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 […]

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 […]

A Writing Group to Meet Your Needs

As the leadership of the Utah Valley Writers, we strive to meet our members’ creative needs, whether that be writing craft, business instruction, or connecting with other like-minded individuals. That’s why we periodically ask for feedback from our members. What do you want from your writing group? Last fall, we sent out a survey, and […]

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 […]

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 […]

NaNoWriMo 2014 Results

Congratulations to our 2014 NaNoWriMo Winners! Also, congrats to all those who participated and who wrote more than they would have otherwise. Utah Valley Writers NaNoWriMo participants wrote a total of 780,641 words during the month of November. In fact, that’s 15.6 50,000-word novels. That’ll make a lot of great critique material for our meetings. […]