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August 22 - 24, 2019

Marriott University Park Hotel

Special Guests

Keynote: Anne Hillerman - Author

Keynote: Michael Stackpole - Author

Rhonda Penders - Editor-In-Chief, Wild Rose Press

Angie Hodapp - Director of Literary Development, Nelson Literary

Confirmed Agents & Editors

Samantha Wekstein - Agent, Writers House

Chantelle Aimee Osman - Editor, Agora/Polis Books

Lauren Bieker - Agent, Fine Print Literary

Sharon Belcastro - Agent, Belcastro Agency

Caroline Larsen - Editor, JFP/NSE

Michelle Witte - Agent, Mansion Street Literary Management

Confirmed Guests

Bryan Young - Author

Warren Hammond - Author

McKelle George - Author

Michaelbrent Collings - Author, screenwriter

DJ Butler - Author

Charlie N. Holmberg - Author

The Quills Conference is a professional writer's weekend set in the beautiful mountains of Utah. Come learn from industry professionals what you need to be successful in writing and publishing. Whether you're looking for traditional publishing or exploring indie publishing, find insider tips from top professionals. This three-day event is packed with presentations and panels on poetry, prose and screenwriting at the beautiful University Marriott adjacent to the University of Utah campus. Conference ticket options can include meals where keynote addresses can be heard or skip the meals and eat on your own to save on costs.

Awards banquet (separate ticket) is Saturday night where the 2019 Quill and Creative Writing Contest Awards will be announced.

Early-bird three-day full conference bundle includes a free pitch session with an agent or editor and the Thursday night reception. Pitch sessions available to purchase. All attendees have the option to participate in Live Critique panels with industry professionals at no additional cost.

Did you miss the pre-registration deadline for Quills

and still want to attend? YOU CAN!


Tickets at the door are available and super easy - just arrive by 8:00am to register (with cash or card to pay) and we can get you all setup. Prices depend on how much of the conference you're planning to attend:


Two-Day Full Conference (no meals) = $280 (that's for Friday and Saturday)

Three-Day (no meals) = $375 (that's for the full conference plus the optional Thursday advanced workshops)

Thursday only (no meals) = $125

Friday only (no meals) = $150

Saturday only (no meals) = $150


There are a very, very limited number of tickets available for those wishing to attend both days and include meals, but we are unable to offer vegetarian or allergy accommodations for these tickets. Two-day Full Conference WITH meals = $335 *while supplies last


There will also be a limited number of extra banquet tickets available to purchase at the door for $60 each (no vegetarian options).


You can still use online registration below to purchase add-ons for pitch sessions and reception tickets as long as you are already pre-registered as an attendee. (Reception tickets are included if you purchased a three-day ticket.)


Still have questions? Email

Special negotiated hotel rate: $134/night

* Booking deadline extended to August 9th

Thursday Workshops

Morning Sessions:

  • 21 Days to a Novel - Michael A. Stackpole

    • ​New York Times Bestselling author Michael A. Stackpole presents his three week program for preparing yourself to write a novel. This set of 21 exercises is broken down to give you everything from character creation to world building, practical plotting devices, dialogue development and character voice creation tools. This program is a practical, kick-in-the-pants place to start your career.

  • Prepublication timeline of a bestselling indie author - Michaelbrent Collings

    • ​Michaelbrent Collings' books have sold well into six figures - without a publisher, PR firm, or marketing team. Find out what he does prepublication (from inception to launch) in order to maximize exposure, get reviews, and sell books!

  • Expand! Contract! The Dance of the Well-Paced Story - Angie Hodapp and Warren Hammond

    • ​A well-paced story takes the reader on a journey over peaks and valleys of tension and emotional complexity. In this workshop, you’ll learn strategies for maximizing dramatic effect through narrative expansion and contraction.

Afternoon Sessions:

  • Fast Fiction: Write Short Stories and Flash Fiction and Get Paid - Bryan Young

    • ​Bryan Young of and Syfy walks attendees through techniques and approaches to writing short stories and flash fiction with an eye on emerging markets and niche publishing. Attendees will leave this interactive workshop with a finished story that could potentially make money and the tools and knowledge needed to take the first steps.

  • Hodapp Hammond Story Clinic - Angie Hodapp and Warren Hammond

    • ​Agents and editors often read submissions in which it’s clear the writer can produce beautiful prose, introduce an evocative premise, or develop interesting characters. But keeping a story tight, well-structured, and on-track for 300 to 400 pages? That’s hard! And it’s where a lot of writers—even multi-published ones—have to work the hardest. If you have an idea for a novel that you haven’t started writing yet, or if you’re stuck halfway through your manuscript unsure of how it should end, or if you have a completed novel that feels like it’s still not working, then this is the workshop for you. Story-structure experts Warren Hammond and Angie Hodapp will help you pinpoint your plot problem; define and heighten the tension at major turning points; evaluate your use of your genre’s tropes; and zero in on your use of internal and external conflict, scene tension, and character arcs to get you going in your story’s best direction. *Requires pre-conference submission, reading of other's work, and is limited to 10 participants.

  • What to do after THE END: Editing, Pitching, and Querying - Chantelle Aimée Osman

    • ​In this interactive workshop, we’ll first go over the top mistakes that editors find and correct in author’s manuscripts— from grammar to dialogue—giving you the edge of a polished final product. Then, we’ll discuss the elements of the perfect pitch and query. Most authors know how to write—until it comes to writing about themselves and their work. Learning the key elements, attendees will have the opportunity to refine their pitch and then give it live, to get feedback and hone it to the perfect pitch. Please bring your existing query letter, pitch (if different), and the first 1-2 pages of your manuscript, with enough copies for the class.

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