Drill Sergeants

Keynote: J. Scott Savage

J. Scott Savage has been creating stories for as long as he can remember. He lives at the mouth of a canyon where morning and evening winds keep the air clear and blue—along with blowing over patio tables, trees, basketball stands, and the occasional small child. He has a wonderful wife who has stuck with him for more than twenty years, four great children, a spastic border collie, and possibly three or four fish. (The pond is frozen, so he isn’t quite sure.) Check out his books HERE.

Drill SergeantTess Hilmo

When people ask Tess Hilmo why she likes to write for young readers, she says it is because they are the smartest, most imaginative readers on the planet. And it is true! When she is not writing, Tess teaches 9th grade English at American Heritage School and is the mom to three grown children and one darling Goldendoodle. Her favorite part of being an author is visiting and talking to readers and writers all over the United States.


Class Title: From Drab to Fab: The Power of Illuminating Words
Have you ever used the same word again, and again, and again, and again, and again, and again, and again, and again, and again, and again, and again? Learn how to make your writing shine!

Drill Sergeant: Clint Johnson

Clint Johnson is a writer and teacher of writing at Weber State University and Salt Lake Community College. He is the founder of the Art is Education initiative that promotes using digital technology to open access to all art for educational purposes.

Class Title: Say What? How to make my dialogue awesome
Dialogue means characters speaking out loud the way people have conversations in real life — only way cooler! This class will teach ways to make characters come alive and advance your story’s plot with nothing more than what they speak, with a good dose of silly fun thrown in.

Drill Sergeant: Wendy Swore

Wendy Swore lives on a farm with a corn maze and pumpkin patch that is home to her five kids, two dogs, two geese, seven peacocks, eleven ducks, nineteen cats, and two hundred thirty-seven chickens. She farms in the summer, writes in the winter, and would rather chew her leg off than eat something spicy. Her debut novel, A Monster Like Me, comes out in March 2019.


Class Title: The Bones of Story Structure 
Save your hero from getting lost in a plot that puddles into goo. Instead, learn how to create a strong spine to hold your story up and give your hero the adventure of a lifetime.

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: Spark your Creativity
Scientists say the more creative we are, the happier we are. So let’s get HAPPY!



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.