2019 St. George Literary Art Festival

CLASSES

How to Self-Publish Through Print, Ebooks, and Audiobooks

Wed, Oct. 9

7:00 - 8:30 pm

 

Chamber of Commerce 

136 N 100 E

St. George 

Liz goes through the ABC’s of self-publishing, covering such things as: how to know if your manuscript is ready; how to find an editor, an interior designer, and a cover designer; print or digital?; what e-book platform to use; what to do after your book is on Amazon; and what is all this going to cost you?

by Liz Adair

Make Your Life Story Read Like a Novel

Thurs, Oct. 10

7:00 - 8:30 pm

Room 121 of DSU's Hazy Building

Your real-life angst can be a galvanizing force in your writing. Every story requires conflict to drive plot and deepen characterization. Dorothy will show you how the transformation of trauma into drama can be both useful and therapeutic.

by Dorothy Solomon

How to Show Emotion: Or Why Good Writing is So Freaking Hard

Thurs, Oct. 10

7:00 - 8:30 pm

Affogato West 214 N. 1000 E. St. George

Show don’t tell. We’ve heard it a million times, but what we really need to know is HOW.  Clenched fists and pounding hearts—these are not the answer to the Show Don’t Tell rule. This class will cover a number of techniques on how to take your showing to the next level through dialogue, psychic distance, metaphors, objective correlatives, and much more.

by Julie Daines

Putting Together a Winning Proposal for a Nonfiction Book

Fri, Oct. 11

7:00 - 8:30 pm

 

Chamber of Commerce 

136 N 100 E

St. George 

Take everything you know about writing successful query letters and proposals for fiction and add a rich layer of unlimited true stories that can be told in multiple formats to create your non-fiction proposal. You’ll find it's easier than you think. Jerry Borrowman will share his experience and insights as you begin writing your own winning proposal for non-fiction.

by Jerry Borrowman

A Child at Heart (Keynote Speech)

Sat, Oct. 12

10 – 10:50 am

Room 121 of DSU's Hazy Building

In his latest book, A Child at Heart, Christopher Phillips shows how adults can tap back into the wisdom, curiosity, and empathy they were born with as children, and how, in so doing, they can regain and strengthen their creativity and sense of community in a time when we are so deeply divided. He will address these topics and more in his keynote speech.

by Christopher Phillips

Juanita Brooks/Fawn Brodie: Who’s the Real Historian?

Sat, Oct. 12

11 – 11:50 am

Room 203 of DSU's Hazy Building

Mormon history unravels when Doug Alder unveils the real secrets of Juanita Brooks, author of The Mountain Meadows Massacre, and Fawn Brodie, who wrote No Man Knows My History, a biography of Joseph Smith. Only one of them is a real historian. Along with learning more about both these fascinating women, you will gain real insights on writing history.

by Doug Alder

Character Development in Short Stories

Sat, Oct. 12

11 – 11:50 am

Room 220 of DSU's Hazy Building

Do your characters lie flat on the page? Learn how to add dimensionality to them and plot their transformation from the first line of your short story to the last. Lessons you learn in this workshop can also be applied to longer fiction or even creative nonfiction.

by Danielle Dubrasky

The Importance of Writing Badly

Sat, Oct. 12

11 – 11:50 am

Room 204 of DSU's Hazy Building

Do you want to write but get stuck or frustrated and give up in despair? Brock Dethier has been studying writers and their processes for decades and this workshop will offer scores of suggestions to help you evade your inner critic, so you can be more creative and productive.

by Brock Dethier

How to Know If You’re Ready to Submit

Sat, Oct. 12

11 – 11:50 am

Room 219 of DSU's Hazy Building

Making sure your manuscript is really ready is more important than almost anything else you do in the publication process! You’ll get a cool checklist of the things you need to do before hitting send. Having a finished manuscript is only the beginning! Whether you’re shooting for an agent, seeking a traditional publisher, or wanting to self-publish, this presentation will help your manuscript avoid the dumpster.

by Kathy Jenkins

Making History Come Alive

Sat, Oct. 12

12 – 12:50 pm

Room 203 of DSU's Hazy Building

Through historical fiction and creative nonfiction, readers can step back in time and travel to other places and cultures to imagine what it was like to live then. Join author Jerry Borrowman as he shares inspiring stories from the past and discusses how authors and storytellers help readers step through time’s barrier to make history come alive! 

by Jerry Borrowman

The Process of Playwriting

Sat, Oct. 12

12 – 12:50 pm

Room 220 of DSU's Hazy Building

This session examines the process of playwriting. While process is ultimately unique to each individual, there are elements common to all. In particular, we look at the "hero's journey" as a helpful tool for working through structural problems.

