Thursday, September 8, 2011

Writer's conferences

I love Writer's Conferences!  Here's one that I have gone to every year for the past three years.  Take a look and see if it's for you! Oh, and be sure to notice the writing contest that will be held.  I hope to see some of you there!

20th Annual ANWA
      Writers Conference
           February 23 - 25, 2012

Registration opens October 1, for the 20th annual ANWA Writers Conference, Time Out for Writers, February 23-25, 2012 at the Mesa Hilton Hotel. Space is limited - so register early.

The first 20 to register for the full conference AND book their Mesa, Hilton Hotel room will be eligible to have breakfast Saturday morning with an agent, editor or author on the faculty.

Also, Thursday night's workshops on Query Letters and Pitches and Critique Camp are FREE if you register for the full conference AND book your Mesa, Hilton Hotel room.

A variety of classes for beginning to advanced writers are available. Lisa Mangum of Deseret Book, Joshua Perkey of the Ensign, Linda Radke, President of Five Star Publications, and several national literary agents will be on the faculty. Other faculty members include million-book selling author Janette Rallison, award winning authors Donna Hatch and Joyce DiPastena. Well known children's author, Conrad Storad, will be back by popular demand. Sara Fujimura will teach essay writing and writing for magazines.  Illustrator/author, Deirdra Coppel will teach about illustrations and contracts.

Learn how to make money doing Copy Writing with Matt Peterson. Other classes include; Writing Basics, Dialog, Characters, Plot, Family History and Music Writing. Pitch opportunities will be available. Check back for updates as we add more exciting presentations.

For the FIRST TIME EVER ANWA will host the "BOB" Writing Contest. BOB stands for "Beginning of Book".   Attendees will have the opportunity to enter the first 500 words of their manuscript. Enter as many manuscripts as you wish. There will be awards, and entrants will receive comments and feedback from the judges. More details will be posted on the ANWA Conference web page.

Another new opportunity this conference: The Meet & Greet Friday Evening with the editors, agents and authors will ALSO include bookstore owners and managers scheduling book events for their stores with authors that attend the conference.
                1011 W. Holmes Ave. Mesa, AZ 85210           

To register beginning October 1, go to:

Do you know of any writer's conferences coming up next year? Share what you know and start planning to attend one! They are wonderful things to experience!


  1. There's a great conference being held at UVU in Orem that will be on Oct. 6th of this year. Some really great classes are offered there.

    There's also the Storymaker conference being held in Provo, Utah in May of next year. I never miss that one. Lots of good stuff for writers.

    Thanks for the post.

  2. I'd LOVE to go to ANWA - but too far for me :(

    I MAY make it to Storymakers again next year . . . we'll see . . .

  3. Julie - thanks for those ideas. I've been wanting to go to Storymakers for awhile we'll have to see.
    Jolene-I understand completely. That's why Storymakers has been hard for me to get to, it's too far away :(
    Gina-the link won't be active until after October 1st. I was wondering the same thing!

  4. Oh, Thanks Nikki! That would explain it :)



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