Drill Sergeants 2018

Abbi Glines

Abbi Glines

Abbi Glines is a #1 New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of the Rosemary Beach, Sea Breeze, Vincent Boys, Existence, and The Field Party Series . She never cooks unless baking during the Christmas holiday counts. She believes in ghosts and has a habit of asking people if their house is haunted before she goes in it. She drinks afternoon tea because she wants to be British but alas she was born in Alabama. When asked how many books she has written she has to stop and count on her fingers. When she’s not locked away writing, she is reading, shopping (major shoe and purse addiction), sneaking off to the movies alone, and listening to the drama in her teenagers lives while making mental notes on the good stuff to use later. Don’t judge.

http://abbiglines.com

Class: Creating Savage Chemistry

It can be a romance, a bestie, a bromance or even a grandma that's lit. Chemistry is the glue that holds the story together. It determines the pace, the feels, the strength, and makes the reader become invested in the world you create. Simply put if there isn't chemistry that grabs you in the chest and squeezes, makes your pulse race, or causes you to laugh out loud then the story will fall flat. Letting the characters determine just who has the show stopping chemistry is your first step. But how?


Bree Despain

Bree Despain

Bree Despain is the author of the Dark Divine trilogy and the Into The Dark trilogy. Bree rediscovered her childhood love for creating stories when she took a semester off college to write and direct plays for at-risk, inner-city teens from Philadelphia and New York. She currently lives in Salt Lake City, Utah with her husband, two young sons, and her beloved cats.

http://www.breedespain.com

Class: The Secret Ingredient to Great Fiction

Why do some stories stick with you long after you've finished reading them? How come some characters feel like old friends you've known for years? Why do some stories fall flat while others sing? Come learn the answers and how to apply them to your own writing. Advanced.


C. Michelle Jefferies

C. Michelle Jefferies

C. Michelle Jefferies writes about grand adventures and the occasional fantastical monster that might live under beds, and in dark closets. She loves to explore what would happen if we allowed our imaginations to roam the countryside. When she is not filling pages with words, she loves to cook Chinese food, make art, take yoga classes, and play her handmade frame drums. She lives in the wilds of Wyoming with her family where the winds blow, and magic is abundant.

https://cmichellejefferies.wordpress.com/

Class: Writing the "Super Team" in fiction. (Or, what Marvel is doing right.)

With superhero's being all the rage now, it makes sense to learn how to do it right. This class will show you the how, what and why of the power trio, five-man-band, elemental teams and more. And why Marvel is doing so well in the box office and on TV. This class is for moderate to advanced writers.


Daniel Swenson

Daniel Swenson

Daniel Swenson lives with his wife and children in Utah nestled between the foothills of the mountains and the shore of Utah Lake. He and his family enjoy hiking, riding bikes, playing outdoors and game nights where they play different board and card games.

Daniel has been a fan of science fiction and fantasy since he first sat down and watched Star Wars, Voltron, Masters of the Universe and the Transformers. Since witnessing the spectacle of Star Wars Daniel has been an avid movie goer and found his love of reading at a young age when he journeyed in the lands of Krynn and Toril alongside the creations of R.A. Salvatore, Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman.

He is the creator and host of the Hugo-nominated podcast Dungeon Crawlers Radio. A successful podcast that covers all things geek including interviews with upcoming and best selling authors. Because of the show Daniel has been able to build relationships among the writing and publishing community that has helped to cultivate his talents.

For the past twenty years he has been refining his craft of story telling by creating profound and unique adventures for various gaming groups. Now he spreads his love of gaming with his kids and their friends.

His debut novel, "The Shadow Above The Flames," is available now through Immortal Works. He also has a short story, "Tremors Within The Storm," that will be included in Jason King's Valcoria Awakenings anthology later in 2017.

http://www.Dragonsfate.com

Class: World Building Workshop

There is more to building worlds than making magic! Though your stories are about your characters the world in which they roam will set you and your stories apart. Good world-building lends an immersive richness to your writing, while giving readers the information they need to understand your characters and plot lines. In this workshop we will work together as a class and build a world in which we could potentially use to write a story within its frame work.


