Saturday, May 13, 2017

Storymakers Conference 2017

Whew! Two writers' conferences in two weekends! What was I thinking? Well, honestly, I was thinking it would be AWESOME!! And it was. But my brain is tired. So many ideas bouncing around in there. ;)

This was my first time attending the Storymakers Conference in Provo, Utah, and it was AH-MAZING!

Nearly ten different class choices were offered every hour on every topic imaginable - for TWO days! How is a person supposed to choose? It was hard. But it was worth it.

Some of my favorites included:
Frank Cole talking about being a writing juggernaut
Rosalyn Eves teaching about rhetorical devices
Michelle Frey explaining her perspective as an acquisitions editor
Jennifer A. Nielsen exploring the psychology of characterization
Camille Andros showing how to write picture books
Rosalyn Eves explaining the Objective Correlative

Yes, Rosalyn Eves was such a fabulous teacher, I attended two of her classes!

I also had the pleasure of sharing my presentation "Infuse Tension into Your Writing" with attendees.


I signed books with people like James Dashner, Brandon Sanderson, Ally Condie and more. ;) I even got James Dashner to write encouraging words to my critique partner Melissa.

The surprise benefit of attending was meeting great people like LJ, Karen, and Shane.

Plus, Ally Condie gave a keynote address. Jennifer A. Nielson gave a lunch-time talk that was so inspiring, 750 attendees rose to their feet, giving a standing ovation. And James Dashner was a hoot throughout the entire conference.

If you've never attended this conference, I would encourage you to add it to your calendar for next year: May 3-5, 2018.


  1. One can almost feel the energy in those rooms.

  2. That's one conference I've wished I could attend pretty much EVERY year. It's hard to get all the way to the other side of the country for it though, especially with little ones. I keep telling myself "one day." And yes, one day it will be a reality.