Save the date for Book Academy 2019.
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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.

2018 Registration Information

Keynote and Lunch included with full registration

Half

$45

Full

$85

Student

$35

2018 Keynote Speaker

J. Scott Savage

Special Keynote:
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 hte second book in the series, Gears of Revolution, has been nominated for a Cybils Award. The third book, Embers of Destruction, received an Honorable Mention in the 2018 Foreword Magazine Book Awards.

2018 Schedule

Time SC206A SC206B SC206C SC213A SC213B SC206G/H
  Track A: Business of Writing Track B: Teaching Writing Track C: Improving Your Writing 500 Word Review Speed Pitching Peer Review (Optional)
10:00 - 10:50AM Self Publishing - Heather Moore The Big Picture of School Visits - Jess Smart Smiley Julie Wright - Writing Romance Heide and Lindsay from the Eschler Editing Group Heidi Taylor, DongWon Song, Kathrine Watkins, Caroline Bliss Larsen Peer Review
11:00 - 11:50AM Lindsay from Eschler Editing presents "Why You Should Invest in an Editor" Carol Lynch Williams Four Part Pacing: Making your plot points happen at the right time - J Scott Savage Heidi from the Eschler Editing Group Heidi Taylor, DongWon Song, Kathrine Watkins, Caroline Bliss Larsen Peer Review
1:00 - 1:50PM Julie Wright-Web Content J Scott Savage-Five fun ways to get students excited about writing Frank Cole-Writing Humor Heide and Lindsay from the Eschler Editing Group, maybe Angela Heidi Taylor, DongWon Song, Kathrine Watkins Peer Review
2:00 - 2:50PM Peggy Eddleman - Query Letters Carol Lynch Williams Secret Ingredient to Great Fiction - Bree Despain Lindsay until 2:30 Angela the full hour from the Eschler Editing Group Heidi Taylor, DongWon Song, Kathrine Watkins Peer Review

2018 Presenters

Angela Eschler

Angela Eschler

Angela Eschler, founder of the award-winning Eschler Editing, has more than seventeen years of experience in the publishing industry, including nearly a decade working in-house at traditional publishers. She now works as a freelance editor and industry coach for authors, editors, publishers, and other organizations and has edited nearly a thousand manuscripts from diverse genres.

A published author herself (inspirational works for women), Angelaís work has been featured on television, radio, and in documentary film. As a certified word nerd, she loves connecting with writers and readers of all sorts.

Bree Despain

Bree Despain

Bree Despain is the award winning author of the Dark Divine trilogy and the Into The Dark trilogy. Bree rediscovered her childhood love for creating stories when she took a semester off college to write and direct plays for at-risk, inner-city teens from Philadelphia and New York. She currently lives in Salt Lake City, Utah with her husband and two sons. Bree enjoys axe throwing and paddle boarding, and co-owns a womenís clothing boutique.

Dong Won Song

Dong Won Song

DongWon Song is an agent at Howard Morhaim Literary Agency representing science fiction and fantasy for adults, young adult, and middle grade readers as well as select non-fiction. He was formerly an editor at Orbit and a product manager for the ebook startup, Zola Books and has taught as an adjunct instructor in the publishing program at Portland State University.

Heather Moore

Heather Moore

Heather B. Moore is an award-winning and USA Today bestselling author. She writes thrillers and historicals under H.B. Moore for Covenant Communications and Thomas & Mercer, and she indie publishes romance and women's fiction. Heather runs Precision Editing Group, a freelance editing company, and Mirror Press, the publisher of the Timeless Romance Anthologies. Heather is represented by Dystel, Goderich & Bourret Literary Agency.

Heidi Taylor Gordon

Heidi Taylor Gordon

Heidi Gordon has been with Shadow Mountain for fifteen years in the position of Publishing Manager. She oversees acquisitions for all genres, as well as manages the Proper Romance brand. She graduated from the University of Utah with a degree in Forensic Anthropology and Creative Writing which only fed her addiction to her favorite genre – horror/suspense. (Of course, her favorite author is Stephen King). She loves to meet and talk with aspiring authors, and find those un-cut diamonds in the slush pile. She is currently looking for Middle-grade, Young Adult, Romantic, and General fiction.

Jess Smart Smiley

Jess Smart Smiley

Jess Smart Smiley makes rad pictures with his bare hands and loves to create comics with and for children, teens, and adults. Jess has helped more than 1200 people create their very first comics, and he frequently visits and teaches workshops at schools, libraries, and museums via Skype and in person. Jess has createad work for DisneyPixar, Penguin Random House, Cartoon Network, and Provo City and has taught at the Charles M Schulz Museum in Santa Rosa, CA, as well as Higher Ground Learning in Salt Lake City, and at Thanksgiving Point in Lehi, UT. Jess works in a wide variety of media and styles and is fascinated by the many ways words and pictures work together to tell stories. See more at jess-smiley.com.

Julie Wright

Julie Wright

Julie Wright is the author of over twenty novels, including Lies Jane Austen Told Me and Lies, Love, and Breakfast at Tiffany's with Shadow Mountain's Proper Romance line. She is a Whitney Awards winner and a Crown Heart recipient. She is represented by agent Sara Crowe. She loves reading and writing, playing on the beach or hiking with her kids, and watching her husband make dinner.

Peggy Eddleman

Peggy Eddleman

Peggy Eddleman is the author of SKY JUMPERS (a Texas Bluebonnet Award Nominee, a Utah Beehive Award Nominee, a Nebraska Golden Sower Award Nominee, a South Carolina Children's Book Award Nominee, a Pennsylvania Young Reader's Choice Awards Nominee, a Mississippi Magnolia Book Award Nominee, an American Booksellers Association's Best Book, a NYPL's 100 Books for Reading and Sharing selection, and a Kids Indies Next selection) and its sequel, THE FORBIDDEN FLATS. Peggy works with 10th graders in their writing classes during the day, and lives at the foot of the Rocky Mountains in Utah with her husband and their three kids, who are all busy creating their own adventure stories. You can visit Peggy online at peggyeddleman.com.

Book Academy is presented by UVU Continuing Education.