CLIFF NOTES Writing Conference

Join us for the

2022 Cliff Notes Writing Workshop

September 29th - October 2nd

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Registration is open on the REGISTER Page

Proof of Covid-19 Vaccination will be required for attendance at the workshop!!

Eleanor Wilner

Eleanor Wilner is the author of nine books of poetry, most recently Before Our Eyes: New and Selected Poems, 1975-2017 and Gone to Earth: Early and Uncollected Poems 1963-1975; and a book on visionary imagination and social/personal change, Gathering the Winds. Her poems appear in over 50 anthologies, including Best American Poetry 2014 and 2016; her awards include the 2019 Frost Medal of the Poetry Society for lifetime achievement, a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship, the Juniper Prize, and three Pushcart Prizes. She is a lifelong activist for civil rights and peace.

Rob Van Wagoner

Robert Hodgson Van Wagoner’s second novel, The Contortionists, was awarded the 15 Bytes Book Award for Fiction 2021. His first novel, Dancing Naked, was awarded the Utah Book Award by the Utah Center for the Book, and the Utah Original Writing Competition’s Publication Prize. His short stories and author interviews have appeared in periodicals, anthologies and online publications, and have been selected for various awards, including Carolina Quarterly’s Charles B. Wood Award for Distinguished Writing, Shenandoah’s Jeanne Charpiot Goodheart Award for Fiction, Sunstone’s Brookie and D.K. Brown Memorial Fiction Award, and Weber: The Contemporary West’s Dr. O. Marvin Lewis Award for Best Fiction. He has been featured as faculty/presenter at numerous writing workshops and retreats, including Writers@Work, YoungArts, Sawtooth Writers Conference, National Undergraduate Literature Conference, and Southern Utah University Writers Conference. He lives in Washington state.



David Lee


  • Readings

  • Discussions

  • Homework Sharing - 2022 Dave’s assignment: Think of loss of focus during Covid. To gain focus, we need to concentrate and notice. Take something complex and make it utterly simple Pick a moment, thoroughly study it and describe. Find the reason and significance in it. Use a source: quote, conversation overheard, piece of art. Understand external ramifications (the emotional place you are in the piece. What effect was it and what was the emotional impact? Who is the reader? What do you want as outcome? Write piece with reader in mind. Each participant has 2-3 minutes to share.

  • Writing Instruction

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