Book Academy 2019

Registration Now Open

Wasatch Campus

311 College Way
Heber City, UT 84032
October 11, 2019

Book Academy is an opportunity to spend the day with friends--fictional and non-fictional. This one day conference aims to assist writers and teachers to improve their skills, explore possibilities, and discover resources for writing. With a full schedule of workshops, one-on-one reviews and pitching opportunities, and excellent keynote presentations, this conference has it all and time to enjoy it. Come visit with some of your favorite authors, meet agents and editors who can help take your story to the next level and learn skills to improve in the craft of writing.

2019 Registration Information

Keynote and Lunch included with full registration

Full

$95

Student

$45

2019 Keynote Speaker

J. Scott Savage

Special Keynote:
James Perry

James is best known for his work on Studio C and JK! Studios, but he’d like to think there’s one person out there who only knows him as author of “I Still Want To Be An Astronaut” and is running around fabricating fan theories about the sequel (of this nonfiction, autobiographical/inspirational book). Also, his wife, Brenna, and daughter, June, are the best part of his day.

2019 Schedule

  The Business The Lifestyle The Craft The Starting Line The Whole Story Special Topics
8:00 - 8:30am Continental Breakfast and Check In
8:30 - 9:50am Welcome and Keynote: James Perry
10:00 - 10:50am Traditional vs Indie Publishing: Which Should I Choose?
Rebecca Rode
The Monster in Every Writer's Closet: Free Your Writing from Self-Doubt Sabotage
Colleen M. Story
The ins and outs of keeping a series bible
C. Michele Jefferies
Plotting for Pantsers in six easy steps
Betsy Love
Location, Location, Location: Crafting Place-based Fiction
Lehua Parker
Lights, Camera... Action! (Panel)
James Perry, Amy Jones, Robert Trim, Ann Drayer
11:00 - 11:50am Maximize Your Audience with Audiobooks
Jared Garrett
Writing When Life Happens to You (Panel)
J. Scott Savage, Brock Jones
Makeing the Ordinary Come Alive: Tips for Improving Pacing
Rosalyn Eves
Voice: Metallica, Muppets, and Me
Dennis Gaunt
Grand Openings and Then What (Panel)
Lisa Mangum, Rod Miller, Howard Tayler
Soom'ing to survive
Robert Trim
12:00 - 1:20pm Lunch and Networking
1:30 - 2:20pm Marketing (Panel)
Sandra Taylor, Rebecca Rode, J. Scott Savage
Creativity on a deadline
Traci Hunter Abramson
Reflections on Mental Health in Writing (Panel)
Karen Pellett, Rebecca Blevins, Jessica Guernsey
Massive Fiction
Marion Jensen and co-presenter Spencer Jensen
How to write an ending that doesn't suck
Lisa Mangum
Nonfiction for Children: A Burgeoning Market
Sharlee Glenn
2:30 - 3:20pm Business of Writing Workshop
TBD
Structuring life to support creativity
Sandra Tayler
The Anatomy of Action Scenes
Jared Garrett
Editing Basics and Beyond: Think Past Periods and Commas
Sabine Berlin
Emotional Structure: Taking the Hero's Journey to the Next Level
Rebecca Rode
Poetry Matters: Creating Poems That Resonate (Panel)
Brock Jones, Sharlee Glenn, Rod Miller
3:30 - 4:20pm Check Your Work: Self Editing for All (Panel)
Rosalyn Eves, Traci Hunter Abramson, C. Michele Jefferies, Lindsay Flanagan
A Light Through the Fog: Living Creatively While Coping with Depression and Anxiety
Rebecca Blevins
The craft of writing page turning non-fiction
Shauna Packer
Rock your Readers! Using the Five Senses in Your Writing
Michele Ashman Bell
Crafting humor for the page
Howard Tayler
Heroes and Villains
J. Scott Savage
4:30 - 5:00pm Dessert and Book Signing

2019 Presenters

Amy Jones

Amy Jones

Amy Jones is a freelance editor and screenwriter who left teaching to pursue a film career and graduated from the Colorado Film School in 2011. She followed her screenwriting nose to LA where she worked as a production assistant and as a script reader for Mar Vista. She dived into writing novel-to-screen adaptations and wrote 26 episodes for an educational web series while developing features and TV specs. Now back in Utah, she’s currently doing revisions on a film project for Brandon Sanderson’s Skyward series.

