2017 writing contest winners celebrated at the 43rd Annual Conference in Gillette! Left to right, Reatha Oakley (Gillette, WY), Mary Brodie (Pinedale, WY), Marsha Mittman (Spearfish, SD), Laurie Marr Wasmund (Parker, CO), Kathy Bjornestad (Sundance, WY), Pat Frolander (Sundance, WY), Steve Gardiner (Billings, WY), Marilyn Davidson (Buffalo, WY) and Betsy Bernfeld (Jackson, WY).

43rd Annual Conference a Success!

Wyoming Writers, Inc. attracted the largest group ever to its 43rd annual conference in Gillette, Wyoming, June 2-4. A total of 104 writers participated, most of them from Wyoming but also several each from Colorado, Montana, South Dakota, and Nebraska.

President Chris Ellsworth challenged the participants to use what they learned at the conference to help others. “Because somewhere back home is a good idea lost inside a person who can’t express it. Be a prompt. There’s a bright mind and a willing spirit waiting to be unleashed. Be the inspiration,” he said.

A horse trainer from Campbell County, Ellsworth said, “Maybe you know a ranch kid who needs to hear it’s okay to dream up a story and write it down. Tell him it’s fine sometimes to have a pen in your hand instead of a lass rope. Choose your words carefully, and share them. Because your words matter.” 

THANK YOU to our conference sponsors!

The Wyoming Writers Inc. 43rd Annual Conference was made possible through the support of our conference sponsors, which include the Wyoming Arts Council; the Campbell County Convention and Visitors Bureau; and Security State Bank in Gillette, WY; ANB Bank, HDR, Inc.; First Northern Bank of Wyoming; and NWCCD – Gillette College.