College of Ozarks rejects writers gathering over sex topics
POINT LOOKOUT (AP) - A private Christian college in southwest Missouri has rejected a writing conference it has hosted for 30 years because of the sexual nature of some topics.
College of the Ozarks has been the site of the Ozark Writers' League since 1985. On Wednesday, school officials said the conference, scheduled for Feb. 21, would have to find a new venue this year.
League president Casey Cowan says it's the first time the college has ever objected to the conference.
The Springfield News-Leader reports the college objected to authors August McLaughlin and Velda Brotherton. McLaughlin has written extensively about the impact of pornography. Brotherton planned to discuss love and sex scenes in fiction.
Organizers say they plan to find a new venue for the conference.