Ann Drayer

Ann Drayer

At the age of six, Ann wrote her first story Princess Kitty Goes to The Zoo.  Since then she has maintained a life-long love of writing, reading, and words.  By accident, she landed in the world of screenwriting, and hasn’t looked back since. She is currently pursuing a BA in Integrated Studies with an emphasis in Cinema Studies, has completed a Certificate of Screenwriting with the New York Film Academy, and attended the Screenplay in A Day seminar series.  Additionally, she is crafting her own screenplay which will be used as her final Senior Project, and hopes to one day be able to work at the Utah Film Commission.

Betsy Love

Betsy Love

Betsy Love is a fun, spunky grammie from Mesa, Arizona who loves writing quirky sci-fi romances. As an award winning essayist, she’s been creating stories since she could hold a pencil. In high school her English teacher told her one day she’d be published. Love proved her correct and now has nine published titles. Her brain is so full of story ideas that she has to live until she's two hundred to finish them all.

You can find her online at www.betsylove.com

Brock Jones

Brock Jones

Brock Jones is an assistant professor of English at Utah Valley University and the author of Cenotaph (University of Arkansas Press, 2016), a finalist in the 2016 Miller Williams Poetry Prize. His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in the Iowa Review, Lunch Ticket, Ninth Letter online, Poetry Daily, Raleigh Review, Sugar House Review, War Literature and the Arts, and others. Brock received his PhD in Literature and Creative Writing from the University of Utah. He’s a veteran of the U.S. Army and served three tours of duty in Iraq and one in Afghanistan. He currently lives with his wife and daughter in Spanish Fork.

C. Michelle Jefferies

C. Michelle Jefferies

C. Michelle Jefferies is a writer who believes that the way to examine our souls is to explore the deep and dark as well as the shallow. To manipulate words in a way that makes a person think and maybe even second guess. Her worlds include suspense, urban fantasy, and an occasional twist of steampunk. When she is not writing, she can be found on the yoga mat, hand binding journals, dyeing cloth, and serving ginger tea. The author and creator divides her time between stories, projects, and mothering four of her seven children on the wild and windy plains of Wyoming.

Colleen M. Story

Colleen M. Story

Colleen M. Story inspires writers to overcome modern-day challenges and find creative fulfillment. Her first non-fiction book, Overwhelmed Writer Rescue, was named Book by Book Publicity’s Best Writing/Publishing Book in 2018, and her novel, Loreena’s Gift, was a Foreword Reviews' INDIES Book of the Year Awards winner. Her latest release, Writer Get Noticed!, is a strengths-based guide to finding your niche and building your own brand of creative success. With over 20 years in the creative industry, Colleen is the founder of Writing and Wellness (writingandwellness.com) and Writer CEO (writerceo.com). Please see her author website (colleenmstory.com) or follow her on Twitter (@colleen_m_story).

Dennis Gaunt

Dennis Gaunt

Dennis Gaunt got into writing when he pulled a magic pen from a stone. At least, that's what he likes to tell people. The truth is that he has been working as a slushpile reader for Deseret Book and Shadow Mountain publishers since 2000, and in that time, he's read it all and then some. He's seen the mistakes others have made, and is eager to share that knowledge with others so they don't make those same mistakes. He is a published author with both Deseret Book and Covenant Communications, and has taught and spoken at writing conferences all over the country for many years. He enjoys photography, playing the guitar, Disneyland, and Godzilla movies. He also hates onions.

