What a weekend and what a crowning jewel of an event for this incredible year of the League of Utah Writers. As a committee, we faced many challenges. Biggest of which was having to change both dates and venues mid-year when it was announced that Salt Lake Comic Con was happening the same weekend the Fall Conference was also planned for.
We picked a new venue – with a price tag far higher than originally anticipated – and got to work. It was my first experience on a planning committee for an event this size and it amazes me the things we got done in the three months from our first meeting until the event itself. I was officially the vendor coordinator and kudos must be given to the incredible people who volunteered their time during the weekend to make sure things ran smoothly. They all helped me make it look effortless.
I took only random photos which speaks volumes to how busy I was the entire weekend. It was not my first time as a panelist but it was my first time doing solo presentations and I had a blast. It was humbling when both the room was full and people came up afterwards to either ask questions or tell me they were sorry they’d missed one because they’d heard it was great.
Commemorating the event with badges for my collection
Observing the Diversity Panel – which included three friends who did amazing jobs
We may or may not have gotten a little lit after a very long day. I blame the wine guy at the restaurant who really knew his stuff!
Best wine I’ve ever had!
We were so hungry we devoured dinner before I could get a photo of how pretty it was. This is the devastation
Sitting next to a fellow Infinite Monkey during a powerful presentation on the mindset of money. Had to snap a pic!
The very first panel I was ever on was at a League event and this guy was there. Now he’s a trusted colleague and a great friend. This is us right before the panel on Horror – our favorite subject!
The “after party” playing makeshift version of Avalon – my new favorite game.
Passing of the gavel at the end of the banquet. Capping off a great year and looking ahead to more greatness to come.
I’m so proud to be part of the League of Utah Writers – it is an amazing organization.
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I’m excitedly preparing for yet another event that has taken a bunch of my time and which I should have said no to. But I couldn’t say no and I don’t regret any part of my involvement in the planning of this upcoming event. The League of Utah Writers has been around for over 80 years and this is the premiere event of the annual calendar. This year’s conference is being held in Provo, Utah September 23-24. It’s going to be a fabulous weekend and I’m scheduled as a presenter on both days of the conference.
Because I’m a tad on the obsessive side when it comes to details (and I have mad skills with a spreadsheet) I got to put together the programming lineup after the committee picked the presentation proposals that would make up the conference. As a result, there is only one offering of the major class tracks during each hour. Which means if you’re there to learn about publishing, genre fiction, marketing, non-fiction or poetry you won’t have to miss anything. Craft classes are offered a couple of times an hour with lost of variety and we’ve got a sprinkling of self-development and other treats. Of course if you want a smorgasbord of everything I can’t really help you there other than to offer condolences since all the classes look fantastic.
The theme this year is “Write Here. Right now”. To support this we have a lounge planned where writers can rest, connect with each other, participate in word sprints, jot down their inspiration from a recent workshop or panel, or work on submissions for the flash fiction contest. In so many ways I wish I wasn’t part of the committee who will be responsible for running the event so I could sit back and enjoy as a full participant. I’m honored to be part of such a community that is going through a revitalization period focused on inclusion and community. Writing is a solitary activity but it doesn’t have to be.
Here’s my schedule (subject to change of course…)
How to Scare Your Audience Panel – Friday 2:30PM
Short Stories: How and Why Presentation – Saturday 10:00AM
Maximizing Your Writing Time Panel – Saturday 11:00AM
Writing Groups 101 Presentation – Saturday 4:30PM
If you’re a local writer who is interested in attending, you can get details and register HERE.
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