****The Writers Conference Has A New Date: Second Weekend in October!***

October 13, 2017 - Friday Writer's Bootcamp

Location West Campus Gym, 250 West 100 North, Ephraim, UT 84627
11:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
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Meet with published authors in small groups for professional feedback on your personal writing. Bring 5 copies of at least one chapter of your writing, less than 10 pages (double spaced) is recommended.

 

"I like the smaller, intense classes. I know of one from my group last year who got

 

a publishing contract from it." - Mikey Brooks

 

Writer's Camp Instructors: Natalie Whipple, Meg Jensen, Steve Clark, Brent Boswell, Lindsay Flannigan, Megan Batterman, Juliana Ali, Kevin Nielson, Heather Clark, Nikki Trionfo, Rod Miller, Robin King, Erin Summerill, Janell Youngstrom, Eschler Editing (check back soon...more instructors and authors to be announced).

REGISTRATION

11:00 a.m. - 11:50 a.m.


WELCOME AND DOOR PRIZES

12:00 p.m. - 12:20 p.m. 


BOOTCAMP ROUND TABLE

12:30 p.m. - 1:50 p.m.
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SNACK BREAK

2:00 p.m. - 2:20 p.m.

BOOTCAMP ROUND TABLE

2:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

6:00 P.M.  Guest Speaker - Brent Boswell

Brent Boswell is an American young-adult fiction writer and playwright best known for his action adventure novels, Brother’s Bones, Big Mean Pig, Mission Invisible: The Magician’s Curse, and the best-selling Christmas novella, The Santa Exclusive. As a playwright, he wrote and directed. The Mormon Handcart Pageant, an outdoor, nighttime production depicting the 1856 crucible migration of the Martin and Willie Handcart Companies to Utah, and their subsequent rescue, which ran for eight season and played to over 100,000 people.

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REFRESHMENTS, MIX AND MINGLE with Brent and other published authors!

7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

VISIT BOOKSTORE
GET YOUR AUTOGRAPHS

8:00 P.M.  ~End Bootcamp~

See You Saturday!

 


 

October 14, 2017 - Saturday Classes

Location West Campus Gym & Hi-Tech Building, 250 West 100 North, Ephraim, UT 84627
9:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Simply attend whichever class you want! No need to pre-register for individual classes.

REGISTRATION - West Campus Gym (Registration will also be available in the Hi-Tech Building after Welcome & Door Prizes)

8:00 a.m. - 8:50 a.m.

WELCOME AND DOOR PRIZES - West Campus Gym

9:00 a.m. - 9:20 a.m. 

FIRST BREAKOUT SESSION - Location TBA

9:30 a.m. - 10:20 a.m.

Room 110 - Critiki: Critique Group Panel
Room 120 - Brent Boswell
Room 130 - Self Editing by Lindsay Flannigan
Room 140 - Breakout Poetry by Megan Batterman

SECOND BREAKOUT SESSION - Location TBA

10:30 a.m. - 11:20 a.m.

Room 110 - Creativity 101 by Juliana Ali
Room 120 - Kevin Nielson
Room 130 - How to Teach Yourself How to Write by Steve Clark
Room 140 - Constructing the Novel - Part 1 by Meg Jensen

THIRD BREAKOUT SESSION - Location TBA

11:30 p.m. - 12:20 p.m.

Room 110 - Today's Publishing Options by Steve Clark
Room 120
- Creating Characters People Can Get Behind by Natalie Whipple
Room 130
- First Chapters by Heather Clark & Nikki Trionfo
Room 140
- Constructing the Novel - Part 2 by Meg Jensen

LUNCH - (blue nametags: ham, red nametags: chicken salad)

12:30  p.m. - 1:20 p.m.

ALOHA ENTERTAINMENT by the SNOW COLLEGE POLYNESIAN CLUB!

 

1:30 P.M. Keynote Speaker - Natalie Whipple

West Campus Gym

Natalie Whipple, sadly, does not have any cool mutations or magical powers like her characters. Unless you count the ability to watch anime and Korean dramas for hours on end. Or her uncanny knack for sushi consumption. She grew up in the Bay Area and relocated to Utah for high school, which was quite the culture shock for her anime-loving teen self. But the Rocky Mountains eventually won her over, and she stuck around to earn her degree in English linguistics at BYU, with a minor in editing. Natalie still lives in Utah with her husband and three kids, and keeps the local Asian market in business with all her attempts to cook Thai curry, pho, and bulgogi. 

 

FOURTH BREAKOUT SESSION - High Tech Bldg.

2:10 p.m. - 2:40 p.m.

Room 110 - Maximizing Conflict by Natalie Whipple
Room 120 - Nikki Trionfo
Room 130 - Query Letters That Get Manuscript Requests by Rebecca Butler
Room 140 - Jackie Stevens
Room 101 - Critiki: Critique Group Panel

FIFTH BREAKOUT SESSION - High Tech Bldg.

