Beth Buck has been writing since 2nd Grade and spent most of her high school years writing elaborate dystopian stories and very bad poetry. She didn't start taking herself seriously as a writer, however, until after graduating from college with a degree in Middle Eastern Studies, being rejected by the CIA, and having a few kids. She has written a lot about emergency preparedness, but prefers to write about spaceship battles, ancient Mesopotamian monsters, and historically accurate fairy tales. Beth also has a black belt in Karate and a spinning wheel named Hilda.https://bethbuckauthor.wordpress.com/
Class: The Truth about Spinning Wheels and Fairy Tales
Everyone loves the same eight or nine fairy tales but thinks they're just for kids. This class will challenge what you think you know about fairy tales. Make your next fairy tale stand out by drawing upon the complex world of folklore, a broad and varied corpus of literature comprised of thousands of stories, characters, and creatures you've never seen in the movies. This class will include a spinning wheel demonstration, where participants will learn how to turn straw into gold (not a joke!) and how Walt Disney got it wrong.
Brian Randall Carter
Brian Carter is a producer of film, video, sound for film, and music for Brigham Young University-Idaho and for the his independent production company, The Sound Refuge. A native of Sacramento, California, Brian was raised in Southeastern Idaho.
Brian has produced 8 full length albums, hundreds of film shorts, documentaries, narratives, and the feature film, In Convenience. He has worked as a sound for film artist on productions such as Errand of Angels and Mormon Scientist. In recent years, he has devoted himself to exploring concepts and techniques of script writing and the importance of structure in storytelling. He places equal energy into film directing and cinematography.
In July of 2016 Brian released the space rock opera entitled “Transmission From Orions Belt” under the pseudonym DESERT WILL. He is currently writing two full-feature films, and a series of short works in various mediums and stages of production for his own company and LDS-CES.
Class: Going Home: A profoundly common thread in almost any good story
What does our protagonist really want? We have so many different stories, genre's, backdrops to stories, trials and triumphs. But just as the mono-myth foundation of good storytelling has and will always stand the test of time, so too does the similarity of what all of our protagonist really want. Beginner
Clark Chamberlain is a full-time editor working in multiple genres with authors at all levels from novice to NYT Bestsellers. His bestselling course Punch Them in the Gut: Writing Fiction with Emotional Impact has helped thousands of authors apply the psychology of why we read and how to create a natural desire in the reader to share.
He is a sought-after speaker, and also works in nonfiction to help people break free of negative life stories.
Class: Targeting your Reader for Maximum Emotional Impact
Learn how to target your audience and write a story that will connect with them on a deep emotional level.
As a college student studying pre-medical microbiology, David Farland was torn. He also wanted to be a writer. Eventually, the desire to write became too overwhelming and he gave in. Today Dave shares his knowledge and expertise with writers around the world through his #WritingTip articles, books on writing and various online and live lectures and workshops.
Seeing his students take their own stories to greatness has become one of Dave’s greatest joys in life. Not only does he love sharing the lessons he’s learned from a lifetime of empirical study, he excels at diagnosing story problems and prescribing the right course of treatment for ultimate success.
About his life, Dave says, “I seem to have become a writer who now works as a doctor on the side—a story doctor.”https://mystorydoctor.com
Class: Keynote Address
David will also be teaching a class and sitting on a panel. More info to come...
Dustin was raised in rural Utah, where his imagination was his most constant companion. A reader, artist, and gamer from an early age, Dustin was encouraged to mine his talents, follow his passions, and find the fun in everyday life. He's made video games for everything from the NES to the PS4, created toys for Hasbro, and taught to creative geniuses, but his greatest passion has always been storytelling. He is the author and illustrator of Game On! : Video Game History from Pong and Pac-Man to Mario, Minecraft, and More, and his highly illustrated MICROSAURS series.http://dustwrites.com
Class: Queries, and Agents, and Editors, oh my!
A quick look at the scary terms in the publishing world. What is an agent, and what can they do to help? What is a query letter, and what does one look like? What does an editor do, and how many editors work on a typical book? In the class we'll also write a live query, as a class, then pitch it via skype to my agent and editor! ***(I confirmed this over email today - both said they'd LOVE to do this if you're up for it).
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. She 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 photographer while crafting manuscript after manuscript. The scenic detour of shooting weddings across the United States, as well as internationally, provided world-building inspiration. It gave her the vision to draft her debut YA fantasy, EVER THE HUNTED.http://www.erinsummerill.com
Class: Power-Up Your Prose
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.)
