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Open Mike Night

This year, the Heartland Writers Conference will reprise the popular "Open Mike Night," an informal venue for writers to read their works aloud from 9:30 p.m. to midnight (and possibly beyond) on Friday night. In this coffee-house-style setting writers will have ten minutes to read excerpts from their work -- published or work in progress -- in any genre from poetry to nonfiction. Sign-up sheets will be available at the registration desk throughout the conference until all time blocks have been filled. Come prepared to participate or just to sit back, relax and have fun, but don't miss the excitement!

Why Attend Heartland 2000?

"Writers conferences are a great way to get motivated and to learn about your craft from successful professionals. The competitions and awards are an important way to distinguish yourself and earn the attention of agents and publishers."
- Christopher Vogler, author of The Writer's Journey and 1998 Heartland Writers Conference faculty member

"I've participated in many writers conferences, and the Heartland Writers Conference is one of the very best I've seen. Its sponsors, Heartland Writers Guild, are extraordinarily successful at connecting attendees with the publishing professionals they need to meet to get published. I recommend this conference wholeheartedly." - Evan Marshall, of the Evan Marshall Literary Agency and 1995, 1997 and 2000 conference faculty member

"The money I spent on the HWG conference was the best writing investment I ever made. No matter what your writing interests are or where you are in your writing career, the HWG conference has something to offer." - Jeanie Stewart, young adult author

"When I first attended Heartland Writers, I had no idea how truly valuable this group could be to me. Heartland has been the backbone of my growing in the publishing business. Its members gave me knowledge that I needed to publish, friendship and kind words to encourage me onward, and a host of connections that have been worth their weight in gold." - Shirleen Sando, president and marketing director of Skyward Publishing and author of Beyond Low-Fat Baking: Cancer Fighting Food for the Millennium.


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2000 Heartland Writers Conference

The 9th Biennial Heartland Writers Conference was held June 8-10, 2000, at the Coach House Inn, Sikeston, Missouri.



  • Evan Marshall
    Evan Marshall Literary Agency, Pine Brook, New Jersey
  • Seth Robertson
    David Hale Smith Literary Agency, Dallas, Texas
  • Sue Yuen
    Susan Herner Rights Agency, New York, New York
  • Bob Robison
    Bob Robison and Associates, Nashville, Tennessee


  • Doris Booth, Editor-in-Chief
    Authorlink, Dallas, Texas
  • Kate Egan
    Scholastic, New York, New York
  • Barbara Kuroff, Editor-in-Chief
    F&W Publications/Writer's Digest Books, Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Genny Ostertag, Associate Editor
    New American Library, a division of Penguin Putnam, Inc.
  • Steve Wilson, Senior Editor
    McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers, Jefferson, North Carolina


  • Shirleen Sando
    Skyward Publishing, Dallas, Texas
  • Dr. David Stewart
    Stewart Publishing, Marble Hill, Missouri

Special Guests

  • Rebecca Michael, Production Coordinator
    Missouri Film Commission, Jefferson City, Missouri
  • Warren Cork
    Internet Research Resources.


  • Connie Bennett
  • Ed Close
  • Vicki Berger Erwin
  • John Fisher
  • Diana Fox
  • Ken "Fog" Gilbert
  • Elizabeth Grayson
  • Rob Simbeck
  • Bobbi Smith
  • Harry Spiller
  • Robert Vaughan
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