It’s that time of year again

June is only a day away, and that means elections for the new Utah Valley Writers leadership. Today is the last day to nominate members to the positions of president, vice president, secretary, and treasurer. In the next couple of weeks, we will vote on those who agree to run.

The leaders volunteer their time and effort to make sure the group runs smoothly. They listen to the members’ needs and strive to meet those. They contact possible presenters, schedule critique and educational meetings, and budget the funds to best help the members.

Those are the minimal duties the leaders provide, but like any job, the more you put in, the more you get out. As president, I learned how to divide those basic duties, so we could focus on improving the quality of UVW and bringing additional features aimed at meeting the members’ needs. My vice president, secretary, and treasurer have been invaluable this last year. UVW would not be as it is now without their energy, vision, and organization.

The new leaders will bring their own talents and passion to the forefront as they guide UVW. The group is stronger because of their diversity, and I look forward to helping them achieve their goals in serving the membership.

As per tradition, we will host a family BBQ to introduce the newly elected officers.

June 15 at 6:30PM
Windsor Park, Orem (west pavilion)
200 W 1270 N
Click here for a map
RSVP through the nomination/voting survey
Please bring a side/dessert/drink to share. We will provide burgers and fixings. You may bring your own meat/veggies for us to grill if you do not want a burger.

*If you have not received an email about nominating the new leaders, please contact us. It may be our mistake, or your dues are not current.

Some Advice to Prepare for Writers’ Conferences Like Storymakers

On the eve of LDS Storymakers Conference 2017, let me provide a few quick tips regarding how to prepare for it and other similar conferences, a couple of reasons not to stress about going to such conferences. I’m not an amateur at participating in writers’ conferences, but I’m not an expert on any of these subjects, so please add your suggestions to this post’s comments if you have anything to add!

Preparing for Storymakers

  • Plan your schedule–and your route–out ahead of time. This will alleviate those panicked runs from the first floor of the convention center to the third to the second trying. The Storymakers app makes this easy.
  • If you’re having a hard time deciding which classes to attend, or see multiple classes at the same time slot, I suggest either
    • asking for help deciding in the Facebook Storymakers group
    • if you’re part of a critique team or writers’ club, ask if any of the other members would like to “divide and conquer”
    • watch the Facebook Storymakers group after the conference. Sometimes, certain presenters will make their slides, handouts, or notes available there.
  • Relax

It can be tempting to stress about a conference, particularly if you are pitching to an agent. For the most part, you shouldn’t stress because, as J. Scott Savage so eloquently said: “This is a writers’ conference. This is a readers’ conference…and it’s a family reunion.” No matter what stage of writing you’re at, there will be people there like you to relate with. But, if you still want to stress, check out these posts and tips on pitching and other conference stress-inducers:

Pitching Pointers

What are your conferences of choice, and what’s your best advice for preparing for them?


Manuscript Speed Dating

Special Event

Thursday, May 4
Storytelling Wing @ 6pm

This event is open to anyone who is ready to hand over their entire story to someone else for feedback. It doesn’t have to be perfect, just at a point where you feel you would benefit from someone else’s opinion. Okay, Okay, you can even bring your manuscript if you think it’ll be ready within two months.

Bring the first 25 pages of your story double spaced, stapled, and numbered. If you have a prologue you may skip it if you choose. I recommend bringing three copies but it is not mandatory.

Everyone will get a chance to read your 25 pages and request to read more. If you request their manuscript and they request yours then it’s a match. I’ll e-mail you both one another’s information and you two lovebirds can work out an exchange. The more manuscripts you request the more likely you are to get a match.

See you all there.