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). Cost is minimal at 45.00

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.


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.


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.

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.
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.  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 to share your own work and find additional writing resources. All programs are free--it's a library after all.

League of Utah Writers Spring Workshop—2014

Saturday, April 12, 2014

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).

 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

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. 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

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
Details Forthcoming

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

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:  



  • $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:

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!

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


  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

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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 :)




  1. Have you ever attended the League of Utah Writers Conference in September? It used to be called "Round-Up." I go to that one each year too.

  2. Heidi, I remember this one! I don't think I've ever made it to the conference, I think I might have confused it with the June 21st UVW conference. Thanks for the referral/reminder. I'll go searching and add anything I find :) as well as see if I can get off work to go to it! I am a member of the League of Utah Writers / Utah County Chapter.

  3. I hope you'll add the Kanab Writers Conference to your list. The scenery is spectacular, and the conference is a bargain at $40 (if you register online--$50 at the door) and includes lunch. J. Scott Savage is the Saturday keynote this year, and we have 20 breakout classes with terrific instructors. Check it out at

  4. You've left out on of Utah's best writer's conferences, the Write Here In Ephraim conference held at Snow College. It just concluded last week. Over 60 writing classes by more than 20 published authors, and a Friday writer's camp. I think this is the best writer's conference for the money in the state.