Howardc Taylor

Howard Tayler

Howard Tayler is the writer and illustrator behind Schlock Mercenary, the Hugo-nominated science fiction comic strip. (schlockmercenary.com) He also co-hosts the Hugo and Parsec award-winning “Writing Excuses” podcast, a weekly 'cast for genre-fiction writers, with Mary Robinette Kowal, Brandon Sanderson, and Dan Wells.

J. Scott Savage

J. Scott Savage

J. Scott Savage is the author of the Case File 13 middle-grade series published by Harper-Collins, and the Farworld and Mysteries of Cove middle-grade fantasy series, both published by Shadow Mountain. Case File 13: Zombie Kid received a starred Kirkus review, was a Junior Library Guild Select Book, and was nominated for the Louisiana Young Readers Choice Award. The first book in the Mysteries of Cove series, Fires of Invention, is a nominee for the 2017-18 Young Hoosiers Award, and the second book in the series, Gears of Revolution, has been nominated for a Cybils Award. He is also the Writer in Residence for a low-income Charter school in Salt Lake City.

Scott lives in Utah with his amazing wife, four children, and five grandchildren. He is represented by Michael Bourret of Dystel, Goderich, & Bourret, and has presented at hundreds of schools and conferences across the country.

Jared Garrett

Jared Garrett

Jared Garrett is a family man, full-time dad and professional, and the author of the scifi thriller BEAT series and several other books. He grew up as an unwilling cultist and has worked as a firefighter, BBQ chef, cowboy theater actor, and a bellman. After designing training solutions for Amazon and American Express, and other companies, he now works for BYU. He writes in the margins of the day and has published seven books since 2015.

Jessica Guernsey

Jessica Guernsey

Jessica Guernsey writes Contemporary Fantasy novels and short stories. A BYU alumna with a degree in Journalism, her work is published in blogs, magazines, and anthologies. She is a manuscript evaluator for two publishers, along with providing freelance feedback. Frequently, she can be found at writing conferences. She isn’t difficult to spot; just look for the extrovert with purple hair. While she spent her teenage angst in Texas, she now lives on a mountain in Utah with her husband, three kids, and a codependent mini schnauzer. Connect with her on Twitter @JessGuernsey

Karen Pellet

Karen Pellett

Karen Pellett is the author of the Spectrum Mom series. Her other non-fiction works include essays on special needs parenting, fertility issues, and being a step-parent. When she's not writing creative non-fiction she loves writing genre-mash-up short stories for anthologies. With an exciting life with three children on the autism spectrum who struggle with anxiety. Karen has PTSD, Anxiety, and Depression herself, but she's too stubborn to give up. She has worked as a photographer, newspaper correspondent, business analyst, and a mom. Of all her endeavors, being a mom has been the hardest, but writing is wonderful therapy.

Lehua Parker

Lehua Parker

Lehua Parker is an award-winning and best-selling author of Pacific literature stories that explore the intersections of Hawaii’s past, present, and future. Her published works include The Niuhi Shark Saga Trilogy and Lauele Town Stories, along with various plays, poetry, short stories, and essays. A founding member of Fairy Tale Ink, her novellas also appear in the Fractured Fairy Tales collections.

Her work is featured in public and private school curricula at the elementary to university level. One Boy, No Water, Book 1 in The Niuhi Shark Saga, was a 2017 Hawaii Children’s Choice Nene Award Nominee.

Originally from Hawaii and a graduate of The Kamehameha Schools, Lehua is an author, book doctor, public speaker, and educator. Trained in literary criticism and an advocate of indigenous cultural narratives, she is a frequent presenter at conferences, symposiums, and schools. Connect and talk story with her at www.LehuaParker.com.

Lindsay Flanagan

Lindsay Flanagan

Lindsay Flanagan earned a Master of Arts in English and Creative Writing and spent over a decade working in higher education before joining Eschler Editing in 2014, where she is a senior developmental editor, project manager, and social media manager. In 2018, she joined the team at Immortal Works, a publisher out of Salt Lake City. When she's not editing manuscripts, she's writing fantasy novels and poetry, taking photos of Utah’s majestic landscapes, or chasing after her favorite bands.

