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Thanks for using the WIFYR Conference web-app. This app has been tuned specifically for the iPhone/iPod-Touch, but you may find it works with other smart phones.

The Writing and Illustrating for Young Readers Conference (WIFYR) is the only Utah conference to feature five day small-group workshops with hands-on instruction and critique. WIFYR is dedicated to helping beginners to professionals hone their craft. In addition to the five day morning workshops, WIFYR also offers la carte mini workshops. Included with morning registration or as an additional option are the many afternoon lectures presented by a variety of professional faculty, agents and editors.

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Conference Venue: The Waterford School

The Waterford School
Performing Arts Building
1700 East 9550 Souht #800
Sandy, UT 84093

DIRECTIONS AND PARKING

9400 South is accessible from 1300 East, if coming from the north or south; 2000 East/Highland Drive if coming from the north; and 9000 South (which curves into 9400 South) if coming from 1-15 from the west.

To reach Waterford's Performing Arts Building, #800:

1. Travel along 9400 South (heading either west or east) toward 1700 East.

2. Turn south onto 1700 East.

3. Take the second right (west) at 9545 South; you will see a sign that says Speed Limit 10 and another that says Concert Hall | Administration | Maintenance.

4. Pull into the Event Parking (a gravel parking area) on your right.

5. The Performing Arts Building, #800 is the south-most building on the campus; enter through the east doors.

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2013 - 14th Annual Conference:
Writers and Illustrators for Young Readers

June 17-21, 2013

The Waterford School
Performing Arts Building
1700 East 9550 Souht #800
Sandy, UT 84093

CHECK-IN INSTRUCTIONS

For full-day conference registrants, check-in is between 7:15-8:30 a.m. on Monday, June 17 at the east entrance of the Performing Arts building, #800. Photo ID is required. You will receive a name badge, notebook, and pen at the door. The name tag is required for admittance to all morning and afternoon sessions. Please note that the conference has gone green, and attendee packets will not be available at the door. Participants are encouraged to download the packet to a mobile device.

For half-day (afternoon only) conference registrants, check-in is between 1:00-2:00 on Monday, June 17 at the east entrance of the Performing Arts building #800. Photo ID is required. You will receive a name badge, notebook, and pen at the door. The name tag is required for admittance to all the afternoon sessions.


Morning Workshops:

Cheri Pray Earl: The Lab: A Novel Workshop for Serious Writers

Sharlee Glenn: Picture Book Class

Jake Parker: Illustration Class

J. Scott Savage: Middle Grade Class

Kris Chandler: Novel Class

A.E. Cannon: Novel Class

Martine Leavitt: Specialty Novel Class

Matt Kirby: Advanced Class

Mette Ivie Harrison: Full Novel Class

Carol Lynch Williams: Writer's Boot Camp


Mini Workshops:

Tuesday -- Elana Johnson: Build Your Blog into a Platform You Can Stand On.

Wednesday -- Alison Randall: Find Success through Short Stories

Thursday -- Kristyn Crow: Rhythm, Rhyme and Riddle

Friday -- Marty Nabhan: Screenwriting


Special Guests:

Utah State Poet Laureate Lance Larson: Keynote Speaker

Alyson Heller: Editor for Aladdin Books

Ammi-Joan Paquette: Erin Murphy Literary Agent

Stephen Fraser: Jennifer De Chiara Literary Agency

Best Romance

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Nominations for Best Romance

Borrowed Light by Carla Kelly

Captive Heart by Michele Paige Holmes

Count Down to Love by Julie N. Ford

The List by Melanie Jacobson

Not My Type by Melanie Jacobson

Best Mystery/Suspense

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Nominations for Best Mystery/Suspense

Acceptable Loss by Anne Perry

Bloodborne by Gregg Luke

If I Should Die by Jennie Hansen

Rearview Mirror by Stephanie Black

Smokescreen by Traci Hunter Abramson

Best Youth Fiction

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Nominations for Best Youth Fiction

Girls Don't Fly by Kristen Chandler

Miles from Ordinary by Carol Lynch Williams

Pride and Popularity by Jenni James

Sean Griswold's Head by Lindsey Leavitt

With a Name like Love by Tess Hilmo

Best Speculative Fiction

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Nominations for Speculative Fiction

The Alloy of Law: A Mistborn Novel by Brandon Sanderson

I Don't Want to Kill You by Dan Wells

The Lost Gate by Orson Scott Card

A Night of Blacker Darkness by Dan Wells

No Angely by Theresa Sneed

Best Historical

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Nominations for Historical Fiction

