Take a hike with CWC's first outdoors writers class

May 13, 2012 Staff

A blind adventurer who has climbed the summit of the highest mountains on all seven continents is the keynote speaker for Central Wyoming College's first Wind River Outdoor Writers Conference at the CWC Sinks Canyon Center on Aug. 24-25.

"Erik Weihenmayer, a world-class athlete and climber, brings unique power to the conference as the keynote speaker on Saturday evening," organizer and CWC English faculty member Buck Tilton said.

Weihenmayer is the author of "Touch the Top of the World" and was honored as the Outdoor Industry Association's 2011 Inspirational Person of the Year.

In addition to Weihenmayer, whose address is open to the public free of charge, Tilton has put together a panel of presenters that includes magazine writers, editors, publishers, authors and bloggers.

He invites students, novice and professional writers, and teachers of writing to participate.

The conference will present opportunities for writers to work with the professional presenters in small groups as well as one-on-one. College credit is available as well as PTSB credit for teachers for successful completion.

Anyone wishing to have a sample of their writing evaluated by a professional can do so by emailing, as an attachment, a short article, essay or book chapter at least two weeks prior to Aug. 24.

The writers of these samples must be registered for the conference and will meet privately with their evaluators in order to maximize the learning experience.

The $100 conference fee includes catered meals. There are cabins and tent sites available at the Sinks Canyon Center for a nominal fee. The SCC is located five miles south of Lander.

For more details on the conference website at, email Tilton at or call (307) 855-2052.

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