****The Writers Conference Has A New Date: September 21-22, 2018***

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.

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).


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


12:00 p.m. - 12:20 p.m. 


12:30 p.m. - 1:50 p.m.
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2:00 p.m. - 2:20 p.m.


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.



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

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


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.


9:00 a.m. - 9:20 a.m. 


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

Room 138 - Critiki Room: Critique Group Panel
Room 120 - Closed
Room 163 - Steps to Self Editing by Lindsay Flannigan
Room 137 - Self Publishing by Kathryn Elizabeth Jones
Room 109 - Closed


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

Room 138 - Creativity 101 by Juliana Ali
Room 120 - Kevin Nielson
Room 163 - Using Humor in Fiction by Rod Miller
Room 137 - Constructing the Novel - Part 1 by Meg Jensen
Room 109 - Critiki Critique Group - Brainstorming/Feedback


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

Room 138 - Publishing Realities by Steve Clark
Room 120
- Characters Readers Can Root For by Natalie Whipple
Room 163
- First Chapters Lure Readers AND Agents by Nikki Trionfo
Room 137
- Constructing the Novel Intensive - Part 2 by Meg Jensen
Room 109
- Critiki Critique Group - Brainstorming/Feedback

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

12:30  p.m. - 1:20 p.m.



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. 



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

Room 138 - Lies They Tell Writers by Rod Miller
Room 120 - Ignite a Sense of Mystery in Every Genre by Nikki Trionfo
Room 163 - Everything to Write a Query Letter That Gets Manuscript Requests by Rebecca Butler
Room 137 - ...?...
Room 109 - Critiki Critique Group - Brainstorming/Feedback


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

Room 138 - Editing Basics and Beyond by Eschler Editing
Room 120 - Maximizing Conflict by Natalie Whipple
Room 163 - Erin Summerill
Room 137 - The Seven Deadly Sins of Fiction Writing by Steve Clark
Room 109 - Critiki Critique Group - Brainstorming/Feedback


4:00 p.m. - 4:50 p.m. 

Room 138 - Book Marketing 101 by Steve Clark
Room 120 - Bringing Reality Into Fiction by Daniel Godard
Room 163 - How To Write a Novel In 30 Days by Robin King
Room 137 - Reaching "The End" Using Self-Management by Janelle Youngstrom
Room 109 - Critiki Critique Group - Brainstorming/Feedback

FIRST PAGE PREVIEW - RM 109, 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.


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


BOOK SIGNING - West Campus Gym

6:30 p.m.


LUAU DINNER SHOW - West Campus Gym

7:00 p.m (open to the public)

COST: $5 PERSON (pay at the door)



Class Descriptions


Eschler EditingEschler Editing
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.


Critiki PanelCritiki Critique Group
The 5 secrets to a Successful Critique Group - Ever wanted to know what a critique group is and why you might want one? This critique group has those answers. Come learn the 5 secrets to making your very own critique group successful. Because your mom, best friend, spouse, and puppy probably won’t be able to tell you how to make your book better. By the end of the class, you’ll know everything you need to start a group that will keep going!

Janelle YoungstromJanelle Youngstrom
Reaching "The End" Using Self-Management - Actually reaching “the end” begins with a good plan and ends with execution skills. Learn the art of managing your time, life, and emotions effectively to achieve your writing goals. You’ll learn how to be consistent, balance your activities, create motivation, deal with rejections, and how to set your priorities in order. Feel like you’re in charge of your writing, not the other way around.

Rebecca Butler
Everything to Write a Query Letter That Gets Manuscript Requests - Ever wonder what a query letter is or how to write one? In this class we will be going over the elements of a good query letter complete with examples of actual queries that received agent requests. We will also go over query letter do’s and don’ts. Bring something to write with as this will be a hands on class!

Robin KingRobin King
How To Write a Novel In 30 Days - Whether you are a seasoned writer or are just starting out, time seems to be our greatest challenge. This class will explore all the tips and tricks to help you get your novel written in 30 days, from planning to realistic goals to making time. If you work or go to school full-time, have kids, or just don't know where to start, we will get you on your way to making that dream happen.

Rod MillerRod Miller
Class 1: Using Humor in Fiction - Many approaches to writing and techniques for crafting a story are presented at writer’s conferences and in workshops and creative writing programs as if they are commandments set in stone. But, for many writers, those mandates are less than helpful and do not work. A discussion of 13 of these decrees encourages writers to not be intimidated by decrees from “experts” that, for them, are “lies.” Instead, authors are inspired to find their own way and develop their own methods to achieve success.

Class 2: Lies They Tell Writers - How do you blend humor with narrative and use language to set a humorous, lighthearted tone? Based on the award-winning novels Rawhide Robinson Rides the Range: True Adventures of Bravery and Daring in the Wild West (winner of the Western Writers of America Spur Award), Rawhide Robinson Rides the Tabby Trail: The Tale of a Wild West CATastrophe (Spur Award Finalist), and Rawhide Robinson Rides a Dromedary: The True Tale of a Wild West Camel Caballero (February, 2018 release), this workshop reveals writing techniques that create and contribute to humor in fiction.

Nikki TrionfoNikki Trionfo
Class 1: First Chapters Lure Readers AND Agents - Earning money means selling books. Do NOT waste your opening on "good enough" writing--after the cover, the opening is your most visible marketing tool. Analyze it carefully! Have you organized the flow of your story to advertise early your most interesting characters, your coolest action scenes, the deepest irony of your premise? Do you know well how to handle timeline alteration, embedded backstory, and various methods for using flashbacks? Is it depressing to invent all that coolness and figure out how to show it off in the first 12-20 pages? 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.)

Class 2: Ignite a Sense of Mystery in Every Genre - Lurking intrigue keeps pages turning, whether or not there's a dead body in the drawing room next to a candlestick. All genres benefit from a sense of wonder and puzzlement. Mystery-author Nikki Trionfo will teach tricks learned from agent Josh Geztler about doling out teasing information, handling clue-threads and red herrings, and tying up a mystery's loose ends. Even if your story isn't a crime novel, give your readers a satisfying finish to the teasers that make them pick your book up off the shelves in the first place.

Meg JensenMeg Jensen
Constructing the Novel (2 hour Intensive) - 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.


Steve ClarkSteve Clark
Class 1: Publishing Realities - This class compares traditional and vanity publishing vs. self-publishing in today’s market. Also included is a frank discussion about what it costs to publish a truly market-ready book. (Class appropriate for fiction and non-fiction writers)

Class 2: The Seven Deadly Sins of Fiction Writing - Discussion ranges from POV problems, to passive words and phrases, to head-hopping. Learn what ‘filter words” are and why they should be avoided. This class is for people who are serious about being the best fiction writer they can be, whether you are just beginning or are already an experienced pro.

Class 3: Book Marketing 101 - You’ve just written, “The End.” So what the heck do you do now? Many authors say that writing the book is the easy part, and it’s what happens next that’s hard. This class is a step by step examination of what comes after you write your last sentence. It is a frank discussion about things like editing, building your own following, traditional vs. self-publishing, and what the true cost of getting your book to market will be if you do it right. (Class appropriate for fiction and non-fiction writers)

Lindsay FlanaganLindsay Flanagan
Steps to Self Editing - Learn which self-editing steps are non-negotiable, how to tackle your revisions in a few logical sweeps that will save time and hassle, and get access to handy checklists and resources you can use for every book going forward.


Daniel GodardDaniel Godard

Bringing Reality Into Fiction - Learn how to make your combat scenes more believable through socially acceptable personal research. Hands-on Demonstrations and Exercises.