Daughter of Helaman by Misty Moncur

Fires of Jerusalem by Marilyn Brown

Isabelle Webb: The Pharaoh's Daughter by N.C. Allen

Letters in the Jade Dragon Box by Gale Sears

Miss Delacourt Has Her Day by Heidi Ashworth

Best General Fiction

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Nominations for Best General Fiction

Before I Say Goodbye by Rachel Ann Nunes

Gifted by Karey White

Evolution of Thomas Hall by Kieth Merrill

The Walk: Miles to Go by Richard Paul Evans

The Wedding Letters by Jason F. Wright

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Cheri Pray Earl

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The Lab: A Novel Workshop for Serious Writers - Cheri Pray Earl

From Scraps to (manu)Scripts: Conquering the Murky MiddlesRescue those stalled-out novel manuscripts from your computer boneyard and bring them to this new, innovative, paddling-through-the-murky-middles workshop. This is a workshop for our faithful writers who have polished two or three beginning chapters in a WIFYR workshop in the past, or who have made those first few chapters top notch at other conferences (or on their own), but who need help getting the rest of their novel on paper and submission-worthy.

Workshop Goal: "Finish, Polish, and Submit" is the mantra of this workshop. For five days, you will work harder than you have ever worked before (and so will Cheri), you will work smarter than you have ever worked before, and you will experience writing success like you have never experienced before.

Preparing for the Murky Middles Workshop: Prior to the conference, students will submit a murky-middles portion of their work (two to three of their murkiest chapters), a brief description of the problems of those two-to-three middle chapters, and a chapter-by-chapter synopsis (two sentences per chapter) of the entire novel, from the first chapter to the last. This is the material you will work with for the five days of WIFYR, so choose wisely.

Workshop Content: Each day, Cheri will share a different solution to novel-writing problems including Plot, Conflict, and Pacing; Character Development and Voice; Setting and Description; Scene, Summary, and Dialog; Developing Themes and Introducing Backstory.

Daily Assignments: Participants will write and workshop specific scenes that emphasize plot, pacing, character development, moral conflicts, and so forth, in addition to revising their middle chapters and, in some cases, writing new ones.

Final Project: Participants will present two to three completely revised and murk-free middle chapters on the last day of the workshop, a revised and annotated plot outline, a plan for finishing their novel, and . . . they will confess their love for writing, each other, and above all, their workshop teacher.

Bio: One of my earliest memories is me chasing David Berigree around his yard with a stick because I liked him. I think I was three years old at the time. Years later, I barely recognized David when he matriculated into the public junior high from his Catholic Parochial school. Ironic.

Another of my early memories is less violent but still has great tension. I had climbed up on a kitchen chair set against our gas stove so I could help dry dishes. Mom was on the wall phone, the one with a long, long cord (longer than this bio). She stood at the sink and washed dishes with the handset cradled between her chin and her shoulder. While I dried a plate, I guess I leaned back against the stove and turned one of the front knobs with my bottom because the burner came on and caught my shirt on fire. Mom dropped the phone, grabbed me and patted the fire out with her bare hands. Then she slathered butter on my back, her home remedy for burns. I don't remember even having a blister from the flames, but my shirt had a big burned out place on the back. My life is sort of a string of miraculous events like that . . . when I choose to see it that way.

I had my tonsils out when I was four.

My elementary school report cards often included a note written by the teacher that said something like "Cheri is a good student but she talks too much." Plus I don't believe I was that good of a student because counting money and telling time and fractions were always hard subjects for me. They are all still hard for me . . .

I come from a big, storytelling family in Kansas, which is why I'm a writer I suppose. The Adventures of Silly Squirrel is the first book I actually wrote and it came from a story I used to tell my younger brothers and sisters at bedtime. My older brother, Mike, illustrated it with a pencil and Mom crocheted a long orange string to bind it with. I think I was in junior high when I wrote it.

I love dogs and I have two--Darcy and Lizzy Bennett.

I won the Future Farmers of America Talent Show Contest when I was in eighth grade with a dramatic reading of Louise Plummer's short story, "The Wallflower," from the 1972 Era. The prize was fifteen dollars. Years later, when she was my thesis chair in graduate school, Louise told me I made more money on that story than she ever did.

