Drill Sergeants 2017

Amy Beatty

Amy Beatty

Amy grew up in the wilds of Yellowstone National Park as part of an experiment in crossing the genes of a respected research biologist with those of a grammar aficionado. She spent her summers making sagebrush forts and catching garter snakes to populate elaborate sandbox villages. In her speculative fiction, she populates whole new worlds with exotic creatures. Amy currently lives in Utah with her husband and their two delightfully unconventional children.

http://www.amybeatty.com

Class: Story Structure Models – Speed Dating Style (Two Block Class)

Three Act, Four Act, Five Point, Seven Point, Save The Cat, The Hero’s Journey, The Virgin’s Promise …so many gorgeous story structure models, so little time. This presentation provides a quick introduction to each of these models and tells where to learn more for a deeper relationship. (Moderate)

[Note: This is a two-block intensive. In the first half, we will learn about the story structure models, and the second half will be an interactive workshop in which the participants work together to brainstorm story ideas, choose a story seed, and develop a story outline using a basic story structure model. ]


Amy Jameson

Amy Jameson

Amy Jameson began her career in publishing at Janklow & Nesbit Associates in New York City, where her first client was Shannon Hale. She launched her own agency, A+B Works, in 2004 with her husband Brandon, providing literary representation, editorial, brand development and design services. Amy currently represents New York Times bestselling author Jessica Day George and a select crop of up-and-coming Young Adult and Middle Grade authors. She is particularly fond of gardening, National Parks, Asian food, orangutans and her three children.

http://www.aplusbworks.com

Class: Publishing Panel

This panel will discuss the pros and cons of traditional and self-publishing, as well as the benefits of literary agents, the art of writing query letters, and much more.


Ashtyn Newbold

Ashtyn Newbold

Ashtyn Newbold wrote her first novel at the age of sixteen. She’s a firm believer that every story needs a love story, and because she can’t vacation in her favorite historical time periods, she writes about them instead. When not crafting handsome historical heroes, she enjoys baking, sewing, music, and spoiling her dog. She dreams of traveling to England and Ireland. Ashtyn is currently studying English and creative writing at Utah Valley University.

http://www.ashtynnewbold.com

Class: Writers' Blooper Reel Panel

Writers make mistakes all the time. Usually these hiccups in an author's journey lead to success down the road. Join a panel of successful authors who have a tale to tell about the ups and downs of writing, and the funny moments that would definitely make their own personal author blooper reel.


Christian McKay Heidicker

Christian McKay Heidicker

I'm a fairly predictable writer, I'm afraid. I read. I write. I drink tea. On the day of the blood sun, I wake before dawn to sacrifice demon effigies to the Order of the Purple Fox. I play racquetball sometimes.

I've spent the last several years working in education, developing instructional comic books for a non-profit and teaching creative writing at Broadview University. I currently write science articles for 4th-12th graders over at Bird Brain Science. It's my goal to make young students giggle and gasp their way through what otherwise might feel like difficult science subjects.

My first book, CURE FOR THE COMMON UNIVERSE, was published by Simon & Schuster in June of 2016. It's about a kid who's committed to video game rehab.

http://cmheidicker.com

Class: Gamify Your Writing

In this class, I'll talk about how to convince your brain to accomplish small but significant tasks in your writing by designing your life like a video game. Writing is hard enough. Might as well gamify it, eh?


Dustin Hansen

Dustin Hansen

Dustin has worked as an artist, writer, and director in the video game industry for more than twenty-five years. He's shipped over 30 games to over 100 million happy gamers, but his true passion has always been books. Dustin's breezy and somewhat irreverent book, Game On!: Video Game History from Pong and Pac-Man to Mario, Minecraft, and More and his highly illustrated Microsaurs books are available NOW!

http://dustwrites.com

Class: Writers’ Blooper Reel Panel

Writers make mistakes all the time. Usually these hiccups in an author's journey lead to success down the road. Join a panel of successful authors who have a tale to tell about the ups and downs of writing, and the funny moments that would definitely make their own personal author blooper reel.


