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Brigham City Writers
—Monday January 9, 2017, 6:30 p.m.

Introduction to Mystery

Box Elder County Building
1 South Main
Brigham City, Utah 84302

Lifelong Learning - University of Utah

University of Utah Annex Building
1901 E South Campus Drive
UofUSLC, UT 84112


A Study in Mystery

Tuesday Nights (6 sessions)
January 24th — March 7th
(No class on February 14th, Valentine's Day)
6:30-9:00 p.m.

A STUDY IN MYSTERY (LLWRC 837): Look behind the curtain of the formulaic, but eternally popular genre: the Mystery Story. Learn about the constructions, tropes, types and methods that make the modern whodunit. Designed for both writers and fans of the mystery genre, class will include assignments and activities on plot, character web, record keeping, suspense, tension and conflict. Refine your work as you’re asked the questions: Did you hide the clue well enough? Does the audience care about the victim? Is the suspense tight enough? By the end of the course, if the crime is writing a mystery story, the “Whodunit” will be you!




Oquirrh Writers (Leauge of Utah Writers Chapter Event)
— Thursday, February 2, 2017 (Groundhog Day) 7:00 p.m.

West Jordan City Hall Community Room
8000 S Redwood Rd.
West Jordan, UT 84088

Presentation: Writing to Theme


League of Utah Writers Leadership Meeting
— Saturday, February 4, 2017, 10:00 — 4:00

West Jordan City Hall Community Room
8000 S Redwood Rd.
West Jordan, UT 84088


Life the Universe and Everything Conference (LTUE)
— February 16-18, 2017

Provo Marriott Hotel & Conference Center
101 West 100 North
Provo, UT 84601




Thursday, February 16th

Hearing Pitches for Omnium Gatherum

3:00 - 3:50 p.m. (Board Room)

I will hear pitches for dark fiction/horror stories on behalf of Omnium Gatherum Media.


Presentation: Theory of Mystery

6:00 - 6:50 p.m. (Birch)

Johnny Worthen distills his “A Study in Mystery” course taught at the University of Utah. He covers the history, structures, and potentials of crime fiction and the quests within it.


Panel: Pulp Fiction Power

8:00 - 8:50 p.m. (Maple)

Pulp fiction writing and it's powerful impact on current trends in books and movies. (with: David Boop, James Minz, L. Palmer (M), Alexander Sousa, Johnny Worthen)


Friday, February 17th

Panel: Grow Confidence and Courage Through Self-Expression

1:00 - 1:50 p.m. (Bryce)

Working in the arts is more of a calling than a career; one often fraught with rejection and heartache. In this panel, we will explore the beauty that is forged from the concept of never giving up on your dream, regardless of the challenges along the way. Creatives tell their personal stories. (with: Blake Casselman, Angela Hartley (M), Michael Jensen, Shelly Brown, J. Scott Savage, Johnny Worthen)


Panel: Dirty Streets - Writing Crime and Thrillers

4:00 - 4:50 p.m. (Maple)

What sets crime fiction apart from other genres? Can themes from this type of fiction be explored in other genres? (with David Boop (M), Michael Darling, Liesel Hill, Brenda Stanley, Johnny Worthen)


Saturday, February 18th

Hearing Pitches for Omnium Gatherum

10:00 - 11:00 a.m. (Board Room)

I will hear pitches for dark fiction/horror stories on behalf of Omnium Gatherum Media.


