Tuesday, January 20, 2015

2015 Conferences of Utah

In date order, this is the list of conferences I go to and believe in that take place in Utah.

I have created an easy link list to the conferences to your right, in the sidebar.)

LTUE - Life, the Universe, and Everything Life, the Universe, & Everything 33

 What is the Life, the Universe, & Everything Symposium? 
Life, the Universe, & Everything symposium, commonly referred to as LTUE, is a three day academic symposium on all aspects of Science Fiction and Fantasy.
LTUE is comprised of panels, workshops, presentations and papers on writing, art, literature, media, science and other aspects of speculative fiction. It is the longest, student run symposium of its nature in the nation (or so we have been told). http://ltue.net/ 

LTUE 2015 Conference Prices

Whole Conference: $55.00
Single Day: $20.00
Students: $0.00


A. Dean Larsen Book Collecting Conference 2015

Thursday, March 19, 2015 - Friday, March 20, 2015
The A. Dean Larsen Book Collecting Conference is a wonderful educational and social experience where professional and amateur book collectors as well as just the curious gather together once a year to immerse themselves in the world of rare book collecting.  Because of the generous gift and ongoing support of the late A. Dean Larsen and his family, the L. Tom Perry Special Collections is able to sponsor this unique experience. https://www.regonline.com/Register/Checkin.aspx?EventId=1658638 

Cost is $35.00 for Friday the 15th. Additional Thursday pre-conference workshops are $35.00 each and require a Friday registration: https://adlbookcollectingconference2015.wordpress.com/registration-2/

Amy's note: I have to admit it, I only go for the pre-conference workshop access. That said, I always learn something on Friday and the included lunch is certainly not bad either. They feed me = I'm there.

Writing for Charity
Writing for Charity is a seminar/workshop for children's book writers, put on by professional authors in Utah who want to give back to their community and the world.  The conference was founded by Shannon Hale, NYT Bestselling Author and Newberry Honor Recipient.
There are several levels of participation available that range from a full-day for 66.00 to 99.00. All options include a lunch and a manuscript critique from one of the authors. http://www.writingforcharity.blogspot.com/p/registration.html

MARCH 21st, 2015 
at the Provo Library at Academy Square
550 North University Avenue
Provo, Utah 84601

Live manuscript critiques from published authors, and an opportunity to put your work in front of an agent or editor.


Saturday, April 11, 2015 from 8:00 AM to 6:30 PM (MDT)

Utah Valley University
800 W University Pkwy Orem, UT

Teens only! Age 13-19

Before February 1st: $49.00, after: 59.00


Early Bird Registration
Available from Dec. 1 - Jan. 31: Includes entrance to the conference, a t-shirt, backpack, notebook, pen, lunch, afternoon snack, and participation in the First Chapter Contest (if desired).

Write Here in Ephraim

April 17- 18, 2015

In it's 5th year, Write here in Ephraim is central Utah's writing conference at Snow College. Held at the Greenwood Student Center in Ephraim, Utah.The conference is an opportunity for up-and-coming writers to gain new skills and encouragement in their craft, taught by published authors ready to give instruction on writing.

Bootcamp 15.00 
Friday and Saturday 40.00
Saturday only 25.00
with Senior Discounts

*Sorry for not finding you guys at the beginning of the year! I'll make sure I look you up for 2016, and hey, if any conference organizers want me to arrange flyer distribution and poster placement at the Orem Library (58 N State Street, Orem, Ut. 84054) -- drop off or mail promo items along with your contact person's info and I'll do whatever I can. Promise. Make sure you say it's for Amy W. in Childrens. p.s. I'd love a great logo to add in here. The weebly website isn't allowing any snatch and grab ;(

Gear up for The Solstice Writing Retreat. 

April 23-25, 2015
In beautiful Midway 

Early-bird Special Rate is $249 until January 31 

Many of staff are returning for another round of great writing instruction: Dean Hughes, Chris Crowe, Ann Cannon, and Louise Plummer. In addition, there will be Obert Skye and Hilary Weeks.

Beyond the superior writing instruction, you also get two lunches, a fabulous dinner, and all the snacks and treats you could want. We’ll also have our annual ice cream social, where you can mix and mingle with all of our fabulous authors and attendees.

Storymakers Conference Information

12th Annual 
May 15th & 16th, 2015

The 2015 LDStorymakers Writers Conference will be held at the Utah Valley Conference Center, 220 West Center Street, Provo, Utah on May 15th & 16th. Attendees will enjoy great classes, a world-class keynote, and workshops. Please note that Early Bird pricing is until February 28th and ends at 11:59 p.m., MST. After that, prices will go up $15 per day. REGISTRATION CLOSES May 6th, at 11:59 p.m., MST.

Illustration badge for the Writing & Illustrating for Young Readers 2015 Conference

16th Annual 
June 15-19, 2015
Also, check out the blog at http://www.wifyr.com/blog/ 

For sixteen years the Writing and Illustrating for Young Readers Conference has helped writers and illustrators (like you) improve their craft and make connections. With lectures from agents, editors, illustrators, and authors, you will learn how to navigate the complex world of publishing and get your book into the right hands.