Erin Summerill

Erin Summerill

Erin Summerill was born in England. After spending years bouncing between Air Force bases in Hawaii, England, and California, her family settled in Utah. With a B.A. in English, Erin Summerill had aspirations to write the next great American novel. But writing proved tougher than she first thought, so she grabbed a Nikon and became a professional wedding photographer. When she isn’t writing, or shooting a stunning wedding, she’s chasing her four kids, two dogs, one cat, and five chickens. This could be why she downs massive amounts of Coke Zero and Hot Tamales. Erin and her family live in Utah.

http://www.erinsummerill.com

Class: Level Up Your Writing

The first unspoken rule of writing is this: everyone writes a crappy first draft. True crap hole story. But how do you take poo and mold it into something less poopy? Something less lackluster? Something that sparkles on a literary agent's computer screen? Simple, become an editing wizard. Learn the tricks of using literary devices that'll make your story leap off the page with loads of life. (See what I did there? A little alliteration in your pocket and you're on your way to writing like a pro.)


J. Scott Savage

J. Scott Savage

J Scott Savage is the author of seventeen published novels including the Farworld series from Shadow Mountain, the Case File 13 series from Harper Collins, and the Mysteries of Cove series.

http://jscottsavage.com

Class: Scaring Your Readers (2 block class)

Writing fear is not just for horror authors. This class will discuss the varying levels of fright and how to use them in your writing.

[Note: This is a two block class]


Jay Asher

Jay Asher

Jay Asher's debut YA novel, Thirteen Reasons Why, has appeared regularly on the New York Times bestsellers list for during its first decade in print, selling over 2.5 million copies in the United States alone. His second YA novel, The Future of Us, was coauthored with Printz-honor winner Carolyn Mackler. His novels have been translated into thirty-five languages. He lives with his family in a California town very much like the one in this book. Visit his blog at www.jayasher.blogspot.com and follow him on Twitter @jayasherguy.

http://jayasher.blogspot.com/

Class: MORNING KENOTE ADDRESS and break out class: NO BOOKMARKS ALLOWED!

How to inject suspense into any novel.


Jennifer A. Nielsen

Jennifer A. Nielsen

Things the world needs more of, according to Jennifer A. Nielsen: Peace, Naps, Mtn Dew, Books. Things the world needs less of: Spiders. Avoiding nasty tropical spiders is pretty much the reason she loves Utah. Oh, also, that's where her husband and three kids are. That's important too.

http://www.jennielsen.com

Class: Movie Watching as Writing 101

What can your favorite movies teach you about writing? Probably more than you think! Also, there may be candy. Just sayin'...


Jennifer Jenkins

Jennifer Jenkins

With her degree in History and Secondary Education, Jennifer Jenkins had every intention of teaching teens to love George Washington, the Napoleonic Wars, and Ancient Sparta . . . until the writing began. She is the author of the NAMELESS trilogy (YA Fantasy, Month9Books) and co-founder of Teen Author Boot Camp, a federal non-profit organization dedicated to promoting teen literacy and authorship. She divides her free time between reading, writing music, taking spontaneous trips, researching random events from the past, and fostering her adrenaline junkie addictions.

http://jajenkins.com

Class: Let's Get Serious (Advanced Class)

A class for the serious author focusing on the five key differences that set the amateur and professional apart. Topics discussed include: characterization on steroids, making every word count, and the mental approach to writing and publishing.


Jo Schaffer

Jo Schaffer

Jo is a YA novelist, speaker, writer at Patheos.com, works in film and is a Taekwondo black belt. She’s a founding member of Writers Cubed and co-founder of the Teen Author Boot Camp. Jo loves being involved in anything that promotes literacy and community. She is passionate about the arts, travel, books, music, healthy eating, classic films and martial arts. Her brain is always spinning new ideas for books and sometimes she even gets around to blogging. She has recently returned to school at BYU to pursue a degree in Public Relations.
Jo is a native Californian now living in the beautiful mountains of Utah with her three strapping sons.

http://joschaffer.com

Class: How to write a kick-butt fight scene!

