Book Academy 2019 - Workshops and Panels

Speed Pitching and 500 Word Manuscript Review

Speed Pitching and Manuscript Reviews are held in Rooms 209H and 209D

Speed Pitching:
Sign up to pitch to industry professionals who can help you take the next step in your career. Speed pitching is a 15-20 minute session where you will have 5 minutes to give your best “Elevator Pitch” multiple times. During this session, you rotate to different stations, getting one on one time with each of our editors and agents. It is a fantastic way to perfect your pitch, hone your skills, and build confidence. Shadow Mountain, Cedar Fort and more will be there to give you quick, concise feedback. Please contact Alisha Wall at AWall@uvu.edu or 801-863-8005 with any questions.

500 Word Manuscript Edit:
The deadline is looming. Sign up for this great opportunity to have up to 500 words of your manuscript reviewed by professional editors, by October 5! Participants will have 20 minutes to discuss your manuscript with one of our guest editors during the conference. The manuscripts will be read and reviewed beforehand so you can spend your session digging into the great advice these professionals have to offer! Participants will need to send the portion of their manuscripts they would like reviewed (no more than 500 words) to Alisha Wall at AWall@uvu.edu no later than October 5. Contact Alisha Wall at 801-863-8005 with any questions.

Track: The Business

8:00 - 8:30 AM

Continental Breakfast and Check In

8:30 - 9:50 AM

Welcome and Keynote: James Perry

Room 202
10:00 - 10:50 AM

Traditional vs Indie Publishing: Which Should I Choose?

Rebecca Rode

Write a book, get an agent, get a book deal. It's a familiar dream, but it isn't the only way to publish. Hybrid author Rebecca Rode will discuss her experience in both traditional and indie publishing so you can make an informed career decision. She'll also share five success tips for each so you'll be more prepared with your chosen route.

Room 225
11:00 - 11:50 AM

No Workshop

12:00 - 1:20 PM

Lunch and Networking

1:30 - 2:20 PM

Marketing (Panel)

Sandra Tayler, Rebecca Rode, J. Scott Savage, Jared Quan

Marketing is a broad term that many writers and authors shy away from. We want to just write, right? So why do I need to do marketing anyway? This panel will discuss the tools and strategies to help you market yourself and your creative works. Whether you are publishing independently or with a major traditional publisher, you will need to market.

Room 202
2:30 - 3:20 PM

Who Needs a Literary Agent Anyway?

Terri Baranowski

Who needs a literary agent anyway? You do! Come chat with a literary agent and find out what they do (and don’t do), whether you need one, and how to find the right one for you.

Room 225
3:30 - 4:20 PM

Check Your Work: Self Editing for All (Panel)

Rosalyn Eves, Traci Hunter Abramson, Lindsay Flanagan

Editing is an essential part of writing, but how do you balance creativity and criticism of your own work? Checking your work in school is all about finding the mistakes. In writing non-fiction or fiction of any length it becomes as much about understanding what is working as well as what is not. These authors will share the tricks of the trade when it comes to making sure that you are putting your best work before all types of readers.

Room 204
4:30 - 5:00 PM

Dessert and Book Signing

Track: The Lifestyle

8:00 - 8:30 AM

Continental Breakfast and Check In

8:30 - 9:50 AM

Welcome and Keynote: James Perry

Room 202
10:00 - 10:50 AM

The Monster in Every Writer’s Closet: Free Your Writing from Self-Doubt Sabotage

Colleen M. Story

You may try to ignore it, but self-doubt is devious, destructive, and extremely detrimental to your writing dreams. It’s why writers procrastinate, stay stuck in “small thinking,” and struggle to find time to write. Discover the seven ways self-doubt sabotages your writing goals, how it’s slowing you down right now, and how to prevent it from destroying the one thing you can’t afford to lose: your creative instincts. Then, learn how you can actually turn self-doubt from an enemy into an ally. Walk away armed with the tools you need to confidently follow your intuition toward future writing success.

Room 226
11:00 - 11:50 AM

Writing When Life Happens to You (Panel)

J. Scott Savage, Brock Jones, Jared Quan

Many writers are fitting in their creative and even professional writing pursuits around other elements of their life. How then does trauma, stress, death, or other hardships affect the writer and the deadline? These writers will speak openly about how to persevere when life happens. How to tap into the creativity and craft that will help you reach your goals regardless of the constraints you are facing.

Room 204
12:00 - 1:20 PM

Lunch and Networking

1:30 - 2:20 PM

Creativity on a deadline

Traci Hunter Abramson

Are you waiting for your muse to show up before you sit down at your computer and discover your story? Are you convinced that if you only had more time you could finally finish that novel? Is writer's block getting in your way? Come discover tips and tools you can use to set a schedule, make goals, and meet those deadlines, whether they’re self-imposed or publisher driven, and still remember there is life away from your keyboard.

