Thursday, December 18, 2008

Breaking News: Conference Registration is Now Open!

Those of you who read my blog regularly should know how very excited I feel right now - registration is now open for the LDStorymakers Writers Conference. From the Storymakers site:

is excited to announce

the Sixth Annual
LDStorymakers Writers Conference

Friday & Saturday April 24-25, 2009

Provo Marriott Hotel & Conference Center
101 West 100 North
Provo, Utah 84601
Phone: 801-377-4700
Fax: 801-377-4708
Toll-free: 800-777-7144


Keynote Speaker Dean Lorey
who has written extensively for film, television,
and recently, a middle grade fantasy series

National Agent Amy Jameson
of A + B Works Literary Agency

Editor Stacy Whitman
previously with Mirrorstone, the children's and young adult imprint
of Wizards of the Coast, and now a consulting editor for Tor's children's and YA lines

Representatives from LDS publishers
including Deseret Book and Covenant

Plus many, many national and LDS authors

As always, the conference begins at 11:00 a.m. Friday, with a full day Saturday, followed by the Whitney Awards dinner on Saturday night. Boot camp, agent and editor one-on-ones, and many workshops will be offered. The conference will be divided into three tracks: fiction, non-fiction, and the business of writing. We will cover topics on everything from picture books to ghost writing (and writing ghosts.)

Admission may be purchased for one or both days. Early-bird discounts will be available through January 31st. This year we have much more space, so we will not be limiting the number of attendees. But boot camp and agent and editor meetings will still be limited, and typically fill quickly. In addition, this year's conference coincides with BYU's graduation, and as a result, rooms for out of state attendees will be gone well before the conference. If you plan on attending, we highly recommend that you reserve your room early.

The price for this year’s conference is $150 for the full two days, or $75 for one day, with Early Bird discounts for those who register by the end of January. This is a slight increase over last year, but the accommodations are much roomier, and the food will all be handled by the hotel, including lunches Friday and Saturday, and a plated dinner Friday night. You can also register for the second annual Whitney Awards banquet at the same time. That ticket, plus boot camp, editor pitch sessions, and agent manuscript critiques, are priced separately.

We have a group discount of $99/night for accommodations at the Provo Marriott Hotel. To book by phone, please call 888-825-3162 and reference LDS Storymakers, or book online by visiting Enter in the dates of your stay during the conference, then below that, enter Group Code STOSTOA to confirm the group rate.

We will also be holding the 2009 LDStorymakers "First Chapters" Writers Contest in conjunction with the conference. Submission deadline is MIDNIGHT (MST) March 15, 2009 (all entries must be received by midnight).

As always, we expect this to be another great conference with lots of chances to mingle and learn from some of the best—and nicest—authors around. We hope you'll join us.

I look forward to this conference like nothing else. Not even Christmas or birthdays make me this happy. (But then, I'm Santa and I know what all the presents are, so there's no surprise.) What do you get when you bring together over a hundred participants at all skill levels, classes designed just for them, taught by people who really know what they're talking about, in an atmosphere of support and edification? You get magic, and that's what this conference is. We're seeing our participants get published. We're making friends. We're having the time of our lives.

If you would like to come hang out with us for the weekend (and you do, you know you do) click here.


Karlene said...

YES! I'm there. Just have to make sure my boss will give me the time off. It sort of stinks working for other people and having to ask permission...but otherwise, love my new job at the bookstore.

Heather B. Moore said...

Yeah--I'll be there!

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