Frequently Asked Questions

Where and when is the conference?

The 2018 LDStorymakers Conference will be May 3-5, 2018 at the Utah Valley Convention Center in Provo, Utah (next to the Provo Marriott). This is not Mother’s Day weekend, HOWEVER, this is BYU Women’s Conference weekend. Provo will be busy.

When can I register? 

Registration for the 2018 Conference opens on January, 23, 2018.

How much does the conference cost?

Early bird registration (through Feb. 16, 2018):

  • 2-day Conference Package    $235
  • Friday Only Conference Package (including Keynote Address)    $130
  • Saturday Only Conference Package    $110

Regular registration prices (Feb. 16 – until sold out):

  • 2-day Conference Package     $265
  • Friday Only Conference Package     $145
  • Saturday Only Conference Package    $125

Is there a cap on registration?

Yes. We wish we could let everyone come, but we are constrained by the classroom sizes of our facility, as well as the manpower of committee members that plan and execute the conference. For the 2018 conference, registration is capped at 750 participants per day. We DO expect to sell out the conference. A waiting list will be available once registration is full.

Is there an age limit for conference attendees?

Registrants of the conference must be 16 years of age in order to participate. We encourage young writers to consider the following conferences: Teen Author Boot Camp, Tween Author Boot Camp, and The Teen Writer’s Conference, all held annually in Utah. Please let us know if we can add a local teen conference to this list!

We will be looking for a small handful of teenage volunteers this year. If you know someone who is interested, have them email us at conference@ldstorymakers.com.

Can I bring my kids?

Babies that can be cared for quietly and without disruption to other attendees may attend with a parent. Other children are not welcome. We hope you understand. We love children. We are a committee full of mothers and fathers. But preserving the learning environment of our conference for all paying attendees is paramount. We appreciate your willingness to respect the experience of others by leaving your children at home.

Am I eligible for a discount?

If you are a presenter or a member of the LDStorymakers Author Guild, yes. Your guild discount will be emailed to you a week before registration opens IF you are current on your dues. If you register without using these codes, we cannot refund the difference. Please check the LDStorymakers website for application/renewal information. You may wait until you have renewed your dues before you register, however, we do anticipate the conference selling out, so if you wait, wait cautiously.

Does the conference offer scholarships?

Yes! Please see the LDStorymakers website to apply either for yourself, or someone else. Application deadline for scholarships is January 10, 2017.

What happens if I need to cancel my registration?

We understand that sometimes plans change. If you register for the conference but are unable to attend, you may receive a refund of your registration, minus a 20% administration fee, through April 20th, when registration closes. After April 20th, your registration becomes nonrefundable. You may email us at conference@ldstorymakers.com if you need to request a cancellation. If you have someone purchasing your registration, there will be a $25 transfer fee. There are a lot of moving parts that go in to a transfer. The name tag and meal choices of the original purchaser are locked in. However, if registration isn’t slammed, you’re welcome to ask for a badge re-print with your name at the conference.

Please note that first chapter entries are non-refundable and non-transferable, per the guidelines on the first chapter page. Workshops with agents are also non-refundable and non-transferable.

What if I need to cancel my workshop with an agent?

You may cancel if you no longer wish to attend, but unfortunately, Agent Workshops are NON-REFUNDABLE.

Please contact Rosalyn Eves at RosalynEvesWriter@gmail.com for specific questions regarding your workshop with an agent.

Why are the workshops with agents non-refundable?

Several reasons. First off, they used to be, and we very often had MANY cancellations the week before conference — after our committee members had worked hard on the schedule, and when we were at a point where adding new people caused major issues for registration. Second, badges would be sorted and printed without the new person’s pitch, and still reflecting the cancelled pitch. This also caused major scheduling conflicts if the new attendee with the pitch session couldn’t do the same time as the cancelled pitch session. Our agents travel long distances to our conference, and we need to make it worth their while. We’re also not able to allow an attendee to trade a spot, because that ends up being very unfair to the attendees already on the waitlist.

Can I sign up for more than one workshop with an agent?

Nope. Just one session, either regular pitch session or manuscript consultation per attendee. Be sure to read registration instructions very carefully.

How do I get on a waiting list for workshops with an agent, intensive class, or Thursday workshop?

For workshops with agents: Please contact Rosalyn Eves (rosalyneveswriter@gmail.com) with an explanation of which list you’d like to be on.

