Six LDS Writers and A Frog

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Registration is Open!

As loyal frog bloggers, we wanted to let you know the 2009 LDStorymakers Writers Conference is now ready to take registrations. This year the conference will be held
Friday and Saturday April 24th and 25th, at the Provo Marriott.

As always we will have great presenters, including:
· Keynote Speaker Dean Lorey, who has written extensively for film, television, and recently a middle grade fantasy series.

· National agent Amy Jamison 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, Covenant.

· Plus many, many national and LDS authors.

The conference begins at 11:00 Friday and a full day Saturday, followed by the Whitney Awards dinner Saturday night. Boot camp, agent, and editor one-one-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, with a $15 discount 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.

Registration will open today at 12:00 noon, MST. Non-Storymakers can register by going to We will add the link to the registration page at noon. Storymakers can register by going to the members section and logging in.

Again, we are excited to present a show that will be even better than ever this year. If you have any questions or comments, please don’t hesitate to contact me by e-mailing

Best wishes from,

Jeff Savage and all of your friends at LDStorymakers


At 12/20/2008 10:28 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow. $150. In this economy, I would be interested to see how many people feel it is worth it.

At 12/20/2008 11:42 AM, Blogger Jeff Savage said...

We are already on track to be well over two hundred registrants. Our highest attendance ever. It's kind of funny you should bring up the economy. One of the things I will focus on this year is that the successful writers will be succeeding or preparing for success, while everyone else is sitting on their hands worrying about the economy.

And actually for a two day conference with over forty published writers helping and teaching every step of the way, $150 is a bargain.

At 12/26/2008 6:56 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

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The site has free lessons on every chapter.
Very well done and in the author’s own voice.
Every Isaiah Chapter has the Analytical Commentary of Isaiah. Enjoy this personable verse-by-verse commentary of Isaiah by well-known Hebrew scholar Avraham Gileadi.

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Temple President.

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