NaNoWriMo Workshop, or How to Get Your Story Idea Made Into a Novel in Ten(ish) Easy Steps.

November is the month for writers! Hot chocolate, notebooks and window seats, the change of leaves, and pumpkin spice everything (am I right, ladies?)! Time to lock the chilly weather outside and hunker down for lengthy evenings of prose. It’s picture perfect, right? The only thing left to do is to stop dreaming of writing […]

Jennifer Moore to Speak on Research for Fiction Writers

Imagine a Civil War tale where the women of the house greeted all male visitors with a warm hug at the door? Or a story about a modern day girl who makes a friend in North Korea through Facebook? Some writers might try to claim creative license, but how long would you keep reading either […]

Five Insights from Nikki Trionfo’s “Creating a Sense of Mystery in Any Genre”

By Michelle Stoddard, UVW Treasurer Mystery is kind of like romance: no matter the genre you’re writing, it always seems to make an appearance. That’s why when Nikki Trionfo presented to Utah Valley Writers on “Creating a Sense of Mystery in Any Genre” the audience was full of writers from across the genre spectrum, all […]

Nikki Trionfo to Present on Writing Mysteries Into any Genre

Lurking intrigue keeps pages turning, even if there’s not a dead body in the drawing room next to a rolling pin. All genres benefit from a sense of wonder and puzzlement. Mystery author Nikki Trionfo will teach tricks learned from agent Josh Geztler about doling out teasing information, handling clue-threads and red herrings, and tying […]

Twists and Turns with Jennifer Nielsen

April 20, 2017 Storytelling Wing 7:00 PM Join us for an evening with New York Times Bestselling author, Jennifer Nielsen. She will present on writing twists and turns. If you’ve read her Ascendance trilogy, you know she’s an expert in the art of misdirection. Jennifer Nielsen was born and raised in northern Utah, where she […]

Collect Rejections, Really?

Writing is a unique activity, in case you haven’t already noticed that. It’s not necessarily done in an office; oftentimes, in fact, it’s better done at home. It’s usually best done alone, but the writer who writes entirely in a solo vacuum is one who is destined to fail, I would argue. The process of […]

An Evening with Mary Robinette Kowal

How to Wrestle a Plot Out of an Idea Wednesday, February 15 7 PM in the Storytelling Wing Mary Robinette Kowal is the author of The Glamourist Histories series of fantasy novels. She has received the Campbell Award for Best New Writer, three Hugo awards, and the RT Reviews award for Best Fantasy Novel. Her […]

Surface Problems vs. Story-Worthy Problems: Top Five Quotes

As writers, we’re frequently told that the ability to write a good book depends upon one’s ability to come up with a good conflict. Conflict, and all attempts to resolve it, is the stuff of every plot; the deeper the conflict, the better the plot. If you delve at all into the writerly tool box […]