Upcoming Events

March 30, 2019

First Pages Workshop

8:30-6pm at University of Utah Guest House

Have you always had an interest in writing with no clue where to start? This beginners conference is the perfect place for you!


May 11, 2019

Cavalcade of Authors West!


June 10-14, 2019


Targeted toward writers who have a first draft of a middle grade or YA novel already in progress, this course will provide opportunities for participants to share 20,000 words of crucial portions of their work for supportive, challenging critique. We will also critically analyze several novels by WIFYR faculty, as well as drawing on craft manuals for guidance. Students will need to submit their work to the full group two months before the start of the course to give us time for careful reading and commenting, as well as doing significant other reading in advance. We will all be working hard! But students should leave the class with clear guidance for bringing their novel-in-progress toward completion and developing it into its best vision of itself.

This workshop caps at eight.

Enrollment includes a 5-page manuscript consultation with an editor or agent.


Select Past Events


  • April 15, Keynote for Children’s Literature Association of Utah Annual Dinner
  • June 12-16, Writing and Illustrating for Young Readers: Advanced Novel Writing Course Instructor
  • October 21, Vegas Valley Book Festival


  • March 2-4, South Carolina Association of School Librarians, Myrtle Beach, SC
  • May 6, LDS Storymakers conference, Orem, UT
  • Oct 18, Have a Mice Flight! release party, Las Vegas, NV
  • November 7, Kinkaid Book Fair, Houston, TX


  • October 24  Teen Book Fest, Provo, UT
  • November 19-22  NCTE, Minneapolis, MN


  • February 7-9  Greenhouse Writer’s Retreat Orlando, FL
  • May 12-15   THE CHAPEL WARS book tours—schools/bookstores in TX, AZ, WA & NV
  • June 26   ALA, Las Vegas, NV
  • October 5-8  Commander in Cheese research trip Washington, DC


  • April 1 Flamingo Library Signing, Las Vegas, NV
  • October 12 LA Library Teen Book Festival, Los Angeles, CA
  • November 1, Vegas Valley Book Festival
  • November 20-22 NCTE, Boston, MA


  • March 9 Highlight’s Founders Workshop, Honesdale, PA
  • June 22 ALA, Los Angeles, CA
  • September 15 SCBWI Writing Workshop, Cedar City, UT
  • September 20 Mountains & Plains Independent Booksellers Association  Denver, CO
  • November 16-19   NCTE, Las Vegas, NV


  • February 27 SCBWI Southern Breeze Spring Mingle, Keynote Presentation
  • March 9-11 SEAN GRISWOLD’S HEAD tour schools/bookstores in CA, TX, NV
  • May 11 IRA Orlando, FL
  • October 2 Orange County Book Festival, Orange County, CA
  • October 7-9 Wordstock Book Festival, Portland, OR