Drill Sergeants

Keynote: Frank L. Cole

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Frank L. Cole was born into a family of southern storytellers and wrote his first book at age eight. Highly superstitious and gullible to a fault, Frank will believe in any creepy story you tell him, especially ones involving ghosts and Big Foot. Currently, along with his wife and three children, he resides in the shadow of a majestic western mountain range, which is most likely haunted.

Drill Sergeant: Shallee McArthur

Shallee McArthur originally wanted to be a scientist, until she discovered she liked her science best in fictional form. When she’s not writing young adult science fiction and fantasy, she’s attempting to raise her son and daughter as proper geeks.

Class Title: How to Create a Setting (almost) as Cool as Hogwarts

Raise your hand if you’ve ever wanted to visit Hogwarts! Just like Harry Potter’s magical castle, the world in which your story takes place can come alive as if it were a character all its own. Come learn how to craft your story’s setting to make it pop off the page for your readers!

Drill Sergeant: Rebecca Shelley

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A dragon lover and dog racer, Rebecca Shelley is the author of over 30 published books including the bestselling Smartboys Club series as well as the popular Red Dragon Codex and Brass Dragon Codex.

Class Title: 5 Simple Steps to Write Your Own Story

Have you ever heard the phrase “Show, don’t tell?” What does that mean? Never fear. This class will show you how!

Drill Sergeant: Polly Bringhurst

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Polly Bringhurst started writing stories as a teenager. Her passion took her to Dixie State where she earned her English degree in Creative Writing. When she’s not writing, reading, or crocheting, she’s outside catching lizards and other creatures that creep–or slither.

Class Title: Word Vomit: Making Room for Creativity

Are your ideas a jumbled mess in your head? Is it difficult to begin your story? Do you worry that you’re writing it wrong? If you answered yes to any of these questions Word Vomit can help!

Drill Sergeant: Lois D. Brown

Lois keeps thinking one of these days she’ll grow up, but so far it hasn’t happened. She still loves to stay up late watching movies, play laser tag, brave the rollercoasters at Disneyland, and write books.

Class Title: Hook your Readers 

Learn how to catch your readers with the very first paragraph of your story.


These books and MORE will be for sale at the Gardener Center during the conference. Be sure to buy a few and have the authors sign them.


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