WWA Ersfeld Symposium Planned for Great Falls, Montana Sept. 27-29, 2019

ENCAMPMENT, WY – Five accomplished western authors and filmmakers travel to Great Falls, Montana, in late September for a two-day seminar on the art of writing about the American West. Writing the West: From the Ox-Bow Incident to Killers of the Flower Moon is the title of the 2019 James Ersfeld Symposium presented by Western Writers of America.

Among the authors and filmmakers participating in the symposium are New York Times bestselling authors Kat Martin and Chris Enss, bestselling author Larry J. Martin, TwoDot Books’ senior acquisitions editor Erin Turner and Department Head Film and Media Studies, University of Utah, Andrew Patrick Nelson.

Authors interested in penning a Western book or writing a Western film can take advantage of a series of panels about the craft scheduled on Friday, September 27 and Saturday, September 28, 2019 at the C. M. Russell Museum in Great Falls, Montana.

James Ersfeld Memorial Symposiums were started in 2015 by the nonprofit Western Writers of America to encourage people in the writing field, with a focus on the Western genre. Western Writers of America, founded in the 1950s to promote and honor literature about the West.

“We encourage writers of all levels of experience to attend,” WWA executive director Candy Moulton said. “This is a chance to have one-on-one contact with some of the leading authors in the field of Western Literature who will provide insight and specific information to aid both new and established writers.”

The symposium is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. Sept. 27 with a “The Paths to Publication” panel in which the authors discuss how to write a good Western and how they got their own Westerns published or produced. Enss will moderate.

A reception and book signing are scheduled after the panel.

Workshops follow on Sept. 28, beginning with two morning sessions (9:30-11:30 a.m.) that will focus on nonfiction writing and a nuts and bolts session on preparing a manuscript for publication including how to develop a book proposa.

Afternoon sessions (1:30-3:30 p.m.) will focus on fiction and film.

Following a lunch break, attendees will have an opportunity to tour the C. M. Russell Museum.

Saturday evening the award-winning film “Beneath the Plains: The Minuteman Missile on Alert” will be shown, beginning at 6 p.m. at the C.M. Russell Museum. Film Producer Candy Moulton will introduce the film and respond to questions.

There is a $130 fee for all events associated with the symposium (including lunch on Sept. 28). To register sending an email to: wwa.moulton@gmail.com.

A special tour to historic locations, including a buffalo jump site, near Great Falls is planned for Sunday, Sept. 29, provided the minimum registration is met for the symposium. It will be at no additional charge and will start at 9 a.m. and conclude by 1 p.m.