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.
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.
Leigh Statham is the author of several short stories and three novels for young adults, including her latest, Daughter4254. She was raised in the wilds of rural Idaho but found her heart in New York City. She worked a lot of weird jobs before she settled into the role of wife, mother, and writer. She now lives in North Carolina with her husband, four children, lots of chickens, three bunnies, a fluffy white dog, and two suspected serial killer cats. She loves all things sparkly and strange that go bump in the night.http://leighstatham.com
Class: Plotting: Never Fear the Dark Side
Plotting can be scary, sometimes characters die, but don't worry, you won't be convicted and your stories will be a lot easier for your readers to follow and enjoy. Let's figure out how to get to the end of the rope together. (*** Let me know if this is too morbid! xoxox)