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2022-2023
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Class Title
Presenter
Bio
Ask Me Anything
Hafsah Faizal
Hafsah Faizal is the New York Times bestselling, award-winning author of WE HUNT THE FLAME, WE FREE THE STARS and A TEMPEST OF TEA, and the founder of IceyDesigns, where she creates websites for authors and beauteous goodies for everyone else. A Forbes 30 under 30 honoree, when she’s not writing, she can be found designing, playing Assassin’s Creed, or traversing the world. Born in Florida and raised in California, she now resides in Texas with a library of books waiting to be devoured.
Authors at Play
Christopher Paolini, Tyler Whitesides, and Frank Cole
Be Your Character's Therapist
Jo Schaffer-Layton
Jo Schaffer Layton is a speaker, a Taekwondo black belt, screenplay writer and a founding member of the nonprofit organization that created Teen Author Boot Camp. She is the author of the Stanley and Hazel series.
Character Development, Growth, and Change
Julie Berry
Julie Berry is the author of the 2020 SCBWI Golden Kite Award winner Lovely War, which received seven starred reviews, and has been called “Poignant” by The Horn Book, “Mesmerizing” by Booklist, and “Virtuoso” by the New York Times. She is also the author of the 2017 Printz Honor and Los Angeles Times Book Prize shortlisted The Passion of Dolssa, the Carnegie and Edgar shortlisted All the Truth That’s in Me, the Odyssey Honor The Scandalous Sisterhood of Prickwillow Place, and many others. Her first three picture books, Long Ago, on a Silent Night; Don’t Let the Beasties Escape This Book; and Happy Right Now, released in 2019, with more to follow. Julie is board member of the California School Library Foundation. She holds a BS from Rensselaer in communication and an MFA in creative writing for children and young adults from Vermont College. Originally from upstate New York, Julie now lives in Southern California with her husband, sons, and two cats. Julie enjoys quilting, cooking, piano, running, hot yoga, musical theater, goofy movies, and admiring the hummingbirds that flock to her feeders.
Creating Conflict With Your Heroes and Villains D&D
J. Scott Savage
Author J. Scott Savage is the author of 19 published novels. He has been a teacher and presenter at writing conferences for adults and youth, and has developed Common Core-aligned projects for elementary school writing curricula. He has presented at more than 3000 schools across the country, inspiring students to read, write, embrace their own creativity, and change the world. He is represented by Michael Bourret of Dystal, Goderich, and Bourret.
Description
Jennifer Jenkins, Jo Schaffer, Tahsha Wilson, Margie Jordan
Dialogue that Speaks
Jennifer Jenkins
Jennifer Jenkins is the author of eight published novels including A Necessary Madness (2022), Teen Writer's Guide: Your Road Map to Writing (2020), The Lingering Sea novels (2020), and the Nameless trilogy (2018). She works as the Executive Director of TABC and TABC Book Drop and also teaches creative writing at Utah Valley University. In her spare time, she pretends to have spare time.
Finding Your Voice
J. Scott Savage
Author J. Scott Savage is the author of 19 published novels. He has been a teacher and presenter at writing conferences for adults and youth, and has developed Common Core-aligned projects for elementary school writing curricula. He has presented at more than 3000 schools across the country, inspiring students to read, write, embrace their own creativity, and change the world. He is represented by Michael Bourret of Dystal, Goderich, and Bourret.
Getting To The Heart Of Your Characters
Robyn Schneider
Robyn Schneider is the bestselling author of The Beginning of Everything, Extraordinary Means, Invisible Ghosts, and You Don’t Live Here, all published by Katherine Tegen Books, an imprint of HarperCollins. Her books have earned numerous starred reviews, appear on many state reading lists, and are published in over a dozen countries. Her newest book, The Other Merlin, was published in September 2021 from Viking, an imprint of Penguin Random House.
Hacking Your Way Through Your Novel
Frank Cole
Frank L. Cole was born into a family of southern storytellers and wrote his first book at age eight. Highly superstitious and gullible to a fault, Frank will believe in any creepy story you tell him, especially ones involving ghosts and Big Foot. Currently, along with his wife and three children, he resides in the shadow of a majestic western mountain range, which is most likely haunted. Potion Masters The Seeking Serum is Frank’s 12th published book.
