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Annual Western Writers Of America Convention Convenes In Billings

Jackie Yamanaka
Yellowstone Public Radio

The American West is a popular genre here in the US and around the world.

And the people who bring this region to life - western writers - will be in Billings this week.

Stories of the American West resonate around the world, said Candy Moulton, Executive Director of the Western Writers of America.

“We have members from throughout the world,” Moulton said, “and we have people who subscribe to our magazine from through the world, which just shows you that stories of the American west are very universal. People all over are very interested in our neck of the woods.”

This is evident in the popularity of the works of the Sheriff Walt Longmire series, set in the Cowboy State, and home of the author Craig Johnson of Ucross, WY.

“It is certainly set in our area," said Moulton. “It has story lines there. Involved the northern Cheyenne and very relevant to the area around Billings.”

Johnson is featured, along with members of the his cast and crew of Longmire, on a panel Friday afternoon during the four day conference starting Wednesday in Billings. 

Other topics include The Little Bighorn, buffalo hunting in the Montana territory and returning buffalo to the Plains.

Registration is required for the convention along with tickets for various events.

The convention begins Wednesday morning, June 20,2018,  and runs through Sunday, June 23, 2018 at the Double Tree Hotel in Billings.

Kay Erickson has been working in broadcasting in Billings for more than 20 years. She spent well over a decade as news assignment editor at KTVQ-TV before joining the staff at YPR. She is a graduate of Northern Illinois University, with a degree in broadcast journalism. Shortly after graduation she worked in Great Falls where she was one of the first female sports anchor and reporter in Montana.