Wednesday, October 17, 2012


There will be a great variety of workshops to choose from this coming Saturday at the 3rd Annual Whispering Prairie Press Creativity Conference in Overland Park.

Linda Rodriguez’s workshop is titled “What On Earth Is Going To Happen Next? Getting the Reader To Turn the Page” Every story and novel needs suspense elements to keep the reader turning the page. At its simplest, suspense makes the reader want to know what happens next. At its best, suspense makes the reader worry that the protagonist will never reach his overpowering goal and what on earth is going to happen next! Learn 15 techniques to fill your writing with page-turning suspense.

Linda Rodriguez’s Every Last Secret won the Malice Domestic Best First Traditional Mystery Novel Competition. Her second novel Every Broken Trust will be released in Spring 2013. She is a founding board member of Latino Writers Collective and The Writers Place and a member of Wordcraft Circle of Native American Writers and Storytellers, Kansas City Cherokee Community, International Thriller Writers, and Sisters in Crime.

Olive Sullivan will be talking about "Image is Everything--Almost". Olive Sullivan talks about process in this presentation on all things poetic. Hear how she approaches a poem, and expect to take home a few useful tips for your own writing practice.

Olive L. Sullivan is a poet who currently makes her living teaching journalism at Missouri Southern State University--where she also advises the student group MOSO Poets. Her first published poems appeared in The Little Balkans Review in 1982, and her most recent work will appear in Ad Astra Per Astra, a renga edited by Kansas Poet Laureate Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg, to be released in November 2012. Sullivan has also published short fiction and essays,and has won awards for scriptwriting.

The above are two of the six workshops that will be offered at the conference, to be held at the University of Kansas Edwards Campus, 12700th Street and Quivira. Click on the Events List to see other blog posts about the conference, or go to for all the details. SSTILL NOT TOO LATE TO REGISTER.

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