Classes from TABC 2014



Author of many books, including The Maze Runner (adapted into a film by 20th Century Fox) and The Eye of Minds. Raised in Georgia, James now lives in Utah. To find out more, please visit his website,





Lisa Mangum has loved and worked with books ever since elementary school, when she volunteered at the school library during recess. Her first paying job was shelving books at the Sandy Library. She worked for five years at Waldenbooks while she attended the University of Utah, graduating with honors with a degree in English. An avid reader of all genres, she has worked in the publishing department for Deseret Book since 1997. She is the author of the award-winning Hourglass Door trilogy and After Hello.

Class: Building Better Characters: The Mr. Potato Head Way – Characters are more than just what they look like on the outside. In this class, we’ll dive deep into how to build a character who is 3-dimensional and real by focusing on the parts of a Mr. Potato Head toy.




Jonathan Ryan is an author, columnist, and blogger. His debut horror mystery novel, 3 Gates of the Dead, has earned rave reviews in the New York Journal of Books, Midwest Book Review, Library Journal, and the Director of Development of The Wolper Organization at Warner Bros. He grew up poor in Indiana and spent two weeks every summer with his grandmother, who allowed him to check out library books on Bigfoot, the Mothman, and ghost stories. He explored all the dark and spooky places of the Midwest, including the mysterious earthen mounds. His young adult novel, Revolution of the Wolf and the sequel to 3 Gates of the Dead, The Dark Bride, will be published in the Fall of 2014.

Class: Make them Pee their Pants: How to Write a Scary and Tense Scene – Ever read a scene that makes you afraid to walk your dog at night? Open the closet? Look under your bed? What about a scene that is so intense it makes your muscles hurt afterwards? We’ll talk about how to write the ordinary into scary, the mundane into intense and the boring into teeth chattering excitement.


Frank L. Cole has lived in such exotic places as the Philippines and Kentucky, and currently lives with his wife and three children out west. While he strived for years to earn his publishing credits, Frank considers sharing his message of “Exercising Your Imagination” to over 45,000 kids across the country as his greatest accomplishment. The Guardians of the Finisher’s Fury is Frank’s 7th published book.

Class: Writing Humor- Every good book needs at least a laugh or two. Some need more. In this class you’ll learn the basics of how to create hilarious scenes and genuinely funny characters.


With her degree in History and Secondary Education, Jennifer had every intention of teaching teens to love George Washington and appreciate the finer points of ancient battle stratagem. (Seriously, she’s obsessed with ancient warfare. Weird? We know.) Life had different plans. After completing the first draft of her third novel, Jennifer teamed up with dream agent, Amy Jameson, and hopes to soon see her first novel in print. As a proud member of Writers Cubed, and a co-founder of the Teen Author Boot Camp, she feels blessed to be able to fulfill both her ambition to work with teens as well as seek publication and improve her own writing.

Advanced Class: Tension– Make your story a ticking time bomb! – Have you ever been in love with a story concept, written out the first five chapters and then hit the writers block wall? We all have, and the good news is, there is a solution. Let me help you up the stakes of your mystery novel, make your romance all the more desirable, twist your villain into knots, and make your reader genuinely wonder if happily ever after is still even a possibility.

Video of Class To Be Released



Lois Brown’s  love of all things mysterious and fantastical began at an early age when her five older brothers made her watch television shows such as “Dr. Who” and “Lost in Space.” (Yes, the originals.) Her passion for science fiction bloomed when, at age 12, she spent an entire summer buying “Star Wars: Return of the Jedi” collector cards. She used her babysitting money earned over an entire year to get a full set. Now she likes to write her own stories that spark the imagination. Her first novel, CYCLES, was a top 5 finalist of The Kindle Book Review’s “Best YA Indie Books of 2012.” Its sequel, SPACES, promises to be just as delightful.

Class: How to write the most EPIC battle scene ever (or even just a good fist fight) – Pow! Whap! Ka-Boom!  If you want your fight scenes to be a little more realistic than those of Batman and Robin, come learn how to zoom in and out of the action all while creating an exciting epic battle (or fist fight) that will knock your readers’ socks off.

Check out her book trailers for Cycles & Spaces



Tahsha grew up in the best backyard a kid could ask for. It was there that she discovered her love for creating stories, but it wasn’t until she got older that she got the nerve to put her stories on paper. Tahsha is a member of Writers Cubed and a founder of Teen Author Boot Camp. She is also a wife, mother, avid TV watcher and lover of all things ancient and sugary.

Class: 10 Habits of Super Awesome Writers- Come to our class and we’ll study the habits that will turn your writing from a simple hobby to an awesome career.



Tyler Whitesides wishes he was a Time Lord, that way he could travel to Mordor and rescue Harry Potter from the Klingons. Instead, he spends his time sitting around the house in his pajamas, thinking up crazy stories to write. He loves cooking, fishing, and spending time in the mountains. He has had several odd jobs, including, firework shooter, taste tester, and janitor. Tyler is the author of the Janitors series.

Class: Using Magic in Writing- How to create a believable magic system in your writing. We will discuss dos and don’ts, pros and cons. We will discuss successful magic systems from other books. Everyone will leave this class with a newfound magical power. But with that power will come great responsibility…



Jo was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, to a literary, intellectual mother and an artist, naturalist father. Her parents instilled in her a love of art, books, nature, people and philosophy. As a child, though steeped in an atmosphere of creativity and culture, she experienced just enough poverty to make her street smart too. She grew up with five sisters, two brothers and countless cousins and was soon known for her skills as a storyteller.

Jo wrote her first book when she was six and has written ever since. She left home early to travel the world, visiting other countries and exploring their history, writings and belief systems. Jo schooled in London, studying the arts and British literature and then in Utah, first focusing on archaeology and the humanities, and finally settling on English with a writing emphasis. She married and had three sons with her childhood friend who is an artist and filmmaker, living in LA, Oregon, the Bay Area and now Utah. Jo’s next planned adventure is publication. She is represented by Italia Gandolfo of GH Literary Management.

Class: Be your character’s therapist- Become a head shrinker and make your characters come to life. We all know the rebel, the perfectionist, the shy kid and the weirdo. What makes them tick? Creating a psychological profile for your characters  by examining their personality, upbringing or childhood trauma will make their motivations and behavior believable, compelling and relatable.


Classes from TABC 2013