Sometimes your characters have to get violent! Learn the keys to writing realistic and exciting fight scenes that will keep your readers on the edge of their seats!


Johnny Worthen

Johnny Worthen

“I write what I like to read,” says Johnny. “That guarantees me at least one fan.”

JOHNNY WORTHEN is an award-winning, best-selling author, voyager, and damn fine human being! He is the tie-dye wearing writer of the nationally acclaimed, #1 Kindle best-selling ELEANOR, THE UNSEEN. Among his other excellent and very read-worthy titles are the adult occult thriller BEATRYSEL, the award-winning mystery THE BRAND DEMAND, and the genre bending comedy-noir THE FINGER TRAP, winner of the Diamond Quill for best book of the year. And of course the continuation of THE UNSEEN Trilogy, with CELESTE and DAVID which also have won awards.

Trained in stand-up comedy, modern literary criticism and cultural studies, Johnny is a frequent public speaker, teacher and blogger. He’s an instructor at the University of Utah and an acquisitions editor for Omnium Gatherum, a publisher of unique dark fantasy, weird fiction, and horror.

http://www.johnnyworthen.com

Class: Writers' Blooper Reel Panel

Writers make mistakes all the time. Usually these hiccups lead to success down the road. Join a panel of successful authors who have a tale to tell about the ups and downs of writing, and the funny moments that would definitely make their own personal author blooper reel.


Jonathan Ryan

Jonathan Ryan

Jonathan Ryan is an author, columnist, and speaker. He's the author of the crtically acclaimed 3 Gates of the Dead series. Along with his fiction work, he co-founded the blog, Sick Pilgrim, as a way to explore the edges of faith, reason and doubt. His memoir co-authored with Jessica Mesman Griffith will be released by Loyola Press in 2017. They've co-founded a writing conference with the University of Notre Dame called, "Trying to Speak God" that will take place June22-24, 2017.

Jonathan currently lives in South Bend, Indiana, where he as editor.

http://www.jonathanryanwriter.com

Class: Truth is Stranger than Fiction

How you can turn your personal life into an amazing story. Have you ever thought your personal life would make a great story? If so, then come learn how to combine the best elements of fiction writing with key elements of nonfiction to make an amazing story that other people will want to read. Learn how to develop your observation skills, narrate your life and learn to engage your readers with insight observations.


Julie Reece

Julie Reece

Julie Reece writes YA stories. Many inspired by life in the southeastern states where she grew up. She's passionate about family, friends, underdogs, and writing, but bubble baths and dark chocolate make the list, too.

http://juliereece.com/

Class: Outside the Box: writing the 5 senses

In this prompt heavy writing class, we'll discover how using all five senses can enrich your storytelling ability. Outside the box means using serious (hilarious) visual, audio and physical inspirations to get you writing. Also? Bring your dramatic side, we may swap unsigned work and read some examples aloud.


Julie Wright

Julie Wright

Julie Wright has written twenty novels including the Hazzardous Universe and Spell Check series. She is a Whitney Awards winner in the romance category for the novel Cross My Heart and a Crown Heart recipient for The Fortune Café. He newest book is Death Thieves. She is represented by agent Sara Crowe and is a senior editor at Precision Editing Group. She loves reading, eating, writing, hiking, and playing on the beach with her kids and husband. Julie’s favorite thing to do is watch her husband make dinner.
Visit her at her website: www.juliewright.com

http://www.juliewright.com

Class: Character Matters: Hands-on Workshop

Character matter and this class takes you through all the parts of a character that makes them interesting to read about. We will discuss:
Name: I’m Sorry . . . Who are you again?
Physical description: Beauty is only skin deep.
Internal Description: Although beauty is only skin deep, ugly goes down to the bone.
Transformation: Just when the caterpillar thought her life was over . . . she became a butterfly.
Voice: When the mermaid lost her voice, she still had to communicate.
Likeability: Even Darth Vader was likeable enough at one point to get married and have kids.
Proactivity: Because nothing is more irritating than a hero who hangs out on the couch playing Minecraft all day.
Growth: (not the kind growing on his face that your character needs to see a doctor about—at least not usually).
And after all that, we're going to write a scene starring the character you just created!