Lisa Mangum

Lisa Mangum

Lisa Mangum has worked in the publishing industry since 1997. She is currently the Managing Editor for Shadow Mountain Publishing and has worked with several New York Times best-selling authors, including Ally Condie, Brandon Mull, and Jason F. Wright. While fiction is her first love, she also has experience working with nonfiction projects (memoir, educational, cookbooks, etc.).

Lisa is also the author of four national best-selling YA novels (The Hourglass Door trilogy and After Hello) as well as several short stories and novellas. She has also edited four anthologies about magical creatures. She graduated with honors from the University of Utah, and currently lives in Taylorsville, Utah, with her husband, Tracy.

Marion Jensen

Marion Jensen

Marion Jensen spends most of his day wishing he had more time to write. He is a fan of the funny. Whether it's books, comics, movies, or television, he enjoys anything that makes him laugh. Even more, he likes to make others laugh. He's written five books in an attempt to bring giggles and grins to his readers. Whether you're reading his stories about chickens, bullies, or superheroes, Marion hopes at the end of the day you'll close his book with a smile on your face. Marion is a support main.

Spencer Jensen

Spencer Jensen (Co-presenter of Marion Jensen)

If you're one of his 25 twitter followers, you've probably heard of Spencer Jensen before. A mild-mannered design student, Spencer has superhuman abilities when it comes to dog lovin' and pizza connoisseurin'. His hidden weakness? A deadly triple sleep disorder that keeps him up til ungodly hours of the night, usually editing audio, designing graphics, or gaming. His one dream? To grow a beard to rival Marion's.

Michele Ashman Bell

Michele Ashman Bell

Michele Ashman Bell grew up in St. George, Utah. In fourth grade her teacher wrote on her report card that she had a tendency to daydream and would probably do well with creative writing. Her love for books and learning about people and places has helped her make her teacher's prediction come true. Michele is the author of many books and Christmas stories. She is married and is the mother of four children, and is a grandma of three granddaughters and two grandsons. Aside from supporting her children in all of their many activities, she has taught fitness classes for over thirty years and currently teaches Zumba. She loves to travel and do research for her books and her favorite food is chocolate and cinnamon bears, preferably together.

Rebecca Blevins

Rebecca Blevins

Rebecca Blevins is from the Midwest, land of tornadoes and cows--hopefully not mixed together. She currently resides in the Utah Valley with her husband and four children who have a blend of autism, ADHD, OCD, anxiety, depression, and a whole lot of love and geekiness. Rebecca has published two pirate-adventure fantasy books for children and two sweet romances for adults.

Rebecca Rode

Rebecca Rode

Rebecca Rode is the YA speculative author of the Numbers Game trilogy, the Ember in Space series, and numerous novellas. Her work has appeared on the USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestseller lists. As a hybrid author, she has published both traditionally and independently and is represented by Kelly Peterson at Rees Literary. Rebecca has four children, two cats, one husband, and a ridiculous number of books.

Robert Trim

Robert Trim

Robert Trim has spent more than 30 years in a wide variety of specialities within the film and video production industry. With his first fascination being the still image, Robert put himself through college photographing models portfolios, corporate brochures and annual reports, product photography and lots of painful weddings and baby portraits.

During his 8-year stint in the broadcast News business, he edited and produced his way to 11 Regional News Emmy awards working for networks and network affiliates. Due to his extensive technical background gained transitioning from film-stock based media acquisition to a now fully digital systems, Robert has become a worldwide resource for management of these newly minted digital assets. Now in its 5th edition, Robert authored the 'Digital Imaging Technician: a practical guide to on-set digital asset management', which has become the go-to tomb of information, helping those who want into this new career on the film production set.

Robert has published technical articles focused on technologies within the media business, in regional and national publications.

Robert’s currently an Associate Professor of Digital Media at Utah Valley University located in Orem, Utah, just south of Salt Lake City. He’s a Fulbright Specialist, an AVID Certified Instructor for Media Composer and AVID Symphony software, Blackmagic DaVinci Resolve certified trainer, and ((RADAR)) DIT certified.

