Thursday Workshop Details

Dates, Workshop Descriptions, Pre-Conference Submission Instructions (where applicable), and FAQ

For a list of instructors, please see the pages for each individual workshop and scroll to the bottom.

WHEN: 05/09/2019

COST: $35 per session

LENGTH: (Participants may sign up for one, or both sessions)

Session 1: 12:00 PM – 2:45 PM
Session 2: 3:15 PM – 6:00 PM

WHAT: Each workshop will be held twice, once per session. Workshops are set up to have multiple author instructors and a “hands on” experience. Please check your class(es) for what materials you’ll need to bring.

If the session you want is full, please click HERE to be put on the waitlist.


First Pages Clinic

With a 3:1 student-teacher ratio, this fabulous workshop is one of our most popular. You will receive specific feedback on the first ten pages of your manuscript from an author instructor in a small group setting. Manuscript pages will also be shared, in advance, with the other members of your group. You will be expected to review the pages for each group member prior to attending the workshop as the entire group will discuss each person’s work.

If you have registered and paid for this workshop, please click here for your welcome letter and instructions.

Publishing Polish and Pitch

At a 5:1 student-teacher ratio, this workshop is similar to last year’s awesome Publication Polish, but redesigned and expanded for 2019! If you have a manuscript you want to submit to agents but aren’t sure if your submission skills are up to par, our highly skilled instructors will help you polish your first few pages, query, and synopsis to agent-wowing levels as well as help master contest-worthy elevator pitches!


If you have registered and paid for this workshop, please click here for your welcome letter and instructions.

Plot Chat

Is your plot flat, lifeless, or sagging in the middle? Are you struggling to plot out a series or weave in engaging subplots? New for 2019, this workshop, with a 4:1 student-teacher ratio, will offer attendees targeted plot help by a knowledgeable instructor in one of the following categories: Sagging Middles, Subplots, or Plotting a Series. Once registered, we will provide a link to a questionnaire where you can choose which PLOT CHAT table is best for you!

If you have registered and paid for this workshop, please click here for your welcome letter and instructions.

Plot Chat 201: Elements of Plot

Come learn the art of plot revision! At a 4:1 student-teacher ratio, this workshop will teach you where to start and how to pinpoint problems with plot and character. During this hands-on instruction course, you’ll learn how to break your manuscript down into three parts, and then make sure each part has five essential plot points. We’ll also talk about the obligatory scenes and conventions readers expect to find in different genres, why they are important, and whether your manuscript has them. NOTE: Participants should have a completed (or close-to completed) manuscript and either a printed or digital copy of their manuscript to edit during this amazing workshop!

If you have registered and paid for this workshop, please click here for your welcome letter and instructions.



You spoke, and we listened! New for 2019, we are excited to announce three different marketing tracks! With a 4:1 student-teacher ratio in each track, you’ll receive hands-on, step-by-step training by experienced instructors on how to get your book SEEN. At registration checkout, simply choose which MARKENTING TRACK is best for you!


This is one of the top ways to connect with your readers, although you don’t have to be published to get started! Bring your laptop and come prepared to start up your newsletter, or to create a stronger selling sequence to the newsletter you already have. Increase your opens, clicks, and interactions with your readers. Set up your drip campaign through automation sequence and resend unopens. Create a friendly and interactive environment that will keep your readers buying your books. (And if some of that didn’t make sense to you, don’t worry! By the end of the workshop, it will.)


Are you indie published? Then you need to be creating Amazon ads through your KDP account! Bring your laptop and be prepared to create ads for at least one of your indie books. Learn to write effective ad copy, set up daily spend limits, click bids, and compile keyword lists. Most importantly, you’ll learn how to assess an ad’s performance, and plan your strategy to launch your next book or to revitalize an older book. NOTE: This workshop is designed for authors who are KDP published (or self-published on Amazon).


Every author, indie or traditional, can take advantage of the established marketing machine of Facebook. Bring your laptop and be prepared to create your first Facebook ad campaign — or if you’ve already tried it, learn how to make more effective ads. Hear expert advice about targeted audience selection, how much text to include, the importance of word choice and the effect of different color schemes. NOTE: This workshop is designed for authors who already have a finished book they want to promote.

If you have registered and paid for this workshop, please click here for your welcome letter and instructions.

What day are the workshops?

Thursday, May 9th, 2019.

Can I sign up for more than one workshop?

Yes! You can do just the first session, just the second session, or both.

I’ve registered for a workshop but haven’t received an email. Help?

All initial instruction letters are posted on the website under our Thursday Workshop page. It is each attendee’s responsibility to go to the site and follow the instructions pertaining to their workshop. Once that is done, if further instructions are needed, they will be emailed to you. All due dates are listed under each workshop on the website.

We will reply with an acknowledgment of receipt within three business days after you send your materials. If you don’t receive acknowledgment, please contact Natalee Cooper or Crystal Liechty at If for some reason you still don’t hear from us, please email From time to time, there are issues with email servers, and we don’t want you to miss out if that happens.

What if I don’t get my materials to my mentor by the date?

If you miss your deadline, your instructor is no longer required to read your materials before the conference. Our instructors are offering their valuable time to help us, and our dates are chosen to give them enough time to complete their preparations before the conference. Please be considerate of your instructor(s) and send your materials in on time.

Is there a wait list once a workshop is full?

Yes. Please click HERE to be put on the waitlist.

Can I request my instructor?

With all of the factors that go into creating our groups, accommodations cannot be made. However, please rest assured that we use the information from your surveys to match you as closely as possible to your instructors.

How long is each workshop?

2 hours and 45 minutes.

Where will the workshops be held?

The 3rd floor of the Utah Valley Convention Center.

Will attendees be able to transfer their workshop spot to another person?

No. We have to go to the next person if there’s a waiting list, and with the amount of preparation in most workshops, the deadline may already be past.

Do I have to do work before the workshop?

Yes. We hope you come prepared by following instructions pertinent to your workshop(s). Your initial instruction letter will be on the website, and will not be emailed.

Will there be homework?

Yes. And pre-work and work-work and post-work. We’re writers. We’re workaholics. (But really, it depends on the workshop. See each workshop description for details.)

Can I bring my cat?

No. But bring pictures or video, if they’re funny.

May I wear pajamas?

Sure. Come prepared to interact and work in apparel that best meets your needs (we won’t be running the 5k break this year–yay).

Will there be snacks provided? Can I bring my own?

We will have a thirty-minute break between workshop sessions and will provide a snack. Snacks may contain gluten or nuts, and none of them will be certified allergy free. The convention center does not allow us to bring in outside food. There is a small concession stand inside the center for your convenience, as well as places to purchase food near the venue.

Can I bring my kids to the workshop(s)?

We love children, but having them with you during a focused workshop will be a distraction. If you have a nursing infant, you may bring him/her, however, we strongly suggest bringing someone to care for your infant while you are in session.

Will there be a ramp for wheelchair access?

We have elevators that reach the third floor, which is where our Thursday Workshops are located. You will need to use the elevators that are located near the escalators, as the other elevators only reach the second floor.