For Intensive Classes: If the intensive class you’d like to sign up for is full, please contact Melanie Jacobson (writestuff.jacobson@gmail.com) with an explanation of which class you’d like to attend.

For Thursday Workshops: If the workshop you’d like to attend is full, please contact Rebecca Blevins (onecoolcucumber@gmail.com) and let her know which workshop you’d like to attend.

What are the guidelines and due dates for the first chapter contest?

You can find all the information about the first chapter contest on the website HERE

Do I have to be LDS to attend?

Definitely not! Many conference attendees have faith in common, but our conference is not religious in nature. We pray over our meals. And many of us will cry if the keynote is particularly inspirational. But that’s it! If that won’t bother you, we’d love to have you!

What if I need a roommate?

The Storymakers Tribe Facebook Group has you covered. They’ll post links with roommate sign-ups, and once they do, we’ll post the link here.

What meals are provided?

Conference registration includes lunch and dinner on Friday, lunch on Saturday and one snack each day, including Thursday.

What if I have special dietary needs?

Limited options are available to meet special dietary needs. Sorry, but we cannot accommodate preferences. Our meal choices are very limited.

What if I’ve never been to a conference before?

Then you’re coming to the perfect conference! We rarely bite.

How will I find my friends?

We recommend pasting your most recent Facebook or Twitter avatar to your forehead. Please do not use a stapler. We do not have an EMT on call.

Is it appropriate to bring donuts and chocolate to share with the conference committee?

Of course! You’ll recognize us by the COMMITTEE ribbons on our name badges, the black name badges, and our Hogwarts house lanyards.

Can’t wait to see you there!

It’s been one of the highlights of my career to have been involved with this conference from the very beginning. Without the slightest doubt, it’s the single biggest factor that led to my success, because of the things I learned, and the people I met.

- James Dashner

Why was the LD taken off of the LDStorymakers Conference?

1. NOTHING about the conference will change – not the classes, not the prayers before meals, not the spiritual bent we get.
2. The Storymakers Conference is put on by the LDStorymakers Guild. The Guild name remains. They’ve talked about having the conference be – The Storymakers Conference – for YEARS, believing that the slight separation would be a good thing. The LDStorymakers Guild is a professional organization of people who are in good standing with the LDS church, which is why their name remains.The conference welcomes people of all faiths.
3. Using LDS is tricky when we’re part of a conference that makes money (a VERY VERY little, but still). We would hate for a negative incident/speaker/class/disgruntled attendee at this conference to reflect poorly on the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.
4. And finally, we want EVERYONE to feel wanted and included. For the last few years, any time I ask someone who is not a member of the LDS church to come, they ask me if that’s allowed. I’m far from the only one who has experienced this. We’re a friendly group and want everyone to feel welcome. 

Thank you all again for helping make 2017 fantastic!!

Choosing Conference Dates - How it's Done...

CHOOSING CONFERENCE DATES:
1. We can’t do too early in the year because of the Whitney Awards, and the only time the Whitneys would work is during the conference.
2. April is a MINEFIELD of important days, weekends, conferences, holidays, and graduations.
3. Once we hit mid-May, we run the risk of being at the same time as BEA (Book Expo America), so we’d lose teachers and special guests.
4. Once we’re in June, we’re in full-on national book conferences, so we lose special guests and teachers.
5. ANWA is in the fall, and we want to make sure that there’s some space for the NUMEROUS people who attend both.
6. We have to coordinate not only the hotel but the conference center. BOTH need to be open. We pick the wrong weekend, and everyone’s hotel room rates SKYROCKET (we saved you an extra 100.00/night over what they’d have charged for the next two weekends in 2018). The next two weekends after the dates picked were already booked for the conference center. Yes, two years ahead of time.
7. There are a TON of other conferences that use the two facilities we use. The Layton facility works okay, but their tech is nowhere near the level as it is in Provo, and their ballroom is awkward. If we get too close to SLC, we’d have to charge each attendee double to cover the cost.
8. As the vice-chair for the 2017 conference, picking dates for 2018 was the first thing I (Jolene Perry) was asked to do – just after our 2016 conference. Trust me, this is NOT an easy task, and not one I took lightly nor did alone.
9. Mother’s Day weekend is very often the safest because no one else schedules on that weekend, but in 2018 that wasn’t an option, and I was a little relieved that decision was taken out of my hands – I’m a bit tired of traveling all day on Mother’s Day. On the downside, we’re facing the traffic of BYU Women’s Conference.