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League of Utah Writers Spring ConferenceLUW
— Saturday April 14, 2018

Salt Lake Community College
Taylorsville Campus

4600 South Redwood Road
Salt Lake City, UT 84123




Teen Author Boot Camp
— Saturday April 14, 2018

Utah Valley Convenion Center
220 Center St.
Provo, UT 84601


Presentation: A Novel in 90 Days

CASCADE AB — 1:00-1:45 p.m.

CASCADE D — 3:45-4:30 p.m.



Pike's Peak Writers Conference
—April 26-29, 2018

Colorado Springs Marriott
5580 Tech Center Drive
Colorado Springs, Colorado 80919
(719) 260-1800


Thursday, April 26, 2018

PRESENTATION: Magick: A Seminar of the Occult

9:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon — Eagles Nest 1 & 2


PRESENTATION: Techniques of the Advanced Novelist
(with Aaron Michael Ritchey)

1:15 p.m. – 4:15 p.m. — Eagles Nest 1 & 2


Friday, April 27, 2018

YA Genre Roundtable

8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. — Ascent Library


Read and Critique

4:20 p.m. – 5:20 p.m. — Aspen Leaf


Saturday, April 28, 2018

PRESENTATION: Writing to Theme

2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. — Salon GH


Sunday, April 29, 2018

PRESENTATION: Writing Young Adult

9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. — Aspen Leaf


South Jordan Writers Conference
—May 26, 2018

PRESENTATION: Mystery, History and Secrets

2:00 - 2:55 p.m. — Classroom Two


Mystery, History and Secrets: An investigation into this most modern, formulaic, and deadly genre. Tips and insight into writing whodunnits. We’ll dissect the crime, autopsy the story, learn to recognize red herrings and discern vital clues for to learn the motives and means of effective mystery writing.




Spring Into Books
—June 2, 201, 2:00 - 6:00 p.m.

Viridian Center
8030 S 1825 W,
West Jordan, UT 84088


UofULifelong Learning - University of Utah

Continuing Education Building
540 Arapeen Drive (Research Park)
Salt Lake City, Utah 84108

Creative Writing I (LLWRC 780)LLWRC780

Tuesday Nights (6 sessions)
June 12th - July 17th
, 2018
6:30-8:30 p.m.

Creative Writing (LLWRC 780): How do we tell stories? What do we include in writing, and what remains unsaid? Build your voice as we focus on a group of specific techniques for shaping and informing your creative skills, including character, plot, point of view, description, dialogue, and setting. In class, we will read short selections of writing to see what techniques we can beg, borrow, and steal from them. We will experiment with in-class writing exercises and read and discuss each other's work. Writing can be inventive, illogical, chaotic, unexpected, strange, and wonderful. In this class, we will practice seeing the world in new ways and then recreating that experience on the page.



League of Utah Writers Summer Writers Workshop
—Saturday, June 16, 2018

Eccles Conference Center
Utah State University
5005 Old Main Hill, Logan, UT


PANEL: To Agent or Not to Agent

2:30 - 3:25 p.m. Room 309

With Emily Wheeler & Eric Bishop

PRESENTATION: The Faceted Book

3:30-4:25 p.m. Room 307

A presentation about those elements of narrative fiction that lend depth, value and resonance to writing. Every story has some, the best have many. We’ll learn how to identify which elements to include in your story. Subplots and multiple stories, arcs, settings, themes, novelties, information and more. A little foresight, a touch of research and a clear goal can nurture the muse to bring out the strength of the form.

Writers will be challenged to expand their fiction into elements beyond mere story and character. Emphasis will be placed on theme as well as history, education and entertainment qualities. Examples and techniques will be offered to help shape niches and expand any story into new areas of interest.

PRESENTATION: Writing to Theme

4:30 - 5:25 p.m. Room 309

Raise your work to literary levels by consciously incorporating themes. Learn how to identify what you’re trying to say and actively nurture the subtler but greater questions you’re addressing. Enhance your writing with symbols as signposts, layers of grays and depths of meaning. Give the literary critics something to enjoy.

Class will also consider the therapeutic qualities of writing and ask the author to consciously incorporate ideas of theme into their work, exploring the human condition through parallel plots, symbols, conflict, and alternative points of view to address lingering questions and personal issues.

From the lighthouse of intent, to hard questions, symbols, subplots and echoes, the class will encourage the writer to plumb the depths of meaning, bleed a little and create multiple strands of meaning in their work.


—June 21-23, 2018

Weber State University-Davis Campus
2750 University Park Boulevard
Layton, Utah 84041

Thursday, June 21, 2018

3-TO-1 Editing Mystery Session

12:00 - 12:50 pm Buidling D2 Room 306


PRESENTATION: The Faceted Story

3:00 pm- 3:50 pm Building D2 Room 318



4:00 pm


Friday, June 22, 2018

PANEL: Writing a Science Fiction, Fantasy, or Horror Romance

11:00 am - 11:50 am Building D2 Room 110

Johnny Worthen, Christie Craig, JoSelle Vanderhooft, Natalie Whipple, Chelsea Quinn Yarbro


PANEL: Portrayal of Death and Dying: Discussing the Philosophy of the Memento Mori

1:00 pm - 1:50 pm Building D2 Room 111

Johnny Worthen, Daxon Levine, Graham Bradley, Jodi L. Milner



2:00 pm


PANEL: More than the Mistress of All Evil: Does Explaining Away Character's Evil Through Backstories Help or Hurt

3:00 pm - 3:50 pm Building D2 Room 110

Johnny Worthen, David Farland, Dan Willis, Chelsea Quinn Yarbro


PRESENTATION: Mistakes Were Made

5:00 pm - 6:50 pm Building D3 Room 339


Saturday, June 23, 2018 (iffy)

PANEL: Writing YA that Isn't Adults in Teens Bodies

9:00 am - 10:00 am Building D2 Room 301

Johnny Worthen, Christie Craig, David Powers King, Ryan Decaria, Sabine Berlin


PANEL: Literary Literacy: Books You Should Read

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm Building D2 Room 111

Johnny Worthen, Michael Darling, Sabine Berlin, Eric Swedin, Jill Bowers


Lifelong Learning - University of UtahUofU

Continuing Education Building
540 Arapeen Drive (Research Park)
Salt Lake City, Utah 84108

Creative Writing Bootcamp (LLWRC 842)

CRBCSaturdays (2 sessions)
July 7th & 14th
10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.


Creative Writing Bootcamp (LLWRC 842) Have you always wanted to write creatively but never had the chance to start? Or is your writer-self blocked and unable to finish anything? In Creative Writing Bootcamp, we'll launch into a series of generative exercises designed to give you plenty of material for your own stories. In between exercises, we'll share our work in an open and joyous environment, discuss craft, and explore how to incorporate writing into daily life. You'll leave class with a series of flash fictions ready to be polished or expanded in your writing practice.


QuillsLeague of Utah Writers Quills Conference
—August 24 -25, 2018


Prequel day August 23rd for special Workshops


KEYNOTE: Tim Dorsey!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!








—September 6-8, 2018


American Fork Writing Conference (Library Event)
— Saturday September 22, 2018,
1:00 - 4:00 pm.

Presentation: Character Development Before the Fact; Hit the Ground Running

Panel with: Karl Beckstrand, Stanalei Fletcher, Jo Ann Schneider, Robin King, Johnny Worthen, Judy Baker, Mary Martinez and George McEwan

Book Signing




Monkey Writing Retreat
—October 18-21, 2018

Coalville, Utah







Roy Event
—October 27, 2018