Kathryn Purdie

Kathryn Purdie

Kathryn Purdie is the author of the #1 New York Times Bestselling YA fantasy, BURNING GLASS (Katherine Tegen Books/HarperCollins) and the forthcoming sequel, CRYSTAL BLADE. Kathryn is a trained classical actress who studied at the Oxford School of Drama, and she was inspired to write this debut trilogy while recovering from donating a kidney to her older brother. In her spare time, she plays guitar, binges on TV shows, and eats Peanut Butter Oreos. www.kathrynpurdie.com

http://www.kathrynpurdie.com

Class: Crucibles and Closed Environments

A crucible is an environment, emotional or physical, that bonds two people. It can be a scene, series of scenes, or an entire book. Learn how crucibles differ from closed environments and how they increase tension in a story and pave the way to a mesmerizing plot.


Leigh Statham

Leigh Statham

Gwen Holt writes MG and YA novels as well as short stories and narrative nonfiction. She is the winner of the 2016 Narative Nonfiction award from the Southeast Review, and is currently an MFA student in YA literature at Converse College, SC. She is a founding editor of Quantum Fairy Tales, and serves on staff as a fiction editor at South 85.
You can find her on WattPad @LeighStatham.

http://www.leighstatham.com

Class: Short Stories: What's the Big Deal? and Wattpad: Hotwiring Your Writing Career

Short Stories: A class on short stories, how they help authors work on all the basics of good writing, but also allow them to feel accomplished by finishing and polishing something.

WattPad: What it is. Tips and Tricks. Come ready to share your own experiences and learn from someone who's successfully jumpstarted their career in that crazy writing realm.


Margie Jordan

Margie Jordan

Margie Jordan is a YA writer, teacher mentor, reading specialist, and conference presenter. With two finished novels, several in various stages of revision, and multiple short stories and poems, the only thing she loves as much as writing is teaching writing. Margie currently serves as an Instructional Coach with a specialization in Language Arts in Nebo School District based in Utah. She is a founder of Writers Cubed, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting literacy, and co-creator of the highly successful Teen Author Boot Camp, currently the largest conference of its kind in Utah. She lives in Spanish Fork, Utah with her husband, three children, and tons of ruminating story ideas.

http://spinmewriteround.blogspot.com/

Class: Avoid the Book Breakup--Writing a First Chapter That Makes Your Reader Want to Stick to the Story Like a Creepy Ex

Sometimes the hardest part of writing is just getting started. So how do you write a story beginning that doesn't have your reader breaking up with you like a cheesy love song before the story begins? After reading more than 500 first chapters for the TABC first chapter contest, I've learned some things, and you can too! We'll be talking tips, tricks, and things to avoid when starting a story readers never want to put down.


Marie Lu

Marie Lu

Marie Lu is the author of the #1 New York Times bestselling series The Young Elites, as well as the blockbuster bestselling Legend series. She graduated from the University of Southern California and jumped into the video game industry as an artist. Now a full-time writer, she spends her spare time reading, drawing, playing games, and getting stuck in traffic. She lives in Los Angeles, California, with one husband, one Chihuahua mix, and two Pembroke Welsh corgis.

http://marielubooks.tumblr.com

Class: AFTERNOON KEYNOTE ADDRESS

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Michael Bacera

Michael Bacera

Mike saves children in India from leprosy by day, and writes epic military fantasy by night. But mostly he plays a lot of video games and spends Friday nights with his sewing machine. He graduated from BYU-Hawai`i with a math degree in hopes of engineering something that would make the world a better place. Now he writes fiction, basically hoping to do the same thing. Also, he does something with computers and graphics and designing things. He blogs occasionally at michaelbacera.com

facebook: https://www.facebook.com/eyeswulf
twitter: https://twitter.com/MichaelBacera

http://michaelbacera.com

Class: Writers' Blooper Reel Panel

Writers make mistakes all the time. Usually these hiccups in an author's journey lead to success down the road. Join a panel of successful authors who have a tale to tell about the ups and downs of writing, and the funny moments that would definitely make their own personal author blooper reel.


