Monday, September 22, 2014

Meet the Naked Hand

updates, meet and greets, and workshops


 

Did you miss out on the Naked Hand's Timpanogos Storytelling Festival's performance?







Or even the Puppet Festival held this last weekend in Orem?


 



 
You've still got a chance to get your creative puppet on while awaiting the book's release!

 November 14 - 15, 2014
You'll meet the Naked Hand folks, and take puppetry classes at the fabulous DiFiore Center in warm St. George, Utah.

Watch for updates soon.



Courtesy of the Puppetry Arts Guild of Utah, the DiFiore Center for Arts and Education, and an A.R.T.S. Inc. grant, the

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Dark Night of the Soul


So . . .
I finally finished my guest blog post for Ilima Todd's blog at http://ilimawrites.blogspot.com/ . It should go live this upcoming Wednesday the 9th.

Lately I've been working on really detailing Hana's outline. Obsessively outlining. Almost a Dirty Draft in and of itself.

But, whenever it came to writing actual text, yikes. I've been fighting myself. I just don't feel like writing.

Finally, in my deep depressed lack of motivation funk yesterday, I realized I was having a 'Dark Night of the Soul' moment--day, week, month--of deciding whether or not I want to keep writing or give it up.

Would I be happier?
What do I really want?
Was the sore throat and exhaustion getting the better of me?

Suddenly, I realized ... if I was having a Dark Night of the Soul, the part right before the hero puts everything that they have learned into motion, faces their fears and, and . . . BINGO!

-- Well, I can't go further without spoilers, you'll have to hop over to Ilima's blog come Wednesday.

In the meantime, here is a little list of things I've told myself I will refer to when I am in those doldrums.


  . . . and yes, it did in fact snow today, hence the dredging up of one of my old quote photos.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Jane Yolen



A Little Happy Birthday Shout-out to Author 



Jane Yolen is one of my most favorite authors, one who's writing surprises, delights, and thoroughly absorbs me--heart and soul. She can do it all, from wonderful picture books, to short stories, to my hearts delight, junior fiction. 

AND . . . fortuitously, I happened upon a quote attributed to Jane Yolen just last night, and I have to say, as a children's librarian I'm dying to find a way to use this in the library!



Literature is a textually transmitted disease,
normally contracted in childhood. 
~Jane Yolen

 Happy, Happy Birthday, Jane--and may there be many many more.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

If you give a writer an idea . . .



If you give a writer an idea,

she’s going to want a pen and paper.

When you give her the pen and paper,

she’ll probably ask for a critique group.

When she’s done a lot of critiques, she’ll ask for a workshop or conference.

Then she’ll want to go to even more workshops, just to make sure she has a great manuscript.

When she has a perfect manuscript, she might notice she doesn’t have an agent, so she’ll ask to meet 
with lots of agents.

When she’s got an agent, she’ll want an editor and publisher.

Before she lands a publishing house, she’ll start to take antacids and worry about ever getting published.

She might get carried away and think about self-publishing, but only if she was a NYT Bestselling author to begin with.

Eventually, she will get her manuscript accepted, possibly by one of the Big Six!

When her book is in revisions, she’ll probably want an office.

You’ll have to fix up a little room for her, include a blanket and a pillow.

She’ll crawl in, 

make herself busy,

maybe even a little crazy.

So you’ll ask what you can do,

you might suggest she get some help,

you might even ask if she should avoid Facebook and Twitter.

When you are allowed back in her office,

you’ll be so excited, you‘ll ask about the release date.

She’ll ask you to leave again.

She’ll worry about ever getting done. But she does. 

After the book has finally been released,

she’ll want good reviews. As in really, really good reviews.

If she gets those good reviews,

she’ll want an award.

If she gets a prestigious award,

she’ll want to go to a bookstore to do an autographing,

which means she’ll need a pen.

She’ll hold the pen, sit back and look at it,

looking at the pen will remind her that she doesn’t have a piece of paper.

