THE MORMON DIARIES of John Henry Smith, William Clayton and Rudger Clawson will be discussed by a panel of experts at 3 p.m. this afternoon (not April 7, as listed in last week's Footnotes), in the Marriott Library on the University of Utah campus. Call 581-7791 for further information.

- PATRICIA A. KIMBER and CAROL QUIST, both prize-winning writers, will address the League of Utah Writers' South Jordan Chapter at 6:45 p.m. Monday, April 15, at 10353 S. 1300 West. Their subject is "Essays - Shortcut to Publication." Call 254-2047 for information.- ELOUISE BELL, writer, lecturer and professor, will read from her book "Only When I Laugh" at Frost's Books in Foothill Village, 1320 Foothill Drive., at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 18. For information, call 582-8428.

- LOCAL SCIENCE FICTION and fantasy fans will gather April 19-21 in the Quality Inn, 154 W. 600 South, for the CONduit convention. Admission for the full three-day convention is $22, with one-day and youth rates available. Workshops will consider writing, storytelling, song and games, as well as specific topics like "Star Trek" and the work of Robert Heinlein. Art and costume contests are planned.

Barbara Hambly, author of "Dragon's Bane," the recent "Ghost Walker," "Star Trek" novels and "Beauty and the Beast" TV series novelizations, will be the guest of honor. Also featured will be award-winning writer Dave Wolverton; Derek Hegsted, Grand Prize winner of the L. Ron Hubbard Illustrators of the Future Contest; and game designer Erick Wujcik.

- MAX FRISCH, the Swiss novelist and playwright who focused on the predicament of man in modern society, has died at age 79.

Frisch, considered the dean of German-language literature, was one of the most influential writers in the post-World War II era. His works, including "I Am Not Stiller" and "Man in the Holocene," were translated into 37 languages.

Frisch described himself as a pacifist and socialist but never joined a party. He won several literary awards but the Nobel Prize eluded him. - Associated Press

- A FORMER SWISS general sentenced in 1970 to 18 years in jail for spying for the Soviet Union says best-selling author John le Carre is planning a new novel based on his case.

Jean-Louis Jeanmaire, released four years ago after serving slightly more than half his sentence, said the book would bolster his claims that he is innocent. The former brigadier general told reporters he is continuing to press the Swiss government to review his case, and hopes that le Carre's book will help. - United Press International