Panel: Gone but not Forgotten

2:00 - 2:50 p.m. (Maple)

Lasting influences of the writers of yesteryear. A posthumous look at iconic and unforgettable writing greats to remember. (with: James Minz, Mari Murdock (M), Kal Spriggs, Brian Wiser, Johnny Worthen)


Panel: Apocalypse vs. Dystopia

5:00 - 5:50 p.m. (Arches)

For a while we only say the world ends, then we only say the aftermath. Deathmatch to decide which is better... (with: Liesel Hill, David Powers King, Peter Nealen, Nathan Shumate, Callie Stoker (M), Johnny Worthen)


American International School of Utah, Class Presentation
— Thursday, February 23rd, 2017

Horror Presentation

American International School of Utah
4998 South 360 West
Murray, UT 84123


Salt Lake Comic Con Fan-X
— March 17-18th, 2017

Salt Palace Convention Center
100 S West Temple
Salt Lake City, UT 84101-1408




Friday March 17, 2017

Build A Story: Professional Storytellers Create from Scratch

2:00 pm to 3:00 pm (room 151G)

Michaelbrent Collings
Larry Correia
Robert J. Defendi
Neo Edmund
Tricia Levenseller
Jai Nitz
Dan Willis (Moderator)
Johnny Worthen

Saturday March 18, 2017

Horror Writers Booth

12:00-4:00 (Dealer's Room)


Brigham City Library Event
— March 22, 2017 7:00 p.m.

The Writing Community of Utah

Brigham City Library
26 E Forest St.
Brigham City, UT 84302


Calliope Writes:
Compel, Polish, Pitch & Sign WRITERS' CONFERENCE

—March 24, 2017 4:00 p.m. panel

1 Source Business Solutions
6966 Commerce Park Dr
Midvale, UT 84047


Teen Author Boot Camp
—March 25, 2017

Utah Valley
Convention Center

220 Center St.
Provo, UT 84601



1:00 – 1:45 Breakout #3

Publishing Panel (Ballroom B)

Amy Jameson, Terri Baranowski, Sara B. Larsen, Dustin Hansen, and Johnny Worthen

3:45 – 4:30 Breakout #6

Writers’ Blooper Reel Panel (Ballroom B)

Jay Asher, Dustin Hansen, Ashtyn Newbold, Michael Bacera, Sara B. Larsen, and Johnny Worthen


LUWLeague of Utah Writers Spring Conference
—Saturday April 8, 2017

Salt Lake Community College
Taylorsville Campus

4600 South Redwood Road
Salt Lake City, UT 84123


LVWCLas Vegas Writers Conference
—April 20-22, 2017

Sam’s Town Hotel & Gambling Hall
5111 Boulder Highway
Las Vegas, NV 89122



A dense, wide reaching but enthusiastic presentation beginning with the foundations of language and flowing into the use of symbolism to achieve deeper meaning through shared reference in narrative structures. Guaranteed to confuse and enlighten students of all levels with deconstructionist emphasis on subconscious symbolic relationships and associative writing. We’ll study how symbols are used and suggest ways to identify and harness both acquired and created symbology to strengthen our work.



A class 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.

StokerCon 2017
—April 27-30, 2017

The Queen Mary
Long Beach, California

Teaching 2 Hour Course—Mistakes Were Made

Concrete advice on tightening your writing from an editor, author and student of the craft. We’ll concentrate on specific issues and hot buttons - lotsof “don’t do this.” See what doesn’t work. See how to fix it. From passive voice to head-hopping, adverbs and scaffolding, a dense class in modern style to pleaseeditors, readers and writers.





Spring Into Books
— Saturday May 20, 2017

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




LUWEditing Workshop, League of Utah Writers
Summer Prequel
— Saturday June 3, 2017

West Jordan City Hall
8000 S Redwood Road
West Jordan, UT 84088



LUWMarketing Workshop, League of Utah Writers
Summer Prequel
— Saturday July 29, 2017

West Jordan City Hall
8000 S Redwood Road
West Jordan, UT 84088



Logan Family Center Tables of Content Gala
—Saturday, September 9, 2017, 6:30 p.m.

Utah State University Alumni Center
7500 Old Main Hill
Logan, UT 84322



LUWLeague of Utah Writers Fall Conference
(The big one)
—October 6-7, 2017

Salt Lake Community College
Taylorsville Campus

4600 South Redwood Road
Salt Lake City, UT 84123