Saturday, May 12, 2018

LDStorymakers Conference Report!

Last week, I went to LDStorymakers writer's conference in Provo, UT, at the suggestion of a dear friend of mine, Chris Jones, who, by the way, has encouraged me to do many good writerly things. Go visit his Patreon page.

Anyway. Storymakers.


I made new friends, took 23 pages of notes and got inspired. I met many wonderful people. I even met Janette Rallison! She taught one of the classes I went to, and I'm a fan.

Her books are funny. 

They're funny enough that even though I'm definitely not among her target audience, I'll STILL read them. I just finished this one.

It's sweet and ridiculous. And funny, of course. Click the picture to see the Amazon description.

Yah. That's pretty great. (The other books I'm recommending are linked, too. Click 'em.)

Janette Rallison is just as funny in person. She's also very kind - she gave me books to give to my students, and even signed them first. 

Janette is also in a new YouTube show for writers called 'So You Think You Can Write'. First page critiques in a game show format. If you're a writer, you might want to watch it. You might even want to submit a page. They're kind, AND they're honest. 

Matthew J Kirby was there, too, and his class on 'Show, Don't Tell' was mind-blowing. Matt writes some of the best historical fiction I have ever read in my life. Buy Matt's books. They're fantastic. I can recommend especially this one.

It isn't STRICT historical fiction. There's magic, too. Which is a bonus, as far as I'm concerned.. But wow, he gets his history RIGHT. He is also a kind and genuine human being, which are my favorite kind of human beings. 

I met A.L. Sowards, too. I had a good talk with her at the signing tables. She writes historical fiction as well. I asked her which book I should start with. She recommended (after talking with me and getting to know me) this one:

Yup. I haven't had a chance to read it yet, but I'm going to. That's EXACTLY my kind of book. How did she manage to read me like that? I don't know. Good job, Ms. Sowards. :)

There were so many other cool people, too. I'm going again next year. It's happening. This conference is too good to pass up.

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