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 […]

The Author’s Journey

Presentation 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 […]

Interview Series – Josi Kilpack

Interviewed by Brooke Hargett I was lucky enough to be in Josi Kilpack’s Publication Primer group this year at the Storymakers Conference. I had heard fabulous things about her writing knowledge, not to mention her kindness. She definitely lived up to all the hype! Josi is the author of the Culinary Masterpiece Series, featuring super-sleuth […]

2015 Writing Retreat

It’s coming up on September and we’re excited for our writer’s getaway at the end of that month. Retreats offer a stimulating sanctuary free of normal distractions. This year’s venue meets that expectation. Sorenson Cabin returns to basic home comforts in a rustic setting sure to kindle the imagination. The property sits on the edge […]

Interview Series – Sara Zarr

Sara Zarr is the acclaimed author of five novels for young adults, most recently The Lucy Variations, which the New York Times called “an elegant novel.” Her sixth, a collaborative novel with Tara Altebrando, came out December 2013. She’s a National Book Award finalist and two-time Utah Book Award winner. Her books have been variously named to annual […]

Thank You – Peggy Eddleman & Erin Summerill

Peggy Eddleman, author of the Middle Grade , presented to Utah Valley Writers on “Unraveling the Query Process.” In addition, Peggy brought with her a special guest: Erin Summerill. Erin also has a book deal and has gained much wisdom working for an agent. Together, they made a dynamic duo and shared with us a wealth of […]

7 NaNoWriMo Tips

Aaaaaand . . . Commence NaNoWriMo! Good luck to everyone doing it. I’ve won two years straight and here’s what I can tell you. Both years were hard because I did it wrong, and I swore I’d never do it again, not until I was a full-time, living-off-my-writing writer. Except I didn’t stick to that […]

The Myths Of Critiquing

Critiquing. Oh, where to begin? Many incorrect philosophies about critiquing abound. Most were garnered under the pretense of good intentions. Others, it is entirely unclear how they came about. But either way, let’s debunk the two greatest myths surrounding critiques, and a final one that tries to hang on after these two are exposed. For […]