Darby Karchut

Darby Karchut

Darby Karchut is an award-winning author, dreamer, and compulsive dawn greeter. She lives in the Rocky Mountains, where she runs in blizzards and bikes in lightning storms. When not dodging death by Colorado, Darby is busy at her writing desk. Her works include THE ADVENTURES OF FINN MacCULLEN series, and her latest book, DEL TORO MOON, releases 2018 from Owl Hollow Press. Best thing ever: her YA series, GRIFFIN RISING, has been optioned for film.

http://www.darbykarchut.com

Class: Class #1: The Beating Heart of Story-Telling: Female and Male Archetypes Class #2 Writing like An Anthropologist: World Building 101

Class #1:
Rebels, librarians, pilgrims, tricksters, and kings. Great stories begin with great characters, and some of the most powerful ones are often based on timeless archetypes. Come explore the various types found in literature and film, and how writing to these archetypes will give your story extra zip, boom, and bam!

Class #2:
What do Middle-earth, Hogwarts, and Panem have in common? They are fully realized civilizations or cultures. Discover the eight basic elements that make up all human societies, and how incorporate those elements into your own "brave new world” to give your story extra depth and richness.


Dustin Hansen

Dustin Hansen

Dustin Hansen, author of Game On! and the Microsaurs series, was raised in rural Utah, where he spent many days hiking red rock canyons that once belonged to the dinosaurs. But even the beautiful mountains couldn’t keep him away from his love of pixels and controllers. He has been writing and creating art for the video game industry for more than two decades. Dustin and his family live in rural Utah once again, where he is the current king of the family Mario Kart circuit.

http://dustwrites.com

Class: Class #1: Podcasters, Youtubers, and Instagram- Oh my! Class #2 "I don't know what to write" and Other Famous Excuses for Quitters

Class #1
Where do you go writing information and inspiration? Let's build the master list to end all master lists. Bring your phone and get ready to follow along - literally - as we discuss the best podcasts, youtubers, and more for writers.

Class #2
My ideas are embarrassing. My stories are too personal. I don't know where to start! I'm not good enough. You've heard them all, but in this lively workshop we're going to destroy them all, ONE BY ONE, until the only excuse you have left is 'my fingers are tired from last night's writing binge!'


Elaine Vickers

Elaine Vickers

Elaine Vickers is the author of LIKE MAGIC and PAPER CHAINS (HarperCollins). She's also a chemistry professor at SUU and a mom of three who would rather have her students set things on fire than her kids. She always wanted to be a writer, except when she wanted to be an artist, a judge, an architect, or an Olympic gymnast.

http://elainevickers.com

Class: Science in Fiction

Explosions! Time travel! Outer space! Using examples from books, TV, and movies, this class will cover some basic laws of science that can take your story to the next level, whether you’re writing scifi, fantasy, or even contemporary/historical! Taught by a university science professor. beginner-advanced


Emily R. King

Emily R. King

Emily R. King is a reader of everything and a writer of fantasy. Born in Canada and raised in the USA, she has perfected the use of “eh” and “y’all” and uses both interchangeably. She’s a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators and an active participant in her local writers’ community. Emily lives in Northern Utah with her family and their cantankerous cat. Her debut, The Hundredth Queen, released June 2017.

https://emilyrking.com/

Class: How to Compile a Story Bible and Why You Need One

A story bible is a must-have organizational tool for writers. We will discuss what a story bible is, when to build one, and what goes into it. This class will be especially helpful for those writing big, complex worlds and need to keep their characters and worldbuilding straight. We will also discuss what worldbuilding consists of and how to balance the right amount to create an immersive fictional universe.


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, where Erin graduated with a B.A. in English from Brigham Young University. After teaching high school for a few years, she grabbed a Nikon and became a professional photographer. The scenic detour provided world-building inspiration for writing. It gave her the vision to draft YA fantasies. She is the author of EVER THE HUNTED, EVER THE BRAVE (2017 Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) and ONCE A KING (2018 Houghton Mifflin Harcourt). Erin and her family currently reside in Utah.

http://www.erinsummerill.com

Class: Pimp Out Your Prose

Want to publish a novel? Learn how to hit the reader with powerful literary devices and prose. Learn how to make each word in your novel count. One word can carry power and emotion with a punch. This class will teach you to cut the excess, and replace unnecessary lines with literary devices that will add depth and emotion to your writing. Literary devices are tools that should be in all writer's tool boxes. Come and pack your toolbox with the very best punch-worthy words.


