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MARCH 24, 2020  2:00 pm MST


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MARCH 26, 2020  2:00 pm MST

Nailing Your Descriptions

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MARCH 28, 2020  2:00 pm MST

EUREKA! The Magical Science of Ideas

Techniques anyone can use to encourage a more creative life.

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MARCH 31, 2020  2:00 pm MST

Let's Get Serious

Ten tips that separate amateurs writers from the professional.

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APRIL 9, 2020 at 1:00 pm MST

A Love/Hate Relationship: How to Build an Unforgettable Villain

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What is it about certain villains that makes them so memorable, or even lovable? In this workshop, you will learn the secrets of building an antagonist that will keep your readers hooked and your plot sizzling from beginning to end.

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APRIL 2, 2020  2:00 pm MST

Getting the Movie in your Head on Paper

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APRIL 7, 2020 at 12:00 pm MST

Overcoming Writer's AD/HD


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Have a great idea but can't get started? Do you get bored after the initial exiting chapters? Or does writer's block keep you from finishing? Here are the tips and tricks for overcoming Writer's AD/HD so you can finally type "The End!"

* How to know which ideas are good enough to go the distance to a completed story.

* Once you understand writer's block, it becomes a simple thing to solve.

* Learn the rule of fives, and you'll be eager to finish your story every time.

Q&A w/ TABC Founders

APRIL 16, 2020.  2:00pm MST

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You've got questions...we've got answers!


Join us to get more answers to your burning questions.


A full hour of answering what's on YOUR mind.


APRIL 14, 2020,  1:00 pm MST

Giving Your Characters a Voice: the Art of Dialogue

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Said isn’t dead: I’ll show you how to attribute dialogue without pulling readers out of the action


Dialogue that breathes: I’ll show you how to write dialogue that sounds like it was spoken by a real human being.


You get one wink a decade: I’ll identify some of the common pitfalls of writing dialogue that make dialogue feel unrealistic.


APRIL 28, 2020 at TBD

Your First Million Words

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It’s common to look at the overnight success stories of rare individuals who make it big on their first novel as the goal. But I’ve discovered on my journey that I had to write and toss my first million words before I’d practiced the craft enough to be successful at it. Come to this class for time management, writing advice from an author who worked fulltime at a high tech company, served as a bishop, and squeezed in writing one night a week for two hours…and is now well past his second million words (and  four million readers!) This class is about finding the will and the time to pursue the lonely road walked by writers.


APRIL 21, 2020 at 12:00 pm MST


APRIL 23, 2020 at 2:00 pm MST

Become An Expert Storyteller: Why the world needs YOUR story and how to tell it!

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Nearly 80% of Americans dream of writing and publishing a book, but only 1% ever actually accomplish this dream. Ashley Mansour believes that everyone has a story to share with the world, but the truth is, most people don’t know how to tell it or where to begin! In this empowering, guiding talk, Ashley uncovers the number one mistake that holds writers back from accomplishing their dreams and reveals the one, simple strategy that all writers need in order to finish a great book and get it out into the world.


May 2, 2020 at 2:00pm MST

Kick the Trash Out of Your First Chapter

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Hooking a reader from the beginning is one of the most important pieces of writing a novel. We'll discuss the Do's and Don'ts of starting your book off right!

  1. A strategic starting point - What elements should you include in your first chapter to create interest.

  2. Compelling characters - How to make your character someone worth investing in.

  3. Conflict - If nothing is at stake, a reader can happily close the book after chapter one and move to some other story. You don't want that! We'll talk about how to avoid making that costly error.


APRIL 30, 2020 at 2:00 pm MST


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The hardest part of writing a story is nailing your beginning. I'll teach you how to hook your reader and what pitfalls to avoid.

  • Discover the best place to begin your story.

  • Create a bond with your reader through your main character.

  • Weave in exposition like a pro and balance it with good pacing.


May 7, 2020 at 2:00pm MST

Writing Believable Fantasy

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Fantasy gives us an escape from the real world. It’s a perfect read for an afternoon when you need to get out but you’re stuck at home (quite literally) with no where to go and nothing to do. How do fantasy writers do it? How do they take us to another place, another time, or even another world? Come learn the secrets of writing believable fantasy.

