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 […]

Swords and Bucklers

Educational Meeting with UVW Member, Michelle Stoddard Wednesday, January 25 Storytelling Wing of the Orem Library 7-9 PM For those of you who missed this, I’m sorry. It was one of the coolest meetings I’ve seen. Then again, it’s hard to beat a good sword fight. Michelle and Chris showed us many different techniques and […]

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 […]

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 […]