So . . .

she’ll ask for some paper.

And chances are, if she has a pen and asks for paper, 

she’ll want another id—ah, who are we kidding, she’s got so many ideas now you’ll never get her back.


   
 

**all due credit to Numeroff's, If You Give a Mouse a Cookie for the inspiration :)


FYI: Yes, I tend to have way too much fun when I start writing just to write.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Am Writer. Travels Light



Hop on over to the WIFYR blog and check out today's post --by yours truly :)




Oh Dear --

I've just checked my inbox and discovered that the library spotlighted me on the Just Browsing blog of all things fantastic at the Orem Public Library--also today.

Is there something in the universe that speaks 'Amy' today?

 . . . and is there a basket somewhere I can hide under*?


*I admit, I love posting things online. I have no problem with complete strangers reading my ramblings. But when it comes to meeting in person, or finding out someone I know is reading--yikes, I get super embarrassed.

Thursday, January 23, 2014

2014 Utah's Writing Conferences I recommend . . .




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

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

Life, the Universe, & Everything 32
February 13-15, 2014


 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/ Cost is minimal at 45.00

-POST CONFERENCE NOTE-
LTUE was fabulous. Orson Scott Card was a tad delayed due to weather in the East, but he was worth the wait. I am very impressed, such a humble down to earth guy, but seriously brilliant. 
Let me add that I am at the point that I use the lecture/panel-style conferences to recharge my writing battery. The attendees and lecturers I meet are genuine and a true delight to know. It makes me wish I could just conference my entire life, and is always a bit of a letdown when I have to come back to the real world. I really enjoy gaining new tips and information, and the reminders are always welcome on those topics I've heard before. Any writer who is truly interested in improving their craft should include conferences as a part of their education.


APPLYING THE SCIENCE OF STORY TO THE ART OF COMMUNICATION

Dr. Kendall Haven Workshop

Dr. Haven will meet with the Theatre for Elementary Teachers class to discuss the use of story in the elementary classroom. All who are interested are welcome to attend. 12 pm - 12:50 p in SC 213B 

7pm – 9 pm CS 404 STORY PROOF: The Science Behind the Startling Power of Story. Kendall will relate his journey to his present day research and how you can use story to enhance your field of work. Those interested in story in any field whether it be film, theatre, fictional and nonfiction writings, the sciences and technology, etc. will find the information presented here revolutionary. All who are interested are welcome to attend.

CLICK HERE FOR MORE information

Amy's note: FREE EVENT. I know, short notice, but if you are interested in story, in any form, you might be interested in stopping in, even if for just one event.


Science and Literature Symposium
March 5-7, 2014

A Bird 
in the Hand



The Utah Symposium in Science and Literature brings together major figures--in the sciences; in poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, and literary theory; and in the humanities, fine arts, and social sciences--to examine topics of interest across disciplines.

The foundational idea behind the symposium is that there is an important reciprocal influence between the sciences, the arts, and the humanities, though the ways in which current ideas are expressed and manifested, especially in our age of specialization, may be so different that the connections between them—as well as the ability to trace precedence—may not always be clear. Historically, for example, it is almost impossible for anyone who has even a basic understanding of Einstein to read much of Virginia Woolf's work without considering the impact of his ideas on her thinking, while chaos theory may have been predicted in the works of various 19th century writers. For both participants and observers, the fifth symposium will underscore the ways in which ideas are both generated and enriched by communication across disciplines. Symposium participants will discuss not only the scientific ideas embodied in literary and artistic works but also why—or whether—it is useful or necessary to communicate these ideas in works that are primarily literary or artistic rather than pedagogical or informational, and whether such communication actually furthers scientific exploration. http://www.scienceandliterature.org/

Pricing and attendance details unknown, further information is being sought :)
But seriously -- I want to go to this one, it's so exactly perfect for me and my writing.



Timpanogos Storytelling Conference
March 13-15, 2014

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. Join storytellers Syd Lieberman, Kevin Kling, Noa Baum, and others 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
Early Bird until Feb. 19 is $135.00, $150.00 after.

