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ANN EDWARDS CANNON, a nationally recognized writer for young adults and a columnist for This People magazine, will speak to the Craft House Writers at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 7, at 3271 S. 500 East. She will discuss writing humor. Phone 272-0065 or 277-2011 for details.

- JAN WATSON, author of "It's a Lot Like Dancing: An Aikido Journey," a book of photographs and text, will sign and discuss her work at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 8, at A Woman's Place in the Foothill Village. Phone 583-6431 for details.- MARY HIGGINS CLARK, the best-selling mystery novelist, will select the winner of Family Circle magazine's third annual mystery-suspense short story contest.

Stories submitted for the contest must hinge on at least three clues from among: a jump rope, map, surgical mask, parrot, pine scent, Bruce Springsteen CD, weather forecast, tennis racket, lipstick, hearing aid, fireplace poker and license plate. Family Circle will publish the winning story and award its author $3,000; second prize is $1,000. The deadline for entering is Nov. 1, 1994.

- KATE LAHY, a Salt Lake attorney who teaches at the University of Utah School of Law, has won the 1994 Lewis Award from Weber State University. Weber Studies gives the award to the outstanding poem or story each year. Lahy's story, "The Half Ship," is the account of two adult children at the funeral of their parents. The piece will appear in Weber Studies. Lahy teaches writing at the U.