14th Annual LDStorymakers Conference

May 11-13th, 2017

Utah Valley Convention Center

Provo, UT

Registration opens 1/23/2017

2017 LDStorymakers Conference

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

REGISTRATION OPENS 1/23/2017

 

2017 REGISTRATION

opens January 23, 2017

Stay tuned to the website for Registration updates and links.

(Are you a planner? First Chapter Contest Entries are due Feb. 6th, 2017 at 8 PM, MST.)

The First Chapter Contest for the

2017 LDStorymakers Conference

got a makeover! Check out the new

rules/categories HERE.

Check back frequently for 2017 conference details. All the fun announcements start in September and you should be really, really excited. We know we are!

2017 Keynote: Ally Condie

ally-condie Ally Condie is the author of the middle grade novel, Summerlost, Atlantia, and the MATCHED Trilogy, a #1 New York Times and international bestseller. Matched was chosen as one of YALSA’s 2011 Teens’ Top Ten and named as one of Publisher’s Weekly’s Best Children’s Books of 2010. The sequels, Crossed and Reached, were also critically acclaimed and received starred reviews, and all three books are available in 30+ languages. Ally lives with her husband and four children outside of Salt Lake City, Utah. She is currently working on her MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults at Vermont College of Fine Arts. Ally loves reading, writing, running, and listening to her husband play guitar.

A message from Chantele Sedgwick, 2017 Conference Chair:

I am so excited to be the chair for the 2017 Storymakers Conference. This conference was the very first one I attended many years ago when I was just starting out, and I’ve never felt such an amazing feeling being among so many people who share the same love of writing with me. There is something so special about this conference and it keeps me coming back year after year. Each time I attend, I learn something new and meet wonderful people. The eagerness I still get when I leave a class to put everything I learned to use – there’s nothing like it. It’s a wonderful feeling and thanks to our amazing instructors, I promise it will happen to you as well. We are so lucky to have such amazing and talented authors, agents and editors who take time out of their busy schedules to teach us and help us grow. From indie, to small press, to large press, to beginning writers, to advanced. From non-fiction to fiction, and writing for children or for adults, we have something for everyone here. So even if you’re just starting out or if you’ve been at this for a while, come join the Tribe. I promise you won’t regret it. And you’ll never find a more supportive group of writers anywhere else.

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.

2017 Saturday Lunch Keynote: Jennifer Nielsen

Jennifer Nielsen lives at the base of a very tall mountain in Northern Utah with her husband, three children, and a perpetually muddy dog. She loves the smell of rainy days, hot chocolate, and old books, preferably all at once. At one time or another she has been a high school debate coach, theater director, daycare worker, and worked at an assembly of odd jobs so insignificant they didn’t even deserve job titles. To learn more about Jennifer Neilsen, visit her website.

For a list of 2017 visiting agents,editors, and special guests, click here.

Pre-Conference Thurs. Workshops

  • First Pages Clinic
  • Plot Chats
  • Publishing Polish
  • Magic Systems and World Building Workshops

Friday

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

 

Saturday

  • New Attendee Orientation
  • Bookstore
  • Agent Pitch Sessions and Manuscript Consults
  • Lunch with keynote
  • Breakout Sessions
  • Intensives
  • Closing Remarks
  • Mass Author Book Signing/Sale

 

If anyone is on the fence about attending the conference, just come. You will learn something or meet someone or have an experience that will leave you feeling inspired and encouraged and excited about your writing. It’s one of my favorite weekends of the year!

Jenny Proctor

Former Conference Chair

 

Life is hilarious. And so are we. Good thing they gave this job to us.

James Dashner & Sarah Eden

2017 Conference Master of Ceremonies