Book Academy 2018 

Electrify Your Audience

UVU Book Academy


September 18, 2018
Sorensen Student Center

Workshops Schedule

 

Book Academy - Workshop Schedule
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10:30-
11:20
The Editor Is In: A Live Editing Demonstration - Lisa Mangum True Stories Make the Best Stories - Dennis Gaunt Query Letter Boot Camp - Elena Johnson The Self-Publishing Journey: Is Self-Publishing Right For You - Heather Moore Your Book on Legal Steroids: Pumping Iron with Plot and Conflicts to Build a Totally Ripped Story Body - Annette Lyon    
11:30-
12:20
Pacing for Plot and Character - Lisa Mangum Make A Long Story Short: Flash Fiction as a tool - Dennis Gaunt "Voice: Where do I get one of those?" - Matt Kirby Steps to Self-Editing - Lindsay Flanagan Writing Prose that Flows - Gregg Luke Manuscript Editing:
Angela Eschler
Heather Moore
Jennie Stevens
Heidi Brockbank
 
1:30-
2:20
6 Fundamental Principles for a World-Class Book Cover - Brian Halley   Research: Don't Just Fake It - Jenny Moore How to Show: Or Why Good Writing is So Freaking Hard - Julie Daines How to Write Dark Without Compromising Your Own Character - Ali Cross Manuscript Editing:
Angela Eschler
Heather Moore
Jennie Stevens
Heidi Brockbank
Lindsay Flanagan
Speed Pitching:
Lisa Mangum;
Kathy Gordon or Sam Milburn;
Melissa Caldwell or someone else
2:30-
3:20
Rock Your Reader - Michelle Bell Novel Plotting Ideas - Nancy Allen Conceptualize your Picture Book Manuscript in 3D - Kristyn Crow In the Beginning: The First Chapter Checklist - Julie Daines #NoFilter: Change Your Filter and Free Your Writing - Ali Cross Manuscript Editing:
Angela Eschler
Heather Moore
Jennie Stevens
Heidi Brockbank
Lindsay Flanagan
Speed Pitching:
Lisa Mangum;
Kathy Gordon or Sam Milburn;
Melissa Caldwell or some else

Conference Program

  • The Editor Is In: A Live Editing Demonstration - Lisa Mangum

    Ever wonder what an editor sees when he or she looks at a new manuscript? Lisa Mangum, Managing Editor of Shadow Mountain, will edit five pages of a short story live in order to demonstrate both content and copy editing techniques.

  • Pacing for Plot, Character, and Theme - Lisa Mangum

    Writing a story involves weaving together the threads of a compelling plot, authentic characters, and a heartfelt theme. This class will discuss how to know when is the right time to highlight one thread over the other as well as how to tie them altogether in such a way as to propel the reader through a tightly-paced plot.

  • The Self-Publishing Journey: Is self-publishing right for you? – Heather Moore

    With self-publishing becoming more accessible, it seems everyone is doing it now. But profitable self-publishing is a steep learning curve. USA Today bestselling author Heather B. Moore will discuss the 10 Steps of self-publishing that you need to know before you make your decision.

  • Steps to Self-Editing – Lindsay Flanagan

    Learn which self-editing steps are non-negotiable, how to tackle your revisions in a few logical sweeps that will save time and hassle, and get access to handy checklists and resources you can use for every book going forward.

  • "Voice: Where do I get one of those?" - Matt Kirby

    What is "voice" in writing, and how can a writer attain it? This presentation will answer those questions, and provide concrete strategies for cultivating and developing a compelling voice in your own fiction.

  • Research: Don’t Just Fake it - Jenny Moore

    Whether you're writing about 16th century Conquistadors, Regency ballrooms, or Modern day New York City, getting your facts straight instills confidence in your readers. Learn some tricks, tips, and resources to provide rich details and make you a virtual expert in your field.

  • Conceptualize your Picture Book Manuscript in 3D - Kristyn Crow

    An interactive workshop to help you visualize your manuscript as a published book. Brainstorm innovative ways to present your story and break the barriers of the flat page!  Learn how illustrations and text work together to create humor and suspense. Expand your understanding of picture book writing and gain a marketing advantage!

  • How to Show: Or Why Good Writing Is So Freaking Hard – Julie Daines

    Show don’t tell. We’ve heard it a million times, but what we really need to know is HOW.  Clenched fists and pounding hearts—these are not the answer to the Show Don’t Tell rule. It’s time to move beyond the clichés and explore showing like the pros. This class will cover a number of techniques on how to take your showing to the next level through dialogue, psychic distance, metaphors, objective correlatives, and much more. So leave the tightened jaws and floods of relief behind and learn a better way to show.

  • In the Beginning: The First Chapter Checklist - Julie Daines

    Want to catch the eye of an agent or editor? Want a reader to pick up your book and be hooked right away? This class will teach you all the elements needed to make the beginning of your book the best it can be. Loaded with examples from published books, this class covers everything from first lines and stakes to the inciting incident, object of desire, and how to get the reader to care about your main character.

  • #NoFilter: Change Your Filter and Free Your Writing – Ali Cross

    We each go through life with a filter--negative thoughts we tell ourselves--that effects everything we do. As writers, the filters we use can adversely impact our writing and our career. In this class we'll learn to identify the negative filters we regularly use, and how to replace them with the ones that will let the beauty of our stories shine through, freeing us to find the success we deserve.