In high school, in between band practice--I played the clarinet--and dating boys I didn't like much, I took every English class I could and did well but never had to work hard to get a good grade. Then in my senior year, this brand new English teacher from Oklahoma wrote at the bottom of my first essay for his class--next to the red "B"--"I'm waiting for the paper I know you can write." Paradigm shift. So now when I revise a chapter or write a new scene, I sometimes hear a voice with an almost-Southern accent tell me I can do better. Sometimes the voice is Carol Lynch Williams . . .

Big water, like lakes and oceans and most swimming pools, scares me.

I've written five novels and several essays for publication, but none of my novels have been published because I am so slow at revising and because, well, I'm a teacher. I also have a bone yard of stories and essays I've begun but then abandoned. The good news is that two of my novels are revised and with my agent now and two others--co-written with Carol--are with a new Utah-based publisher. Such good news and rare for me.

To Kill a Mockingbird is my favorite book and has been a huge influence in shaping my writing voice and on the way I tell stories. Isn't TKM everyone's favorite book? Harper Lee is also my favorite kind of writer: reclusive.

I am married and have five children and five grandchildren--the best and greatest story of my life.

Sharlee Glenn

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Picture Book Class - Sharlee Glenn

"Books for young children are usually short. Young children themselves are usually short. This leads to an assumption that children have small brains and that writing for them is easy. The reverse is true. Young children have large, active brains, and writing for them is enormously difficult." ~Mem Fox

In this class we will focus on mastering one of the most difficult forms of writing known to humankind--the picture book. We will begin by examining such fundamental questions as: What is a picture book? How is it different from, say, a magazine story? What makes a good picture book? During our time together, we will discuss both the craft of writing (focusing on such things as the writing process, rhythm, meter, cadence, rhyme, repetition, sensory language, figurative language, and imagery) and the business of writing (the submission process, publication, marketing, etc.). Since this is an intensive, hands-on workshop, participants are asked to bring at least one polished picture book manuscript with them to be shared, critiqued, and revised. They will also be expected to produce from 2-5 new manuscripts throughout the course of the week.

Bio: Sharlee grew up on a farm in northeastern Utah, the daughter of a widow with seven children ("what's so fearsome about that?"). She graduated from Brigham Young University with a B.A. and then an M.A. in Humanities with emphases in English and Art History. She taught a writing class at BYU for eight years and then took a year off after her fifth baby was born. Somewhat surprisingly, she found she liked being "off" so much that she never went back. Instead she decided to launch her writing career--something she had originally planned to do in her sixties.

Sharlee has published articles, essays, poems, and short stories for adults in periodicals such as Women's Studies, The Southern Literary Journal, and Segullah. Her primary focus, though, is writing for children. Her stories have appeared in Cricket and Ladybug magazines and she has written three picture books: One in a Billion (Horizon), Keeping up with Roo (G. P. Putnam's Sons), winner of the Dolly Gray Children's Literature Award, and Just What Mama Needs (Harcourt).

Website: www.sharleeglenn.com

Jake Parker

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Illustration Class - Jake Parker

Jake Parker is a freelance illustrator, designer, and comic artist. He is the creator of the Missile Mouse graphic novel series published by Scholastic and "The Astonishing Secret of Awesome Man" published by Harper Collins. For the last several years he worked for Blue Sky Studios creating sets and environments for feature films like Horton hears a Who, Rio, and Epic. Now he lives in Utah with his wife and children working on picturebooks, comics, and other freelance projects. His latest picture book is "Apples A to Z" published by Scholastic and illustrated "The Girl Who Wouldn't Brush Her Hair" published by Random House coming out this Fall. You can find out more about Jake at www.mrjakeparker.com .

J. Scott Savage

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Middle Grade Class - J. Scott Savage

I believe that the only way to improve your writing is by getting your hands dirty. You can listen to great writers and read great books, but until you have your own work dissected and dissect the work of others, you can't really take the next step in your writing. As a member of the same critique group for ten years (with over sixty published titles between us) I love the give and take of writers perfecting their craft. In my class we will use your writing as the diving off point into discussing what makes a story stronger and what pulls it down. We will have planned lessons, impromptu lessons, homework, cross critiquing, lively discussions, and lots of fun.

