Another Great Conference!

The 27th Annual White County Creative Writers  Conference was held on Saturday September 3 with more than 50 writers in attendance.

And what a great conference it was! Three over-the-top talented writers, great food, and great conversation among friends made for an incredible day.

You can view some pictures of the event on our Facebook page.

Also, check out the list of winners for this year’s contests.

Information about our featured speakers is found below.



USA Today bestseller Laura Castoro has published 46 novels with major publishing houses.  She writes Historical and Contemporary Romance, Westerns, Saga, contemporary African American and Women’s Fiction, Romantic Suspense, as well as non-fiction YA, and short stories. Her current release is LOVE ON THE LINE with Harper Collins 08/21.

A sought-after speaker, Laura was the 2005 inductee into the Arkansas Writers’ Hall of Fame.  In 2013 she was named a Legend of Romance and awarded the prestigious Romance Pioneer Award by Romantic Times

Laura led two workshops at this year’s conference.

1. No Sex, Please! Deals with the task of writing compelling sensual scenes that don’t require body parts.
2. Will I Read On?  Focuses on creating compelling openings that make the reader eager to continue.

You can find out more about Laura at her website.


Four-time winner of the Western Writers of America Spur Award and twice winner of the Western Fictioneers Peacemaker Award, Rod Miller writes fiction, history, poetry, and magazine articles about the American West with more than twenty books, inclusion in many anthologies, and scores of articles to his credit.

Rod Miller’s latest novel is This Thy Brother, sequel to the Peacemaker finalist, Father unto Many Sons. Other recent books include All My Sins Remembered, a novel, and a historical novel of the Massacre at Bear River, And the River Ran Red. A historical novel of the Mountain Meadows Massacre, With a Kiss I Die, will be released in October.

Rod led two workshops at this year’s conference.

1. More than L’Amour: Writing the West in the 21st Century. Western writers capture the defining aspect of America in many genres as they entertain and inform.
2. Where Cowboys and Poetry Meet. How is cowboy poetry made? Tools and techniques with wider application will be demonstrated.

Read more about Rod Miller at his website, And read about his humorous Spur and Peacemaker Award-winning novels featuring Rawhide Robinson at Miller also writes a blog,


Originally from Georgia, Michael Claxton is a Professor of English at Harding University, where he has taught since 2003. He teaches composition, World Literature, and Shakespeare and co-sponsors Harding’s poetry club. He writes a weekly column in The Bison student newspaper and researches the history of stage magic.

Michael Claxton is the author of Don’t Fool Yourself: The Magical Life of Dell O’Dell, a biography of a pioneering female magician.

Michael led two workshops at this year’s conference.

1. Make ‘Em Smile. Featuring his reflections on 17 years of writing a weekly humor column.
2. The Magic of Biography. Focusing on the joys and challenges of researching one of America’s most successful magicians.



DATE: Saturday September 2, 2023
2400 Landing Road, Searcy AR

News and updates about the 2023 will be posted on our website as details become available.

We hope to see you there!