The Night Before NaNoWriMo

Anyone who has ever participated in National Novel Writing Month knows that October 31st is not only Halloween, but it also marks the night before a frightening, psychedelic, month-long frenzy. Writing a 50,000 word novel in a month seems crazy impossible to the wannabe novelist. Yet, it’s just the kind of impossible every amateur writer […]

Additional Critique Groups

In order to better accommodate members throughout Utah Valley, we have approved smaller critique groups in different locations. Critique hosts arrange the meeting time and place. Please contact the hosts for more details. If you are interested in serving as a critique host, you can email us at uvchapterinfo at gmail dot com. Around the […]

NaNoWriMo Kickoff

Saturday, November 5, 2pm-6pm Young Special Events Room 201 We are partnering with Provo City Library for their NaNoWriMo write-ins. The first event is the kickoff. Bring your laptop and join us for word sprints, pizza, and prizes. Fun for any writer, whether or not you’re officially participating in NaNoWriMo this year. The next two […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Thank you and Welcome

July marks the new year for Utah Valley Writers. I want to thank last year’s leaders, Laura Davis, and Everett Powers for their work in keeping UVW going. They willingly performed any task they were asked, and they did it well. As we move forward, we welcome the new presidency, some of whom served last […]

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 […]