Frank Cole is the author of 8 published novels and his 9th, The World’s Greatest Adventure Machine, releases August 2017 from Delacorte Press. You can learn more about Frank’s writing at frankcolewrites.com.http://www.frankcolewrites.com
Class: Yeah, That's What She Said - The Art of Character Development Through Dialogue
Learn how to make your dialogue work for your story and understand how to weave the critical component of conflict into your dialogue. You'll learn 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. Moderate
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 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: Twists and Turns
Learn how to create jaw-dropping plot twists.
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: Magic Systems
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.
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!
“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.
Natalie is the author of the TRANSPARENT series, HOUSE OF IVY & SORROW, the I'M A NINJA series, FISH OUT OF WATER, SIDEKICK, and MY LITTLE BRONY (under K.M. Hayes). In addition to that, she was on the writing team for the cRPG Torment: Tides of Numenera, out now from InXile. Rumored ninja cyborg.http://nataliewhipple.com
Class: Killer Conflict: Your Story's Fuel
At the heart of any good story lies conflict. Loads of it. Stave off a case of "boring story blues" by learning how to cram your book with so much conflict your readers will never be able to put it down.
I live in Utah with five kids, a CrossFit-training husband who writes computer code, and lots of hip hop background music. A committed party-girl, I serve as the social coordinator of LDStorymakers Conference and chair of Storymakers Tribe. For you writers, check out my free writing webinar channel on YouTube at #50FirstChapters. I have a hip, smart-sleuthing teen murder mystery out called SHATTER and a contemporary romance in UNDER A NEW YORK SKYLINE. When it comes to clean romance for the high school student in us all, I say bring on the funny and the kisses. As a former 8th grade science teacher, I know the awkward teenager in us all just wants to be loved. Admit it!http://www.nikkitrionfo.com
Class: First Chapters: Would You Date Yours?
A reader scoping out your first chapter is like a guy trying to get a date. Does he pick the girl studying in the corner, or the gal who announces she’s new in town, has tickets to a hockey game, and is dying to try the local food rave? Duh, he goes for the girl who’s ready to live a new story, and yes, he goes for a first chapter that promises the same. Plain old good writing isn’t enough for a first date, er, chapter. Have you organized the flow of your story to advertise your most interesting characters, your coolest action scenes, and the deepest irony of your premise? Is it depressing to invent all that awesome and figure out how to show it off in the first 12-20 pages AND set up a story arc, theme, and inner conflict at the same time? Heck, no! First chapters are so full of promise that sometimes readers cheat on their existing books just to ride the first-chapter wave all over again with a new one. (Not me. I break-up first.)
Sara B. Larson
Sara B. Larson is the author of the acclaimed YA fantasy DEFY trilogy: DEFY, IGNITE, and ENDURE. Her latest release is DARK BREAKS THE DAWN, a fantasy reimagining of Swan Lake. 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.
Class: 5 Easy Steps to Rock your World
Every story you write requires world building--whether it be fantasy, sci-fi, or even contemporary fiction. But world building can be daunting, or even worse, so enthralling you overdo it and get lost in a morass of details that are wholly unnecessary for your book. Come learn the 5 easy steps to creating a believable, fully-formed world without getting overwhelmed. If there's time, we'll even create a brand new world together as a class.
Scott lives in Pocatello, Idaho where he slaves away at writing books while trying to find time for his wife and kids. He is the author of the young adult series The Gatekeeper trilogy.http://munboy.com
Class: Self Publishing Do's and Don'ts
Navigating the slippery slopes of self publishing. Learn the mistakes from somebody who already made them. Beginner.
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Who am I? I am a devoted husband who cares for and adores his beautiful wife. I am a loving father who cares for his daughters and loves to tease them. I don't tolerate other people mistreating any of them.
I am a storyteller. It doesn't matter as much to me whether it is a novel, poem, short story, or screenplay, I just love telling a good story. I enjoy creating characters and worlds to help provide and escape, but also to make readers think about life and how it is always better to look up.
I am a Mormon. I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.http://tedthewriter.wixsite.com/home
Class: Everything I needed to know about life I learned in Kindergarten (strikeout) being a writer
Everytime you write you send your characters on a journey that helps them grow. Did you know you are on the same type of journey. This class looks at how what you have learned as an awesome teen writer can help you navigate your way through your journey of teenagerdom.
Teen Ambassador, Abigayl Finch
Abby Finch is a teen who loves to do all things creative. She has loved writing since she was a little kid. Her favorite book she's read recently is The Future of Us by Jay Asher. Her Hogwarts house is Ravenpuff (Ravenclaw and Hufflepuff). Her current work in project is a 1960's YA Historical Fiction. Even though she's new to writing novels, she loves helping other teen writers.http://tedthewriter.wixsite.com/home
Class: Teen Panel
Abby is the teen ambassador for TABC Idaho. Teens can come to her to ask questions about the conference or about being a teen writer. She will be moderating the Teen Panel at the conference.