April 21 – 23, 2006

Held at the Piccadilly Inn – Shaw
2305 Shaw Avenue, Fresno, CA 93711

Phone: 1 559-226-3850 Fax: 1 559-226-2860

From tips on improving your writing to analyzing the craft, the 2006 state CFCP, Inc. Convention followed a “Writers’ Conference” format, according to Program Chair Dan Saucedo and Convention Chair David Lapierre. PDF registration forms were downloadable by January 31.

Well-known writers and performers from through the state presented sessions during the two and one-half-day weekend of events at the Piccadilly Inn Shaw Avenue, in Fresno. Notable among them are Al Young, California Poet Laureate; Dr. Corrinne Clegg Hales, a professor at CSU Fresno; Deborah Edler Brown, a Los Angeles-based author, performer, and workshop leader; Ken Graydon and Phee Sherline, professional balladeers; Chris Nelson, a professor at College of the Desert in Southern California; and Mick Vernon, president of the Monterey Cowboy Poetry and Music Festival.

Schedule of Sessions                     
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The traditional awards and recognition for contests were woven into a series of appropriate activities each day.

The Convention began at 3 pm with a Round Table discussion on the writing process, in which attendees joined as they arrive throughout the afternoon.

Keynote Speaker Dr. Corrinne Clegg Hales, a Fresno-area poet and professor of creative writing and American literature at CSU Fresno, spoke at 6:30, on Facts and Truths: Poetry, Memory and Imagination.

The evening concluded with a musical interpretation of the Ballads of California by Ken Graydon and Phee Sherline.

Saturday followed the tradition of exhibiting the Children’s Poetry Fair as well as having members’ books and materials on exhibit and available for sale. Morning sessions included 'Personal Poetics' workshops by Deborah Edler Brown, Wind in the Sails; Ken Graydon, Song Writing Workshop; and Chris Nelson, Hand on the Rudder. The Poets Luncheon was concluded with the General Board Meeting.

The afternoon began with a craft workshop/lecture, What Does Writing a Poem Entail? followed by a series of presentations by our new Youth Chapter on What Works for Us what others might do to set up their own groups.

At 3:30 Lindsey Smith, the California Junior Poet Laureate, spoke, after which the Youth Contest Awards were presented. This was followed by a Young Poets Reception for the winners, their parents, and all participants.

Evening activities began at 7 pm with Cowboy Poetry 101: Then and Now by Mick Vernon. The president of the Monterey Cowboy Poetry and Music Festival and author of a book of original cowboy poetry; he is well known as a performer at numerous venues.

That will be followed at 8 pm by a presentation from Al Young on The Writer's Struggle: Crafting One's Poetry.

Sunday morning held the Annual Poetry Awards, with a workshop by Deborah Edler Brown at 2 pm on How to Tell a Poem, and a 3 pm Poet Laureate Reading by Al Young, beginning with a reading of some of his own work, followed by a Q&A session. The evening hosted the traditional Golden Pegasus Banquet, with Al Young as the featured speaker. His keynote address was Poems I Like: Influences from the Poetry of Others.

Each evening provided time and space for the traditional read-around so popular with many participants.

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