Convention of Statesmen


LDS Storymakers Conference

This is it. This is the week. The anxiously awaited LDS Storymakers writers conference is finally here. This weekend, March 21st and 22nd, writers, both published and unpublished, will gather in Sandy, Utah to spend two days networking, learning, pitching and honing their craft. We've had some seats open up (illness, accidents, etc.), so take a look at our schedule and see if you don't really want to join us! Email Annette if you're interested.


Timothy Travaglini

Senior Editor at G.P. Putnam's Sons
(a division of Penguin Group, USA)

Tim Travaglini has worked at Walker & Company; Henry Holt; Scholastic; and Books of Wonder, an all-children's bookstore in Manhattan. He is the editor of How to Take the Ex Out of Ex-boyfriend by Janette Rallison; the MONSTER BLOOD TATTOO trilogy by D. M. Cornish;
Blackbringer (FAERIES OF DREAMDARK, Book One) by Laini Taylor; Bean Thirteen by Matthew McElligott; and Yellowbelly and Plum go to School by Nathan Hale.

Jamie Weiss Chilton
Agent—Andrea Brown Literary Agency, Inc.

Jamie Weiss Chilton represents children's books, teen novels, middle grade fiction, chapter books, picture books, and narrative nonfiction. Her specific interests include literary fiction with intense emotional content (character-driven, not issue-driven plots); smart thrillers and mysteries; science fiction; surreal stories and magical realism; sweet, funny, quirky chapter books and picture books.

Jamie's career in children's books began in 1998, with an editorial internship at Henry Holt Books for Young Readers, followed by positions as an Editorial Assistant and Assistant Editor at Bantam Delacorte Dell, Wendy Lamb Books, and Knopf & Crown Books for Young Readers, all divisions of Random House Children's Books. After returning to her hometown of Los Angeles, Jamie pursued her love of children's books in a new arena, as Conference Manager and Golden Kite Award Director at the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI).

Conference Highlights:

Friday Night Entertainer: David Nibley
Panel: LDS Publishers
Panel: Finding an agent
One-to-one interviews with editors/agents

And your favorites:
  • Writing Contest-- NOW CLOSED -- Good luck to all who entered! (someone's gonna win a nifty-slick Neo Alphasmart)
  • Boot Camp
  • Exclusive Book Store
Special Announcement:

Saturday Night: The Whitney Awards Gala—
Recognizing excellence in fiction by LDS authors
(Watch for the announcement of finalists at The Whitney Awards
on January 15, 2008 at 7:00 a.m. MST.)

Schedule Tentative; Subject to Change

Friday, March 21, 2008

7:30 - 10:30 a.m. Boot Camp

10:00 - 11:00 a.m. Registration

11:00 - 11:15 a.m. Welcome and Introduction by Master of Ceremonies Robison Wells

11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. Lunch & Keynote Speaker, Editor Tim Travaglini: Getting Out of the Slush Pile

12:30 - 1:20 p.m. Breakout Workshops #1
1:30 - 2:20 p.m. Breakout Workshops #2
  • The Middle Grade Writer: Character, Voice & Audience: Lael Littke
  • 10 Things That Get You Noticed/What LDS Publishers are Looking For: Kirk Shaw, Covenant
  • BEGINNING - Your First Novel: Step by Step Basics: Heather Moore & Julie Wright
2:20 - 3:00 p.m. Break: Bookstore & Mingling

3:00 - 3:50 p.m. Breakout Workshops #3
4:00 - 4:50 p.m. Publishers Panel
  • Q&A with representatives from major LDS publishing houses
5:00 - 6:00 p.m. General Session Speaker: Chris Crowe, Author

6:00 - 6:30 p.m. Break: Bookstore & Mingling

6:30 - 8:30 p.m. Dinner & Entertainment with Comedian David Nibley

Saturday March 22, 2008

7:30 - 9:00 a.m. Boot Camp Conclusion

8:00 - 9:00 a.m. Registration for Saturday-only Attendees)

9:15 - 9:30 a.m. Welcome and Introduction by Master of Ceremonies Robison Wells

9:30 - 10:20 a.m.
10:30 - 11:20 a.m. Breakout Workshops #1
  • Self-Publishing from Writing to Distribution: Jewel Adams & Marsha Ward
  • Improve Your Writing: Tip from a Senior Editor at Putnam: Tim Travaglini
11:30 a.m. - 12:20 p.m. Breakout Workshops #2
12:30 - 12:45 p.m. Conference Writing Contest Awards Announced

12:45 - 1:45 p.m. Lunch & Keynote Speaker, Jamie Weiss Chilton, Agent

1:45 - 2:00 p.m. Break: Bookstore & Mingling

2:00 - 2:50 p.m. Breakout Workshops #3
  • ADVANCED - It's the Story, Stupid: Jeff Savage & James Dashner
  • Transitioning from the LDS to the National Market: Janette Rallison
  • Writing a Historical Series from Start to Finish: Gordon Ryan
3:00 - 3:50 p.m. Breakout Workshops #4
  • Hooks That Will Get You Published—A Hands-On Workshop: Jeff Savage
  • Research is Not Just for Historicals: Julie Bellon & Michele Paige Holmes
  • ADVANCED - Magazine Writing: Annette Lyon
3:50 - 4:15 p.m. Break: Bookstore, Mingling, and Easter Bunny Appearance

4:15 - 5:15 p.m. General Session - Self-Promotion: MaryAnn Jones of Deseret Book

5:15 - 5:30 p.m.
  • Closing Ceremonies
6:00 - 8:30 p.m. Whitney Awards Gala

Call 800-662-6886
Group: LDS Storymakers
Block: 901558

We have reserved non-smoking rooms for March 20, 21, and 22nd under our group.
You can select one night or multiple nights.
You are responsible for all charges.
The 2008 group rate is $89.00/night plus 12.85% tax rate.
If you're sharing a room, calling sooner than later will ensure securing a two-queen bedroom.

So what do you think? Definitely worth joining us. We were completely sold out but, as mentioned before, some spots have opened up. Grab 'em quick folks. It's worth every penny and every minute of your time!

Find me when you get there. Tristi and I are in charge of the Boot Camp plus we have our Internet Marketing class as well. So find us both!

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