Bio: J Scott Savage has been reading and writing for as long as he can remember. (He regularly cut school to go to the library.) But it wasn't until he published his first book just over ten years ago, that he realized it was something he wanted to do full time. He has since published eleven novels including the Farworld fantasy series by Shadow Mountain, the Case File 13 middle grade series by Harper Collins, and Dark Memories, the first horror novel published by a mainstream LDS publisher. Scott has presented at more than500 schools, taught numerous writing classes, and presented at many writing conferences

Kris Chandler

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Novel Class - Kris Chandler

Everyone should bring roughly twenty pages of a work in progress. We'll critique ten or so pages at a time and try to get everyone twice. You can opt to have the same ten pages done twice. We'll have an instruction period each day where we cover critical elements of story like plot, character, dialogue, voice, research, etc. We'll look at examples of authors who have done these things successfully and talk about market place strategies. Everyone will contribute written comments on the manuscripts we are critiquing, including me. You will also be required to laugh at least one of my jokes and have your hair in artistic disarray by the end of the week.

Bio: Kristen Chandler is the authoAr of two young adult novels: Wolves, Boys & Other Things That Might Kill Me, a 2011 Amelia Elizabeth Walden Book Award Finalist, and Girls Don't Fly, which was listed on ABA's Winter 2011-2012 Kids' Indie Next List. She received her MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Utah. She has been a writing instructor at Brigham Young University, Utah Valley Community College and Portland Community College. She lives in Orem, Utah with her four children, two cats and a bad dog.

website: krischandlerstories.com
twitter: @krischandlerese

A.E. Cannon

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Novel Class - A.E. Cannon

The idea of writing a novel--even if you're one of those people who has "a book in you"--can be daunting. Ann Cannon's class is designed to help you break the process down into manageable steps. In addition to giving pointers about the elements of fiction--character, setting, plot and theme--Ann will provide information in a workshop setting about getting started, dealing with "the messy middle, creating believable dialogue, pacing, striking the right balance between "showing" and "telling," and wrapping the whole thing up. Class members will have the opportunity to learn by reading one another's manuscripts, as well as novels by published authors. Expect to work hard and to have a lot of fun in the process!

Bio: Ann (A. E.) Cannon was born in Salt Lake City but grew up in Provo, Utah where she attended public schools and graduated from Brigham Young University. When Ann was six, she was hospitalized for kidney disease and missed a year of school, which turned out to be a blessing in disguise. She became an avid reader and gained a life-long interest in books written for young readers. While in graduate school, Ann took an adolescent literature class that changed her life. She began writing novels for young adults and eventually won the Delacorte Press Prize for CAL CAMERON BY DAY, SPIDER-MAN BY NIGHT. Since then she has published thirteen more books, including CHARLOTTE'S ROSE and (mostly recently) SOPHIE'S FISH. Ann has also published feature articles in local and national magazines and currently writes a weekly column for The Salt Lake Tribune (www.sltrib.com). She and her husband, Ken, are the parents of five sons and have welcomed three daughters-in-law and two granddaughters into the family. Ann and Ken live in Salt Lake City. Visit her on facebook or at www.aecannon.com.

www.aecannon.com
http://anncannon.blogspot.com/

Martine Leavitt

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Specialty Novel Class - Martine Leavitt

Bring ten pages of a novel in progress, whether new or in revisions. Critiques will be handled at an advanced level. Feedback will be constructive but tough, aimed only to work out any flaws and improve your story. The remainder of the workshop will be devoted to helping you generate or improve your novel. We'll discover more about your characters, unearth and firm up plot, play with setting, and write parts in the beginning, middle and end of your story. By the conclusion of the workshop you will have gained a stronger sense of your story and the tools to help you go home and write your best novel yet.

Bio: Martine Leavitt has a Honors BA in English from the University of Calgary and an MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts. She has written eight novels for young adults, most recently My Book of Life by Angel, a Horn Book Fanfare book, a Booklist Best Book of the Year, and a Quill and Quire Best Book of the Year. Other publications include Tom Finder, winner of the Mr. Christie Award, Heck Superhero, a finalist for the Governor General's Award, and Keturah and Lord Death, a finalist for the National Book Award. Her novels have been published in Germany, Japan, Korea, Denmark, Switzerland, Italy and the Netherlands. She is a mother of seven and a grandmother of thirteen--all of whom are critically acclaimed.

Matt Kirby

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Advanced Class - Matt Kirby

My Advanced Novel class will explore the deeper aspects of narrative structure and voice. Students can expect an in-depth critique and discussion on their work from me and from their workshop peers.

