Archive for March, 2011

League of Utah Writers Northern Area Spring Conference

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Bountiful Art Center

745 S. Main Street, Bountiful 84010

Take I-15 to the Bountiful 500 South exit. Turn East and proceed to Main Street. Turn right (south) on Main Street and the Art Center is about 1-1/2 blocks down on the left side of the street.


NOW OPEN FOR REGISTRATION! Please RSVP to Kendra Fowler [email protected]. We want to make sure there is enough room for everyone. If you have any questions call Kendra at 801-292-3886.


COST              Free/League of Utah Writers Members

$25/Non-members (Become a member for $25.) Join at or at the door.


LUNCH           El Matador Restaurant 606 S. Main St. (across the street from the Bountiful Arts Center.)

Menu- $10 each entrée comes with chips and salsa, and light lemonade

1.      Chicken Fajita Salad

2.      Cheese Enchilada, Beef Taco, Rice and Beans

3.      Sweet Pork Burrito, Rice and Beans


Indicate your preference. Send check to Kendra Fowler 1858 S. 800 E. Bountiful 84010 or pay at the door.


8:30     Registration-

9:00     Jennifer Nielsen- Psychology of Characterization- understanding your characters psychologically

10:00   John Brown-    The Secret to Story Structure

11:00   John Brown-    How to Get and Develop Killer Story Ideas

12:00   Lunch- El Matador

1:00     Margot Hovley- The Nuts and Bolts of Writing
2:00     Marion Jensen- Using Social Media in Every Step of the Writing Process

John Brown is an award-winning novelist and short story writer. This first book in his epic fantasy series was published October 2009 by Tor Books. It’s called Servant of a Dark God and is set in a world where beings of immense power ranch humans for their souls. Other forthcoming novels in the series include Curse of a Dark God and Dark God’s Glory. He currently lives with his wife and four daughters in the hinterlands of Utah where one encounters much fresh air, many good-hearted ranchers, and an occasional wolf.  Brown’s agent is Caitlin Blasdell of Liza Dawson Associates. His website is

Jennifer lives at the base of a very tall mountain in Northern Utah with her husband, three children, and a naughty puppy. She loves the smell of rainy days, hot chocolate, and old books, preferably all at once.  She is a former speech teacher, theater director, and enjoyed a brief but disastrous career as a door-to-door pollster.  In her spare time, Jennifer tends to panic, wondering what she has forgotten to do that has allowed her any spare time. Jennifer is the author of the recently released, Elliot and the Goblin War, with Sourcebooks Publishing.  The next in the series, Elliot and the Pixie Plot, will release in May, with a third to follow this fall.  She will also release, The False Prince, with Scholastic in April 2012.  Learn more about Jennifer and her books at


Marion Jensen writes under the pen name Matthew Buckley, and was born in Driggs Idaho. He was raised among the farms and farmers of Northern Utah.  He is the second son of 10 boys and 1 girl and draws on his experiences growing up in a large family to inject humor and practical wisdom into his books. Marion has 5 sons of his own, and enjoys his time with them.  Marion works in the Salt Lake valley, and lives in Farmington. He spends his free time studying social software, playing board games, and eating ding dongs. He has two books published: Chicken in the Headlights, and Bullies in the Headlights. Listen to Marion at The Appendix, A podcast for writers, http://www.appendixpodcast.comHis website is



Margot Hovley was raised in rural Washington State, where she worked as a girl pig herder and champion produce box-maker. She now lives and plays in Utah with her big family. When she’s not storytelling, she’s hanging out with family, teaching music to the somewhat-willing, and playing sports. She loves hiking, traveling, and concocting adventures. Her first novel will be released by Covenant Communications in Summer 2011. Her website is




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I ain’t no boy, but I guess I write like one.

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