Frequently Asked Questions
Where and when is the conference?
The 2020 Storymakers Conference will be May 7-9, 2020 at the Utah Valley Convention Center in Provo, Utah (next to the Provo Marriott) at 220 West Center Street, Suite 200.
When can I register?
Registration opens at 6:00 a.m. MDT on January 21, 2020
How much does the conference cost?
- 2-day Conference Package: $245
- Friday Only Conference Package: $125
- 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 2019 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 Storymakers 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 Storymakers website to apply either for yourself, or someone else. Application deadline for scholarships is January 6, 2020.
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. All conference item add-ones are also subject to the 20% cancellation fee, this includes Thursday Workshops and Intensives. After April 20th, your registration becomes nonrefundable. You may email us at email@example.com if you need to request a cancellation. If you have someone purchasing your registration, there will be a $60 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. Consults with agents are non-refundable and non-transferable. Whitney tickets are non-refundable.
What if I need to cancel my consult with an agent?
You may cancel if you no longer wish to attend, but unfortunately, Agent/Editor Consults are NON-REFUNDABLE. Please contact our agent/editor coordinators at specialguests@storymakersconference.
Why are the agents/editor critiques non-refundable?
As soon as someone registers (pays) for those sessions, we have people working in the background. Time and effort is put into those slots immediately. We very often had MANY cancellations in the final couple of weeks before conference — after our committee members had worked hard on the schedule, and when we were at a point where adding new people caused issues for registration. Our agents travel long distances to our conference, and we need to make it worth their while. Due to the attendees on agent and editor wait lists, we can’t allow an attendee to give their spot to a friend.
Can I sign up for more than one critique with an agent?
Attendees are allowed only ONE pitch consultation unless otherwise authorized by the conference chairs. Intentional violation of this policy will result in a warning, the additional sessions will be deleted from the account and will not be refunded. Further violations may result in the loss of pitch consultation privileges. Be sure to read registration instructions, and the agent critique page very carefully.
How do I get on a waiting list for critiques with an agent, intensive class, or Thursday workshop?
- For critiques with agents: Please email SpecialGuests@storymakersconference.com.
- For Intensive Classes: If the intensive class you’d like to sign up for is full, please email Instruction@storymakersconference.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 sign up on our Thursday Workshop Waitlist HERE.
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 a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints 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!
Do I have to be a member of the Storymakers Guild to attend the conference?
No. The conference is put on by the guild, but any interested writer is welcome to register and attend.
Do I have to be a published writer to attend?
No, the Storymaker conference is open to all writers. We offer classes for beginning writers to expert writers.
What if I need a roommate?
The Storymakers 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?
Lunch on Friday, Breakfast and lunch on Saturday, and a snack on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.
What if I have a life-threatening food allergy?
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your allergy ASAP.
What if I’ve never been to a conference before?
For newer attendees feeling unsure about attending the conference, this year we’re offering the services of conference mentors. Being mentored means a seasoned attendee will assist you in selecting classes best suited to your interests and needs, save you a spot at meals, and introduce you to other attendees also newer to the Storymakers scene. If this sounds like something you’d like, there’s an option for signing up during registration.
How will I find my friends?
Is it appropriate to bring donuts and chocolate to share with the conference committee?
Of course! You’ll recognize us by the red lanyards on our name badges.
Why was the LD taken off the LDStorymakers Conference?
1. NOTHING about the conference will change – not the classes, nor the spiritual bent we get.
2. The Storymakers Conference is put on by the Storymakers 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. Edited in 2019 to add – The leadership of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has asked that members both use the full name of the church, as well as asking private organizations, such as Storymakers, to please refrain from using the name of the church for, or within, the name of their own organizations.
Thank you again for helping make this conference feel like family. Can’t wait to see you there!