Thursday Workshops 2020

These pre-conference workshops give attendees a chance to learn from successful authors in small groups, where they receive one-on-one guidance in specific areas. This page will be updated regularly with workshop descriptions, pre-conference submission instructions, and a list of instructors, so please check it often.

We also have a FAQ page below with basic details.

WHEN: 05/07/2020

WHERE: Utah Valley Convention Center, 220 W. Center St. Provo, UT. 3rd Floor

Attendees 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 day are the workshops?

Thursday, May 7th, 2020.

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 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 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.