Book Academy 2018 

Electrify Your Audience

UVU Book Academy

September 18, 2018
Sorensen Student Center

The Conference for Aspiring Writers & Illustrators of All Levels

Come meet the experts that can help you…

  • Start or finish writing your book. 

  • Pitch your story to publishers.

  • Develop complex characters in your writing.

  • Craft, organize and process thoughts and ideas.

  • Build marketing and positioning strategies that sell books.

  • Understand the ins-and-outs of self-publishing – Publishing 101.

  • Avoid mistakes by learning from authors who did everything wrong.

  • Discover what publishers are looking for and how to get into the game.

  • Explore tools that pump up your story to hold the reader’s attention and make them loyal fans.                                   

2018 Keynote Speaker: RICHARD PAUL EVANS

Richard Paul EvansWhen Richard Paul Evans wrote the #1 best-seller, The Christmas Box, he never intended on becoming an internationally known author.  The story was written as an expression of love for his then two young daughters. Three years later, this quiet, simple story of parental love and the true meaning of Christmas made history when it became simultaneously the #1 hardcover and paperback book in the nation. Since then, more than eight million copies of The Christmas Box have been printed. Four of Evans’s books were produced into television movies and have starred such well-known actors as Maureen O’Hara, Richard Thomas, Rob Lowe, Christopher Lloyd, James Earl Jones, Naomi Watts and Academy award winners Vanessa Redgrave and Ellen Burstyn. He has since written more than 30 consecutive New York Times bestsellers and is one of the few authors in history to have hit both the fiction and non-fiction bestseller lists.  There are currently more than 20 million copies of his books in print.

Evans has won the American Mothers book award, two first place Storytelling World awards, The Romantic Times Best Women’s Novel of the Year Award, the German Leserpreis Gold Award for Romance, is a four time recipient of the Religion Communicator’s Council’s Wilbur Award and numerous awards for his young adult novel “Michael Vey”.

During the fall of 1998, Evans founded The Christmas Box International, an organization devoted to maintaining emergency children's shelters and providing services and resources for abused, neglected or homeless children, teens and young adults. To date, more than 70,000 children have been served by the Christmas Box House facilities and programs.

As an acclaimed speaker, Evans has shared the podium with such notable personalities as President George W. Bush, President George and Barbara Bush, former British Prime Minister John Majors, Ron Howard, Elizabeth Dole, Deepak Chopra, Steve Allen, and Bob Hope. Evans has been featured on the Today show, Glenn Beck, CNN and Entertainment Tonight, as well as in Time, Newsweek, People, The New York Times, Washington Post, Good Housekeeping, USA Today, TV Guide, Reader’s Digest, and Family Circle. Evans lives in Salt Lake City, Utah, with his wife, Keri, and their five children, Sam his grandson Nora his granddaughter.

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UVU Book Academy 2017-A Monstrous Taste for Writing

Registration Information

Adult Registration: $95

Student Registration: $65

Register Today - Keynote and Lunch included with full registration