Room 226
2:30 - 3:20 PM

Stucturing life to support creativity

Sandra Tayler

The ways you schedule your days and organize your physical, mental, and emotional life can impact your creativity. Find out how to structure your time, surroundings, and ways of thinking so that creative work has a space in your life.

Room 226
3:30 - 4:20 PM

A Light Through the Fog: Living Creatively While Coping with Depression and Anxiety

Rebecca Blevins

As anyone with clinical depression and/or anxiety disorders can tell you, those conditions can make it difficult to achieve our goals and dreams. It can often feel like you're on a roller coaster with no idea how to make it stop, or full of guilt and stretched in every direction.

In this class we will share tips and discuss research about how we can help our creative selves thrive while coexisting with anxiety and/or depression.

Room 226
4:30 - 5:00 PM

Dessert and Book Signing

Track: The Craft

8:00 - 8:30 AM

Continental Breakfast and Check In

8:30 - 9:50 AM

Welcome and Keynote: James Perry

Room 202
10:00 - 10:50 AM

No Workshop

11:00 - 11:50 AM

Making the Ordinary Come Alive: Tips for Improving Pacing

Rosalyn Eves

Most writers know how to make high-stakes scenes exciting—the tension already present in the scene makes it come alive. But what about more ordinary scenes that are nevertheless important to the story, such as critical conversations, a bonding moment between friends, a moment of internal struggle? In this workshop, we’ll talk about basic scene structure (scene-and-sequel) as well as techniques of micro-tension to help build tension and strengthen pacing in your book, even if the fate of the world isn’t at stake.

Room 227
12:00 - 1:20 PM

Lunch and Networking

1:30 - 2:20 PM

Reflections on Mental Health in Writing (Panel)

Karen Pellett, Rebecca Blevins, Jessica Guernsey

Mental health is a part of life and has a place in creative fiction and non-fiction, but how do you write what you don’t know? How do you sensitively handle issues involving mental illness? This panel looks at how mental illness is showing up in writing and how to handle it appropriately and accurately when it is such a personal experience for most people.

Room 204
2:30 - 3:20 PM

No Workshop

3:30 - 4:20 PM

The craft of writing page turning non-fiction

Shauna Packer

In the current publishing and reading climate, audiences demand non-fiction that features compelling action and reads more like fiction. We will discuss how to establish yourself as an expert (a must in non-fiction), platform-building, write truth with the sensibilities of a fiction author, and pre-sell your project with comprehensive proposals.

Room 227
4:30 - 5:00 PM

Dessert and Book Signing

Track: The Starting Line

8:00 - 8:30 AM

Continental Breakfast and Check In

8:30 - 9:50 AM

Welcome and Keynote: James Perry

Room 202
10:00 - 10:50 AM

Plotting for Pantsers in six easy steps

Betsy Love

Everybody says to plot their novels before sitting down to write. For pantser, trying to plot a book before you even start, you might feel so overwhelmed that you end up not even writing the book. As a result of being overwhelmed with plotting I came up with these six steps for “plotting”–pantser style!

Room 228
11:00 - 11:50 AM

Voice: Metallica, Muppets, and Me

Dennis Gaunt

The strength of a story depends on the strength of its voice. But what is "voice," anyway? And how do Metallica and Kermit the Frog relate to a strong voice? This class will explore the importance of character voice versus author voice, how the two things are related, and how to make sure they both come through loud and clear.

Room 228
12:00 - 1:20 PM

Lunch and Networking

1:30 - 2:20 PM

Massive Fiction

Marion Jensen and co-presenter Spencer Jensen

Creative writing is a complex skill. Many aspiring writers have rich and engaging stories to tell but may not have the skills necessary to create that story. And learning everything can feel overwhelming at best, and impossible at worst. This session will discuss a proven instructional strategy called scaffolding—used in many field—to teach complex skills. This session will show writers how to break down complex skills, and learn them one by one.

Room 228
2:30 - 3:20 PM

Editing Basics and Beyond: Think Past Periods and Commas

Sabine Berlin

Let agents, editors, and readers remember your book for its compelling premise, dynamic characters, and engaging plot, and not for common mistakes you can fix before submission.

Room 228
3:30 - 4:20 PM

Rock Your Readers! Using the Five Senses in Your Writing

Michele Ashman Bell

In the current publishing and reading climate, audiences demand non-fiction that features compelling action and reads more like fiction. We will discuss how to establish yourself as an expert (a must in non-fiction), platform-building, write truth with the sensibilities of a fiction author, and pre-sell your project with comprehensive proposals.