  • How to Write Dark without Compromising Your Own Character - Ali Cross

    Not all stories are sunshine and rainbows--so how do you keep your sanity, a cheerful attitude, or a positive outlook when the stories you're compelled to write deal with the darker, more troubling side of life? We'll discuss the value of dark stories and techniques to keep your own heart and soul free of their cloying appeal.

  • Query Letter Boot Camp – Elana Johnson

    Writing a query letter can make even the most seasoned author feel like crying. But it doesn’t have to be that way! Learn from Super-Author Elana Johnson how to make the process not only easier, but maybe even enjoyable. 

  • Your Book on Legal Steroids: Pumping Iron with Plot and Conflicts to Build a Totally Ripped Story Body - Annette Lyon

    Without conflict, a story has no plot and no stakes—in other words, no point, nothing to grab or transport the reader with. In this workshop, we’ll talk about scene questions and how they drive plot, we’ll investigate the plot tree theory, and go even deeper with the powerful technique of scene/sequel. No matter what you write—even if it’s not a so-called plot-driven genre—you’ll leave with tools that can pump up your story so it’ll be strong enough to hold readers’ attention until you decide to drop the mic.

  • Novel Plotting Ideas- Nancy Allen

    Whether you are a plotter or pantser, there are a million ways to organize your thoughts when it comes to writing your novel. This class offers an approach I've cobbled together over 16 years of working at the craft, and includes process ideas and lots of resources. Everyone plots to some extent--come and add your ideas to the mix!

  • 6 Fundamental Principles for a World-Class Book Cover - Brian Halley

    WE DO JUDGE A BOOK BY ITS COVER. Authors spend years mastering their craft and writing books, laboring over every word in the hopes that they can spread their ideas to the world. Unfortunately, most self-published authors don't put the same effort into designing a book cover that will actually sell. If the cover doesn't get the reader's attention, the book won't be read. Many people know how to publish a book, but not many understand the underlying principles involved in creating a great cover. Join award-winning book cover designer, Brian Halley, in an engaging, fun and exciting presentation of the 6 Fundamental Principles for a World-Class Book Cover to learn what you need to know to make your book fly off the shelves.

  • Rock Your Reader - Michelle Bell

    Imagine going to Disneyland but while you're there you aren't able to smell all the wonderful smells or tastes all the yummy treats like churros, cotton candy and popcorn. Imagine you can't hear the sounds of screams as people ride the rides, or hear the music from the parades and shows. Imagine you can't even see all the colors and characters, or feel the thrill of the wind as it rushes past your face on your favorite roller coaster. How boring and dull would that experience be? Using the five senses in your writing will make your stories and characters come alive. Learn how to Rock Your Readers in this fun, hands on (ears, eyes, nose and taste too) workshop that will supercharge your writing!

  • Writing Prose That Flows - Gregg Luke

    Have you ever read a book that was painful to get through? Have you ever had to slog through an author’s dialog and narrative? Even if an author’s idea is fresh and titillating, the story will fall flat if the prose sucks. In this course we will examine the basic elements of writing prose that carries the reader, such as Tight prose vs Loose prose, Purple prose, Run-on sentences, Redundancy (accidental and intentional), Point of view, Dialog tags, Adverb overuse, and much, much more.

  • True Stories Make the Best Stories – Dennis Gaunt

    The worlds of fiction and nonfiction seem like they have nothing in common, but in fact, many of the same rules apply while writing both, including issues of voice, pacing, world building, and even characterization. This class will focus on tips for using fiction writing skills to write compelling nonfiction. Come and learn how to get textbook credibility with narrative accessibility.

  • Make A Long Story Short: Flash Fiction as a Tool – Dennis Gaunt

    Flash Fiction stories are short, to the point, fun to read, and seemingly simple to write. But to write a compelling story in less than a thousand words can be a great challenge--as well as a useful tool to help hone your storytelling skills. This class will discuss what makes flash fiction work, how it can be used to help cure writer's block, and how it can help you focus on what's really important in your story.

  • Speed Pitching: Aspiring authors get to meet and pitch their books to local publishing representatives

    • Lisa Mangum (Shadow Mountain)
    • Kathy Gordon or Sam Milburn (Covenant Communications)
    • Melissa Caldwell or Mike Gee (Cedar Fort)
    • Speed Pitching Rules:

      • 5 minutes with each company to pitch your book.
      • Bring a business card. No query letters or manuscripts.
  • Manuscript Editing: Get up to 10 pages edited before the conference and 15 minutes to discuss it at the conference.

    • Heidi Brockbank (Eschler Editing)
    • Angela Eschler (Eschler Editing)
    • Lindsay Flanagan (Eschler Editing)
    • Heather Moore (Precision Editing Group)
    • Jennie Stevens (Freelance & Precision Editing Group)
    • Manuscript Editing Rules:

      • Once you are officially registered/accepted then do the following.
      • First 10 pages must be emailed to conferences@uvu.edu by 8AM September 11th.
      • Formatting guidelines:
        • Submission in MS word attachment
        • 12 Point Type
        • Double Spacing
        • 1 inch margins all around (this is default)
        • List Genre/Target Audience

Conference Schedule

Conference Check-in: 7:45-8:30

Keynote Speaker: 9:00-10:00

Morning Workshops: 10:30-12:30

Lunch/Networking: 12:30-1:30

Afternoon Workshops: 1:30-3:30

Closing Remarks / Raffle: 3:30-4:30

Keynote Speaker

Matthew Kirby

Matthew Kirby

He will be speaking from 9-10am.