Dubois named as 2018 conference site

Cindy Jackelen, WW Inc. President


Labor Day weekend provided a welcomed respite from a busy teaching schedule. We drove to our friends’ home high in the mountains west of Dubois. Early morning tea in a large sunroom, a westward view of the Pinnacles above Brooks Lake, hikes along Long Creek where we found grizzly tracks, and visits with dear friends nourished
my soul.

Wyoming Writers Inc. is pleased to announce that the beautiful community of Dubois is the site of the 2018 annual conference June 1-3. The WW Inc. Conference has never been held in Dubois, and the board is excited to work with the Conference Committee to host what promises to be an exciting conference in one of the most scenic locations in the state.

As a former resident of Dubois, I can testify to the ability of this small but vibrant community to host a unique conference. Dubois is one of the most welcoming communities I know. Each conference location has advantages and challenges, but Dubois has many active volunteers who are up to the challenge. Conference Chair Karen Madorin, a retired English teacher and a new member of WW Inc., is highly capable of organizing such an event. Karen and I had a chance
to meet at The Perch for a cup of coffee during my recent visit to Dubois. We reviewed the many details she already has in place.

The Headwaters Arts and Conference Center will be the site of conference. It is located on the banks of the Wind River and boasts a beautiful art gallery on the second floor. The Headwaters is fully handicapped accessible, and Director Tammy Lucas has already been working with Karen to assure a successful event.

We have selected two motels that will offer a conference rate of $95. The Twin Pines is a beautiful facility with lodge style rooms in the main lodge, as well as individual log cabin rooms. The Stagecoach Motor Inn is one of the most popular motels in Dubois, conveniently located in downtown Dubois. We encourage you to reserve your
rooms as early as possible but no later than May 15. You must request the WW Inc. conference rate. Dubois has many other motels and a top notch KOA campground along the river near downtown owned and operated by Rick and Barb. They will treat you like old friends. I know all of these facilities, so feel free to contact me via email (president@wyowriters.org) if you want to know more about a specific motel.

You will want to bring your family along to enjoy the many recreational opportunities in the Dubois area. The Three Lakes area, just a few miles east of town, offers hiking, fishing, kayaking, and petroglyph viewing. The Shoshone National Forest west of town has many opportunities for horseback riding, fishing, hunting, and hiking. Downtown Dubois has charming restaurants, shops, and the newly rebuilt mercantile building that burned a few years back. The city park is very attractive and has hiking trails along the river. The history museum and the Sheep Center are some of the finest facilities in the state. The Dubois Chamber of Commerce can help you find
what you need for recreation. I encourage you to plan to stay a couple of extra days to explore the Dubois area. Some of my personal favorite activities are hiking to Louise Lake and kayaking Brooks Lake.

 

The Dubois area has always attracted writers, so conference attendees will feel like they are right at home in a retreat-like setting with beautiful scenery and inspiring conference faculty. Please plan to attend!