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CLASS DESCRIPTIONS

10 guides for winning writing contests

Jef Huntsman

Straighten the horseshoe above your writing desk, clamp down hard on your rabbits foot, and find what else you need to know about winning writing contests. Learn how accolades boost your writing career.

A Copyeditor's Process & Tips to Make Your Copyeditor Happy

Jennie Stevens

Not many authors are familiar with the editing process until they are thrown into it feetfirst. This presentation will explain that process with an emphasis on copyediting. You will learn what a copyeditor does with your manuscript, where they get their information, and things you can do as an author to make their job a little easier and get the most out of your relationship and your manuscript.

Adapting Your Novel To Screenplay

Marti Melville

The premier resource for emerging writers. A toolbox for writers to promote and preserve the craft of writing - adapting novels into screenplay. A beginner's how-to process for writing.

Author Signing Etiquette

Jason King

So it's your first real author signing. What do you do? More importantly, what do you NOT do? The reality of promoting your book is that you're actually selling yourself, so let me help you not muck it up!

Building Your Brand: 7 Keys to an Effective Author Website

Caryn Larrinaga

What does your author website say about you? Learn the 7 key elements every good author website should have, and what your options are for building a professional-looking website yourself.

Diving Into Deep Point of View

Rebecca Blevins

What is it about some books that pull you in so far that before you know it, you hear birds chirping and discover you've been up all night? The answer lies in how to effectively use a deep point of view. We'll study examples of this technique from popular books, then we'll discuss varying levels of shallow (toe dipping) to medium (wading) to deep (sitting in a hot tub) POV and apply them in a short workshop. Get ready for some hands-on fun!

Fantasy Worldbuilding, a Character Centric Approach

Jodi L. Milner

Learn how to build a unique and engaging fantasy world using your main character as a guide.

Finding Your Muse

Cheree Alsop

This presentation will cover the intricacies of finding your muse and learning how to follow its promptings. We'll go over types of muses, different writers' techniques, and how to keep the muse talking so that our writing can be done at its highest potential.

Historical clothing: From Loincloths to Jimmy Choo

Margot Hovley

Learn how clothing details can make your historical fiction shine. In this class, we'll discuss typical dress for different periods, what items were worn, what they were made from, and what they were called so you can dress your characters correctly for their time. Never mix up your dainties with your pasties again!

Hook Me Up 2.0! Authors working with Libraries (and Librarians)

Liesl Seborg

Libraries, books and authors are a match made in heaven, yet we've all encountered bumps in the library road. This presentation will provide tips for authors to navigate those library roads and to promote their work, connect with librarians, and use the library for research and writing space. This session will provide updated information for working not only with Salt Lake County Library but other libraries around the state. A staunch advocate for writers, Liesl is a planner of author events and paloozas, and cheers most loudly in audiences. 

Introverts Guide to the Writing Community

Kendra Silver

Networking is essential for a beginning writer. One of the easiest and best ways to start is within the local writing community. But with so many writers identifying with the label 'Introvert' the task of continual socializing is daunting; oftentimes overwhelming. This presentation focuses on ways the introverted writer can participate in this vital aspect of their budding career while keeping their sanity.

Keep Calm and Keep Writing

Jenni Wood

Sometimes writing can take a back-burner to the madness of life. Sometimes, life kicks you in the teeth and doesn't let up so much that you forget all about writing. How do you keep writing to meet your goals when this happens? In order to be more productive, you have to first address your mental and physical health, your environment, and how to set goals and other strategies that will keep you writing. Learn how one person has managed to keep going through work, having a child, depression, and life's ups and downs. 

Less than lily-white

Kathryn Olsen

Diversity isn't just a matter of skin color or language.  This class will cover ways to create a realistic fictional society based on factors ranging from economy to geriatrics. 

Literacy in Cover Design

Ethan T. Marston

Are you having trouble communicating what you want with your cover designer? Or are you designing your own cover, but you don't quite feel qualified for the task? Join us in this presentation, where you'll take your first steps toward literacy in graphic design and you'll learn what makes the best book cover and what makes the worst.

Magical Beasts and How to Create Them

Cheree Alsop

This panel is a discussion on the types of magical creatures that make up pop culture and why we see more hippogriffs, unicorns, and dragons than ever before. What is it about the dragon that draws people in, why are dire wolves so fascinating, would Tauntauns make better horses, and would a Tribble infestation really be so bad? Come join the discussion of the beasts that make pop culture come to life.

Nailing Your Synopsis with the Snowflake Method

Alex Harrow

Synopses can be daunting and yet they are an essential to get your work published. Whether it's just a short blurb for an agent or editor or the longer one to two-page synopsis--the Snowflake Method combined with the Seven-Point Plot Structure makes outlining and writing a synopsis a breeze. This workshop will give you all the tools you need to knock out a synopsis right along with your initial novel outline.

Nesting the Black Swan: Practices to Help Prime Yourself When Your Big Break Comes

Tasha Wheelhouse

Tasha Wheelhouse describes what foundational practices inexperienced authors should start with to help bolster their online presence, it's benefits, and other small self marketing ways to assist in growing their audience before a publisher ever looks at them.

Outlining for Planners and the Rest of Us.

Megan Nolen

Finally finish your novel! A study of the snowflake outline system. I'll show you how to take your idea and choose whether or it's suited for a short story or full-length novel. Expand your idea from a one sentence blurb into a scene by scene outline that will double or triple your writing speeds. 

Pacing for Plot and Character

Lisa Mangum

Writing a story involves weaving together the threads of a compelling plot, authentic characters, and a heartfelt theme. This class will discuss how to know when is the right time to highlight one thread over the other as well as how to tie them altogether in such a way as to propel the reader through a tightly-paced plot. 