by Debora Threedy

Using Myth and Fairy Tale in Poetry

Sat, Oct. 12

12 – 12:50 pm

Room 204 of DSU's Hazy Building

Many of us wish to write about deeply personal experiences, but sometimes the truth is too raw, and we freeze. In this workshop, Shanan Ballam will show how myths and fairy tales can create paths into our difficult personal subject matter, paths to help us gain the necessary distance from our subjects and to help us see our experiences with fresh eyes.

by Shanan Ballam

Signs You May Want to Self-Publish

Sat, Oct. 12

12 – 12:50 pm

Room 219 of DSU's Hazy Building

In today’s publishing world, there are more options than ever for getting your book to your targeted audience—and the biggest determiner of which you choose is your set of goals for your book! Learn the pros and cons of both traditional and self-publishing, check out the reasons why you should or shouldn’t self-publish, and find out how to know if self-publishing is a good fit for your specific project.

by Kathy Jenkins

Socrates Café: What’s It All About and Why Has It Gone Global?

Sat, Oct. 12

2 – 2:50 pm

Room 203 of DSU's Hazy Building

When Christopher Phillips started Socrates Cafe in 1996, his 'grand plan' was just to have that one group.  But his way of inquiry resonated with Americans far and wide and has gained momentum the world over. What is the 'Socrates Cafe method' of inquiry all about, and how and why has it proven so meaningful in diverse cultures and communities across the globe?  Come find out.

by Christopher Phillips

Writing Enchanting Prose, Part 1

Sat, Oct. 12

2 – 2:50 pm

Room 220 of DSU's Hazy Building

Some works of art immediately grab a reader and transport them into another realm. In Dave Farland’s two-hour presentation, the award-winning and internationally bestselling author will talk about how to grasp your reader's imagination and drag them into your fictive universe kicking and screaming.

by David Farland

The Poetry of Prose: The Art of the Lyric Essay

Sat, Oct. 12

2 – 2:50 pm

Room 204 of DSU's Hazy Building

Lyric? Essay? Essay? Lyric? Have it both ways by attending The Poetry of Prose: The Art of the Lyric Essay. Dr. Cindy King will lead you in a narrative journey that will help you produce compelling essays that engage readers with language, imagery, rhythm, and sound.

by Cindy King

Finding Your Brand, Building Your Markets

Sat, Oct. 12

2 – 2:50 pm

Room 219 of DSU's Hazy Building

You may know your story, but do you really understand your brand—the idea or concept that will draw more readers to you? Zach will put you through an exercise that will help you determine that magic sauce, and then he’ll show you where and how to build your markets so your readership will grow exponentially.

by Zach Lust

Hey, You! Listen Up!: Writing a Personal History That Your Family Will Want to Read

Sat, Oct. 12

3 – 3:50 pm

Room 203 of DSU's Hazy Building

You have stories. Oh, yes.  You have stories—stories that you should DEFINITELY share with your nearest and dearest.  You know. Permanently. In writing. But how can you present your life stories in a way that invites your family to actually read them? Join Ann Cannon as she shares tips and prompts to get you started. Bring a notebook!

by Ann Edwards Cannon

Writing Enchanting Prose, Part 2

Sat, Oct. 12

3 – 3:50 pm

Room 220 of DSU's Hazy Building

Some works of art immediately grab a reader and transport them into another realm. In Dave Farland’s two-hour presentation, the award-winning and internationally bestselling author will talk about how to grasp your reader's imagination and drag them into your fictive universe kicking and screaming.

by David Farland

Taking the Torture Out of Poetry Analysis

Sat, Oct. 12

3 – 3:50 pm

Room 204 of DSU's Hazy Building

Beat the essence out of a poem with Markay Brown and Billy Collins as your guides. He once wrote, “I say drop a mouse into a poem and watch him probe his way out. Or walk inside the poem’s room and feel the walls for a light switch.” Come to Markay’s session in the St. George Literary Arts Festival, with or without poetry in hand, on Saturday, October 12th at 3 pm in DSU’s Hazy Building. She promises to light up your room with new insights and a love of poetry.

by Markay Brown

Aha! Moments Each Time You Turn the Page (And Turning More of Them)

Sat, Oct. 12

3 – 3:50 pm

Room 219 of DSU's Hazy Building

As a reader, are you getting all those Aha! moments in a book that the author intended? Or are you missing the themes and patterns? While you’re at it, how can you organize yourself to make a real dent in that pile of books you have in the corner? Tanya will share some ideas that will help you make real progress in your reading AND show you a new way to approach your reading of fiction and creative nonfiction so you can dive deeper into each page.

by Tanya Parker Mills