Room 228
4:30 - 5:00 PM

Dessert and Book Signing

Track: The Whole Story

8:00 - 8:30 AM

Continental Breakfast and Check In

8:30 - 9:50 AM

Welcome and Keynote: James Perry

Room 202
10:00 - 10:50 AM

Location, Location, Location: Crafting Place-based Fiction

Lehua Parker

John Dufresne wrote, “Place connects characters to a collective and personal past, and so place is the emotional center of the story...Place is location with narrative, with memory and imagination, with history. We transform a location into a place by telling its stories.” More than just a vehicle to immerse readers in richly detailed settings, place can be the very foundation for the story to exist. Characters’ identities, arcs, pressure points, history, culture, opportunities, and more are driven by the place. In this presentation, we’ll discuss how to effectively use place to heighten tension, create sub-text, define character traits, carry themes, and propel the plot.

Room 229
11:00 - 11:50 AM

Grand Openings and Then What (Panel)

Lisa Mangum, Rod Miller, Howard Tayler

It is a truth universally known…that the first sentence of any writing is the key to all that follows. Hook the reader, set the stage, raise the stakes, and introduce a character it’s not much to ask of one little sentence, right? How do you open your writing in a way that gets people to keep reading? These industry experts are going to share the best practices for great openings and then where you need to go from there.

Room 202
12:00 - 1:20 PM

Lunch and Networking

1:30 - 2:20 PM

The anatomy of action scenes

Jared Garrett

We'll analyze scenes from multiple authors and discover that the best action scenes share a specific anatomy. As we write and hone our drafts, we should do an effective action scene pass and this class will give you several tools to help you make your action stronger, faster, and more emotionally impactful.

Room 229
2:30 - 3:20 PM

How to write an ending that doesn't suck

Lisa Mangum

We all know the first few pages of a manuscript can make or break the story, but isn't the ending just as important? You bet it is! This class will cover the do's and don'ts of how to craft a strong ending and includes examples of ending that both worked...and that sucked.

Room 229
3:30 - 4:20 PM

Crafting humor for the page

Howard Tayler

Come learn how you can use the Rule of Three, low hanging fruit, comic drop, and moving the payload to turn ordinary sentences into funny ones.

Room 229
4:30 - 5:00 PM

Dessert and Book Signing

Track: Special Topics

8:00 - 8:30 AM

Continental Breakfast and Check In

8:30 - 9:50 AM

Welcome and Keynote: James Perry

Room 202
10:00 - 10:50 AM

Lights, Camera...Action! (Panel)

Ann Drayer, James Perry, Amy Jones, Robert Trim

The art of the screenplay….is it screenplay or screen play? If you want to know more about the world of theater, movies, TV and more, this panel is a great choice. These experts in the field will discuss what it takes to write a screenplay and then what to do with it when you get it done.

Room 204
11:00 - 11:50 AM

Soom'ing to survive

Robert Trim

Publishing appears easier than ever until you blend hard copy and ebook distribution. Broadcast Emmy award-winning producer and author Robert Trim, retired Assoc. Professor of Digital Media, Utah Valley University, takes you through the confusing landscape of publishing for distribution in multiple modalities. SOOM (Source Once, Output Many) is the key. Is there the one authoring software that meets these needs? Robert published the only textbook title on the most technical and fastest growing career in the film production industry. This now 5-year odyssey is littered with time-consuming dead ends, frustration, and missed deadlines. Robert will share his experiences, frustrations, and some solutions to new age authoring.

Room 224
12:00 - 1:20 PM

Lunch and Networking

1:30 - 2:20 PM

Nonfiction for Children: A Burgeoning Market

Sharlee Glenn

The children's nonfiction market has exploded over the past few years, driven in part by the new Common Core standards which require that children in grades K-8 read at least 50% nonfiction. That number rises to 70% for students in grades 9-12. According to Book Business Magazine (www.bookbusinessmag.com), juvenile nonfiction print sales have grown 28% since 2009, compared to the juvenile fiction growth rate of only 8%. Clearly, there's never been a better time to write children's nonfiction. In this session, we will explore together the exciting possibilities of this burgeoning market.

Room 224
2:30 - 3:20 PM

Poetry Matters: Creating Poems That Resonate (Panel)

Brock Jones, Sharlee Glenn, Rod Miller

Poetry has been an expression of the human experience for millennia. Some of the earliest created works are poems epic and simple. It is a unique form of art that captures human emotion, triumph, trials and everything in between. This panel will discuss how poems matter today as much as ever before and how to write so that you can reach your audience.

Room 204
3:30 - 4:20 PM

Heroes and Villains

J. Scott Savage

Learn the various types of protagonists and antagonists, how they interact, abd how to use them in your story.

Room 224
4:30 - 5:00 PM

Dessert and Book Signing