Panel Discussion: Writing for Stage and Screen

Northern Utah Stage and Screenwriters group

Come and join a panel discussion and Q&A  with our newly organized  group the "Northern Utah Stage and Screenwriters."  If you have considered creating your own dramatic piece, this is your opportunity to learn how to get your start.  Bring your questions and experience to meet with other writers who have found the magic of moving an audience to laughter and tears--sometimes intentionally. Our group's primary goal is to promote stage and screenwriting throughout Utah. There is room for you here.    

Papa Hemingway On Writing

Scott Tarbet

Papa Hemingway ruminates on writing and the writer's life. A one-man presentation by actor and award-winning author Scott Tarbet.

Polishing Your First Draft

Robin Glassey

Have you finished a first draft of a novel and you aren't sure what to do next? Are you looking to submit to a publisher, but you're afraid this diamond in the rough won't make it past the slush pile? Polishing Your First Draft covers topics such as hook and conflict, paragraph and sentence editing, as well as character editing and using beta readers. This class will teach you how to eliminate passive voice, frequent phrases, and vague pronouns that could annoy your future readers and turn away potential agents.
 

Polish Your Public Reading

Joseph Batzel

If you're a novelist, write short stories, or a poet and have wanted to polish your public reading skills, you’ll want to attend this interactive workshop. If you've been hesitant to participate at that open- mic night, or read your work at your favorite bookstore, or share your selections with those high school or university students, or even sharing with your critique group, this workshop will give you the training, techniques, and skills the pros use to feel confident about presenting your work in any environment.

Join Joseph Batzel, professional actor of stage, screen, and voice-over with over 250 credits in the industry of television, film, stage, and voice-over.

Learn in an interactive setting how to bring color, imagery, inflection, and characterizations to your presentations.

This workshop is hands-on. Please bring a small sampling of your work to actively participate.

You'll come out of this workshop looking forward to your next opportunity to share that first chapter of your exciting novel, or that humorous short story, or that melodic poem.

Pulp Fiction in Today's Market

Jay Barnson and David J. West

Many hard-learned lessons of the pulp greats apply just as well today when it comes to writing stories and novels that sell. Jump in and enjoy two fistfuls of pulp-era tricks and tips to give your stories extra punch!

Self-Editing Tips

Talysa Sainz

The do's, don'ts, and helpful tips to tighten your language and self-edit your own writing.

Stepping Forward: A How-To for Goal Setting

Daniel Yocom

You have heard about needing to set goals, but how? This presentation is on the how-to to self-help. The how to of creating goals and making them work by understanding how-to create a mission statement and how-to create habits to achieve your goals.

Taking written dialogue to the next level.

Jef Huntsman

Avoid dialogue that sounds like the 1st reading of a school play. Learn to create dialogue that actively moves the plot forward as opposed the the he said/she said stilted conversation. Use these exchanges to reveal characters, geography, time, and much more.

The Give and Take of Critiquing

E.B. Wheeler and Keri Montgomery

Writing can be a lonely road, but at some point we all need feedback, whether from critique partners or from beta readers. We may even find ourselves overwhelmed by the process. In this class, we'll discuss ways to give effective critiques and how to coax helpful feedback from beta readers. We'll cover different types of manuscript feedback, including alpha readers, beta readers, and sensitivity readers, and how to decide what kind your manuscript needs. We'll also discuss how to evaluate the critiques we receive--especially the negative ones that induce self-doubt, ugly sobbing, and the need to curl up in the fetal position.

The Perfect Query: Breathing Life into Frankenstein's Monster

James Wymore

You wrote a great book, now how do you get an agent or editor to look at it? This presentation explains what information must be in a query letter.  Examples of good and bad query letters will be discussed, as well as the elusive "voice" editors want to see.  Taught by an acquisitions manager from Immortal Works Press, the class will discuss techniques for generating the enigmatic chimaeras which can help your manuscript rise to the top of the slush pile.  

Unintrovertable--Public Speaking for the rest of us

Craig Kingsman

Do you have a writing or critique group? Go to church, PTA, or other organizations? Gather with friends or family? If you said yes to any of these, you are in places where you may speak. In public. That's a scary thing for the introverted writer. In this presentation you'll learn how to overcome this fear. You'll also learn how to talk to that agent or publisher when you pitch your book, handle the 30 second elevator pitch, the writing group, or the reading at your book launch. 

Unique Marketing

Britney Johnson

Growth Hacking has been around for years. It's the message you get at the bottom of an email that says 'Sent from my iPhone'. It's subtle marketing that will bring readers to you. Come learn how to market in a cheep and unique way.

We Are All Stories

Anna Marasco

Empathetically Using Mental Illness and Real Life to Create Realistic, Relatable Characters while Avoiding Stereotypes and Stigmas

Writing about Pain - without it being a pain in the neck!

Jodi L. Milner

It happens, your character has gone off and done something stupid, again. Only this time it gets the poor guy hurt. Perhaps he has taken a hammer to his pinky toe or maybe he has walked into a wall. Either way, you, the author, need to be able to capture that agonizing moment, without sounding stupid. From nerve pain to bone breaks, we will discuss the various sensations associated with pain and how you can use it to your stories advantage.

Writing the Other: How to Make Sure You Get It Right

Alex Harrow and J.T. Moore

Diversity is more than just a buzzword in publishing. Representation matters and getting it right matters even more. So with this, the question arises, should authors write characters whose race, ethnicity, and sexual orientation differs from their own? And if you do, how do you ensure you do it right? This workshop is our attempt to answer some of these questions and provide resources and tips to ensure that your representation is accurate rather than laden with stereotypes.

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