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.




 

A. Dean Larsen Book Collecting Conference
March 13-14, 2014 

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. http://adlbookcollectingconference2014.wordpress.com/  Cost is $35.00 for Friday the 15th. Additional Thursday pre-conference workshops are $35.00 each and require a Friday registration.

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 not half bad either.

Southern Utah Spring Writing and Illustrating Workshop, SCBWI

March 29, 2014
Cedar City Library in the Park
303 N. 100 E. - Cedar City, Utah


Get tips on improving your writing from bestselling authors and our featured illustrator. Discover publication paths from current authors and illustrator. Learn techniques for getting and giving feedback, and receive feedback on your work. Eat with participants and speakers. Catered buffet lunch included. Early bird rates start at $65.00 to 75.00. Moving up to $75.00 to $90.00 after March 15.

Amy's note: Having not attended this before, I'm adding this for all of you Sourthern Utah folk that can't always get up North. You do NOT have to be a SCBWI member to participate. But SCBWI members do get a discount.





Orem Writes
April, 2014 -- all month
Orem Public Library
58 N. State Street Orem, Ut


Are you a writer?  Have you ever wondered how to break into the writing business?  Are you looking for ideas to improve your craft?  Join us at the library this January for Orem Writes, a month-long community writing series that will bring you face to face with published writers and experts.  Orem Writes will feature panels, lectures and writing workshops on a variety of different topics including fiction, poetry, young adult, nonfiction,  blogging and publishing.  Check out our blog at oremwrites.wordpress.com to share your own work and find additional writing resources. http://oremwrites.wordpress.com/ All programs are free--it's a library after all.



League of Utah Writers Spring Workshop—2014

Saturday, April 12, 2014

http://www.luwriters.org/spring-conference.html

Salt Lake Community College—Larry H. Miller Campus
9750 South 300 West, Sandy, UT
Second floor of the Miller Professional Development Center (MPDC) in Rooms 220/22.  


The League of Utah Writers is a non-profit organization dedicated to offering friendship, education, and encouragement to the poets and writers of Utah. New members are always welcome. This year’s spring workshop will provide tools and troubleshooting tips for beginners and advanced writers alike.
Membership is 25.00 per year. Membership benefits include reduced entry fees for the annual Writing Contest, Spring Workshop, and the Roundup. Your dues must be paid in full for the current year in order to qualify for benefits.




11th Annual 
Latter Day Story Makers Conferenc
April 25-26, 2014

Early Bird (by Feb. 20), Two days for $185.00, with options for one day only, $20.00 paid pitch sessions, Orson Scott Card Keynote only tickets, and an optional Boot Camp or Publication Primer held on Thursday for only 30.00 (early bird prices listed). http://ldstorymakers.com/conferences/2014-conference-2/


 Amy's note: I am really torn this year, the location is larger, but extremely inconvenient for me. And the agent workshops are already filled. But the food -- the food, they feed and treat you. 




Writing for Charity Conference
March 22, 2014
at the Provo Library at Academy Square, Provo Ut
http://writingforcharity.blogspot.com/

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 Newbery Honor Recipient.

Registration is 50.00 for the full day event, lunch is included. http://writingforcharity.blogspot.com/p/registration.html Additional options: $15.00  Live Manuscript Critique by an Author. $25.00  Editor Consultation with Joe Monti.

Amy's note: If not for you, do it for the children. You won't regret it either way. 




15th Annual 
Writing and Illustrating for Young Readers 
June 16-20, 2014
http://wifyr.com

For fifteen 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.
We offer a 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 roughly $495-$995.00 for the week and include all the afternoon sessions. Afternoons only are $105.00. Early bird pricing is open until 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 new mini morning workshops where that afternoon is free.

