Throughout his ten years of employment at the Logan Library, Jason Cornelius, adult fiction librarian, has wanted to coordinate a writing conference for aspiring Cache Valley authors.
“I just felt like there was a need or an interest to have writers come together at the library and talk about the writing craft,” he said, “but for one reason or another, I hadn’t taken the plunge.”
This year, however, Cornelius has jumped in with both feet, organizing the first annual “Write @ the Logan Library” conference. On Saturday, Jan. 28, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., the day-long event, which is free of charge to participants, will provide both aspiring and seasoned writers with tips of the trade as they attend breakout sessions and meet presenting authors. With 110 writers having already registered to attend, the conference appears to have widespread support.
“We’re excited to see that there’s quite a lot of interest,” Cornelius said. “We have five authors who are coming this year, representing all different kinds of genres, and there’s going to be a number of different opportunities. I’m really excited with what we’re offering, especially for our first year.”
The presenters for the 2017 “Write @ the Logan Library” conference are all published Utah authors who have substantial expertise in the writing craft. Their bios, available on the <a href=”http://library.loganutah.org/write/”>event website</a>, showcase the contributions they have made to the publishing industry and emphasize their unique professional interests and writing styles. The featured authors and the workshops they will present include:
<ul><li>Sarah Eden: Character Development and Plotting Books</li><li>Brock Dethier: Outwitting Writer’s Block</li><li>Gregg Luke: Adding Elements of Suspense in Your Writing</li><li>Lisa Mangum: The Hook, the Book and the Crook: Writing Query Letters to Catch an Editor’s Eye</li><li>Heather Frost: Revision Tactics: Are We There, Yet?</li></ul>
The authors will also host book signings throughout the course of the day, inviting conference participants to become more personally acquainted with their work.
“If you’re an author and you’re interested in learning more about writing, then I would strongly encourage you to come to this event,” said Cornelius. “All the authors here are great, animated individuals who’d love to talk with you and maybe give you some pointers about your writing—and certainly help you learn more about how to write well.”
While preregistration is encouraged, conference registration will be offered on a space-available basis at the door. More information about “Write @ the Logan Library,” including a complete conference itinerary, is available at <a href=”http://library.loganutah.org/write/”>library.loganutah.org/write</a>.