May 25, 2006    #097
Contact: Nick Barron

Premier Writing Coaches Featured at 'New Letters' Weekend Writing Conference

Many of Kansas City’s most respected writing coaches will be on hand for the annual New Letters Weekend Writers Conference, taking place at the University of Missouri-Kansas City’s (UMKC) Mary Clark and E. Grey Dimond Scholars Center, Friday evening June 23 through June 25, hosted by New Letters literary magazine. The conference theme is “Writing for Love, Money and Immortality.”

Candice Millard, author and former writer for National Geographic magazine, will give the opening reception’s keynote address. Millard is author of the book River of Doubt: Theodore Roosevelt’s Darkest Journey.

During the conference, participants may receive instruction on how to write plays, television and movie scripts, poetry, fiction, and journalism. Students can receive workshop analysis and private manuscript consultations given by a large cast of professional editors, radio producers, novelists, and essayists, including playwright Frank Higgins, poets Trish Reeves and Stanley E. Banks, fiction writers Catherine Browder and Matthew Eck, essayists and article writers Loring Leifer and Conger Beasley Jr., and screen writer Mitch Brian.

“It couldn’t be more uplifting,” conference director and New Letters Editor-In-Chief Robert Stewart said. “People of all kinds and levels of skill take part in this exciting weekend. We immerse ourselves in the love of narrative, language and craft.”

Students of all ages participate for one to three hours of college credit, or for noncredit. A private manuscript consultation is required for credit students and optional for noncredit students. For more detailed conference information on non-credit or individual credit options and registration, call the UMKC Continuing Education office at 816-235-2736. Contact New Letters magazine for conference details, or log onto

The University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC), one of four University of Missouri campuses, is a public university serving more than 14,000 undergraduate, graduate and professional students. UMKC engages with the community and economy based on a three-part mission: visual and performing arts, health sciences, and urban affairs.

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