3:00 p.m. - 3:50 p.m.

Room 110 - Editing Basics and Beyond by Eschler Editing
Room 120 - Heather Clark
Room 130 - Erin Summerill
Room 140 - ...?...
Room 101 - Critiki: Critique Group Panel

SIXTH BREAKOUT SESSION - High Tech Bldg.

4:00 p.m. - 4:50 p.m. 

Room 110 - WHAT? You Mean I Have To Sell The Darn Thing by Steve Clark
Room 120 - Using Humor In Fiction by Rod Miller
Room 130 - Robin King
Room 140 - Reaching "The End." Managing Your Time, Like and Emotions by Janell Youngstrom
Room 101 - Critiki: Critique Group Panel

FIRST PAGE PREVIEW - High Tech Bldg.

5:00 p.m. - 5:50 p.m.

Find out what works and what doesn't by a panel of professionals. Bring the first page of your writing anonymously for a random drawing to be read and evaluated by professional authors and publishers. Learn from feedback on other writers' first pages, too! Fun and informative.

CLOSING CEREMONIES - West Campus Gym

6:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

FINAL DOOR PRIZES

BOOK SIGNING - West Campus Gym

6:30 p.m.

MASS BOOKSIGNING
MIX AND MINGLE WITH AUTHORS AND PUBLISHERS!

LUAU DINNER SHOW - West Campus Gym

7:00 p.m (open to the public)

DINNER SHOW BY SPECIAL GUESTS FROM THE AMERICAN SAMOA ISLANDS!
COST: $5 PERSON (pay at the door)

 

 

Alphabetical Class Descriptions


2016 CLASS DESCRIPTIONS -

CONSTRUCTING THE NOVEL - Do you have a book inside you demanding to be written? Learn how to construct a novel from idea to finished manuscript. Content includes discussions of dialogue, character development, plot structure, editing, marketing, and much, much more. Taught by internationally published author Meg Jensen. 

CREATE YOUR OWN BOOK TRAILERS THAT ROCK! - Want your book trailer to sing, dance, even rock? Then you'll not want to miss this class. Learn how to create winning trailers for your book(s) with little or no out-of-pocket cash! Learn how to incorporate music, photos, video, text and more into your captivating book trailer. Learn what works and what doesn't when it comes to including your book's message for even greater book sales.

CRITIQUE GROUP - Why? Because your roommates, relatives, and best-besties are to slow, to nice, and most importantly, to bias. And unless they write, they simply don’t “get you” as an author, let alone understand what your book needs and how to fix it. Luckily for you, college towns are the best place on planet earth for finding or setting up an effective group and by the end of my presentation, you’ll know everything needed to get started and keep going. And when the semester ends, your group can still work together online. You have no idea how perfect this powerful concept is until you’ve tried it, so no matter if you’re just starting out or already published, let’s get cracken’! Oh, and there’s quick games, door prizes and food at the onset of my class, so come ready to learn and win… and don’t be late! Find Brent Boswell on Facebook to start the conversation in advance or search YouTube or your local cable TV network to watch my recent writing presentation at Snow College.

EDITING BASICS AND BEYOND - From the first line to the last, the editors of Eschler Editing can give you tips for fine tuning your final draft to prepare for traditional or self publishing. We will talk about the most common mistakes writers make, getting your hook right, finding the right voice, fulfilling the promises you make to the reader, and everything in between.

FIRST PAGE SHRED -Bring the first page of your WIP (work in progress) for a chance to be drawn for public reading and comments on what works and what doesn't. No names will be read, only the writing. It's also informative to hear other people's work "shredded!" Attendees are encouraged to bring an anonymous first page of their work-in-progress for random selection for this panel.

FINDING AN AGENT

FUN, SCARY, AND A LITTLE HAIRY -

GUIDEPOST AND REVERSE OUTLINING - You enjoy reading. You understand stories have structure. You like surprises. Outlining takes the fun out of writing. If this is you, then Guidepost & Reverse Outlining will help you keep your story fresh and surprising as you write it. Learn how to mesh story structure with your love of writing into the dark so you end up with a publishable story.

INCREASING YOUR ONLINE PRESENCE - How to be where your readers are and help them find you. We will cover; your reader's top four questions; how to create and manage a consistent online image and message (your brand); what you must have on your website; a quick review of social media; and the various author profiles you really need (and why.)

LEARNING FROM THE MASTERS - TECHNIQUES IN POETRY- A potpourri of classical techniques for structuring your poems in ways that will push you to come up with more creative ways of writing and revising your poems.  Students will test out at least two techniques. After examining select work from well-known poets, Ellen will share her journey to poem publication before leading students in a writing exercise that will create a meaningful draft of poems from their own experiences.