Amy's Disclaimer: So yes, I have chosen what I consider the most useful conference to align myself with more fully. Luckily they feel the same way about me. Anyway, I do volunteer my humble time and services to WIFYR. -- not to knock 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


 For the 2014 conference I will be assisting the fabulous Cheri Pray Earl, in her Middles class. Middle as in MIDDLE OF THE NOVEL. It's the best way I know to get through that icky sticky middle of the novel where many a writer goes to die. Warning!!! There is a LOT of homework and prep work on top of getting your manuscript ready in this morning workshop. Did we mention it's like a mini MFA? Yeah, it's kind of like that.




UVW Annual Conference/Workshop
June 21, 2014

Provo Library Ballroom & Room #302


http://utahvalleywriters.org/about/calendar/
Details Forthcoming



Westercon  
July 3-6, 2014

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

 

NOTICE: WesterCon has partnered with FantasyCon

 Sign up for Westercon67 and you get a general admission pass into Fantasy Con

http://www.sfsfc.org/westercon/category/conventions/

http://westercon67.org/

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 travelled 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. 

SLC Westercon 67 registration: http://westercon67.org/registration/  

EARLYBIRD REGISTRATION ENDS ON MIDNIGHT JUNE 1 

Rates:

  • $15.00 for Supporting memberships
  • $55.00 for Attending memberships
  • $40.00 to upgrade a supporting membership to attending membership.
New rates are guaranteed through July 6, 2014.
- See more at: http://www.sfsfc.org/westercon/#sthash.lcBiQmVp.dpuf


What is FantasyCon?

July 3-5, 2014

FantasyCon is the first convention of its kind to open the world of fantasy to all and create an interactive, immersive experience that celebrates pop fantasy culture. Visit the arena, museum, archery range, children’s area, and more.





iWrite Summer Workshop is announced!

http://www.iwritenetwork.com/2013/03/summer-workshop-registration.html

July 12-13, 2014

Inexpensive, chock full of great lectures, and great great people.

I particularly like the fact that you are given assignements -- AND time to write -- in each of the lectures.
Location: University Mall, Orem -- yes, there are some really nice meeting rooms upstairs near the Woodbury Museum
35.00 one day, 60.00 for both



SCBWI
https://utahsouthidaho.scbwi.org/events/the-great-critique-2014/

  Free Critique Sessions

On Saturday, August 9, 2014 sessions will meet to participate in the in-person portion of this event.  Each participant needs to register in advance for the session they wish to attend, since there will be homework before the sessions meet.  There are four locations to choose from:
Boise, Idaho
Idaho Falls, Idaho
Salt Lake City, Utah
Cedar City, Utah
  
Submissions are due June 15, 2015.  

Soon after that date, we'll forward you a copy of all manuscripts/dummies for your session, so you'll have time to critique them before the event.  Instructions on how to critique, as well as the SCBWI Gold Form, the standard form our organization uses for critiques, will also be sent as resources for those who may need them.
Each session will be led by one of our volunteers–all of whom have had many years of experience in successful critique groups–and every participant will get the opportunity to critique and be critiqued (your manuscript or dummy will be critiqued, that is) during the two-hour session. 

Take advantage of the professional critiques as well.  The editors, agents, and art director we have lined up are some of the best in the business, and the price is great, too, so don't miss out on the opportunity to have your work critiqued by one of these professionals.


League of Utah Writers, Fall Conference 
(formerly called The Roundup)



LUW Fall Conference, Sept 12–13, 2014

Davis Conference Center
1651 North 700 West
Layton, UT 84041
Conference Schedule 2014
Registration Options: CLICK HERE
http://www.luwriters.org/roundup.html


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October 24 - 25, 2014

Online pre-registration is $40.
At the door for $50 on the day of the conference.

Also offering 10 continuing education credits for teachers through Southwest Applied Technical College.

It's a steal at only 40.00 for a day and a half -- and hey, they've got one of my favorites -- J. Scott Savage. And they feed you.You know that's one of my favorite parts. Well, besides the great networking and honing of the craft stuff :)

http://kanabwritersconference.com/