Bio: Matthew J. Kirby is the critically acclaimed and award-winning author of the middle grade novels The Clockwork Three, and Icefall, as well as The Lost Kingdom and Book 5 in the Infinity Ring series, both forthcoming in fall 2013. He was named a Publishers Weekly Flying Start, he has won the Edgar Award for Best Juvenile Mystery, the PEN Center USA award for Children's Literature, and the Judy Lopez Memorial Award, and has been named to the New York Public Library's 100 Books for Reading and Sharing, and the ALA Best Fiction for Young Adults lists. He is a former school psychologist, and he and his wife live in Northern Idaho.

Website/blog: www.matthewjkirby.com
Follow on Twitter: @writerMattKirby

Mette Harrison

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Full Novel Class - Mette Ivie Harrison

As a class, we will be reading complete YA/MG manuscripts from all the participants. Manuscripts need to be sent electronically by May 15 and must be under 80,000 words. Please make sure your manuscripts are as perfect as you can possibly make them on your own. Ideally, you will already have had feedback on part or all of the manuscript from workshops or writing groups.

This is a workshop for people who are serious about publication. Please be ready to work hard and revise during the week we're together, so that you can make sure that you have fully understood the critique comments and are able to begin to integrate them.

Each student will have a full hour of in-class critique and will receive comments from other students, as well as a fully marked up electronic manuscript and an editorial letter from Mette Ivie Harrison. You will also have the option of scheduling an hour of a one-on-one conversation with Mette Ivie Harrison during the afternoon hours if you have questions regarding the letter or comments in class. In addition to critiquing, the class will cover topics like beginning and grabbing your reader, plot and resolution, characters and dialog, and revision and finding an agent or editor. And remember: sometimes you learn more from the critique of someone else's manuscript than you do from your own because you don't have that defensive reaction. Participate fully by reading all the manuscripts so you can learn from the lessons of everyone in the class.

Bio: Mette Ivie Harrison holds a PhD in Germanic Languages and Literatures from Princeton University. She taught German at a university level for several years before turning to writing full-time. She moved directly from picture books to the adult novel section of the library at about age 9, so she never really enjoyed YA literature as a teen. She had to rediscover it later, as a grad student, when she was escaping the long, depressing German tomes she was supposed to be reading. It was then that she discovered Beauty by Robin McKinley, Ender's Games by Orson Scott Card, and Cynthia Voigt's books. She wrote several novels as a teen herself, and began to write seriously for publication in 1994. She wrote 20 full length novels before she finally wrote one that was offered a contract in 2000. Since then she has published The Monster In Me (Holiday House 2002), Mira, Mirror (Viking 2004), The Princess and the Hound (Harper 2007), The Princess and the Bear (Harper 2009) and The Princess and the Snowbird (Harper 2010). She has also published Tris and Izzie (Egmont 2011) and The Rose Throne (Egmont 2013). She has also self-published several ebooks, including Ten Apprentices (a collection of short stories) and An Ideal Boyfriend. You can find her online at metteivieharrison.com or on Twitter and livejournal (metteharrison).

Carol Williams

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Writer's Boot Camp - Carol Lynch Williams

For writers who want a bit more private instruction on their writing (10 attendees). It includes:

* Smaller class size (10 attendees)
* Synopses and/or cover letters discussed
* More individualized attention
* Special guest visits
* Marketing instruction
* 10-minute pitch session with an editor or agent

Bio: Carol Lynch Williams is the author of more than 25 books for kids and teen readers. She runs Writing and Illustrating for Young Readers (in it's 14th year), has an MFA in Writing for Children and Adolescents from Vermont College and writes on an active blog with fellow writers Ann Dee Ellis and Kyra Leigh Williams (www.throwingupwords.wordpress.com). Her most recent books include THE CHOSEN ONE, GLIMPSE, MILES FROM ORDINARY, WAITING. THE HAVEN is forthcoming. She teaches creative writing at Brigham Young University and has garnered several writing related awards. She is proudest of her five daughters who are Carol's best creative effort, ever.

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Elana Johnson

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Build Your Blog into a Platform You Can Stand On - Elana Johnson

A blog can be an extremely effective tool to reach readers, as well as a great outlet for you as an author. Come learn how to build your blog into something better, into a platform you can stand on. We'll discuss basics like blog set-up and customization, what to blog about, how to increase your blog traffic, and strategies to breed authenticity into your blog.

Bio: Elana Johnson's work, including Possession, Surrender, Regret, and the forthcoming Abandon, published by Simon Pulse (Simon & Schuster), is available now everywhere books are sold. Her popular ebook, From the Query to the Call, is also available for free download, as well as a Possession short story, Resist. School teacher by day, Query Ninja by night, you can find her online at her personal blog, Facebook, or Twitter. She also co-founded the Query Tracker blog, and contributes to the League of Extraordinary Writers.