Frank Cole

Frank Cole

Frank L. Cole is the author of 9 published books, and his 10th, Potion Masters Book One – The Eternity Elixir, releases January 2018.

http://www.frankcolewrites.com

Class: "That's What She Said" - The Art of Character Development Through Dialogue

Learn how to weave the critical component of conflict into your dialogue and how to adjust the flow of your writing to keep the pace headed in the right direction. Discover how to uniquify (that might be a word... some day) your characters so they don't all end up sounding like the same piece of cardboard.


J Scott Savage

J Scott Savage

J Scott Savage is the author of eighteen published novels including the Farworld series, the Case File 13 series, the Mysteries of Cove series, the Shandra Covington series, and others. Savage's books have received starred review from Kirkus and Publishers weekly as well being Amazon Book of the Month , Barnes and Noble Select Book, and receiving several awards. Savage has visited over 1500 schools across the country urging students to change the world through Creativity.

http://www.jscottsavage.com

Class: My Evil Plot is Working

Ever come up with a great story idea, only to have it fizzle after the first ten pages? Know how your story starts and ends, but unsure what to do in the middle? J Scott Savage will show you how to go from idea to plot including key milestones, mapping it out, what to do when you aren't sure what happens at a certain point, using multiple story lines, and much more.


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. 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: Magic Systems

Fantasy writers, this class is for you! Whether you write high fantasy with dragons and elves or you prefer a more subtle approach to the supernatural, developing your magic system using Jennifer's five step approach will breathe life into your fantasy. Get ready to talk Sanderson, Rowling, Rothfuss, and Paolini (to name a few) and plan to walk away with pages of valuable information to help you build a magical experience for your characters... and your readers.


Jennifer Nielsen

Jennifer Nielsen

As a child, Jennifer Nielsen had the unfortunate habit of assuming she could do things that weren’t particularly safe, and Is lucky to still be in one piece. As an adult, she is nursing a serious addiction to Diet Mountain Dew and tries to avoid filling up on healthy food if dark chocolate is available.

http://www.jennielsen.com

Class: Everything I Need to Know About Writing I learned from Hamilton.

Whether you're a fan of the hit musical or not, Hamilton is a master class on what to do and be as a writer.


Jessica Day George

Jessica Day George

Jessica Day George is the New York Times bestselling author of over a dozen book for young adult and middle grade readers. She likes dark chocolate, knitting, very small dogs, movies with explosions, and trying to read over 160 books a year. She lives in Salt Lake City her husband, three children, and a very fluffy dog.

http://www.jessicadaygeorge.com%20

Class: Ask Me Anything!

Have you ever wanted to sit down with an author and just ask them ANYTHING? Now's your chance! Jessica has 10 years publishing experience, a fancy college degree, and once went to Romania for book research. She doesn't bite, so feel free to ask her anything you've wanted to know!


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: TBD

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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: A Novel in 90 Days-Fake it 'Til You Make It!

A confidence building exercise in discipline and creativity. Using focused self-delusion and the magick of positive thinking we discipline ourselves into a routine to encompass an entire project from inception to rough draft. The class is meant to inspire a writer to overcome their greatest obstacle - a completed book. The course offers concrete advice from tools to times, inspiration, pre-writing tactics and thematic considerations. Think like an author, act like an author. Be an author.


Kasie West

Kasie West

Kasie West is not a teen nor has she ever been to boot camp. But she used to be a teen and she wrote a book about boot camp (no she didn’t) so she definitely belongs here. She writes contemporary romance for HarperTeen and Scholastic (books like, The Distance Between Us, P.S. I Like You, The Fill-In Boyfriend, and more). When she isn't writing, she mainly plays taxi driver to one of her four kids, eats chocolate, or binges a television series on Netflix in record time.

http://kasiewest.com

Class: Kiss and Tell: The art of writing a romance that gets people talking

Remember when you were a kid and you’d take Barbie and Ken’s head and smash them together because you had no idea how to kiss but you knew it must involve full facial contact? Sure, there are times we’d love to just smash our characters faces together and get on with it, but writing a good love story involves so much more than that. In this class we will discuss the elements of a romance that leave you dying for the characters to kiss.


