Hello fellow Storymakers!
Before we get down to business, we’d like to announce our 2017 KEYNOTE SPEAKERS!
*First up for our Friday Dinner Keynote is:
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.
*Our Saturday Lunch Keynote is:
JENNIFER NIELSEN!
-Jennifer Nielsen is the New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author of the Ascendance Trilogy, Mark of the Thief series, A Night Divided, The Scourge and other titles. She lives in Northern Utah with her husband, three kids, and a dog that won’t play fetch. She loves old books, lazy days in the mountains, and dark chocolate, preferably all together.
*HERE ARE THE AMAZING SPECIAL GUESTS THAT WILL BE JOINING US AS WELL!
**Kaylee Baldwin and Rosalyn Eves have both worked really hard to find agents that represent a wide-range of genres, and Melanie Jacobson rounded up some fantastic intensive instructors. A big thank you to these ladies.
*AGENTS & NATIONAL EDITOR:
Michelle Frey, editor from Knopf
Elizabeth Harding, VP at Curtis Brown
Ammi-Joan Paquette, Erin Murphy Literary Agency
Nicole Resciniti, The Seymour Agency
Sara Crowe, Pippen Properties, Inc
Gordon Warnock, Fuse Literary
*INTENSITVE INSTRUCTORS:
Ally Condie: If You Build it, They Will Come: Making Setting Work for Your Characters and Your Readers
Marc Cameron: From Start to Finish: Going from idea to finished project, especially for people who write complicated plots.
David Gill: Say What? The Talking Two-Step of Dueling Dialogue
J Scott Savage: Four Part Pacing & Creating Powerful Scenes Intensive
Kristen Tracy: How to Deepen Your Characters: Creating a Character Sheet
Please visit the SPECIAL GUESTS page of the website to learn more about our agents, editor, intensive instructors and their classes.
Now we’d like to talk about a few changes we’re making this year!
*FIRST CHAPTER CONTEST:
The categories have changed to help manage category size, and entrants will receive feedback from three judges rather than four. We want to make sure that the feedback you receive on your first chapters is invaluable! Please look over the new rules and categories before entering.
On that same note – Registration doesn’t open until January 23rd, and the chapters are due by Feb 6th. You must be registered for the conference to submit a first chapter. This means your window to register and be eligible for the first chapter contest is short. Plan ahead!
You can find the new rules and categories HERE.
*THURSDAY WORKSHOPS:
The feedback for the Thursday Workshops last year was overwhelmingly positive; a huge thank you again to anyone who took the time to give feedback. We’ve tweaked these classes a bit this year based on what we heard from YOU and from our instructors and are very excited with what we’ve come up with.
The whole intent of our Thursday Workshops is to get the kind of hands on personal feedback that is impossible in a regular class. So, we’re limiting instructor time, and maximizing the amount of time you have to talk to a mentor about your project.
This year we’re offering, FIRST PAGES, PLOT CHAT, PUBLICATION POLISH, and MAGIC SYSTEMS & WORLD BUILDING.
Please visit the website page for the specific details about our Thursday Workshops as some of the details have changed, namely workshop length, and student to teacher ratios.
*JOIN THE FUN:
Don’t forget to follow the Facebook group and Twitter feed for news, contests and more, as well as look over the conference website for 2017’s offerings –
Also, the Storymakers Tribe page is a great way to make some personal connections before arriving at the conference, and a fun way to keep in touch with the friends you meet after.
*IMPORTANT DATES REMINDER:
Conference registration opens January 23, 2017
First Chapter Entries are due before February 6, at 8 PM, MST
The CONFERENCE will be May 11-13, 2017
We can’t wait to see you there!
– Chantele & Jolene (Your 2017 Chair and Vice-Chair)