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Friday, 08 June 2012 12:58

East Moline resident, local author and former Quad City Times film and book critic Connie (Corcoran) Wilson and Dispatch columnist was awarded the IWPA (Illinois Women's Press Association) Silver Feather trophy on Saturday, June 2, 2012, at the Union Club in downtown Chicago by the Chicago branch of IWPA (Illinois Women's Press Association).[See .jpeg, attached, of  Connie Wilson, l, and Contest Organizer Diedre Sommerville, R, with trophy.]

Wilson's entries in a variety of journalistic categories were selected by an independent panel of journalists. Her articles, both print and online, and the 4 books she published this year, as well as her own blog entries at WeeklyWilson.com and Yahoo, where she is a Featured Contributor, will go on to national competition at the NWPA (National Women's Press Association) level. Wilson was film and book critic for the Quad City Times for approximately 15 years, from 1970 into the early 1980s.

Since 2003, Ms. Wilson has published 14 books as Connie Corcoran Wilson, one of which (The Color of Evil) was recently awarded the Gold Medal in the E-Lit book competition by the Jenkins group. [*All  books are available locally on the shelves of the Book Rack in Moline and Bettendorf, and through Amazon and Barnes & Noble, in both paperback and E-book versions.]

Wilson will be a presenter at the Hawaii Writers' Conference, now known as Spellbinders Writers' Conference (www.SpellbindersConference.com), from August 31 through September 3rd in Honolulu, Hawaii. Presenters include 1992 Pulitzer Prize winner Jane Smiley (A Thousand Acres), special guests Garry Marshall and John Travolta,  Jon Land (the Caitlin Strong series), F. Paul Wilson (the Repairman Jack series), Heather Graham (The Unseen), Jacqueline Mitchard (The Deep End of the Ocean), Gary Braver, and GaryWhitta (The Book of Eli), among others, along with literary agents from many New York City agencies. Wilson also will be in attendance at ITW (International Thriller Writers) Thrillerfest in New York City July 10th-14th, and has written author interviews for the ITW newsletter.

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