Kathryn Purdie

Kathryn Purdie

Kathryn Purdie is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the BURNING GLASS series (Katherine Tegen Books/HarperCollins). Kathryn is a trained classical actress who studied at the Oxford School of Drama and was inspired to write her debut trilogy while recovering from donating a kidney to her older brother. In her spare time, she loves playing guitar, binge-watching TV, and devouring Peanut Butter Oreos. Find her online at www.kathrynpurdie.com

http://kathrynpurdie.com

Class: Journal Your Way to Better Writing (co-teaching with Sara B. Larson)

One always wanted to be an author, one didn't start writing until later in life...but both were avid journal writers growing up (complete with pages of real life dialogue and events) and they both agree that journaling helped them hone their craft. How? Join best selling authors Kathryn Purdie and Sara B. Larson as they discuss how journaling and documenting "real life" can help take your dialogue, voice, and characters to the next level and truly make your writing stand out. (And they might even share a page or two of their actual journals with you, for kicks and giggles.)


Kiersten White

Kiersten White

Kiersten White is probably shorter than you, but she doesn't resent you. (That’s a lie, she totally does.) When not busy resenting you, she writes books, including the NYT bestselling Paranormalcy trilogy, the And I Darken trilogy, The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein, Slayer, and more. As revenge for being taller than her, she hopes her middle grade novel, Beanstalker and Other Hilarious Scarytales, makes you pee your pants laughing.

http://www.kierstenwhite.com

Class: The Voice

Alongside celebrity judges Adam Levine and Miley Cyrus, I will...

Wait sorry, wrong voice. Instead, we'll analyze that elusive thing known as voice in writing, and learn specific tips and tricks to bring out your own inimitable style.


Lois D. Brown

Lois D. Brown

Lois Brown received her bachelor's degree in journalism and worked as a news correspondent in Washington, D.C. She later completed a Master's degree and started a freelance business. She has written nearly fifty articles and books. She worked as the chief editor to former New York Times best-selling author Dr. Neil Solomon, and she co-wrote a book on time management with former Miss America Sharlene Wells Hawkes. Her passion for mythology led to her appearance on television shows such as “Myth Hunters: The Curse of Montezuma's Gold” and “America Unearthed.”

http://loisdbrown.com

Class: The Elements of Mystery

Every story has a mystery. Will the girl fall for the right guy? Will the alien torture its human captive? Wh is the killer? Readers want answers, but a good author makes them wait for them. Learn about pacing, cliff hangers, and red herrings.


Margie Jordan

Margie Jordan

Margie is amazing.

http://margiejordan.com

Class: Mission Possible: First Chapter Reconnaissance

You’ve got this great idea with amazing characters and a kick-butt world, but let’s face it. Your story opening has gone into hiding. Through a little bit of low level surveillance, a regiment of finger pushups, and a lot of courage, you too can achieve the impossible. Your mission should you choose to accept it: write the greatest first chapter ever devised by mankind.
**exploding pen not included.


Matthew J. Kirby

Matthew J. Kirby

Matthew J. Kirby is the critically acclaimed and award-winning author of several middle grade and young adult novels, including The Clockwork Three, Icefall, the Dark Gravity Sequence, A Taste for Monsters, and the Assassin's Creed series, Last Descendants. He has won the Edgar Award for Best Juvenile Mystery, the PEN Center USA award for Children’s Literature, the Judy Lopez Memorial Award, and has been named to the New York Public Library’s 100 Books for Reading and Sharing, and the ALA Best Fiction for Young Adults lists. He is also a school psychologist, and currently lives in Utah with his wife and three step-kids.

http://matthewjkirby.com

Class: Lunch Keynote Address + Break Out Class: Someone Else’s Sandbox + My Story Panel

Someone Else’s Sandbox: The best fictional worlds are places we want to spend our time, and the best characters are the ones we want to hang out with. Sometimes, we might even want to tell new stories with those characters and settings. In this class, Matthew J. Kirby will talk about his work for Ubisoft in the Assassin’s Creed universe and share what he has learned from writing stories based on someone else’s world.


Maureen Johnson

Maureen Johnson

Maureen Johnson is the bestselling author of over a dozen YA novels, including: 13 Little Blue Envelopes, The Name of the Star, Suite Scarlett, and Truly Devious. She has collaborated with Cassandra Clare, Sarah Rees Brennan, and Robin Wasserman on The Bane Chronicles and Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy and with John Green and Lauren Myracle on Let it Snow. She is the co-editor (along with Tim Federle) with the upcoming collection How I Resist, to benefit the ACLU. Maureen lives in New York City, and on Twitter @maureenjohnson.

