Schedule

(subject to change)

See Drill Sergeants pages to read class descriptions.

 

8:00 – 9:00  Registration
Utah Valley Convention Center Lobby, Second Floor

9:00 – 9:15  Welcome
Ballroom

9:15 – 10:00 Jay Asher, Keynote Address
Ballroom

10:15 – 11:00  Breakout #1

Turns Out Love Isn’t All You Need by Renee Collins
Ballroom A

How to Write a Kick-Butt Fight Scene by Jo Schaffer
Ballroom B

Five Fundamental Facets of Novel Writing by William Ritter
Ballroom C

Gamify Your Writing by Christian McKay Heidicker
Cascade A&B

Level Up Your Writing by Erin Summerill
Cascade C

Truth is Stranger than Fiction by Jonathan Ryan
Cascade D

Writing with Emotion: The Objective Correlative (Advanced Class) by Rosalyn Eves
Cascade E

Ask the Author: Michael Young (Sci-Fi/Fantasy), Leigh Statham (YA Sci-Fi/Steampunk), Shelly Brown (Middle Grade/Humor)
Battle Creek

TEACHER ONLY CLASS: The Most Informative Class on Description… EVER by Sarah M. Eden
Soldier Creek

 

11:10 – 11:55  Breakout #2

No Bookmarks Allowed! by Jay Asher
Ballroom A

Movie Watching as Writing 101 by Jennifer Nielsen
Ballroom B

Character Matters: Hands-On Workshop by Julie Wright
Ballroom C

Scaring Your Readers (Part 1 of 2) by J. Scott Savage
Cascade A & B

The Most Informative Class on Description… EVER by Sarah M. Eden
Cascade C

Seeing Like a (Thriller) Writer by Scott Bergstrom
Cascade D

Crucibles and Closed Environments (Advanced Class) by Kathryn Purdie
Cascade E

Creative Juice Bar: A writing prompt workshop that will get you creative juices flowing by Terri Baranowski
Battle Creek

TEACHER ONLY CLASS: Story Structure Models, Speed Dating Style by Amy Beatty
Soldier Creek

11:55 – 1:00 Lunch

1:00 – 1:45  Breakout #3

Writing Humor by Shelly Brown
Ballroom A

Publishing Panel with Amy Jameson, Terri Baranowski, Sara B. Larsen, Dustin Hansen, and Johnny Worthen
Ballroom B

Avoiding Cliché Like the Plague by Michael Young
Ballroom C

Scaring Your Readers (Part 2 of 2) by J. Scott Savage
Cascade A & B

Short Stories: What’s the Big Deal? by Leigh Statham
Cascade C

Outside the Box: Writing the 5 Senses by Julie Reece
Cascade D

Let’s Get Serious (Advanced Class) by Jennifer Jenkins
Cascade E

Ask the Author: Christian McKay Heidicker (Sci-Fi), Erin Summerill (Fantasy), and William Ritter (Fantasy/Mystery)
Battle Creek

TEACHER ONLY CLASS: Avoid the Book Breakup–Writing a First Chapter that Makes Your Reader Want to Stick to the Story Like a Creepy Ex by Margie Jordan
Soldier Creek

1:55 – 2:40  Breakout #4

Turns Out Love Isn’t All You Need by Renee Collins
Ballroom A

Five Fundamental Facets of Novel Writing by William Ritter
Ballroom B

Movie Watching as Writing 101 by Jennifer Nielsen
Ballroom C

Seeing Like a (Thriller) Writer by Scott Bergstrom
Cascade A&B

Level Up Your Writing by Erin Summerill
Cascade C

Truth is Stranger than Fiction by Jonathan Ryan
Cascade D

Writing with Emotion: The Objective Correlative (Advanced Class) by Rosalyn Eves
Cascade E

Ask the Author: Julie Reece (Fantasy/Romance), J. Scott Savage (Fantasy/Steampunk), Kathryn Purdie (Fantasy)
Battle Creek

TEACHER ONLY CLASS: Character Matters: Hands-On Workshop by Julie Wright
Soldier Creek

2:50 – 3:35  Breakout #5

Gamify Your Writing by Christian McKay Heidicker
Ballroom A

How to Write a Kick-Butt Fight Scene by Jo Schaffer
Ballroom B

Character Matters: Hands-On Workshop by Julie Wright
Ballroom C

Story Structure Models, Speed Dating Style (Part 1 of 2) by Amy Beatty
Cascade A & B

The Most Informative Class on Description… EVER by Sarah M. Eden
Cascade C

Avoid the Book Breakup–Writing a First Chapter that Makes Your Reader Want to Stick to the Story Like a Creepy Ex by Margie Jordan
Cascade D

Crucibles and Closed Environments (Advanced Class) by Kathryn Purdie
Cascade E

Creative Juice Bar: A writing prompt workshop that will get you creative juices flowing by Terri Baranowski
Battle Creek

TEACHER ONLY CLASS: Writing with Emotion: The Objective Correlative by Rosalyn Eves
Solider Creek

3:45 – 4:30  Breakout #6

Writing Humor by Shelly Brown
Ballroom A

Writers’ Blooper Reel Panel: Jay Asher, Dustin Hansen, Ashtyn Newbold, Michael Bacera, Sara B. Larsen, and Johnny Worthen
Ballroom B

Avoiding Cliché Like the Plague by Michael Young
Ballroom C

Story Structure Models, Speed Dating Style (Part 2 of 2) by Amy Beatty
Cascade A & B

WattPad: Hotwiring Your Writing Career by Leigh Statham
Cascade C

Outside the Box: Writing the 5 Senses by Julie Reece
Cascade D

Let’s Get Serious (Advanced Class) by Jennifer Jenkins
Cascade E

Ask the Author:  Scott Bergstrom (Thriller), Jonathan Ryan (Thriller/Non-Fiction), Renee Collins (Fantasy/Romance)
Battle Creek

TEACHER’S ONLY CLASS:Movie Watching as Writing 101 by Jennifer Nielsen
Soldier Creek

4:40 – 5:25 Afternoon Keynote Address by Marie Lu
Ballroom

5:25 – 5:40 First Chapter Winners & Closing Ceremony
Ballroom

5:40 – 7:00 Massive Book Signing
Ballroom Lobby(Jay Asher, Marie Lu, Jennifer Jenkins, and Jennifer Nielsen will be signing in the Ballroom). All other authors will sign on Ballroom level next to the bookstore.