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—September 6-8, 2018

100 South West Temple
Salt Lake City, UT 84101


Thursday, September 6, 2018


The Heart & Soul of Storytelling:
Writing to Theme

3:00 - 4:00 p.m. — Room 151 A

Raise your work to literary levels by consciously incorporating themes. Learn how to identify what you’re trying to say and actively nurture the subtler but greater questions you’re addressing. Enhance your writing with symbols as signposts, layers of grays and depths of meaning. Give the literary critics something to enjoy.


Friday, September 7, 2018


Turning Ideas Into Novels

1:00 - 2:00 p.m. — Room 255B

Have you ever had a great idea, but didn't know the steps to take to make it into something more? Join authors and creators as they discuss the steps from brainstorming to outlining to all the different ways you can take your process and turn and idea into a novel.

With Cindy Grigg, C.B. Lee (Moderator), Tricia Levenseller, John M. Olsen, Rebecca Rode, J.P. Roth, Johnny Worthen


UofULifelong Learning - University of Utah

Continuing Education Building
540 Arapeen Drive (Research Park)
Salt Lake City, Utah 84108

Creative Writing 1 (LLWRC 780)LLWRC780

Monday Nights (6 sessions)
September 10 - October 15
, 2018
6:30-8:30 p.m.

Creative Writing (LLWRC 780): How do we tell stories? What do we include in writing, and what remains unsaid? Build your voice as we focus on a group of specific techniques for shaping and informing your creative skills, including character, plot, point of view, description, dialogue, and setting. In class, we will read short selections of writing to see what techniques we can beg, borrow, and steal from them. We will experiment with in-class writing exercises and read and discuss each other's work. Writing can be inventive, illogical, chaotic, unexpected, strange, and wonderful. In this class, we will practice seeing the world in new ways and then recreating that experience on the page.


Blue Quills Writers
—Wednesday September 19, 2018, 6:30 p.m.

Weber County Library - Southwest Branch
2039 W 4000 S
Roy, UT 84067


Presentation: Writing to Theme


TaylosvilleTaylorsville High School Visit
—Thursday September 20, 2018

Taylorsville High School
5225 S Redwood Rd.
Taylorsville, UT 84123



American Fork Writing Conference (Library Event)
— Saturday September 22, 2018,
1:00 - 4:00 pm.

American Fork Public Library
64 South 100 East
American Fork, UT 84003


Presentation: Character Development Before the Fact; Hit the Ground Running

Panel with: Karl Beckstrand, Stanalei Fletcher, Jo Ann Schneider, Robin King, Johnny Worthen, Judy Baker, Mary Martinez and George McEwan

Book Signing


NOJHNorth Ogden Junior High
—Thursday, September 27, 2018, 7:30 a.m.

575 East 2900 North
Ogden, UT 84414


Class presentation: I'm an author. I auth.


Lifelong Learning - University of UtahUofU

Continuing Education Building
540 Arapeen Drive (Research Park)
Salt Lake City, Utah 84108

HCHorrorHard Core Horror Writing
(LLWRC 862)

Saturdays (2 sessions)
October 6th & 13th
10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Horror is more than a genre, it’s a physical sensation, the place where the unknown lurks, where nothing can be assumed, and anything can happen. Explore the nuances of creating levels of fear, and effective techniques that allow your writing to create a desired reaction – fear! dread! disgust! -  from your readers.  This intensive two week course of lecture presentation and workshop will give you an opportunity to write and present your work for critique and discussion (which isn’t as scary as it sounds!) 



“Speed Date with a Book”
— Tuesday, 9 October 2018 at 7 p.m.

Brigham City Library
26 E. Forest Street.
Brigham City, UT 84302

An event to connect readers to writers. An evening of budding literary romance!


Lifelong Learning - University of Utah

Continuing Education Building
540 Arapeen Drive (Research Park)
Salt Lake City, Utah 84108

A Study in Mystery (LLWRC 837)

Tuesday Nights (7 sessions)
October 16 - November 27
, 2018
6:30-9:00 p.m.

Look behind the curtain of the formulaic, but eternally popular genre: the Mystery Story. Learn about the constructions, tropes, types and methods that make the modern whodunit. Designed for both writers and fans of the mystery genre, class will include assignments and activities on plot, character web, record keeping, suspense, tension and conflict. Refine your work as you're asked the questions: Did you hide the clue well enough? Does the audience care about the victim? Is the suspense tight enough? By the end of the course, if the crime is writing a mystery story, the "Whodunit" will be you!

Monkey Writing Retreat
—October 18-21, 2018

293 Main Street
Coalville UT 84017

A weekend of writing with fun people bound and determined to be creative and productive.

There will be classes, critiques, games, food and drink.

Think of it like a sleepover for artists in a beautiful warm and cozy lake house just 20 minutes from Park City.

Space is still open as of this update.

>> WEB LINK <<



Davis Writing Conference
—October 27, 2018, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Weber State University Davis
2750 University Park Boulevard 
Layton, UT 84041 

A day-long writing conference with a variety of classes and good networking opportunities.

Presentation: A Novel in 90 Days

Lifelong Learning - University of Utah

Continuing Education Building
540 Arapeen Drive (Research Park)
Salt Lake City, Utah 84108

CW2Creative Writing 2 (LLWRC 825)

Monday Nights
(6 sessions)
October 29 -
December 3
, 2018
6:30-8:30 p.m.

Taught in a workshop format, this course will get your creative juices flowing as we expand on topics covered in Creative Writing: voice, tone, point of view and use of tense along with journeying into literary elements such as metaphor and simile, symbolism, structure, and others. This class is a fun way to build and develop the skills in an encouraging and supportive environment. Come prepared to read, write, and talk. This course is designed and required to be taken following Creative Writing (LLWRC 780).


Peaks of Madness submisison deadline
—October 31, 2018

Utah Horror Writers is proud to announce its fifth annual horror anthology and call for submissions! Following the success of our previous four anthologies, we're pleased to announce this year's theme: Peaks of Madness (losing one’s mind, going crazy). See HERE for more details.


—November 2018

A challenge to write 50,000 in a month! There will be events and group all over the place for this. I'll let you know where I'll be.

Sign up and take the challenge. There's nothing like it for productivity and confidence.



Local Authors and You
—Saturday November 3, 2018 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
(I'll be there around 3:00)

Viridian Center
8030 South 1825 West
West Jordan, UT 84088

5:00 p.m.
Panel: Authors Influences

Lifelong Learning - University of UtahUofU

Continuing Education Building
540 Arapeen Drive (Research Park)
Salt Lake City, Utah 84108

Creative Writing Bootcamp (LLWRC 842)

CRBCSaturdays (2 sessions)
November 3rd & 10th
10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.


Creative Writing Bootcamp (LLWRC 842) Have you always wanted to write creatively but never had the chance to start? Or is your writer-self blocked and unable to finish anything? In Creative Writing Bootcamp, we'll launch into a series of generative exercises designed to give you plenty of material for your own stories. In between exercises, we'll share our work in an open and joyous environment, discuss craft, and explore how to incorporate writing into daily life. You'll leave class with a series of flash fictions ready to be polished or expanded in your writing practice.


HHS4th Annual Entrepreneur Conference
—Thursday, November 15, 2018, 2:30 p.m.

Hunter High School
4200 South 5600 West
West Valley City, UT 84120