MARKETING YOUR BOOK ON A BUDGET - Have a book out but no clue how to market it? Whether the book is your first or your seventh, learn the ins and outs of book marketing. Get a clue about blogs, interviews, and that thing called book trailers. What about reviews, social media, advertising, contests and book signings? Find out what free and low cost marketing can really do for your latest book in this fun, informative class.

MARKETING 101-

MORE THAN L'AMOUR: WRITING THE WEST IN THE 21ST CENTURY-
The American West is as wide open as the broadest landscape and biggest sky, and Western writing is much the same. Today’s authors capture the spirit of the West in every genre imaginable, using the defining aspects of American history and geography to entertain and inform. This workshop explores the depth and breadth of today’s Western writing and opportunities for publication. 

NEVER GIVE UP! NEVER SURRENDER! Never give up on your dreams.

OUTLINING -

PANTSING - In the writer's world, "pantsing" is an abbreviation of "writing by the seat of your pants," or without an outline. Come find out about this open-ended writing strategy. (In case someone else didn't read this description, you may want to wear a belt.) 

PLANNING AND STRUCTURE - Too many times a new writer, someone who has a really good idea nesting in his or her mind, will finally take the plunge and start writing. As I have mentored writers through their first novels to actual publication, I've discovered that unless those writers take the time to lay the foundation for that entire 300 page story, they hit a wall somewhere between page 150 and page 200 in their first draft. 

What's the antidote for this common malaise? It's easy, it's comprehensive, and it just makes sense. Come to my Planning and Structure class Saturday at 10:30 a.m. in room 1040 of Founders Hall and I'll present it to you.

PLAYING CUPID - Boy meets girl. Boy loses girl. Boy gets girl back. That’s a good start, but how do you write fifty thousand words with only three beats? We’ll study fifteen to twenty more beats to help you flesh out your manuscript and the hero and heroine’s relationship.

QUERY LETTERS - Oftentimes, a query letter is an agent or publisher's first glimpse of your writing. Learn how to make the people in the book world sit up and take notice. 

RESEARCH TO MAKE YOUR WRITING REAL

REWRITING. ER, REVISING. NO, REWRITING: MAKING IT BETTER THE SECOND TIME - You know your story has potential, but you also know it needs some work. Or a lot of work. Learn how to take the draft you have now and rewrite it into something amazing.

SELF-PUBLISHING

SELLABLE IDEAS -

SYMBOLISM - Symbolism is all around us. Using it in your writing can be a powerful way to engage the reader and make your stories more meaningful and memorable. And I promise this won't turn into high school English class!

THE REALITIES OF SELF PUBLISHING - In today’s market, many fiction writers are bypassing traditional publishing houses and publishing their work themselves. Just do it for free and watch the money roll in, right? 

Wrong! There are many pitfalls and predators out there that can turn your self-publishing dream into a nightmare. Award-winning author Steven J. Clark, (Wages of Greed and All The Pretty Dresses) will give you the cold, hard facts about what you should do, and more important, what you should not do, who you should avoid, and tell you the real costs involved in self-publishing your masterpiece.

TRYING OUT TECHNIQUES OF POETRY- A potpourri of classical techniques for structuring your poems in ways that will push you to come up with more creative ways of writing and revising your poems.  Students will test out at least three techniques.

TORTOISE AND HARE PRODUCTIVITY WITH CREATIVITY ON DEMAND - Could the rabbit’s method actually produce more words? Without the tortoise’s persistence, he never would have finished or won the race. Come find out how to use methods from the tortoise and the hare to increase your productivity. We’ll also learn how to find your creative voice on demand. No more waiting for the muse to strike. Write more, write better, and finish what you write. Bring your laptop, notebook, and pen. You will be trying out the methods in class.

WHAT IF EVERYTHING EXPLODED? BRAINSTORMING FOR BETTER STORIES - You're writing along, life is great, but then all of a sudden, you have no idea what to write next. Learn how to brainstorm by yourself or with friends to get the creative juices flowing again.

WHERE COWBOYS AND POETRY MEET - What is cowboy poetry and how is it made? Poetic tools and techniques will be demonstrated, illustrated with examples of poetry by classic and contemporary poets who write about cowboys and the West. Beyond relevance to the popular folk and literary art of cowboys and the American West, the principles presented in this workshop apply to all kinds of poetry, and are applicable to improving the composition of prose as well.

WRITING TO THE FINISH LINE - Writing, like a marathon, is a long process. Like a 26.2 mile race, it has its ups and downs, highlights, frustrations, unknowns, co-participants, cheering spectators, detractors, and many moments where the temptation to quit becomes overwhelming. Come listen to tips on staying on track, going the distance, and pushing yourself past the finish line... or THE END line."