What makes some fantasy books amazing, and other fantasy books just "weird?"


  • Suspension of Disbelief

  • Semblance of Truth

  • Human Interest

Author of suspense and mystery. Lover of myths and legends. Lois' love of all things fantastical began when her five older brothers made her watch television shows such as "Dr. Who" and "Lost in Space." (Yes, the originals.) Now she likes to write her own books that spark the imagination.


May 5, 2020 at 2:00pm MST

Kiss & Tell

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How to write a romance that readers want to talk about.


  • Help the reader care about your characters

  • Building romantic tension through conflict

  • The payoff


Kasie West is the author of over a dozen contemporary YA books published by Harper Teen and Scholastic. She writes about family and friendship and first loves and breakups and second loves and kissing and third loves and all the love! When she's not writing she's binging television or traveling.


May 12, 2020 at 2:00pm MST

Heroes to Root for & Villains We Love to Hate

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This session will explore ways to write complex characters that could walk off the page, whether protagonist, antagonist, or all the characters in between.

Students will learn:


  • what makes a character compelling, to begin with

  • what are the common mistakes writers make when creating characters, and

  • how to make their characters feel real to their readers.

Matthew J. Kirby is the award-winning author of many novels for teens and young readers, including The Clockwork Three, Icefall, A Taste for Monsters, and the Assassin's Creed series Last Descendants. He is also a school psychologist and lives in Utah with his family.


May 14, 2020 at 2:00pm MST

Then What Happened?!?!?


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A look at how to develop exciting plots that feel plausible (even if they aren't)

Students will learn:


  • Motivation, motivation, motivation: How to let your characters' personalities and goals guide the action

  • Expect the Unexpected: How to make bizarre twists feel realistic, not like a lazy Deus ex machina

  • The eternal Plotter vs. Pantser debate: How to find a compromise between over- and under-planning your story ahead of time

Margaret Peterson Haddix is the NY TIMES BESTSELLING author of more than 40 books for kids and teens, including the Shadow Children series, the Missing series, and her new Greystone Secrets trilogy. After growing up on a farm in Ohio, she worked as a newspaper reporter and copy editor before her first book was published.

Her books have been honored with New York Times bestseller status, the International Reading Association’s Children’s Book Award; American Library Association Best Book and Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Adult Readers notations; and numerous state reader’s choice awards. They have also been translated into more than twenty different languages.


May 19, 2020 at 2:00pm MST

Make It More Inciting!

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The inciting incident is a crucial turning point in your novel. It’s often the part where readers choose to give up on a book or to keep reading. Come learn how to make the best inciting incident for your novel!

Come prepared to learn:

  • How to write a punchy inciting incident that will draw readers in

  • The best place to put the inciting incident in your novel

  • The promises you're making to the reader with your inciting incident and how to fulfill them.


Tricia Levenseller is the author of four YA fantasy books with Macmillan Publishers: Daughter of the Pirate King, Daughter of the Siren Queen, Warrior of the Wild, and The Shadows Between Us. The Secret Blade will release in 2021.

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MARCH 31, 2020  2:00 pm MST

Ticking Time-Bomb Tension

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June 2, 2020 at 2:00pm MST


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Learn the basics of building tension, the psychology and physiology of a fight, and how to use the senses to bring your reader into the fray!


Jo Schaffer was born and raised in the California Bay Area in a huge, creative family. She is a co-founder for Teen Author Boot Camp, a YA novelist, speaker, writer at BYUtv, works in film production and is a Taekwondo black belt.


June 9, 2020 at 2:00pm MST

Making Magic Real

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Talk through three levels of magic.


1. Pushing into setting and character to make them feel magical without actually being magical.

2. Magical realism: what is it and how can you use it to bring magical elements into otherwise realistic stories?

3. When you move toward actual fantasy, how to choose and create magical elements that best suit your story and feel original and true to YOU.

Estelle Laure is the author of critically-acclaimed books for young people, including This Raging Light. Upcoming projects include Mayhem, Disney’s City of Villains, and Practice Girl, as well as several picture books. She is a high school teacher, an editor for a top agency, and has been published in twelve languages.