Michael Young

Michael Young

Michael is a graduate of Brigham Young University and Western Governor’s University with degrees in German Teaching, Music, and Instructional Design. Though he grew up traveling the world with his military father, he now lives in Utah with his wife, Jen, and his two sons. Michael enjoys acting in community theater, playing and writing music and spending time with his family. He played for several years with the handbell choir Bells on Temple Square and is now a member of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.

He is the author of the novels in The Canticle Kingdom Series, The Last Archangel Series, and the Chess Quest Series. His also authors several web serials through BigWorldNetwork.com. He publishes anthologies for charity in his Advent Anthologies series. He has also had work featured in various online and print magazines such as Bards and Sages Quarterly, Mindflights, Meridian, The New Era, Allegory, and Ensign. He has also won honorable mention three times in the Writers of the Future contest.

http://mdybyu.wix.com/author-michael-young

Class: Avoiding Cliche Like the Plague

How to make your writing fresh by twisting cliches into something surprising, including fixing cliche plot lines, cliche characters, and cliche prose. It is always important to mix the familiar with the strange.


Renee Collins

Renee Collins

Renee Collins grew up in Hawaii, where stories are told through dance. Unfortunately, she has no rhythm, so she decided to tell her stories in books. She is the author of Relic, a YA fantasy set in the Old West and Until We Meet Again, a time travel-ish love story with a 1920's twist. Her novel, Remember Me Always is a story about true love and stolen memories that comes out in 2017.

http://www.reneecollinsauthor.com

Class: Turns Out Love Isn't All You Need

There's a huge emphasis on romance in YA fiction, and while we all love a swoon-worthy love story, there are so many other interactions going on in any given story. Friendship between best friends, between the main character and their parent, and even platonic relationships between a guy and a girl. In this class, I'll discuss how to create rich and realistic relationships that aren't just a prop to move the plot forward. We'll explore how to make those relationships sing on the page. And of course, we'll talk about creating authentic, swoony and memorable romantic relationships as well.


Rosalyn Eves

Rosalyn Eves

Rosalyn Eves is an author of young adult fantasy and unapologetic book nerd. She lives with her husband and three children in Southern Utah, where she teaches English at SUU, watches as many BBC period pieces as she can, hikes with her family, and reads. She dislikes housework on principle. Her first novel BLOOD ROSE REBELLION will be published by Knopf/Random House in March 2017.

http://www.rosalyneves.com

Class: Writing with Emotion: The Objective Correlative

Most writers struggle to add emotional depth to their story and characters without naming the emotion ("he was terrified") or resorting to descriptions of physical descriptions ("her pulse thundered in her ears"). In this class, we'll discuss and then practice applying a technique known as the objective correlative, which allows writers to enhance the emotional theme of their story through thoughtful descriptions of objects, scenes, metaphors, and movement. For moderate-level writers and above.


Sara B. Larson

Sara B. Larson

Sara B. Larson is the author of the acclaimed YA fantasy DEFY series (including the sequels IGNITE and ENDURE), and the forthcoming DARK BREAKS THE DAWN. She can’t remember a time when she didn’t write books—although she now uses a computer instead of a Little Mermaid notebook. Sara lives in Utah with her husband, their children, and their Maltese Loki. She writes in brief snippets throughout the day (while mourning the demise of naptime) and the quiet hours when most people are sleeping. Her husband claims she should have a degree in “the art of multitasking.” When she’s not mothering or writing, you can often find her at the gym repenting for her sugar addiction.
She’s online at www.SaraBLarson.com.

http://www.sarablarson.com

Class: Writers' Blooper Reel Panel

Writers make mistakes all the time. Usually these hiccups in an author's journey lead to success down the road. Join a panel of successful authors who have a tale to tell about the ups and downs of writing, and the funny moments that would definitely make their own personal author blooper reel.how do we make sure we know and understand our characters and therefore make sure their stories are fully lived?


