The 2022 Women Writing the West Conference will be an in-person event,
held October 20-22, 2022, in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Registration is Now Open!
This will be Women Writing the West’s first-ever conference in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
Oklahoma comes from two Choctaw words: okla, meaning people; humma, meaning red. The land of the red people. This year’s conference is entitled Red Earth Voices: We All Have a Story to Tell. We will focus on the connective power of storying.
To uplift. To empower. To inspire.
Be One of the First to Register and Get a Free Gift!
Our generous sponsors, Typo Market and the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum, have donated these lovely leather Journals to the first 100 registrants!
These leather journals are created by L3Designs, Stillwater, OK. They come in two colors: Maroon & Creme, filled with quality, lined paper to take notes during conference or for journaling afterwards.
Plans are busily underway for our upcoming first-ever WWW conference in Oklahoma City! We are thrilled to confirm that featured speakers will include Laura Pritchett, Amy Irvine, and Jeanetta Calhoun Mish. We will take in the beauty and history of place through the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum and the First Americans Museum. We hope you may want to be involved with the conference in ways that align with your passion and skills.
~~~ CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS ~~~
Dear wonderful Women Writing The West members,
We are so excited about our in-person conference this October in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma! Would you like to volunteer during the conference? Here are a few of the tasks we need volunteers for.
Thank you for having a look and sharing your talents and time to make our conference a success!
Volunteers are needed for these and other tasks:
- Help during Pitch Sessions (Friday & Saturday)
- Help during Roundtable Critique Sessions: directing others to their correct spots during Roundtable Critique Sessions (Thursday)
- Help in Conference Bookstore: Help Full Circle Bookstore staff set up store, set up tables and name cards for members and speakers participating in signing, other tasks (not sales or taking payment!)
- Help during Museum Tours: We are looking for a ‘shepherd’ for each tour. Task involves checking everyone on master list, making sure all who have signed up get on the shuttle bus, and making sure all attendees make it on the shuttle bus to get back to the hotel. Museum attendance will be paid in return for volunteering. (Thursday)
- Help at Registration Table
- There will be more opportunities to help.
Please contact Jeannine Kammann-Soon at firstname.lastname@example.org if you can see yourself in these tasks or other tasks that will come up.
Thank you so much in advance for helping!
WWW 2022 Volunteer Coordinator
Reserve Your Room!
Start Date: Sunday, October 16, 2022
End Date: Wednesday, October 26, 2022
Last Day to Book: September 28, 2022
Hotel offering your special group rate:
$115.00 USD per night
Phone: Central Reservations at 1-800-325-3535
Give the operator the group code: C39
Full Circle Bookstore of Oklahoma City will be hosting the bookstore during the conference.
Please fill out this form if you are interested in having your books in the bookstore. You must be a WWW Member and registered for the Conference to participate.
Once again, an Auction to benefit The WILLA Literary Award Fund is planned. Details to be announced.
Meet Our 2022 Conference Speakers
Laura Pritchett is the author of five literary novels. Her first book, Hell’s Bottom, Colorado, won the PEN USA Award for Fiction and the Milkweed National Fiction Prize. This was followed by the novels Sky Bridge, Stars Go Blue, Red Lightning, and The Blue Hour, which garnered other awards including the WILLA, the High Plains Book Award, and several Colorado Book Awards. Stars Go Blue has been optioned for TV rights. She’s also written two nonfiction books, Great Colorado Bear Stories and Making Friends with Death: A Field Guide to Your Impending Last Breath. Environmental issues are close to her heart, and she’s editor of three anthologies about conservation. She directs the MFA in Nature Writing at Western Colorado University and teaches around the country.
Jeanetta Calhoun Mish’s most recent books are What I Learned at the War, a poetry collection (West End Press, 2016) and Oklahomeland: Essays (Lamar University Press, 2015). Her 2009 poetry collection, Work Is Love Made Visible (West End Press) won an Oklahoma Book Award, a Wrangler Award, and the WILLA Award from Women Writing the West. Her first collection, a chapbook entitled Tongue Tied Woman, won the 2001 Edda Poetry Chapbook for Women Competition.
Anthology publications include poems in Returning the Gift, The Colour of Resistance and The Eloquent Poem; she has published poetry in many magazine and journals such as About Place and Yellow Medicine Review. Jeanetta was named Oklahoma State Poet Laureate in 2017 and, in 2019, she was awarded a Poets Laureate Fellowship from the Academy of American Poets.
Mish is editor of Mongrel Empire Press, which was recognized as 2012 Publisher of the Year by the Wordcraft Circle of Native Writers and Storytellers. She has served as contributing editor for World Literature Today and Sugar Mule: A Literary Journal; she is currently a contributing editor for Oklahoma Today. She is a member of ACES: The Society for Editing and of the Editorial Freelancers Association.
Dr. Mish is a faculty mentor for The Red Earth Creative Writing MFA at Oklahoma City University where she teaches criticism and theory, poetics, poetry craft, and research for writer. jeanettacalhounmish.com/
Amy Irvine is a sixth-generation Utahn and descendant of notorious Mormons. Her memoir, Trespass: Living at the Edge of the Promised Land, received the Orion Book Award, Ellen Meloy Desert Writers Award and the Colorado Book Award. Desert Cabal: A New Season in the Wilderness, is a feminist response to western wilderness icon Edward Abbey’s Desert Solitaire, and was included in Orion Magazine’s 25 Most-Read Stories of the Decade, Outside’s Adventure Canon and Backpacker’s New Wilderness Classics. Her second memoir, Almost Animal, is forthcoming by Spiegel & Grau. Irvine lives and writes off-grid, on a remote mesa in southwest Colorado.
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