Offering unique learning experience with our morning workshops, each led by world-class authors and illustrators. With 5 days of expert instruction, it's like a mini-MFA at a fraction of the cost. Depending on the type of workshop--including an advanced, a full novel, and a bootcamp; pricing is $495-$995.00 (Early Bird pricing) for the week and include all the afternoon sessions. Single Morning or a full Afternoons Only are $99.00 each.

Early bird pricing available through March 15.

Amy's note: This is the one where your hard work pays off. And let me tell you, it requires a LOT of work! It's also a full week. There is a great afternoon only option that is very affordable as well as mini morning workshops where the companion afternoon is free.

Amy's Disclaimer: So yes, I love the WIFYR conference so much that I volunteer as an assistant. Don't get me wrong, I still love the other conferences. I pay my money, I go. But I like (and progress more) with the personal attention to my manuscript that I get at WIFYR.

UVW Annual Conference/Workshop


But, in the meantime, check out the calendar  http://utahvalleywriters.org/about/calendar/

Utah Valley Writers meet in-person twice a month at the Orem Public Library (58 North State Street). Our Critique and General Meetings go from 
6:00 PM – 8:50 PM.

UVW also meets online for members that may have scheduling conflicts or due to distance are not able to attend the library. Currently, these meetings are critiques, publication primers, and some educational presentations.

July 2-5, 2015
(Not a Utah Conference this year, but I did love it last year)

West Coast Science Fantasy Conference: First contact experiences for western region traveling fans and local fan communities.


Westercon is the West Coast Science Fantasy Conference, held annually since 1948 in the Western half of North America. From Hawaii in the West to El Paso in the East, to Vancouver in the North and San Diego in the South, Westercon has traveled far in the region. It is a general interest science fiction/fantasy convention covering literature, art, science, costuming, gaming, music, television, movies, comics, anime, politics, and any other topic of interest to fans. 



Online registration for Westercon 68 for new attending and supporting memberships, and for upgrades from supporting to attending, is here.
If you wish to purchase a membership by regular mail, you may print out this form, and mail it to:
Westercon 68
c/o SanSFiS, Inc.
P. O. Box 927388
San Diego, CA 92192-7388
Membership Rates through December 31, 2014:
Attending (full) $65.00
Supporting $15.00
Upgrade: Supporting to Attending $50.00
Youth (12-15 at the time of the convention)* $15.00
Kid in Tow (11 or younger at the convention)* Free

Timpanogos Storytelling Conference
September 2 - 3, 2015

When you want people to listen, you tell them a story. When you want people to understand, you tell them a story. When you want them to remember what you’ve told them, you tell them a story. Stories work! Whether it’s for the home, business, or the classroom, come and learn how to make stories work for you.
In 2015, the conference will be held the same week at the Timpanogos Storytelling Festival.  The change will allow attendees to participate in the Conference on Wednesday and Thursday and then enjoy the Festival on Friday and Saturday.  Conference attendees will have opportunity to learn about storytelling from Donald Davis, Eth-Noh-Tec, Bill Harley, Antonio Sacre, and many more as the Timpanogos Storytelling Conference presents workshops, hands-on opportunities, and a variety of informative and entertaining concerts. http://timpfest.org/events/timpanogos-storytelling-conference-2015/

Amy's note: I started in the storytelling world. My heart will always be with the fabulous talent to be found in this area. Despite my preference for writing instead of storytelling, I highly recommend attending this conference. You can never go wrong when you learn about story.

League of Utah Writers, Fall Conference 
August 28 to 29, 2015
Riverwoods  Conference Center
Logan, Utah

More information to be posted on their website soon




April 28 to May 1, 2016
in Provo, Utah


Welcome to the ZomBee State!

The World Horror Convention is an annual gathering of professionals in the horror industry; publishers, authors, artists, musicians, filmmakers, dealers, and of course, horror fans. WHC serves as both a networking event and a chance for fans of the genre to get together, meet some of the creative talents in the field, and generally spend a weekend celebrating all things scary.

Guests of Honor: Kevin J Anderson, Michael R. Collings, Joe MicKinney, Sarah Pinborough, Keith Thompson.

Special Guests: Linda Addison, Michael Arnzen, Michaelbrent Collings, Victoria Price, Carter Reid, Dan Wells

Membership to WHC2016
March 1 to June 30, 2015 --  135.00 per person
July 1, 2015 -- 155.00 per person

From a “Killer Tea” or 50 Ways to Kill Your Lover.  A tea with a keynote speaker who will talk about how to use poison and herbs to kill. Presentation on serial killers and crime scene investigation. An optional visit to the grounds of a former insane asylum. The “Gross Out” Competition. A writer’s workshop. A gallery stroll at various establishments on Center Street featuring horror art. Pitch Sessions. Presentation on Disney’s Haunted House and Shirley Jackson. A presentation by a Fire Investigator. Victoria Price presentation on her father, Vincent Price. A Vincent Price film with commentary by his daughter, Victoria.All the great stuff you expect from World  Horror.