Drill Sergeants

Keynote: Chad Morris & Shelly Brown

What happens when two comedians-turned-children’s-book-writers decide to write a book together? Mustache craziness! Chad and Shelly are actually married (to each other) and the parents of four boys and one girl. When their daughter was diagnosed with a brain tumor, people from all over began sending and posting pictures of themselves with fake mustaches to support the family. Chad and Shelly decided to write a book about it, and Mustaches for Maddie was born.

Drill SergeantAnn D. Ellis

Ann’s acclaimed middle-grade book, You May Already Be a Winner, was released July 2017. It has received starred reviews. When not writing, Ann teaches about writing at Brigham Young University.

Class Title: How to Make Real Life Disasters into GREAT Stories

Have you ever got your tongue stuck in a bottle so long that it turned blue? Have you ever played night games without telling your parents and they called the police who then came looking for you with search lights? Have you ever tried to make chocolate chip cookie dough boys and ended up almost burning the house down? You haven’t? Well, I have. Come learn how to turn the funny, embarrassing, sometimes sad things that happen to you in real life into the best stories that readers will love to read.

Drill Sergeant: Michael Young

Michael grew up traveling the world with his military father. He now lives in Utah where he acts, sings, and writes. Besides being a fantasy author, he also sings with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.

Class Title: World Building the Lego Way

Piece by piece kids (and adults) build fantastic structures out of tiny plastic blocks. Authors of any age use the same method to create a believable “new worlds” in their stories. Learn how to combine reality with fantasy to sweep like a pro.

Drill Sergeant: Jenni James

Jenni James is the busy mother of ten kids AND she has nearly forty “book babies.” That’s right. She’s published forty books. She’s an award-winning, bestselling author, who works full-time from home and dreams about magical things. One of her books was just made into a movie–filmed in Utah!

Class Title: From Creepy to Cool: How to Write Amazing Characters

Stories are about characters. Boring characters = boring story. Come learn how to create characters that seem real, are interesting, and make others want to keep reading

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: Find your “Voice” 



These authors’ books will be for sale in the Provo City Library Ballroom during the conference. Be sure to buy a few and have the authors sign them.