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Redrock Writing Seminar 2020

When: March 7, 2020 @ 9am - 1:30pm

Where: Community Building at 245 N  200 W

2020 Faculty

Bryan Hyde
Bryan Hyde

The Power of Persuasion:  Losing the Need to Win

Bryan Hyde is a trusted voice who seeks to unite and inform his audience of the truth. Bryan specializes in raising the level of civic discussion from shouted bumper sticker slogans to thoughtful examination of the key principles at stake.

A veteran broadcaster, talk radio host, and podcaster with more than 35 years of experience behind the mic, he was also a program director, executive producer and advertising executive.  He’s traveled the U.S. as a professional public speaker and educator.  For the past 15 years, Bryan has maintained both a regular column and freelance writing career. 

Krysten Decker
Krysten Decker

Big Secrets and Little White Lies

Krysten Decker taught in a fundamentalist private school while raising seven children in polygamy.  She won a half-million dollar SBA loan to start a kids’ college and graduated from SUU in 2002 with a BS in Elementary Education and Early Childhood to teach in public schools.  In 2003 she ended her 33-year marriage and left polygamy, later remarrying and becoming president of the Hope Organization, dedicated to assisting polygamy’s survivors. 

After publishing her memoir Fifty Years in Polygamy, Kristyn founded the Sound Choices Coalition to inform society about the realities of polygamy and advocate for its victims.  She has appeared on The Today Show, CNN Weekend News, Good Morning AZ, NPR Community Voices, The Fawn Rigan Show – Minneapolis, and Jay Lawrence - KSL A.M. News and has spoken at many a conference, club, church, and library.


Rob Carney
Rob Carney

Your Writing Has a Job to Do

Rob Carney has authored five books of poetry, most recently The Book of Sharks (New York: Black Lawrence Press, 2018), and won the 2019 Artists of Utah Magazine (15 Bytes) Book Award for Poetry. Books coming soon are Facts and Figures (poetry), The Last Tiger Is Somewhere (new poems by Carney and poet Scott Poole), Call and Response (poetry), and Accidental Gardens (42 flash essays about environment, politics, and poetics). In 2014 he received the Robinson Jeffers/Tor House Foundation Award for Poetry. Rob’s work has appeared in Cave Wall, Columbia Journal, Sugar House Review, and many others.  He writes a regularly featured series called “Old Roads, New Stories” for, is a Professor of English and Literature at Utah Valley University, and lives in Salt Lake City.

Redrock Writers depends on the voluntary efforts of Southern Utah writers who participate in our collective learning, write and read their poetry, and help organize and lead our regular activities. We deeply appreciate the contributions of members of UTSPS Dixie Chapter, the Utah State Poetry Society, the National Federation of State Poetry Societies, the Heritage Writers Guild and The League of Utah Writers. We also express appreciation to outstanding poets from across America who participate in blind judging our yearly contest.

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