http://www.maureenjohnsonbooks.com

Class: Morning Kenote Address + My Story Panel

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McKelle George

McKelle George

McKelle George is a reader, editor, perpetual doodler, and associate librarian at the best library in the world. She mentors with Salt Lake Teen Writes and plays judge for the Poetry Out Loud teen competitions (but has no poetic talent herself). Her debut young adult novel Speak Easy, Speak Love comes out from Greenwillow/HarperCollins in 2017, and she currently lives in Salt Lake City with an enormous white german shepherd and way, way too many books.

http://mckellegeorge.com

Class: Retellings of Classic Literature

Reworking a fairy tale is one thing--but what about reworking classic works of literature from the greatest writers of our time (like, say, Shakespeare or Jane Austen)? Everyone knows that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, but how do you find the balance between creating something that is wholly your own, while also keeping true to the original’s spirit? In this workshop, learn how to create a high concept story angle for your retelling, deal with the pressure of expectation while somehow keeping the story unpredictable, and above all, finding the balance between your inner fangirl/boy and the professional writer.


McKenzie Wagner

McKenzie Wagner

McKenzie Wagner is seventeen years old and already has six published books under her belt. An ambitious girl who began writing at age seven, McKenzie is best known for The Magic Meadow and the Golden Locket, published at age ten, and the Benotripia trilogy, the most recent book being released at age fourteen. Inspiring thousands of kids to follow their dreams, McKenzie has visited several elementary schools across the state of Utah and done numerous book signings in Costco, Barnes & Noble, and Hasting stores. When she isn't writing, McKenzie spends her time reading, acting, writing, and hoping Peter Pan will take her to Neverland.

http://www.mckenziewagnerbooks.com

Class: Workshop Instructor

TBD


Michele Ashman Bell

Michele Ashman Bell

Michele Ashman Bell grew up in St. George, Utah. In fourth grade her
teacher wrote on her report card that she had a tendency to daydream
and would probably do well with creative writing. Her love for books
and learning about people and places has helped her make her teacher's
prediction come true. Michele is the author of many books and Christmas stories. She is married and is the mother of four children,
and is a grandma of three granddaughters and one grandson. Aside from supporting her children in all of their many activities, she has taught fitness classes for over thirty years and currently teaches Zumba, she loves to travel and do research for her books and her favorite food is chocolate and cinnamon bears, preferably together.

http://www.micheleashmanbell.com

Class: Rock your reader - using the five senses in writing

Imagine going to Disneyland but while you're there you aren't able to smell all the wonderful smells or tastes all the yummy treats like churros and popcorn. Imagine you can't hear the sounds of screams as people ride the rides, or hear the music from the parades and shows. Imagine you can't even see all the colors and characters, or feel the thrill of the wind as it rushes past your face on your favorite roller coaster. How boring and dull would that experience be? Using the five senses in your writing will make your stories and characters come alive. Learn how to Rock Your Readers in this fun, hands on (ears, eyes, nose and taste too) workshop that will supercharge your writing!


Mikey Brooks

Mikey Brooks

When he’s not saving the world from evil villains or changing diapers, Mikey Brooks is writing illustrating, or daydreaming. He’s published eight middle-grade books and several more picture books. He lives in Utah with his beautiful wife, their four adorable kiddos, five crazy chickens, and one or two invisible dragons. You can learn more about him at: www.mikeybrooks.com

http://mikeybrooks.com/

Class: Words & Art: An Author/Illustrator's Journey

Words and Art are like the best couple ever. Better than ketchup and mustard, better than salt and pepper, better than baloney and cheese, even better than toilets and … you know. This presentation will discuss all the ways in which art and words are used together to make a story; picture books, chapter art, graphic novels, illustrated books, book covers, and using art as inspiration for your words.


Renee Collins

Renee Collins

Renee Collins started writing in high school, pouring her heart into love poems for boys that probably didn't deserve her ardent affection. As an adult, she's gotten a little wiser (though, not much,) but she still loves to write about heart-aching romance. She is the author of RELIC, UNTIL WE MEET AGAIN and REMEMBER ME ALWAYS. She lives in Colorado with her family and a parakeet named Dr Pepper.

http://www.reneecollinsauthor.com

Class: Kiss and Tell: The art of writing a romance that gets people talking

Remember when you were a kid and you’d just smash Barbie and Ken’s heads together in a kiss? Sure, there are times we’d love to do that with our characters and get on with it, but writing a good love story involves much more than that. In this class we will discuss the elements of a romance that leave your readers dying for those characters to kiss.