Elana Johnson

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Build Your Blog into a Platform You Can Stand On - Elana Johnson

A blog can be an extremely effective tool to reach readers, as well as a great outlet for you as an author. Come learn how to build your blog into something better, into a platform you can stand on. We'll discuss basics like blog set-up and customization, what to blog about, how to increase your blog traffic, and strategies to breed authenticity into your blog.

Bio: Elana Johnson's work, including Possession, Surrender, Regret, and the forthcoming Abandon, published by Simon Pulse (Simon & Schuster), is available now everywhere books are sold. Her popular ebook, From the Query to the Call, is also available for free download, as well as a Possession short story, Resist. School teacher by day, Query Ninja by night, you can find her online at her personal blog, Facebook, or Twitter. She also co-founded the Query Tracker blog, and contributes to the League of Extraordinary Writers.

Alison Randall

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Find Success through Short Stories - Alison Randall

In a short story, every word counts, so writing them is excellent way to hone your storytelling and wordsmithing skills. Other perks of short story writing include money in the pocket and publishing credits. In this class we'll discuss short story basics and some of the unwritten rules of writing them for children. The bulk of the time will be spent critiquing class members' work. We'll end with a look at the short story market. Everybody should leave class with a clear vision of how to make his or her story submission worthy.

Bio: Though Alison is tall, she's been most successful at writing short. She's the author of the IRA award-winning picture book The Wheat Doll as well as short stories in various print and online magazines. Mostly recently she took top prize in a mystery contest for the Children's Writer newsletter. Alison also attempts novel writing in between her family and volunteer work and likes to cook, craft, and play board games. Considering all these varied activities, it's clear that Alison's attention span is also short. Alison is a long-time conference attendee and sometimes assistant, and gives much of the credit to WIFYR for the publication of her picture book.

Kristyn Crow

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Rhythm, Rhyme and Riddle - Kristyn Crow

Word-Time's a Charm: Rhyme, Rhythm, Refrains, and Riddles! Some of the most celebrated children's book titles use wordplay in their conception and execution. Learn how to write rhyme that isn't monotonous; rhythm that motivates a child to interact, and riddles that inspire giggles. Brainstorm new children's story ideas using sound-alikes and wacky word combinations. Warning: Tinkering with words can be addicting, and seed more stories than you know what to do with. You may also laugh your head off in class. Discretion advised.

Bio: Kristyn Crow is the author of numerous children's picture books, including Cool Daddy Rat (Putnam), Bedtime at the Swamp (HarperCollins), The Middle-Child Blues (Putnam), Skeleton Cat (Scholastic) and Zombelina (Walker/Bloomsbury). She has received starred reviews and a blue ribbon from the Bulletin of the Center for Children's books. She is also a Utah Book Award nominee. Kristyn is the mother of seven talented children who give her lots of story ideas. She is married to a Utah Highway Patrolman. Her house is full of music, rhythm, laughter, and pets on the rampage.

Marty Nabhan

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Screenwriting - Marty Nabhan


Whether you are interested in writing hit screenplays, or are simply a fan of watching them, this entertaining class will have something for you, including:

* tips on how to write for the screen;
* the basics of screenplay structure;
* what makes for good characters and dialogue;
* marketing your masterpiece.
* Featuring film clips from some of Hollywood's best-written movies.

Bio: Marty graduated in film from BYU, and has since had many friends make it big in Hollywood. His writing credits include 7 published books, a direct-to-video feature, and a weekly film column, The Cinemaniac (1995-2011). He taught film at UVU for seven years, and currently teaches Intro to Film, Film & Culture, and Communications for SLCC.

Lance Larsen

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Keynote Speaker - Utah State Poet Laureate Lance Larsen

Lance Larsen, poet laureate of Utah, has published four poetry collections, most recently Genius Loci (Tampa 2013). Individual poems have appeared in Orion, Raritan, New York Review of Books, TLS, Best American Poetry 2009, and elsewhere. He has received a Pushcart Prize and fellowships from Ragdale, the Anderson Center, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

As a writer of prose he has won the Santa Fe Prize, the Writers at Work nonfiction competition, and the Utah Arts Council short story award. He collects antiques, plays basketball, occasionally walks on his hands, grows daylilies, hikes, and loves Indian and Thai food. He sometimes collaborates with his wife, Jacqui Biggs Larsen, a painter and multi-media artist. He teaches at BYU and recently directed a study abroad program in Madrid.