How to Publish Your Poetry
Leigh Statham
Robyn is a graduate of Columbia University, where she studied creative writing, and the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine, where she earned a Masters of Bioethics. She lives in Los Angeles, California, and also on the internet.
How to Write a Novel with a Friend
Cheyenne Ingals and Jade Davis
Keynote Addres/World Building Panel
Leigh Bardugo, Rena Barron, and Roseanne Brown
Keynote Address
Shannon Hale
Shannon Hale is the best-selling, award-winning author of forty books for early readers, middle grade readers, young adults, and adults.
Keynote by Brandon Sanderson
Brandon Sanderson
Brandon Sanderson is an American author of epic fantasy and science fiction. He is best known for the Cosmere fictional universe, in which most of his fantasy novels, most notably the Mistborn series and The Stormlight Archive, are set.
Keynote by Christopher Paolini
Christopher Paolini
Christopher Paolini is the author of the international bestsellers Eragon, Eldest, Brisingr, and Inheritance, as well as The Fork, the Witch, and the Worm. His debut science fiction novel, To Sleep in a Sea of Stars, is now available. He resides in Paradise Valley, Montana, USA.
Keynote by Julie Berry
Julie Berry
Julie Berry is the author of the 2020 SCBWI Golden Kite Award winner Lovely War, which received seven starred reviews, and has been called “Poignant” by The Horn Book, “Mesmerizing” by Booklist, and “Virtuoso” by the New York Times. She is also the author of the 2017 Printz Honor and Los Angeles Times Book Prize shortlisted The Passion of Dolssa, the Carnegie and Edgar shortlisted All the Truth That’s in Me, the Odyssey Honor The Scandalous Sisterhood of Prickwillow Place, and many others. Her first three picture books, Long Ago, on a Silent Night; Don’t Let the Beasties Escape This Book; and Happy Right Now, released in 2019, with more to follow. Julie is board member of the California School Library Foundation. She holds a BS from Rensselaer in communication and an MFA in creative writing for children and young adults from Vermont College. Originally from upstate New York, Julie now lives in Southern California with her husband, sons, and two cats. Julie enjoys quilting, cooking, piano, running, hot yoga, musical theater, goofy movies, and admiring the hummingbirds that flock to her feeders.
Keynote with Kiersten White
Kiersten White
Kiersten White is the New York Times bestselling and award-winning author of many books, including the And I Darken trilogy, the Camelot Rising trilogy, the Sinister Summer series, The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein, and her upcoming adult debut, HIDE.
Let's Talk about Dialogue
Janette Rallison
Janette Rallison is an American writer best known for her light romance novels for young adults. She also writes young adult science fiction and fantasy under the pen name C. J. Hill and adult romantic novels as Sierra St. James.
Love at First Read: Writing an Effective Opening Page
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, writing, or teaching English to college students, 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.
Messy Mapping
Emma Nelson
Emma Nelson has taught writing classes at BYU where she received an MA in Literature, is the founder of Owl Hollow Press, and has edited many books, including the annual TABC anthologies. Her fiction is published under the name Emma Boone, with the most recent being The Shadow Behind, a story about morticians, witches, and traveling through time.
Pacing and Tension
JR Johansson
J.R. Johansson's books have been published in a dozen languages and more than twenty countries worldwide. She has a B.S. degree in public relations and a background in marketing. She credits her abnormal psychology minor with inspiring many of her characters.
Plot Like a Villan
Kiersten White
Kiersten White is the New York Times bestselling and award-winning author of many books, including the And I Darken trilogy, the Camelot Rising trilogy, the Sinister Summer series, The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein, and her upcoming adult debut, HIDE.
Rewriting Fairytales
Jessica Day George
Jessica Day George is the award-winning, bestselling author of over a dozen fantasy books for young adult and middle grade readers. She has one husband, one dog, and three children. She likes books, knitting, dark chocolate, travel, and movies, in that order.
