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american fork arts council conference for writers

There’s a great conference coming up that I want to spread the word about–it’s an excellent deal and has a lot of wonderful classes. (Some of which are taught by yours truly.) 😉 Below are details and a tentative schedule. Also, anyone who signs up before April 12th gets to attend Plot Shop on Friday night for free, and take home a free book or literary journal, which they get to choose from a selection. And guess what. Deseret Book has kindly donated copies of some of my books so they will be among the offerings.

Free books. Great conference. And a very yummy lunch. I hope to see you there!

American Fork Arts Council Conference for Writers
Saturday, April 24, 2010
9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

To register call Lori at 801-763-3081.

SPECIAL PRICE: $29 before April 12th
$40 after April 12th
American Fork Historic City Hall, 31 North Church Street (50 East)
American Fork, Utah

Lunch catered by Flour Girls & Dough Boys, $9 per person payable at morning registration.

8-9 a.m. Registration
9-9:10 Welcome (Plenary)

9:10-9:40 Keynote #1 Ginger Churchill, “What I Wish I had Known as a Beginning Writer”
9:40-10:10 Keynote #2 Ally Condie, “My Journey to National Publication”
10:10-10:40 John D. Brown, “Aiming for National Publication”

INTRODUCTIONS of editors and authors
10:40-11:05 EDITORS: Derk Koldewyn, Granite NAME
AUTHORS: Caleb Warnock, Linda Jefferies, Shannon Guymon, Natalie Whipple

11:05-11:20 15-minute break

11:20-noon BREAKOUT ONE
Upstairs room “Crafting the Novel” with Shannon Guymon, Natalie Whipple
Downstairs One “Finding and Working With an Agent” with Ginger Churchill, Ally Condie, John D. Brown
Downstairs Two “Taking Your Questions about Publishing” with Deseret Book and Granite Publishing

noon-1 LUNCH “Mix and Mingle with Authors and Editors”

Conference One Derk Koldewyn of Deseret Book “What Deseret Book is looking for now”
Conference Two Ginger Churchill, Shannon Guymon, Ally Condie, “How to be a Writer and a Mother Too”
Upstairs room John Brown, “How to Write a Story That Rocks Part 1: First Principles & Story Concept”
Office room Caleb Warnock “10 Things Every Writer Should Know about Copyright”
Downstairs One Granite Publishing “What Granite is looking for now”
Downstairs Two Natalie Whipple, “Is Your Story Ready for Publication? How Do You Know?”

1:40-1:50 Ten-minute break

Upstairs Room John Brown, “How to Write a Story That Rocks Part 2: Character”
Conference Two Ginger Churchill, Natalie Whipple, “Querying Agents and Publishers”
Conference One Derk Koldewyn of Deseret Book “National Publication with Shadow Mountain”
Office room Caleb Warnock “”What Every Writer Needs to Know about Investing Your Talent””
Downstairs One Granite Publishing “Publishing Options with Granite”
Downstairs Two Ally Condie, Shannon Guymon “Succeeding as an LDS author”

2:30-2:40 Ten-minute break

Upstairs Room John Brown, “How to Write a Story That Rocks Part 3: Plot”
Conference Two Ginger Churchill “How to Write and Publish Picture Books”
Conference One Natalie Whipple: “Writing the Synopsis and Query”
Office room Caleb Warnock, Shannon Guymon “Writing Nonfiction”
Downstairs One Ally Condie, “Writing Young Adult Fiction”
Downstairs Two Linda Jefferies “Writing Poetry”

3:20-3:30 Ten-minute break

Upstairs Room John Brown, “Writing Scenes: The Basic Units of a Novel”
Conference Two Ginger Churchill, “Genres of Children’s Books, from Board Books to YA Novels”
Conference One Natalie Whipple, “Marketing Yourself with a Blog”
Office room Caleb Warnock “Okay, You Were Rejected – Why, and What to Do Now”
Downstairs One Linda Jefferies, “Publishing Poetry”
Downstairs Two Shannon Guymon, “Tips for Writing a Fiction Series”


+ comments (10)
  • Elana Johnson
    April 2, 2010

    I so wish I could come! But the LDStorymakers conference is the same day, and I’m presenting at that. Dangitall. I’d love to come meet and Natalie Whipple — and all the classes sound so great!!

    Le sigh. There will be other events, I’m sure. I hope. Right?

  • Elana Johnson
    April 2, 2010

    Oops. That was supposed to say YOU and Natalie Whipple. Wow. It must be early. Ha ha!

  • Sandy Shin
    April 2, 2010

    Oh, really I wish I were in Utah and didn’t have a million final exams and essays due that week; I’d love to meet both you and Natalie Whipple, as well.

  • Aubrey(AKAStacey)
    April 2, 2010

    Oh I want to go! Talking to the hubby tonight about it! Thanks for the info Ally!

  • Sara B. Larson
    April 2, 2010

    I will be there for the morning! Caleb said I could come to just the morning since it’s DH’s bday, and he might even ask me to say a few words. I guess on getting an agent or something. Since I’m not really sure what yet, that should be knock-your-socks-off interesting. 😉

    But anyway… I’m sure excited to hear YOU speak! Woohoo! It will be fun to meet Natalie too.

  • Kelly Bryson
    April 2, 2010

    I wish I could come, but SC to UT is a pretty long drive. I’m really excited to read MATCHED.

  • Ali
    April 3, 2010

    sounds like a great conf. I’d like to go to meet you and hear your classes.

  • Julie
    April 4, 2010

    This sounds like a great conference! If I didn’t have a baptism to attend, I’d be there for sure. You’ll have to let me know how it goes.

  • Melissa Richardson
    April 24, 2010

    Ally, I just wanted to tell you what a pleasure it was to meet you today at the conference, and how much I enjoyed hearing you speak. I am still in process of giving myself permission to be a writer AND mom, and seeing how you have managed both was very motivating for me. I will continue to check your blog for oportunities to hear you speak in the future! Thank You!

  • ally
    April 27, 2010

    Melissa, thank you for your very sweet comment! It was great to meet you, too (and other blog readers, like Ali, as well). I hope our paths cross again soon!

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