Drill Sergeants 2017

David Farland

David Farland

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.”


Class: Keynote Address

David will also be teaching a class and sitting on a panel. More info to come...

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.


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'...