"Creative Adventures -- Navigating the Perils and Problems of the Writing Life" is the theme of the 53rd annual Writers' Roundup, to be held Friday through Sunday at The Riverboat.
Sponsored by the League of Utah Writers, the event is open to all writers and those interested in writing, according to League President Richard Tice.Speakers will be Peter P. Jacobi, nationally acclaimed journalist and non-fiction writer and professor at Indiana University; Lael Littke, novelist and short story writer specializing in literature for children and teens; and Leslie Norris, well-known Welsh poet and short-fiction writer. Area editors will also participate in a panel discussion on the editing process.
Jacobi, the keynote speaker, is well-known for his writing and edit-ing seminars. He was vice president of Jack Hilton Inc., communications consultants, and from 1963-80 was a member of the faculty at the Medill School of Journalism. A frequent contributor to newspapers and magazines, he has been an arts critic for more than 20 years. His Roundup focus will be on article writing, with emphasis on structure and process.
Littke has strong ties to Utah, having earned her bachelor's degree from Utah State University. She completed further studies in writing at City College of New York, Pasadena College, and University of California at Los Angeles. She now resides in Pasadena.
She has authored numerous books, including the honored "Shanny on Her Own," published by Harcourt Brace Jovanovich in 1985. One of her many stories for young readers, "The Day We Lost Max," originally appeared in Ladies Home Journal in 1969 and has been resold 32 times, including publication in at least six different languages.
Norris is Poet-in-Residence at Brigham Young University. He has published many books, including "The Girl from Cardigan," "Sequences," and a children's volume, "Norris's Ark" this year. His short fiction, which appears mostly in The New Yorker and Atlantic Monthly, has been collected in two published volumes.
Born and educated in Merthyr Tdfill, Wales, he also studied at University of Southampton. He will speak at the Sunday poets' breakfast and at a Saturday workshop.
Marilyn Dimond, chairman of the Roundup, announced the following schedule. A reception, buffet and deck party will be held Friday evening. Saturday includes a continental breakfast, morning and afternoon speaker sessions, a panel discussion, autograph party and awards banquet, which will conclude with the "Writer of the Year" presentation.
A late-night read-aloud will take place at the Quality Inn, Roundup headquarters, and the Poetry Showcase Sunday morning will be the final event.
For registration information, contact Clarence Socwell at 782-8761 or Dimond at 969-3337. The League of Utah Writers is funded in part by the Utah Arts Council and National Endowment for the Arts.