Keynote Address: Thursday June 20th @ 3:00pm in the Auditorium

Alyson Heller

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Alyson Heller - Editor for Aladdin Books

Alyson is an associate editor at Aladdin Books, an imprint of Simon and Schuster Children's Publishing, where she works on everything from picture books to middle grade novels. Some of the upcoming books that she has worked on include The Monstore, Don't Wear Polka Dot Underwear with White Pants (and other Lessons I've Learned), Lost in London and Frosting and Friendship. She also edits several stand-alone books in the Aladdin MIX line, as well as series such as the Goddess Girls, Heroes in Training and the Hardy Boys Secret Files. She is on the lookout for stories that will make her commute go by in a flash, characters that will stay with her long after the last page is read, and a hook that is unique and commercial. She is not the best match for historical, science fiction or fantasy.

No website, but follow me on Twitter: @EditorAlysonH

Writing Advice: Embrace the fear that comes along with starting a new manuscript. Writing is a scary thing. You are putting your "creative baby" out there and it will get judged--by critique groups, agents and eventually, editors, and it's understandably nerve-wracking. But you can't make your way on your writing journey until you actually start it, so turn on that computer, or dig out your favorite pen and notebook, and just start jotting down the start of whatever you think your story should be.

Additionally, when you have spare time, read! Be a student of your craft--browse a bookstore and see what's out there in the market at the moment.

Favorite children's book that I didn't edit: An oldie but goodie: The Wonderful Wizard of Oz--my favorite book of all time.

Ammi-Joan Paquette

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Ammi-Joan Paquette - Erin Murphy Literary Agent

Ammi-Joan Paquette is an agent with Erin Murphy Literary Agency, representing all types of children's and YA literature. She is also the author of Paradox (Random House, 2013), Nowhere Girl (Walker, 2011), and The Tiptoe Guide to Tracking Mermaids (Tanglewood, 2012), with other titles soon on the way. In her agent acquisitions, Joan is particularly drawn to richly-rendered, unforgettable characters and settings, as well as tightly-paced, well-plotted stories with twists and turns that keep you guessing right until the end. Visit her on the web at:ajpaquette.com

WEBSITE: ajpaquette.com

Writing Tip: Skill is important. Persistence is necessary. But the one thing that will lift your prose and set it aside from all the rest is passion. Nothing else can take its place--the story you need to tell is the one that rocks you to your core.

Stephen Fraser

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Stephen Fraser - Jennifer De Chiara Literary Agency

Stephen Fraser is a literary agent with the Jennifer De Chiara Literary Agency in New York City, a full-service agency which handles both juvenile and adult books. Stephen has been voted one of the top agents for both picture books and middle grade fiction.

One of his clients, Margi Preus, won the Newbery Honor Medal for her novel, Heart of a Samurai (Abrams/Amulet); another client, Carol Lynch Williams, won the prestigious PEN International Award for her young adult novel Glimpse (Paula Wiseman Books/Simon & Schuster); and another client, Matthew J. Kirby, won both the Edgar award for best juvenile mystery and the PEN USA award for his middle grade novel, Icefall (Scholastic).

He has more than twenty-five years' editorial experience, including positions at HarperCollins, Simon & Schuster, and Scholastic. He edited such creative talents as Mary Engelbreit, Gail Gibbons, Michael Hague, Ann Rinaldi, Kathryn Lasky, Brent Hartinger, Stephen Mitchell, Dan Gutman, Gregory Maguire, and Daniel Pinkwater.

A graduate of Middlebury College in Vermont, he has a Master's Degree in Children's Literature from Simmons College in Boston. Stephen is a popular speaker at writer's conferences throughout the country.

Website: jdlit.com

Writing Advice: Trust the unfoldment of ideas, which include the proper place to send it for publication.

One Book I Love: Cheerful by Palmer Brown, recently reissued by New York Review of Books in a red-spined, hardcover edition. A perfect book in every way, this jewel of a book was originally published in 1957.

June 17 (Mon)

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June 19 (Wed)

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June 21 (Fri)

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Mon 7:15am

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Registration
7:15am - 8:30am

Register for morning classes and pick up your conference ID badge.

Mon 8:30am

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Opening Remarks
8:30am - 9am

Please meet in the Auditorium for opening remarks and conference orientation.

Mon 9am

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Morning Workshops
9am - 12:30am

Hands-on workshops held in individual classrooms.

