It’s not too early to begin thinking about attending the 2018 Women Writing the West Conference Oct. 25-28 in Walla Walla, Washington. The conference will take place at the historic Marcus Whitman Hotel located downtown, just one block off Main Street.
If you haven’t watched it yet, check out the conference video that offers a glimpse of the town’s history. https://youtu.be/3Z7GmSsbVmI
To stay up-to-date on plans, details, and fun facts, join the 2018 WWW Conference group on Facebook. https://www.facebook.com/groups/362893190799957/
While the committee diligently works on plans, there are a few upcoming deadlines to keep in mind.
The WILLA Literary Awards honors the best in literature, featuring women’s or girls’ stories set in the West that are published each year. Women Writing the West (WWW) underwrites and presents the nationally recognized award annually at the WWW Fall Conference. The award is named in honor of Pulitzer Prize winner Willa Cather, one of the country’s foremost novelists.
In addition, the 2018 WILLA competition will have a new reward for two lucky winners of a drawing. We have received notice of two 2-week residencies at the PLAYA at Summer Lake in Oregon, from the PLAYA Executive Director, WILLA Winner, and Women Writing the West member Ellen Waterston. As there are seven categories in the WILLA Awards and all winners are considered equal, the two residencies will be awarded by a drawing at the WILLA awards dinner in Walla Walla. For more information about the residency, go to www.playasummerlake.org
For more information or to fill out the application for the 2018 WILLA Literary Award, go to the Women Writing the West website: womenwritingthewest.org
Those interested in submitting a workshop proposal will find a form available online with complete instructions. Go to the Women Writing the West website to download the form or click here. Forms should submitted no later than Feb. 20, 2018 to Jane Kirkpatrick or Gail Jenner (Program Chairs) at: firstname.lastname@example.org as an attachment with WWW Workshop Proposal in the subject line.
We hope wherever this year’s trails lead you, they’ll find you in Walla Walla in October for the conference!