71st WWA Convention in Tulsa

We’re pleased to announce the 71st Western Writers of America convention will be held June 19-22 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. This convention will be a celebration not only of the western genre but also the rich history of the Sooner State, with plenty of things for conventioneers to see and do.

“This promises to be an exciting and memorable event,” said Max McCoy, WWA executive director. “I’ve worked closely with President Melody Groves and Micki Fuhrman, my assistant director, on planning a convention that will offer something for just about everyone in the organization. Sessions will range from the craft of writing to regional history to the business of selling your work.”

The convention hotel is the Hyatt Regency Tulsa Downtown, 100 E. Second St., in the heart of the city. The hotel is offering a block of rooms and a discounted rate for members. The hotel has a complimentary shuttle that will take visitors to attractions within 1 mile. A roundtrip airport shuttle operates 24 hours. The hotel also has a restaurant, the Daily Grill, a coffee shop/café, and a lounge. Breakfast at the hotel is complimentary.

Nearby attractions include the Woody Guthrie Center, the Bob Dylan Center, the Greenwood Rising history center and the Riverwalk Tulsa.

The convention’s day trip, on Wednesday, June 19, will be to the Woolaroc museum and wildlife preserve near Bartlesville, Oklahoma. Located in the rugged Osage Hills, Woolaroc was the ranch retreat of oilman Frank Phillips, of Phillips 66 farm, and is now a 3,700-acre wildlife preserve and world-class art museum specializing in the American West. Buses will take visitors from the convention hotel to Woolaroc, where a catered lunch will be served.

The convention will conclude on the evening of Saturday, June 22, with the annual Spur Awards banquet, recognizing the best in western literature, music, and film.