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    Getting to Know Writer Michelle Stoddard: Some Not-so-obvious-things

    In April 2016, the United Authors Association published Obvious Things, an anthology of the winning pieces of its 2015 Short Story and Flash Fiction contests.  Michelle Stoddard, a member of the UAA’s Utah Valley Writer’s chapter, won third place for her short story “The Patent Man,” a historical fiction piece with a crisp pace. Michelle shares […]

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    Celebrating our Authors’ Success

    Last night’s release party was a hit. It was great to see all the support for our authors and their hard work. As the writers read excerpts from their stories, we could feel their pride, and the heart they poured into their writing. The anthology is available now on Amazon in paperback and Kindle edition. […]

  • 2015

    UAA Anthology Release Party

    Thursday, April 28, 2016 7:00 PM Media Auditorium – Orem Public Library Last year, The United Authors Association hosted its first annual short story and flash fiction contest. All participants received valuable critiques from the judges who were professional fiction editors. The winners won a cash prize and publication in the anthology. Honorable mentions were […]

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Utah Valley Writers is now a proud chapter of the non-profit organization, United Authors Association. Membership is tiered according to professional experience. The majority of our population are “associate members”, meaning they have not yet met the publishing requirements to reach “member” status. These are the apprentice writers who learn from journeymen, or fellow “members.” The top tier is for the “mentors,” those who have achieved a sustainable level of success in the published world. They give back through mentorship to the members, associate members, and others in the community.

Please note that status requirements are adjusted according to profession. A writer’s requirements are different from an editor’s or an illustrator’s.

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Rebecca Jamison

Editing Your Book From Rough Draft to Polished Submission

Presentation from Rebecca Jamison
August 4th, 7:00 – 9:00 pm
Storytelling Wing

Popular local author, Rebecca Jamison, will share with us strategies for editing our manuscripts from beginning to end. She will cover macro issues like character and plot development, as well as micro issues like literary devices and how to search for overused words. No matter where you are in the writing process, or what genre you write, you’ll benefit from Rebecca’s presentation.

Bio: Rebecca Jamison loves a good romance, especially anything by Jane Austen. Rebecca grew up in Vienna, Virginia. She attended Brigham Young University, earning a BA and MA in English. In between college and grad school, she served a mission to Portugal and the Cape Verde islands. Rebecca and her husband have six children. She enjoys running, making jewelry, reading, and watching chick flicks. You can learn more about Rebecca at rebeccahjamison.com.

The Author’s Journey

Anita StansfieldPresentation by Anita Stansfield
Thursday, July 7, 2016
Storytelling Wing – Orem Public Library

Anita Stansfield will offer some tips and insight to help aspiring writers, including character development, the importance of a novel’s first page, and how to create page-turning conflict. She will also talk about the unique challenges of being a writer and how to celebrate your creativity. Anita will also be happy to answer questions with an open discussion.

Anita Stansfield has been the reigning queen of LDS romantic fiction for nearly two decades, although her general market releases have been among her readers favorites. Her work has shattered the stereotypes of romance novels with her trademark ability to combine great storytelling with intense psychological depth as she focuses on the emotional struggles of the human experience. Her novels cover a huge spectrum, from the eighteenth century to the present, from heart warming to heart stopping. Hundreds of thousands of readers agree: Anita Stansfield’s characters and the lives they lead are not easy to forget.

Anita is now also writing under the pseudonym Elizabeth D. Michaels.

Bio taken from anitastansfield.com

uaalaunch

Celebrating our Authors’ Success

Last night’s release party was a hit. It was great to see all the support for our authors and their hard work. As the writers read excerpts from their stories, we could feel their pride, and the heart they poured into their writing.

anthologycoverThe anthology is available now on Amazon in paperback and Kindle edition. All proceeds support the UAA’s nonprofit initiatives. That includes funding for the next contest and anthology.

We announced this year’s contest theme during the launch: “White Spaces.” It comes from Margaret Atwood’s, Handmaid’s Tale. “We lived in the blank white spaces at the edge of print. We lived in the gaps between the stories.” So, get those creative juices flowing. Details for rules and prizes will be announced soon. Like last year, the contest will close at the end of the summer.

2015

UAA Anthology Release Party

Thursday, April 28, 2016
7:00 PM Media Auditorium – Orem Public Library
Last year, The United Authors Association hosted its first annual short story and flash fiction contest. All participants received valuable critiques from the judges who were professional fiction editors. The winners won a cash prize and publication in the anthology. Honorable mentions were also included.

The process to publication was invaluable experience for these new authors. Even though their stories won recognition in the contest, they were still submitted to multiple rounds of editing until the anthology chief editor, Callie Stoker of The Manuscript Doctor, was satisfied. The result? A high-quality anthology containing really cool, well-written stories.

So we hope all of you will join us in celebrating the work of these great authors. Some of them will be reading excerpts and signing copies of the anthology. See you there, and stay tuned for how you can enter this year’s contest.