We had a blast at the 2018 Storymakers Conference! So much fun that we’re taking your feedback to help plan for 2019!

Storymakers Conference May 9-11, 2019 Provo Utah

Utah Valley Convenation Center
220 West Center Street, Provo, UT 84601

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

Thank you for a fantastic 2018 conference! Keep up to date on conference news by signing up for our newsletter. You can also check the Facebook page for current information.


A message from Jolene Perry, 2018 Conference Chair:

There’s a sense of camaraderie at the Storymakers Conference that I don’t feel anywhere else. This conference is the first I attended, and the one I come back to again and again. After being involved with Storymakers for so many years, I’ve been fortunate enough to see mentees turn into mentors, pre-published authors turn into published authors, and new students turn into seasoned teachers. I’ve felt the support for people at all places on the journey. As Jennifer Nielsen said in her keynote address of 2017, “There’s room on the mountain for everyone.” And that is, and always will be, our goal. We will do our best to offer a wide range of classes, and a wide range of teachers and mentors with diverse backgrounds.
We are so fortunate to attract agents, editors, and talented instructors, dedicated to helping writers perfect their craft. We have a large committee and faculty who put hours into organization and instructional preparation. All of this energy is a fantastic reminder that our family of writers is the best. Welcome.


2018 Keynote: Shannon Hale

Shannon Hale is the New York Times best-selling author of fifteen children’s and young adult novels, including the popular Ever After High trilogy and multiple award winners The Goose Girl, Book of a Thousand Days, and Newbery Honor recipient Princess Academy. She also penned three books for adults, beginning with Austenland, which is now a major motion picture starring Keri Russell. She co-wrote the hit graphic novels Rapunzel’s Revenge and Calamity Jack and illustrated chapter book The Princess in Black with husband Dean Hale. They live with their four small children near Salt Lake City, Utah.

Along with giving the Keynote Address, Shannon will be teaching an intensive workshop on characterization. Visit her website here.

Pre-Conference Thurs. Workshops

  • First Pages Clinic
  • Plot and Character Arcs
  • Publishing Polish and Pitch
  • Be a Digital Superstar: Developing a Successful Author Platform


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



  • 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


The Storymakers Conference is thrilled to welcome Frank Cole and Shelly Brown!

Frank Cole and Shelly Brown

2019 Conference Masters of Ceremony

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.