Young Writers Conference Wednesday at Culver-Stockton College

Posted: Mar. 26, 2013 11:12 am Updated: Apr. 16, 2013 2:15 pm

CANTON, Mo. -- Culver-Stockton College will give young writers some real-world experiences Wednesday by hosting the annual Young Writers Conference.

The conference is modeled after the one-day conferences that give professional writers the opportunity to meet one another, hear presentations by successful writers, participate in creative activities and receive critiques of their work.

Seven creative workshops will be hosted, including one given by a visiting author, Steve Wiegenstein, an associate dean for academic affairs at Columbia College in Columbia, Mo.

Wiegenstein is an academic scholar of utopian movements, a published fiction writer and a fifth-generation native of the Ozarks. In the late 1970s and 1980s, he published Ozark Review, a literary journal, while working as a newspaper reporter.

Wiegenstein has published short fiction in Southern Humanities Review, Kansas Quarterly, Nebraska Review, Oxford Magazine and other publications. He is also a promoter of writing in Missouri and serves as president of the Missouri Writers' Guild.

Wiegenstein's novel "Slant of Light" was published in April 2012 by Blank Slate Press of St. Louis and was runner-up for the 2012 Langum Prize in American Historical Fiction.

For 17 years, Wiegenstein was affiliated with Culver-Stockton College, serving as a professor of communications and chairman of the Humanities and Social Sciences Division. Wiegenstein will give a workshop on "What it takes to write a novel: Skills and attitudes you will need."

Also returning to campus will be poet and creative writing instructor Matthew Guenette, who is participating in his second Young Writers' Conference. Guenette is the author of the poetry collections American Busboy and Sudden Anthem, which won the 2007 American Poetry Journal Book Prize.

Admission to the conference is free, and a complimentary lunch will be served in the student center. The program will conclude with door prizes and awards for the best writing of the day.

For more information, call Heidi Lanier at (573)288-6312 or by send her an email at