Mon 1pm

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Registration for Afternoons
1pm - 2pm

Register for afternoon classes and pick up your conference ID badge.

Mon 2pm

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Monday Feature Session
2pm - 3:20pm

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Alyson Heller - Auditorium

"What the Heck is a Tweet, Anyway?"
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Mon 3:30pm

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Monday 3:30pm Session
3:30pm - 4:20pm

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Kris Chandler - Auditorium

How to Hunker: The Art of Research Interviews
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Sharlee Glenn - Room 801

The Four P's: What It Takes to Make it in this Business (For Beginners)
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J. Scott Savage - Room 802

Why Did She Do That? Motives and Circle of Influence in Youth Fiction
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Agent/Author Panel - Room 806

Stephen, Carol, Matthew, & Cheri
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Mon 4:30pm

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Monday 4:30pm Session
4:30pm - 5:20pm

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Martine Leavitt - Auditorium

The Uses of Metaphor
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Manelle Oliphant - Room 801

Using Pinterest for Writing and Illustration
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Mette Ivie Harrison - Room 802

10 Tips for Great Dialog: What Dialog Does & How to Make It Better
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A.E. Cannon - Room 806

Writing Your Own Editorial Letter for Fun & for Profit
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Mon 2pm

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Tuesday Feature Session
2pm - 3:20pm

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Ammi-Joan Paquette - Auditorium

Take Me to Your Nemesis: The Power of the Antagonist to Drive Your Story
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Tue 3:30pm

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Tuesday 3:30pm Session
3:30pm - 4:20pm

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Jennifer Nielsen - Auditorium

The Irresistible Next Page (Creating a Story Readers Can't Put Down)
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Julie Olson - Room 801

Creating Cute, Cool, Charismatic Characters
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Emily Wing Smith - Room 802

Surviving and Thriving as a Pre-Published Author
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Picture Book Panel - Room 806

Alyson, Jake, Ann, & Sharlee
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Tue 4:30pm

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Tuesday 4:30pm Session
4:30pm - 5:20pm

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Matthew Kirby - Auditorium

The Storytelling Instinct
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Sherry Meidell - Room 801

Breathing Creativity
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Carol Lynch Williams & Cheri Pray Earl - Room 802

Writing a Series Together
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Kris Chandler - Room 806

Breaking the Barriers: Writing & the Subconscious
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Wed 2pm

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Wednesday Feature Session
2pm - 3:20pm

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Stephen Fraser - Auditorium

Start a Publishing Revolution
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Wed 3:30pm

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Wednesday 3:30pm Session
3:30pm - 4:20pm

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Matthew Kirby - Auditorium

The Storytelling Instinct
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Jake Parker - Room 801

Kickstart Your Art: Demystifying Crowdfunding & Marketing Yourself
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A.E. Cannon - Room 802

When the Going Gets Tough, the Tough Get Going (and etc.)
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Agent/Author Panel - Room 806

Joan, Mette, Scott, Martine, & Kris
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Wed 4:30pm

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Wednesday 4:30pm Session
4:30pm - 5:20pm

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Auditorium

Writing & Illustrating Time for Participants and Book Sales in Book Store
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Thu 2pm

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Thursday Feature Session
2pm - 2:50pm

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Alyson Heller, Ami-Joan Pacquette, & Stephen Fraser - Auditorium

Editor/Agent Panel
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Thu 3:30pm

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Thursday 3:00pm Session
3:00pm - 3:50pm

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Lance Larsen Keynote Address - Auditorium

Be a Poet Even in Prose: Nine Tips for Writing Jaw-dropping Sentences
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Thu 4:00pm

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Thursday 4:00pm Session
4:00pm - 6:00pm

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Mass Book Signing

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Fri 2pm

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Friday Feature Session
2pm - 2:50pm

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Cheri Pray Earl, et al. - Auditorium

Cold, Hard Readings and Critique
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Fri 3:00pm

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Friday 3:00pm Session
3:00pm - 3:50pm

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J. Scott Savage - Auditorium

Creating a Character Bible
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Sharlee Glenn - Room 801

How to Be a Writer Anyway: Bucking the System, Overcoming the Odds
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Mette Ivie Harrison - Room 802

How to Structure Your Plot
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Martine Leavitt - Room 806

The Uses of Metaphor
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Fri 4:00pm

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Friday 4:00pm Session
4:00pm - 5:30pm

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Closeing Ceremonies - Auditorium

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