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46th annual Wyoming Writers Conference cancelled

Courtesy of Wyoming Writers Inc. (Facebook)

CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Wyoming Writers Inc has announced that they have cancelled their 2020 Writers Conference that was set to take place in Lander, Wyoming in June.

“These times are unprecedented and require strong action if we are to protect our conference attendees,” the announcement from conference organizers said.

According to their website, The Wyoming Writers Conference began in 1974 following a writing workshop as a way to continue the conversation and create a community for writers in Wyoming.

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2019 Wyoming Writers Conference in Laramie, Wyoming. (Courtesy of Wyoming Writers Inc. Facebook page)

“Covid-19 will probably still be prevalent at the start of June, and it would be remiss of Wyoming Writers to encourage members to attend a gathering that could endanger their health. In addition, our faculty is starting to cancel, and turnout to the conference would likely be low,” event organizers went on to say.

The Board of Wyoming Writers Inc. says that they are hoping to create a conference page on the website that will offer several member session videos and slides as well as a list of award and contest winners.

We are looking into using Zoom to conduct our annual meeting for those who can attend. Three board members are finishing their tenure in June, and replacements will likely need to be appointed rather than voted on,” the announcement went on to say.

Organizers say that they are hoping to keep the conference in Lander in 2021 and to shift as much of their programming to that conference as possible. 

This article originally appeared on Cap City News. Used with permission.

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If you do not have a primary care provider, and live in Natrona County, please contact the COVID-19 hotline, operated by the Casper-Natrona County Department of Health. The line is open Monday – Friday 8:00 am – 5:00 pm 577-9892. Hotline services are intended for Natrona County residents and may not be able to provide specific information to persons calling from out of county.

Officials ask that you please do not self-report to the Emergency Room. Persons experiencing problems breathing should call 9-11.

For general inquiries and non-symptom related questions about COVID-19, please contact the Casper-Natrona County Health Department via email: covid@cnchd.org

  • Practice Social Distancing by putting distance between yourself and other people. This is especially important for people who are at higher risk of getting very sick.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
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