Rod Miller

Rod Miller

Rod Miller is an award-winning author of novels, short stories, poetry, history, and magazine articles, with fifteen books and inclusion in numerous anthologies to his credit. Recognition for his work includes Western Writers of America Spur Awards (four), Westerners International Poetry Awards (two), Academy of Western Artists Poetry Book of the Year, a Western Fictioneers Peacemaker Award for a novel, and 2012 Writer of the Year for the League of Utah Writers.

Rod can be found online at writerRodMiller.com and writerRodMiller.blogspot.com.

Rosalyn Eves

Rosalyn Eves

Rosalyn Eves grew up in the Rocky Mountains, dividing her time between reading books and bossing her siblings into performing her dramatic scripts. As an adult, the telling and reading of stories is still one of her favorite things to do. When she’s not reading or writing, she enjoys spending time with her chemistry professor husband and three children, watching British period pieces, or hiking through the splendid landscape of southern Utah, where she lives. She dislikes housework on principle.

She has a PhD in English from Penn State, which means she also endeavors to inspire college students with a love for the English language. Sometimes it even works.

Sabine Berlin

Sabine Berlin

Sabine is an avid reader of everything from Asimov to Zusak. She has a BA in History and a Certificate of Proficiency in Editing and Document Design from UVU and was selected to attend Orson Scott Card’s Literary Bootcamp where she studied writing and critiquing. She has been a freelance editor since 2012. Her first book Oh My Oppa! was released in March 2019.

Sandra Tayler

Sandra Tayler

Sandra Tayler is a writer of essays, picture books, speculative fiction, middle grade fiction, newsletters, and blog entries. Her day job is being the editor, publisher, and business manager for the Schlock Mercenary comic strip. Sandra can be found online at onecobble.com or on twitter @SandraTayler. When she is not working, Sandra spends time with her house, her four kids, and her cartoonist husband, Howard Tayler. She also seems to have acquired three cats, which wasn’t in the plan at all.

Sharlee Glenn

Sharlee Glenn

Sharlee Glenn is an award-winning poet, essayist, and children's book author. She holds an MA from Brigham Young University and taught there for a number of years. Publications include Keeping Up with Roo (Putnam), winner of the Dolly Gray Children’s Literature Award, and Just What Mama Needs (Harcourt), which was featured on the Emmy-award winning PBS children’s show, Between the Lions. Her first non-fiction picture book, Library on Wheels: Mary Lemist Titcomb and America's First Bookmobile was published by Abrams Books in April. Sharlee lives in the foothills of the Wasatch mountains in Utah. She and her husband, James, are the parents of five above-average children and four perfect grandchildren. Besides reading and writing, she loves hiking, yoga, serving in her church, and playing pickleball.

Shauna Packer

Shauna Packer

Shauna Packer has been a professional corporate and freelance writer, researcher, and content editor for over twelve years. She is a national award-winning non-fiction author and a regional award-winning fiction writer. Her non-fiction book, Destroying Their God, was published by Zarahemla Books on June 6, 2018. Shauna resides in South Jordan, Utah and believes in giving back to her local community. She has held many leadership positions within the League of Utah Writers, including Oquirrh Chapter President. A lifelong reading tutor, Shauna has also volunteered as publicist for the Helping Kids with Cancer charity for the past six years.

Traci Hunter Abramson

Traci Hunter Abramson

Traci Hunter Abramson was born in Arizona, where she lived until moving to Venezuela for a study-abroad program. After graduating from Brigham Young University, she worked for the Central Intelligence Agency for several years, eventually resigning in order to raise her family. She credits the CIA with giving her a wealth of ideas as well as the skills needed to survive her children's teenage years. She loves to travel and enjoys coaching her local high school swim team. She has gone on to write more than twenty-five bestselling novels and is a five-time Whitney Award winner, including 2017 Best Novel of the Year.

Book Academy is presented by UVU Continuing Education.