Starving Artists Find Food
delmetria millener
delmetria millener is a Louisiana-bred, Texas-fed storyteller, teacher and business owner. An international freelance writer, delmetria currently lives in Bangkok, Thailand, where she teaches high school Literature and Creative Writing. She is also the founder of #TeenWritersProject, a nonprofit that provides a collaborative and engaging space for teens to write, be published and get hired.
Story Structure-Finishing the Race
Jennifer Jenkins
Jennifer Jenkins is the author of eight published novels including A Necessary Madness (2022), Teen Writer's Guide: Your Road Map to Writing (2020), The Lingering Sea novels (2020), and the Nameless trilogy (2018). She works as the Executive Director of TABC and TABC Book Drop and also teaches creative writing at Utah Valley University. In her spare time, she pretends to have spare time.
Swipe Right. The Laws of Attraction for Romance Writers
Julie Wright
Julie Wright began writing her first book when she was fifteen. Since then, she's written twenty-six novels and coauthored half a dozen more. She is a two-time winner of the Whitney award for best romance with her books "Cross My Heart" and "Lies Jane Austen Told Me." and was a finalist for "Death Thieves." The America Library Association listed “Glass Slippers, Ever After, and Me” in their 2020 top ten best romances and "A Captain for Caroline Gray" in their 2021 top ten best romances. (Thanks ALA!)
Tale as Old as Time
Jessica Day George
Jessica Day George is the award-winning, bestselling author of over a dozen fantasy books for young adult and middle grade readers. She has one husband, one dog, and three children. She likes books, knitting, dark chocolate, travel, and movies, in that order.
The Flow of Writing
Jeff Wheeler
Jeff Wheeler took an early retirement from his career at Intel in 2014 to write full-time. He is a husband, father of five, and a devout member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Jeff lives in the Rocky Mountains. His books have been on the Wall Street Journal Bestseller list 6 times (for The Thief’s Daughter, The King’s Traitor, The Hollow Crown, The Silent Shield, Prism Cloud, and Knight’s Ransom) and have sold more than 5 million copies. His novels have also been published or will be published in many languages: Italian, Chinese, Hungarian, Turkish, Polish, Spanish, Russian, and German.
The Magic’s In the Details
Roseanne A. Brown
Roseanne A. Brown has worked as an editorial intern at Entangled Publishing. Rosie was a 2017 Pitch Wars mentee and 2018 Pitch Wars mentor. Rosie currently lives outside Washington D.C., where in her free time she can usually be found wandering the woods, making memes, or thinking about Star Wars.
The Psychology of What Your Characters Want
Erin Stewart
Erin Stewart is the author of several contemporary novels for teens. SCARS LIKE WINGS (2019) was an Amazon Book of the Month, winner of BookPal's Outstanding Work of Literature for Teens and a BookExpo Buzz Book. THE WORDS WE KEEP is out March 15, 2022!
Why Every Story is a Roadtrip
Montrez
Montrez began her publishing journey in 2020, creating Novel Creature Publications, an independent imprint to house and publish her works of fiction. She is the author of The 12:01 Trilogy, the upcoming Labyrinth Park Duology and many more works to come.
Why Romance?
Charlie N. Holmberg
Charlie N. Holmberg is a Wall Street Journal and Amazon Charts bestselling author of fantasy and romance fiction, and writes contemporary romance under C.N. Holmberg. She is published in 20 languages, has been a finalist for a RITA award and multiple Whitney awards, and won the 2020 Whitney for Novel of the Year for Adult Fiction. Born in Salt Lake City, Charlie was raised a Trekkie alongside three sisters who also have boy names. She is a proud BYU alumna, plays the ukulele, and owns too many pairs of glasses. She currently lives with her family in Utah. Visit her Instagram at instagram.com/cnholmberg.
World Building
Aprilynne Pike
Aprilynne Pike is an internationally best-selling American author best known for her debut novel Wings, which was released in English on May 5, 2009.
Writing Emotion
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, writing, or teaching English to college students, 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.
Writing For Graphic Novels
Dustin Hansen
Dustin has been working in the games industry for more than 25 years, where his love for storytelling has been his best weapon. But his passion for reading and writing doesn't end there, Dustin is also an author with 10 published books he'd love to tell you about. Just ask him. You'll see.
Writing The Next Generation of Romantic Comedies