Rosalyn Eves

Rosalyn Eves

Rosalyn Eves grew up in the Rocky Mountains, dividing her time between reading books and bossing her siblings into performing her dramatic scripts. As an adult, the reading and telling of stories is still one of her favorite things to do. She has a PhD in English, emphasis on rhetoric and composition, from Penn State, and she teaches writing at Southern Utah University. Her debut novel, a historical YA fantasy, BLOOD ROSE REBELLION, is out now from Knopf/Random House, and the sequel, LOST CROW CONSPIRACY, comes out March 2018. You can Find Rosalyn Eves on her website HERE.

http://www.rosalyneves.com

Class: Building Castles from Sand: Strategies to Revise your Story

Good writing is often the product of good revising--but many authors (especially new ones) struggle to turn feedback into effective revision. Shannon Hale wrote that first drafts are “simply shoveling sand into a box so that later I can build castles.” In this class, we’ll talk about practical strategies for revising (for making sand castles), such as seeing plot issues and revising scenes on for increased tension.


Roshani Chokshi

Roshani Chokshi

ROSHANI CHOKSHI is the author of the instant New York Times bestselling novel, The Star-Touched Queen, and its companion, A Crown of Wishes. She studied fairy tales in college, and she has a pet luck dragon that looks suspiciously like a Great Pyrenees dog. Aru Shah and the End of Time, her middle grade debut, was inspired by the stories her grandmother told her as well as Roshani's all-consuming love for Sailor Moon. She lives in Georgia and says "y'all," but she doesn't really have a Southern accent. Follow her online at roshanichokshi.com and on Twitter at @roshani_chokshi.

https://roshanichokshi.com/

Class: Afternoon Keynote Address + My Story Panel

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Sara B. Larson

Sara B. Larson

Sara B. Larson is the author of the acclaimed YA fantasy DEFY trilogy (DEFY, IGNITE, and ENDURE) and the DARK BREAKS THE DAWN duology (DARK BREAKS THE DAWN and BRIGHT BURNS THE NIGHT). 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 four children, and their Maltese, Loki. She writes in brief snippets throughout the day 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://sarablarson.com

Class: Journal your way to better writing

One always wanted to be an author, one didn't start writing until later in life...but both were avid journal writers growing up (complete with pages of real life dialogue and events) and they both agree that journaling helped them hone their craft. How? Join best selling authors Kathryn Purdie and Sara B. Larson as they discuss how journaling and documenting "real life" can help take your dialogue, voice, and characters to the next level and truly make your writing stand out. (And they might even share a page or two of their actual journals with you, for kicks and giggles.)


Terri Baranowski

Terri Baranowski

Terri Baranowski is the founder of Gateway Literary and Bluestocking Editorial. The author of several award-winning essays, she has served as guest feature columnist for a St. Louis newspaper and is currently working on her first novel. Terri graduated from BYU where she co-wrote a series for BYU-TV, developed an Alternate Reality Game to promote The Book of Jer3miah, a webisode series that received New York Times recognition, and assisted in the creation of The Criterion, a literary criticism journal. Terri resides in Salt Lake City, Utah with a couple of adorable Shih Tzu’s and is seeking authors with creativity, vision, and a masterful command of language. Check out submission guidelines at www.gatewayliterary.com.

http://www.gatewayliterary.com

Class: Creative Juice Bar: A Writing Prompt Workshop

Do you want to know where to get ideas, find writing prompts, how to cure writer's block, create synergy, and have a chance to write flash fiction? Come to this workshop hosted by Literary Agent Terri Baranowski and be prepared to be inspired! All levels welcome.


Tricia Levenseller

Tricia Levenseller

Tricia Levenseller is the author of the Daughter of the Pirate King duology, a YA fantasy series from Macmillan/Feiwel and Friends. She received her degree in English Language and editing, and she is thrilled that she never has to read another textbook again. When she's not writing or reading, Tricia enjoys putting together jigsaw puzzles, playing volleyball, and watching her favorite TV shows while eating extra-buttered popcorn.

https://tricialevenseller.com/

Class: Proactive vs. Reactive Characters—Disney Princess Style!

Proactive characters are characters who DO things rather than have things done to them. In this class, we’ll examine the differences between proactive and reactive characters with examples from Disney princess movies and learn how to use characters to move forward plot.