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Authors and illustrators invited to Utah Valley University Book Academy

22 September 2016 No Comment

University Marketing & Communications: Layton Shumway | 801-863-6863 |Lshumway@uvu.edu

Written by: Barbara Christiansen | 801-863-8208 | BarbaraC@uvu.edu

Aspiring authors and seasoned writers are invited to attend Utah Valley University’s Book Academy on Tuesday, Sept. 27. The conference will appeal to writers and illustrators.

The keynote speaker is Heidi Schulz, who had her first published book, “Hook’s Revenge,” in 2012. She sold it to Disney-Hyperion and it is has become a New York Times bestseller, a Bank Street Best Book and is among the 2014 New York Public Library’s Top 100 Titles for Children.

“Those who attend may network with published authors and have the opportunity to learn about a myriad relevant topics ranging from business-related topics to writer-specific inquiries,” said Ivan Mangum, workshops coordinator at UVU.

Breakout sessions include:

  • What Local Publishers Are Looking For
  • Self-Publishing 101 – the Good, The Bad And the Really Good
  • Query Boot Camp
  • Speed Pitching Publishers Event
  • How Music (and Other Everyday Things) Can Help You Become a Better Writer
  • Voice Victorious: Learn to Understand Voice & Define Your Own
  • Manuscript Problems: The Top Five Things That Are Preventing Your Manuscript From Being Awesome
  • How to Market Yourself & Your Book On Social Media
  • The Difference Between a Good Book & A Great Book
  • Researching Your Best-Selling Book
  • The First Chapter Checklist
  • Ways to Overcome Common Author Hurdles
  • Four Steps to Joyfully Writing a Non-Fiction Book
  • Agents: Do You Need One & How To Get A Good One
  • The 45-Minute Novel

Schulz’s keynote address will begin at 9 a.m. with her book signing at 10 a.m. Morning workshops are from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. with lunch and networking at 12:30 p.m. Afternoon workshops run from 1:30-3:30 with closing remarks and another book signing following.

Early bird registration is $65 or $40 for students with a Sunday evening deadline. For more information or to register, visit www.uvu.edu/conferences/book-academy.

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