Sarah M. Eden

Sarah M. Eden

Sarah M. Eden is a USA Today Bestselling author of witty and charming historical romances, including AML's "2013 Novel of the Year" and Foreword Review’s 2013 “IndieFab Book of the Year” gold medal winner for Best Romance, Longing for Home, as well as 2014 Whitney Award winner for "Best Romance" and "Best Novel of the Year," Longing for Home: Hope Springs. Combining her obsession with history and affinity for tender love stories, Sarah loves crafting witty characters and heartfelt romances set against rich historical backdrops. She holds a Bachelor's degree in research and happily spends hours perusing the reference shelves of her local library. Sarah lives with her husband, kids, and mischievous dog in the shadow of a snow-capped mountain she has never attempted to ski.

Sarah is represented by Pam Howell at D4EO Literary Agency.

http://www.sarahmeden.com

Class: The Most Informative Class on Description... EVER

Few things can make or break a story like description. It impacts setting, characterization, plot, and voice. This hands-on class will cover the characteristics of good description: POV, pacing, unexpected and specific details, and making your description pack a punch. A great class for writers at every stage.


Scott Bergstrom

Scott Bergstrom

Scott Bergstrom is a traveler, photographer, cat video aficionado, and writer who lives in Colorado with his wife and two daughters. THE CRUELTY, a YA thriller from Feiwel & Friends / Macmillan, is his fiction debut.

http://sbergstrom.com

Class: Seeing Like a (Thriller) Writer

Spies and criminals, lovers and heroes, and the conflicting motivations that drive them all. This class shows writers of all genres how to look beyond the headlines of today's perilous world for the drama, intrigue, humanity, compassion, and even humor, that can inspire and inform their writing. Chocolatey treats will be provided.


Shelly Brown

Shelly Brown

Author Shelly Brown was an actress and a comedian before she decided to start writing. She uses her dramatic and humorous background in every one of her stories. Married to author Chad Morris and raising an entire slew of aspiring writers her home is a figurative crock pot of creativity and imaginative thought. She has a degree in history, with minors in theater and film.

http://writingwithshellyandchad.blogspot.com

Class: Writing Humor

Simple tips and tricks to incorporate a little ha-ha-ha into your blah-blah-blah manuscript.


Terri Baranowski

Terri Baranowski

Terri Baranowski is the founder and principal agent at Gateway Literary. She also does community business development work for Barnes & Noble. Terri is currently looking for contemporary fiction, women’s fiction, literary fiction, suspense, mystery, psychological thriller, inspirational memoir, humor, and self-help.

Prior to starting Gateway, Terri worked in higher ed, coordinating off-site campuses and distance learning courses for Utah Valley University, assisted in the creation of the first literary criticism journal at BYU, and served as a humor columnist for a St. Louis newspaper.

http://gatewayliterary.com/

Class: Publishing Panel & Creative Juice Bar

This panel will discuss the pros and cons of traditional and self-publishing, as well as the benefits of literary agents, the art of writing query letters, and much more.

Creative Juice Bar: A writing prompt workshop that will get your creative juices flowing.


Tyler Whitesides

Tyler Whitesides

Tyler Whitesides is the author of the JANITORS series. When he's not writing, Tyler enjoys playing percussion instruments, fly fishing, and musical theater. His new trilogy, THE WISHMAKERS, is coming January 2018 from HarperCollins.

http://tylerwhitesides.com

Class: Question/Answer Booth

Find me at my booth in the hallway between classes to get some one-on-one answers to your deepest burning questions!


William Ritter

William Ritter

William Ritter is an Oregon author and educator, as well as a proud father and husband. He teaches Creative Writing and Mythology, and his NYT bestselling JACKABY is a nominee for the 2017 Children's Literature Association of Utah Beehive Award for YA.

http://Jackaby.com

Class: 5 Fundamental Facets of Novel Writing

* THE PROCESS * THE CHARACTERS * THE DETAILS * THE LANGUAGE * THE READER * Students will get several quick lessons including tips & tricks and practical exercises to boost their writing.