14th Annual LDStorymakers Conference

May 11-13th, 2017

Utah Valley Convention Center

Provo, UT

2017 details to come…

THANK YOU FOR A FANTASTIC

2016 STORYMAKERS CONFERENCE!!

2017 Storymakers Conference

Thursday Workshops
First Chapter Contest
Intensive Classes
Break-out Sessions
Conference Bookstore and Author Signing
Agent Pitch Sessions
Agent/Editor Manuscript Consultations

2017 details to come…

THANK YOU FOR A FANTASTIC 2016 STORYMAKERS CONFERENCE!!

 

NOW ACCEPTING CLASS PROPOSALS

Are you interested in teaching at the 2017 LDStorymakers Conference?

Follow this link for more Information

The First Chapter Contest for the

2017 LDStorymakers Conference is getting

a makeover! Stay tuned for new categories,

rules and judging criteria, released Fall 2016. 

As we announce details about the 2017 LDStorymakers Conference, we’ll be adding them to the site.

Thank you SO MUCH for such a fantastic year!

A message from Jenny Proctor, 2016 Conference Chair:

I’ll never forget how scared I was my first year at Storymakers. Months away from the release of my first novel, I was certain everyone would wonder what on earth I was doing there and how I ever managed to convince a publisher to sign my book. Those fears were quickly dispelled when I discovered what an incredible group of writers congregate at the conference each year. From all over the continent, attendees bring their own stories and writing journeys and unite with other writers in a celebration of shared values and common goals. From those who are just starting out and aren’t yet published, to the small press, large press or indie published author, there is something for everyone at Storymakers. The conference is slam packed with opportunities to learn from some of the very best names in the industry, network with other writers, get face time with agents and editors and most importantly, feel like you’ve landed amongst your most favorite friends, in a place where you are truly understood. Welcome to the Tribe, ya’ll. I promise. You belong with us.

Who we are: Our conference is sponsored by the LDStorymakers Author Guild. The guild consists of authors across all publishing platforms that are members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (hence… Latter-day Storymakers) that have met a list of publishing benchmarks and are committed to the values of our faith, but please know the conference is open to everyone.

For more information about the LDStorymakers Author Guild, visit the guild website by clicking on the following link: LDStorymakers Author Guild. You can also learn about the Whitney Awards, our awards program recognizing excellence among our authors by clicking here: The Whitney Awards.

For a full list of 2016 Special Guests, click here.

Welcome to the Tribe

In thirteen years, the LDStorymakers Conference has grown from a tiny meeting of forty-two attendees to a conference with more than seven hundred writers from all over the continent.

 

This year, we’re excited to announce all new Thursday Workshops, a content-rich schedule of Intensives and Breakout Sessions, new social activities to promote community building and networking, as well as a great lineup of Agents, Editors and Author Instructors in the top of their fields.

 

 

Thursday

  • First Pages Clinic
  • Thursday Workshops

 

Friday

  • New Attendee orientation
  • Bookstore
  • Agent Pitch Sessions and Manuscript Consults
  • Breakout Sessions
  • Intensive Classes
  • First Chapter Awards Ceremony
  • Dinner with keynote

Saturday

  • New Attendee Orientation
  • Bookstore
  • Agent Pitch Sessions and Manuscript Consults
  • Breakout Sessions
  • Intensive Workshop
  • Closing Remarks
  • Author Signing

 

KEYNOTE: Chris Crowe

Chris CroweA HUGE THANK YOU TO DR. CROWE FOR HIS INSIGHT AND EXPERTISE!

Dr. Crowe is not only an intensive class instructor, but also our keynote speaker for 2016. He is the author of several books, most notably MISSISSIPPI TRIAL, 1955, which won several awards, including the 2003 International Reading Association’s Young Adult Novel Award. His nonfiction book, GETTING AWAY WITH MURDER: THE TRUE STORY OF THE EMMETT TILL CASE, was a Jane Addams Honor book. His first children’s book, JUST AS GOOD: HOW LARRY DOBY CHANGED AMERICA’S GAME, appeared in 2012. His newest book DEATH COMING UP THE HILL, which recounts the events of 1968 in haiku, won the Whitney for Best YA General novel last year. Dr. Crowe is a professor of English at Brigham Young University. He’s in constant demand as a speaker and guest lecturer at schools and conferences across the country. Several of our committee members are his former students and all of them pick him as their Best. BYU. Teacher. Ever.

Our last-minute life-saver replacement!!

THANK YOU DENNIS GAUNT!!

Dennis Gaunt

2016 Conference Master of Ceremonies