcy, AR

3rd Place – “Bartholomew’s Christmas Sled” by Arline Chandler, Heber Springs, AR

1HM – “The Test” by Madelyn F. Young, Hot Springs Village, AR

2HM – “Summertime Reindeer Races” by Alice Recker, Pleasant Hill, MO

3HM – “A Little Imagination” by Steve Whisnant, Little Rock, AR

 

2011 Gallery

See what fun we had?

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Earnest discussion…
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“This food is Great!”

Dr. George Simon
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“Ever hear of Dexter?”
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Dot Hatfield, Rhonda Roberts, Dorothy Johnson et.al. “Dont you dare take that…”
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Dr. Peggy Sissell Phelan
“How to find an Editor? Funny you should ask…”
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Shannon Vannatter
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Elaine Corum: “How am I going to remember all of this?”
Dot Hatfield
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